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Jabbar: 90.44 million internet subscribers in Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:10 pm July 9th, 2019
Mustafa Jabbar
File photo of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar Mahmud Hossain Opu

Currently, Tk180 per mbps internet bandwidth charge

Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar on Tuesday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the total number of internet subscribers reached 90.44 million at the end of May, 2019

“The number of the country’s total internet users was only 6 million in December 2008, and it has now reached 90.44 million in May, 2019,” he said while responding to a starred question placed by ruling party lawmaker M Abdul Latif.

Mustafa Jabbar said the price of internet has been slashed in an effort to facilitate the rising number of internet users in the country.

Highlighting that the state-run Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has been providing internet services at a much affordable rate, he said.

Recently, BTCL has reduced bandwidth charges of internet aiming to expand internet usage at all sections of the society.

The telecommunications minister said per Mbps internet bandwidth charge was Tk27,000 in 2008. 

Currently, the prices was reduced to only Tk180.

Even with these impressive figures, level of connectivity and internet penetration still have to improve considerably in Bangladesh. There are many challenges in terms of infrastructure, affordable devices, data plans and digital literacy that need to be overcome.