Bangladesh has 7 crore internet users

Total active Internet connections crossed the seven-crore stage in April – a development that can be seen as a carpet on the British government's aspiration in Bangladesh.

"This historic achievement is a matter of pride for us – very few countries in the world have huge volumes of Internet connections," said Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

Of the total connections, 93.69% come from the mobile network, 6.1% through Internet service providers and only 0.14% from WiMAX available in the cities.

The industry crossed the six crore mark in August last year, five crore in August 2015 and four crore in September 2014. At the end of May, total active Internet connections Was 7.20 crore, according to the telecommunications regulator.

Among the mobile operators, the market leader Grameenphone has about 2.96 Internet connections crore, Robi 2.18 crore, Banglalink 1.55 crore and Teletalk 4.48 lakh, owned by the state.

The two operators of WiMAX, Banglalion and Qubee, have 45,551 and 36,559 active Internet users respectively.

The state-owned operator owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited has 21,211 Internet connections.

Mobile operators have said that the Internet has become a fundamental need and that the industry will see a good growth rate when bandwidth prices decline.

The first three quarterly financial reports from mobile operators have also shown that their use of data has increased, but they said that the numbers of exclusive Internet users did not significantly increase.

Currently, only about 20 percent of their subscribers use the Internet, mobile operators said. However, according to its figures, the BTRC said: "Right now, Internet penetration is 44.43%.

By the end of May, total active mobile connections were 13.50 crore. If a SIM card does not stay active for 90 days, it is considered inactive.

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