Growth of active mobile phone subscribers in Bangladesh witnessed a halt in April amid a slowdown in mobile phone operators’ SIM sales drives after the launch of 4G services by all but Teletalk in February this year.
As per the latest Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission data, the number of active mobile phone subscribers inched up by 55,000 to 15.033 crore at the end of April from 15.028 crore at the end of March.
The volume of increase in mobile phone subscribers was 18.86 lakh in January, 17 lakh in February and 15.14 lakh in March.
BTRC officials said that the mobile phone operators might have slowed down their move to attain new subscribers after the launch of 4G service.
Besides, the regulatory pressure over the mobile phone companies, which have launched 4G service on February 19 this year, to improve quality of service might be a reason for the slowdown in their moves to attain new subscribers, they said.
On the other hand, a regulatory move to enact rules on significant market player might have refrained operators from attaining new subscribers, the officials said.
Of the four mobile phone companies operating in the country, Grameenphone and Banglalink managed to add new subscribers — 4.51 lakh and 86,000 respectively — in April, but Robi lost 3.51 lakh subscribers and Teletalk 1.31 lakh in the month.
The number of active internet users, however, increased by 13.73 lakh to 8.59 crore in April this year from 8.45 crore in March this year.
Of the internet users, the number of mobile internet users increased by 13.62 lakh to 8.01 crore in April from 7.88 crore a month ago, while the number of broadband users rose by 11,000 lakh to 5.68 lakh in April from 56.69 lakh in March.
The number of WiMAX subscribers remained unchanged at 87,000 at the end of April this year.
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