Bangladesh - Key Statistics, Telecom Market Overview and Forecasts
Bangladesh is one of the poorest, most densely populated, least developed countries in the world. Apart from its lowly economic status, major impediments to growth have included frequent cyclones and floods and the slow implementation of much-needed economic reforms. The country also has a reputation for the inefficiency of its state-owned enterprises. This report looks at the country's surprisingly energetic telecoms sector, in particular, the effort that has been going into building telecom infrastructure and the progress that has been made on regulatory reforms. Some key measures of the status of telecommunications in Bangladesh are also provided.
the fixed-line market recovered to some extent after the setback following the government clampdown on illegal VoIP operations; however, the number of fixed-line operators had been greatly diminished, despite some revalidating' of licences; fixed-line subscriber numbers had flattened out' by 2013, with limited growth prospects in the short to medium term; mobile penetration had grown to 74% by September 2014; the 100 million mobile subscriber milestone had been reached in 2013; e-services start to build as country pushes towards a Digital Bangladesh' by 2021; ITU's 2013 ICT Development Index ranked Bangladesh 135th in the world (out of 157 countries); after banning the selling pre-activated SIM cards without proper subscriber identification, the BTRC continued follow up its decision with a strong enforcement policy; the BTRC has implemented ten-second pulse call charging regime; the regulator issues a large number of new VoIP operator licences; MoPT and MoICT merged in 2014 to form Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology (MPTIT).