Bangladesh’s largest mobile provider GrameenPhone has reported revenues of BDT51.5 billion (USD646 million) in the first half of 2015, up 0.7% from the same period last year, according to a statement. The cellco added a net 1.6 million new subscriptions in six months, taking the end-June (the end of the Bangladeshi financial year) total subscriber base to 53.1 million. The user total was up by 7.9% from 49.2 million at the same date in 2014, while the operator estimates that its market share stands at around 42%, which TeleGeography notes is compared to 42.8% at the start of 2015 and 42.2% at end-June 2014. GrameenPhone’s mobile data subscribers were reported at 13.4 million at 30 June 2015 (or over 25% of the total base).
Elsewhere this week, GrameenPhone has launched a digital music platform named ‘GP Music’, hosting thousands of Bangla songs, available for a starting price of BDT5 per song download and BDT40 per album download. GP Music is available via a website, with an Android mobile app available shortly.