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Bangladesh - Key Statistics, Telecom Market Overview and Forecasts


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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.

Key Developments:

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).

Companies covered in this report include:

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL); Peoples Telecom (formerly Bangladesh Rural Telecom Authority (BRTA)); GrameenPhone; CityCell (PBTL);


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Bangladesh's telecom market
4.2 National broadband initiative
4.3 Corruption inquiry
4.4 Background to development
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
5.2 Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology
5.3 Telecommunications legislation - background
5.4 The National Telecommunications Policy of 1998 (NTP-98)
5.5 Telecommunications Act 2001
5.6 The Communications Convergence Bill 2001
5.7 The Telecommunication (Amendment) Bill 2010
5.8 Privatisation and liberalisation
5.8.1 Licensing in the fixed-line market
5.8.2 Expanded licensing regime
5.9 Regulatory developments
5.9.1 Surcharge on mobile usage
5.9.2 Tax on SIM replacement
5.9.3 Registration of SIM cards
5.9.4 Warnings to operators
5.9.5 Mandated broadband speed
5.9.6 Security
5.9.7 Infrastructure sharing
5.9.8 VoIP licensing and regulation
5.9.9 BTRC audits operators
5.9.10 International Terrestrial Cable (ITC) licences
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 Fibre optic networks
6.1.3 Grameen Telecom's Village Project
6.2 Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 International Gateways
6.3.2 Satellite networks
6.3.3 Submarine cable connectivity
7. Fixed network operators in Bangladesh
7.1 Overview of operators
7.2 Shut-down of operators
7.3 Operator statistics
7.4 Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) - formerly Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB)
7.5 Peoples Telecom (Formerly Bangladesh Rural Telecommunications Authority)
7.6 Sheba Telecom
7.7 WorldTel
7.8 Dhaka Phone
8. Notes on scenario forecasts
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Bangladesh 2014
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2013
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics September 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Bangladesh's GDP real growth rate 2005 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 9 Bangladesh optical fibre network - 2011
Table 10 Village Phones in Bangladesh 1998 2007; 2010 - 2014
Table 11 Forecast fixed line subscribers 2015; 2020
Table 12 Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2010 2011; 2013 - 2014
Table 13 Fixed telephone line targets and teledensity 2010; 2025
Table 14 BTCL subscribers 2010 - 2014
Chart 1 Bangladesh fixed-line subscribers and teledensity 2000 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Bangladesh
Exhibit 2 Operator licences in Bangladesh by licence category 2012

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