Mobile users’ number rises in Sept after 3-month fall

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:33, Dec 07,2016

 
 

The number of country’s active mobile phone users rose in September after three months as the mobile phone companies were losing subscribers following biometric SIM registration.
According to the latest data released by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the total mobile subscribers of the country stood at 11.90 crore in September which was 11.77 crore in the previous month.
In the June-August period, the mobile phone operators lost 1.36 crore subscribers after the end of deadline for biometric SIM registration of mobile phone users on May 31.
As per the rules the mobile operators have to count any number as active unless it remains off for three consecutive months, BTRC officials said.
As the biometric re-registration ended in May the operators had to adjust the active subscriber number that affected the user growth, they said.
The latest BTRC data showed that leading operator Grameenphone added 5 lakh new subscribers in September that took its total subscriber base to 5.50 crore.
In the June-August period, GP lost 24 lakh active subscribers.
Banglalink’s active subscriber base rose to 2.94 crore in September as the operator added 5 lakh new subscribers in the month.
The operator lost 30 lakh subscribers in the previous three months.
Robi added 6 lakh new subscribers in September that took its total subscriber base to 2.38 crore while it lost 42 lakh subscribers in the previous three months.
Airtel, however, witnessed decline in the subscriber number as it lost 1.65 lakh subscribers in September that pushed down its user base to 77.78 lakh. The operator lost 19 lakh subscribers in the June-August period.
State-run operator Teletalk added 73,000 subscribers in September that took its total subscriber base to 29.98 lakh. Teletalk lost 16 lakh subscribers in the previous three months.
The BTRC, however, did not provide any subscriber data of Citycell for the month of September.

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