Google says number of active internet users in B’desh 4cr, half the govt count

Launches data saver application

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Dec 01,2017 | Updated: 23:54, Nov 30,2017

 
 

Google APAC industry head Golam Kibria and Google APAC marketing consultant Hashmi Rafsanjani are seen at the launching ceremony of the new Google App ‘Datally’ held in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Google, a multinational entity specialised in internet-related services and products, on Thursday said that the number of active internet users in Bangladesh is four crore although government data showed the number at 7.92 crore.
Officials of the technology giant revealed the data while speaking at the launching ceremony of an android phone-based data saving application, Datally, at a city hotel on the day.
Google industry head Asia Pacific Golam Kibria and its marketing consultant Hashmi Rafsanjani spoke at the function.
At present, four crore people in Bangladesh are connected to internet and the number will grow to nine crore within the year 2020, said Golam Kibria while giving a presentation at the function.
He also said that of the four crore internet connected people, 35 per cent use internet every day.
Meaning that 1.4 crore people or 8.75 per cent of the country’s total population use internet daily, while rest of the internet users are irregular.
Asked about the difference between Google data and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s data, Hashmi Rafsanjani said, ‘It’s an internal data of Google and the monthly or daily active internet users were counted in the figure.’
‘The figure was found based on use of youtube, playstore and Gmail, and other social media by the people,’ he said.
He, however, denied commenting on the data of BTRC where number of internet users were showed as 7.92 crore at the end of September this year.
As per the BTRC data, only the number of active mobile phone internet users was shown as 7.38 crore, while number of active internet users through Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) operators, and internet service providers and public switched telephone networks were shown as 90,000 and 53.21 lakh respectively.
Speaking about the background data consumption by different applications and the implications of the newly launched Datally application in saving data, Golam Kibria said, ‘It happens so often that we could not trace which applications were consuming our data.’
To get rid of the problem and to save data, people use Airplane mode, Tethering, and schedule their internet use, he said.
Use of the application will let people know which applications were consuming their data, he said.
Hashmi Rafsanjani said that the application was launched in the Philippines and Brazil for trail where it got huge response as they managed to save around 30 per cent data.
Although the application has become available on the playstore from Thursday, the launching programme for the application was held in Bangladesh, Pakistan and media release were provided
in Sri Lanka due to special emphasise, Rafsanjani said.
Almost 2.5 lakh people were using the application worldwide as of Thursday, he added. 

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