The number of active mobile phone connections increased by 44.93 lakh in the January-March quarter of the year 2021 when the country’s economic activities were better since the rate of Covid infections was lower.
As per Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission data, the number of mobile connections increased to 17.46 crore at the end of March 2021 from 17.01 crore at the end of December 2020.
The mobile phone operators managed to add 30.28 lakh customers during the October-December quarter of the year 2020.
The number of mobile internet connections increased by 39.77 lakh in the first three months of the year 2021. In the October-December quarter of 2020, the mobile phone operators lost 1.25 lakh internet connections.
The total mobile internet connections in the country increased to 10.63 crore at the end of March 2021 from 10.24 crore three months ago.
The Covid positivity rate in March rose around 20-22 per cent while the rate was around 5-7 per cent in January and February.
Of the mobile phone operators, leading operator Grameenphone acquired the highest, 17.13 lakh, connections in the January-March quarter.
With the new connections, the customer base of GP increased to 8.07 crore at the end of March from 7.90 crore three months ago.
The second largest telecom operator Robi Axiata saw an increase of 10.39 lakh connections during the quarter under consideration, taking its total connections to 5.19 crore in March from 5.09 crore three months ago.
Two other telecom operators, Banglalink and Teletalk, attained 9.78 lakh connections and 7.63 lakh connections respectively.
Including the mobile internet connections, the country’s total internet connections increased by 42.65 lakh to 11.61 crore at the end of March 31, 2021 from 11.19 crore three months ago.
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