Robi Axiata, the country’s second largest mobile phone operator, lost two lakh subscribers while state-owned Teletalk added 3.93 lakh subscribers in July this year.
A Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission report showed that the number of mobile phone subscribers increased by 3.45 lakh to 16.21 crore at the end of July this year from 16.18 crore a month ago.
Out of the four active mobile phone operators, the number of subscribers of three operators — Teletalk, Grameenphone and Banglalink — increased in July and the rest one, Robi, lost subscribers in the month.
As a result, the subscriber base of Robi dropped to 4.77 crore from 4.79 crore.
Teletalk’s subscriber base, however, remained the smallest among the four operators despite the gain in July.
The number of subscribers of the operator increased to 42.29 lakh at the end of July this year from 38.36 lakh a month ago.
With addition of 1.03 lakh subscribers in July, the subscriber base of Grameenphone, the largest operator, increased to 7.54 crore from 7.53 crore.
Banglalink’s subscriber base increased by 0.49 lakh to 3.47 crore from 3.46 crore.
Another BTRC report showed that the number of country’s internet subscribers dropped by 0.23 lakh in July, bringing down the number to 9.61 crore.
The number of active internet subscribers of mobile phone operators remained almost static at 9.04 crore due to a fall in subscriber base by 7,000, the BTRC report showed.
The number of internet subscribers through internet service providers and public switched telephone network remained unchanged at 57.34 lakh.
The number of WiMAX operators’ subscribers dropped to 40,000 in July from 55,000 a month ago.
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