The number of active mobile phone subscribers increased by 15.82 lakh in July this year with the subscriber base of Grameenphone crossing 7-crore mark.
The number of internet users also increased by 8.97 lakh in July, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission data showed.
Although the number of mobile phone users and the internet penetration in the country are growing, the quality of service has remained a major concern, subscribers said.
The growth in subscriber bases of the mobile phone operators was lenient in the previous three months as all four operators — GP, Robi, Banglalink and Teletalk —managed to add only 6.62 lakh subscribers in the April-June period.
On the eve of 4G launch on February 18, in the January-March quarter of the year 2018, the mobile phone operators managed to attain 51.69 lakh new subscribers.
The number of active subscribers of four mobile phone entities increased to 15.25 crore at the end of July from 15.09 crore in June, 2018.
Of the mobile phone operators, the number of active subscribers of Grameenphone, which held 45.91 per cent of the market share of the country’s telecommunication industry, increased to 7,00,23,000 at the end of July this year from 6,91,70,000 a month ago.
Following an application from the operator, the BTRC has allowed GP to issue number with prefix 013 as its existing number series 017 has almost exhausted.
Robi with its 4.53 crore subscribers managed to become the second largest mobile phone operator with 29.72 per cent market share of the country’s telecom industry. The operator added 6.01 lakh new subscribers in July.
Banglalink, which also secured another new number series, 014, along with its existing 019 prefix, was holding 21.88 per cent of the market share with its subscriber-base increasing by 0.97 lakh to 3.34 crore.
State-owned telecom operator Teletalk’s market share in the country’s telecom industry stood at 2.49 per cent at the end of July this year with the operator’s number of active subscribers increasing by 0.32 lakh to 37.96 lakh.
The number of country’s total internet users increased to 8.87 crore at the end of July from 8.78 crore a month ago.
Of the internet users, the number of mobile-phone internet users increased by 8.88 lakh to 8.29 crore from 8.20 crore.
Under the BTRC’s mobile-internet subscriber calculation procedure, a customer is treated as an
active internet user even if he or she has used internet for once after getting the connection.
The number of broadband internet users increased by 6,000 to 56.91 lakh at the end of July from 56.85 lakh in June.
The number of WiMAX internet users increased by 3,000 in July with the total number of internet users through the technology increasing to 84,000.