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Bangladesh - Internet Market and Forecasts

The internet came late to Bangladesh with the country gaining connectivity in 1996. In the last few years it has grown considerably, although obviously from a very low base. With an estimated internet user-base of around 10 million coming into 2013, representing just under 7% user penetration by population, the local internet industry has been preparing to move into the next stage of its development. As this report demonstrates, however, the country must work hard to overcome obstacles associated with the country's lowly economic status and still developing ICT infrastructure, not least of which being an overly bureaucratic government. The report also looks briefly at very early signs of broadband internet in Bangladesh and, importantly, the country's first moves into WiMAX and mobile broadband services.

Key Developments:

the focus starts to build on the country developing into Digital Bangladesh' by 2021 with this strategy providing a boost to infrastructure;
mobile internet services have been giving a much needed boost to internet access; fixed broadband services, however, continue to struggle;
rapid early growth in WiMAX services after operators launch;
regulator continues to take strong stand against illegal VoIP services;
the BTRC prepares to open market for more VoIP operator licences;
the BTRC issued 34 additional IIG licences in 2012;
Banglalion and Augere were permitted to upgrade their networks to TD-LTE in late 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) formerly Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB); Grameen Cybernet; Integrated Services Network (ISN); Teleglobe; InTech Online (IOL); AlwaysOn Network Bangladesh (AONB); GrameenPhone; Banglalink: Warid Telecom; CityCell; Augere (Qubee); BanglaLion.


1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Censorship
2.1.2 International bandwidth
2.2 Internet statistics
2.3 Forecasts internet services 2015; 2020
2.4 Village Computer and Internet Program (VCIP)
2.5 International Internet Gateway (IIG) licences
2.6 Digital Bangladesh
2.7 Access to Information (A2I) program
2.7.1 Union Information Service Centre (UISC)
2.7.2 Multimedia classrooms
2.7.3 E-Purjee
2.7.4 District E-Service Centre (DESC)
2.7.5 e-Agriculture
2.8 ISP market
2.8.1 Overview
2.8.2 BTTB's ISP service
2.8.3 Grameen Cybernet
2.8.4 Integrated Services Network
2.8.5 InTech Online
2.8.6 AlwaysOn
2.9 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
3. Broadband market
3.1 Overview
3.2 Wireless broadband / WiMAX
3.2.1 Background
3.2.2 Licensing
3.2.3 Operations
3.2.4 Third broadband licence
3.2.5 TDE-LTE (4G) licences
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Cyber laws
4.2 National ICT Policy 2009
5. Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users 1996 - 2013
Table 2 Fixed internet subscribers 1997 - 2013
Table 3 Fixed broadband subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 4 Internet access by households 2005 - 2013
Table 5 Total international internet bandwidth 1998 - 2013
Table 6 Forecast fixed internet subscribers 2015; 2020
Table 7 Number of ISPs 1996 - 2012
Table 8 WiMAX subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 9 Mobile internet subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 10 FttP broadband subscribers 2009 - 2012
Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration - 2005-2013
Chart 2 Bangladesh fixed internet subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Licensed wireless broadband access (WBA) operators in Bangladesh 2013

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