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Seven lakh new mobile subscribers added in October

  • Published at 07:58 pm November 25th, 2019
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In September, the total mobile subscribers was 16.34 crore after addition of nine lakh new subscribers, as per Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) data

The country’s mobile phone operators added 7 lakh new subscribers in October, taking the total number of mobile phone subscribers to 16. 41 crore, says the telecom regulator.

In September, the total mobile subscribers was 16.34 crore after addition of nine lakh new subscribers, as per Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) data. 

In August, the total mobile subscribers was 16.25 crore following addition of 4 lakh new subscribers.  

BTRC data showed, leading mobile phone company Grameenphone (GP) added 3 lakh new subscribers in October, taking the company’s total number of subscribers to 7.60 crore.

Robi,  the second largest mobile phone operator,  roped in 2 lakh new subscribers in the month, taking its total number of subscribers to 4.83 crore.

Banglalink’s total number of subscribers stood at 3.50 crore as the mobile telephone company added one lakh new subscribers over the month.

Teletalk, the state -run mobile phone operator, added 1.79 lakh new subscribers over the one-month period, taking the company’s total number of subscriber to 47.06 lakh.

According to the officials at the GP and Robi, the ongoing dispute of BTRC’s audit claim of Tk13,446 crore slowed down their subscribers growth.

Besides, the officials said that the telecom regulator’s move to withhold approvals for new package, and put bars on the import of network equipment further drag on their new subscribers.

They said since July 22 of this year the BTRC had not been allowing the two mobile phone operators neither to offer new packages nor renew their exiting offers.

Under these circumstances, GP and Robi had been more focused on customers’ retention; rather than gaining new ones, the officials of the two companies added.