Brig Gen Md Wahid-Uz-Zaman, director general of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), said only 3 percent of Bangladeshi mobile users use high-end handsets and only around 10 percent of the handsets are 3G-enabled.
The LTE technology can offer far more data speed than 3G. The government issued LTE licences to three WiMax operators last year, but they are yet to launch the service.
Banglalink, the country's second largest mobile phone operator in terms of subscribers, has crossed the landmark of three crore active subscribers on Thursday.
Ziad Shatara, chief executive officer and managing director of Banglalink, confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday, saying: “Banglalink is proud to have reached this coveted milestone. We have made mobile telephony affordable to the people of Bangladesh.”
Only Grameenphone – which currently has 4.94 crore subscribers – had previously achieved the landmark.
According to the BTRC, the country currently has 12.68 crore active SIMs with Banglalink having 25.46% market share.
Grameenphone is the market leader with 42.33% market share, while Robi is third with 2.43 crore subscribers, which is a market share of 20.72%.
Banglalink started its operation in February 2005, when Egypt-based Orascom Telecom Holding (currently Global Telecom Holding) acquired the then Seba Telecom, which had only around 50,000 active subscribers. In 2012, Banglalink's majority share was bought by Netherland-based VimpleCom, the sixth largest mobile network operator in the world.Source
See also: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2014/09/20/57053