Regulator says mobile phones reach 43.7 million

14 Jul 2008

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has released mobile phone subscriber figures for June, showing that the country’s six network operators signed up a total of 1.66 million new users to end the month with 43.7 million customers between them. According to the regulator’s report, market leader GrameenPhone, controlled by Norway’s Telenor, increased its subscriber base by 730,000 in June to 19.58 million. Banglalink, part of the Egyptian Orascom Telecom group, signed up 470,000 new users in the month to take its total to 9.46 million. Telekom Malaysia subsidiary TM International (Bangladesh) Limited (AKTEL), reached a subscriber base of 7.85 million at end-June after adding 140,000 users. UAE-backed Warid Telecom (Bangladesh), had signed up 3.31 million subscribers by mid-2008, including 180,000 in June. The sole CDMA cellular operator in a GSM-dominated field, Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (CityCell), part-owned by SingTel, saw its customer base grow to 1.7 million, up from 1.64 million in May, whilst the total users of state-owned Teletalk stood at 1.07 million at the end of June.



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