Bangladesh internet users increased by 1.96 million in August, 2019 which is the highest in a single month recorded in last one year. The data was published by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) today.
With the new addition, the number of internet users now stands at 98.1 million which is an all-time high, of which only 0.023 million were added in July 2019.
This incremental growth came as a surprise for the industry insiders considering that two top mobile operators in the country, Grameenphone and Robi, are now in difficult negotiation with over the restrictions from BTRC followoing the audit claim by the regulator body.
Since July the telecom regulator came hard on the two top players and restricted their network expansion, banned their new offers and new package approval. They also cut the bandwidth allowance of Grameenphone by 30 percent and Robi by 15 percent in July.
The above hard line by BTRC didn’t impact the acquisition of new customers as the BTRC data shows. Of the new addition, mobile operators’ contribution was 19.59 lakh and another one lakh came from fixed broadband segment.
Mobile phone-based connections contributed the highest to the category with 9.24 crore users, ISP and PSTN connections accounted for 57.35 lakh users followed by WiMAX with 40,000 users..
The BTRC data also shows, the total active mobile connections stand at 16.26 crore, of which Grameenphone is leading with 7.56 crore, Robi is in second position with 4.78 crore and Banglalink and Teletalk are at 3.48 crore and 43.87 lakh respectively.