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Private PSTN operators double their subscribers at BTTB’s expense

1 Feb 2008

According to statistics from the Bangladesh Telecoms Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the country’s twelve private sector local telephony operators increased their collective subscriber base by 122% in 2007, ending December with a total of 315,000 subscribers to basic wireline and CDMA-based WiLL services. In the face of new competition, incumbent PTO Bangladesh Telegraph & Telephone Board (BTTB) saw its PSTN customer base fall slightly from 877,000 at the start of the year to 872,000 by end-December. According to local newspaper The Daily Star, the private operators provide fixed-wireless connections at prices up to half that charged by BTTB. RanksTel is the largest alternative provider with 113,000 PSTN customers by the end of 2007, up by 148% year-on-year. RanksTel, Dhaka Telephone Company, National Telecom, Square Informatrix and Tele Barta are licensed to operate nationally, while other private operators are restricted to certain regions.

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