The country's mobile phone operators added 13.29 million new customers in one year till June, raising the total number of users to 59.98 millions.
According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), there were 46.69 million customers of six mobile phone vendors till June last year. But the number reached 59.98 millions in June this year.
Of the six operators, the sources said, Grameenphone (GP) maintained its solo lead in terms of customer acquisition by adding 5.30 million subscribers in last one year. The number of GP users is now 26.46 millions which was 21.16 millions till June last year.
Egyptian Orascom Telecom's Banglalink retained the second spot adding 5.06 million clients in the last one year. The number of Banglalink users reached 16.10 millions till June which was 11.04 millions in June last year.
Robi, formerly known as AKTEL, owned by Axiata (Bangladesh) Ltd, remained in the third position with 11.10 million customers. It added 2.25 million subscribers in last one year raising the total number of its customers to 11.10 millions.
The market's new entrant Warid Telecom grabbed the number four position adding .59 million customers in the last one year. The number of customers of Warid Telecom, the Emirates telecom vendor which was launched in 2008, reached 3.17 millions in June this year. The number was 2.58 millions till June last year.
Citycell, the country's first and only CDMA operator and a joint venture between Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited and Singapore Telecommunication, remained in the fifth spot with 1.99 million customers. The Citycell added only .03 million subscribers in the last one year.
The state-run TeleTalk now remained at bottom place with 1.16 million customers. It roped in .06 million subscribers in last one year.
An official of the BTRC told BSS today that the number of mobile customers is increasing rapidly in the country due to reduction in call charges and SIM prices.
Source: The New Nation