The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has reported that the country’s six mobile networks operators had a total of 45.75 million active subscribers at the end of March 2009, representing year-on-year growth of 17.6%. According to the regulator’s figures, GrameenPhone led the market at that date with 21.05 million subscribers, followed by Banglalink (10.83 million), AKTEL (8.76 million), Warid (2.26 million), CityCell (1.87 million) and Teletalk (980,000). BTRC previously reported that the total number of wireline and fixed-wireless PSTN subscriber lines in service reached 1.34 million at the end of December 2008, up 13.3% year-on-year. Leading a market of twelve operators, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) had 872,000 fixed line customers at that date (reportedly unchanged in a year), with its nearest competitor RanksTel claiming 152,000, followed by Dhaka Phone (62,000), Peoples Telecom (61,000), Telebarta (56,000) and National TeleCom (54,000). The total PSTN customer base had risen only slightly to 1.37 million by end-February 2009 according to BTRC’s most recent figures.
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