Mobile Market in Bangladesh

Mobile market in Bangladesh has been grown rapidly in last few years. But the growth has been slowdown in the first five months of 2009. Decline in growth is believed to be due to high tax (Tk 800) on SIM. The total number of mobile phone customers was 46.50 million in April 2009. There are six mobile companies are operating in Bangladesh. They are Grameenphone, Banglalink, Aktel, CityCell, Warid and TeleTalk.

Grameenphone (GP) owned by Norwegian Telenor, is the largest mobile phone provider which has 21.02 million customers in April 2009. GP has extensive network coverage all over Bangaldesh. TeleTalk is the only state run mobile phone operator which has average call rate as low as Tk. 0.66 per minute to any operator where the average call rate in Bangladesh is around Tk. 1.00 per minute. Only CityCell, which is the oldest of six, provides CDMA service and rest five provide GSM service.

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