Bangladesh passes 65 million mobile SIMs, reports regulator

19 Oct 2010

The total number of mobile phone subscribers in Bangladesh reached 65.14 million at the end of September 2010, according to figures from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), up from 50 million a year earlier. Telenor-backed GSM operator GrameenPhone led the field with 28.65 million subscribers at end-September, up from 26.46 million at the end of the previous quarter, followed by Orascom unit Banglalink with 18.11 million, up from 16.10 million at end-June, while the regulator reported that Axiata Bangladesh (Robi) was in third place with 11.71 million subscribers, although the Malaysian-owned company is likely to disagree with the figure, as it reported 14.55 million subscribers at end-June 2010 (up from 9.37 million in a year). Indian group Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary Warid Telecom Bangladesh (soon to be rebranded as Airtel Bangla) reached 3.58 million active mobile SIMs by the end of September 2010, the BTRC said, up from 3.17 million three months earlier, whilst CDMA operator Citycell’s subscriber base slipped to 1.91 million from 1.99 million over the same timeframe, and state-backed Teletalk’s total subscriptions grew to 1.18 million from 1.16 million.