No of mobile internet users decline

Staff Correspondent

1 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The number of mobile internet users in the country has declined month-on-month while the broadband users remain unchanged at the end of April 2021.

According to the latest data of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the total number of internet users stood at 115.43 million in April, dropping from 116.14 million in the previous month.

During the month of April, most of the mobile network operators have lost subscribers while the state-run Teletalk made a growth slightly bringing the number of active connections to 5.75 million from 5.69 million. The subscribers of Grameenphone stood at 80.51 million, declining by around 0.24 million from March, while the Robi Axiata lost 0.29 million subscribers during the period.

The number of Banglalink users stood at 36.25 million, losing 0.6 million connections.

The number of fixed internet or broadband users remained unchanged according to the regulatory body’s data.

However, the businesses claimed that the demand of broadband internet is growing amid the pandemic.

Regarding the steady growth of the internet users, ISPAB general secretary Emdadul Hoque said the broadband penetration is mostly driven by the urban users.

“During the ‘strict locked down’ in April, many users left the city. And there are no new connections during the month of April. Besides, several users prefer to switch off the connection before going hometown,” Emdadul Hoque told the Daily Sun

He also claimed that the companies need to spend large amounts in transmitting data outside Dhaka through the NTTN network, which causes a hike in the internet prices.

The growth of the gross domestic products (GDP) of a country depends on the internet penetration, found a World Bank research.

It mentioned 10 percent increase in broadband connections make 1.38 percent growth in GDP. Besides, 1,000 new broadband connections create 10 new employments, the World Bank report added.

The government is also running a project named InfoSarkar to reach the internet to masses in affordable prices in the line with its Digital Bangladesh vision.