The number of active mobile phone users increased marginally by 3.89 lakh in May this year as three operators — Robi, Banglalink and Teletalk — lost customers due mainly to operators’ go-slow strategy for customer hunt.
According to a Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission data released on Wednesday, the number of active mobile phone subscribers increased to 15.073 crore at the end of May this year from 15.034 crore a month ago.
Mobile phone operators’ go-slow strategy for hunting customers was first observed in April this year when the number of mobile phone subscribers increased by only 55,000 in the month.
Before April, the volume of increase in mobile phone subscribers was 18.86 lakh in January, 17 lakh in February and 15.14 lakh in March.
Of the four mobile phone companies operating in the country, only leading operator Grameenphone managed to add 6.86 lakh subscribers in May against 2.98 lakh customers lost by three other operators.
The second largest mobile phone operator, Robi, lost 2.29 lakh subscribers, while Banglalink lost 57,000 and state-run Teletalk 12,000 customers in May.
On the other hand, the number of active internet users also increased by 9.54 lakh to 8.68 crore in May from 8.59 crore in April.
Of the new internet users, the number of mobile internet users increased by 9.56 lakh to 8.11 crore in May from 8.015 crore a month ago, while the number of broadband users rose by 2,000 to 5.682 lakh in May from 5.68 lakh in April.
The number of WiMAX subscribers fell to 83,000 at the end of May from 87,000 in April.
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