Bangladeshi mobile user base seen topping 18m in '07

07 Feb 2006

(Asia Pulse via NewsEdge) Bangladesh's mobile phone subscriber base is expected to reach 18 million by 2007 following a massive surge in foreign investment in the booming cellular market, according to a recent report.

The report, entitled Bangladesh Mobile Telecommunication 2005, authored by Australian research company BIS Schrapnel, is based on interviews with network operators and importers, network dealers, and retailers.

Report author Priyam Shah asserts that the Bangladeshi mobile phone market has achieved phenomenal growth since the beginning of 2004, registering a massive 100% growth in its subscriber base during 2004, and 137% during 2005.

This trend is forecast to continue over the coming years, bringing the subscriber base to 18 million by 2007.

According to Shah, the recent growth can be attributed to factors such as the deregulation of the telecommunication sector, low levels of tele-density, inadequate fixed phone infrastructure, high competition following the entry of two new operators, Banglalink and Teletalk, and massive foreign direct investments by telecom giants Telenor, Telekom Malaysia, Orascom, SingTel, and most recently by UAE-based Warid Telecom.

He contends that foreign operators, in collaboration with local partners, have been working to remove entry barriers and widen the base of mobile subscribers by making mobile telephony more affordable.

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