Bangladesh ended March 2013 with 481,559 WiMAX broadband internet subscribers, according to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC). TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that this represents an increase from around 360,000 WiMAX subscriptions a year earlier and 115,000 in March 2011, although it appears that growth in the segment has slowed considerably in recent months. TeleGeography says that just 7,500 net new WiMAX users were signed up in Q1 2013 – shared between the two main WiMAX operators Banglalion and Qubee – compared to 27,000 in the previous three months and 65,000 in the year-ago quarter.
The BTRC also reported that mobile (cellular) internet users in the country reached 30.1 million at the end of March 2013, up from 28.7 million in just one month. Total mobile subscribers in Bangladesh reached almost 100 million at the same date, the regulator added.