Cellular users reach 105 million, WiMAX users pass half a million

30 Jul 2013

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) reports that the total number of mobile phone subscribers in the country reached 105.05 million at the end of June 2013. The figure was up from 99.86 million at the end of March 2013 and 93.79 million at mid-2012, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. The BTRC also reported that mobile internet users reached 33.9 million at 30 June 2013 (up from 27.8 million twelve months earlier according to GlobalComms), while the regulator also recorded that WiMAX wireless broadband subscribers passed the half-million mark in June 2013, ending the month at 505,000 (up from 482,000 the previous quarter and 418,000 year-on-year). TeleGeography notes that the BTRC’s WiMAX figures only count the country’s two holders of nationwide Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licences – permitting fully mobile WiMAX services in the 2.5GHz spectrum band – namely Banglalion and Qubee, and currently exclude other fixed-wireless (including fixed WiMAX) ISPs such as Dhaka’s Ollo (which is in the process of applying for one of the spare BWA licences).

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