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Active SIMs rise sharply

  • Published at 08:34 am November 5th, 2013

The mobile phone operators witnessed a new addition of 5.62m active SIM cards during the July-September period, posting 33.29% rise from the same period a year earlier.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) presented the growth in a report released on Monday.

According to its figure, Bangladesh’s six mobile operators have now a total of 110.68m active subscribers, up from 105m in the second quarter.

In first quarter, new active SIMs were 5.16m while in the second quarter it was 2.69m.

As the operators faced a direction of compulsory registration of SIM, the industry experienced negative growth in customers in the last quarter of 2012.

The fall broke a five-year upward trend in penetrating customers by the operators.

 According to the statistics, the market leader Grameenphone now has 46.04m active subscribers adding 2m during the July-September 2013.

Banglalink added 1.02m and Robi got 1.93m during the period.

The state-owned Teletalk added 432,000 subscribers while Airtel saw 212,000 in July-September.

But the country’s oldest operator Citycell lost 53,000 subscribers during the third quarter, the BTRC report stated.

It also said the number of internet subscribers till September crossed 36.24m. Out of total users, 34.71m customers were using mobile internet.