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Bangladesh - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

February 2020 | 94 pages | ID: BB15C35AD1ECEN
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The Bangladesh - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Bangladesh prepares for 5G launches

Bangladesh ranks among the most densely populated countries globally. However, economic constraints over the last few decades has resulted in under-investment in network infrastructure, with the result that the country has an under-developed fixed-line market, with the fixed-line penetration rate being the lowest in South Asia.

Related to the poor fixed-line infrastructure is the very low fixed broadband penetration rate, a situation compounded by the preference among consumers to adopt mobile broadband solutions for their data needs. To address these shortcomings the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the revival of the NGN modernisation project to be undertaken by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL). In the years to 2024 steady growth is expected to arise from these efforts.

Bangladesh’s mobile market is also relatively under-developed, though it has experienced strong growth over the last six years. Operators have trialled 5G and the BTRC is expected to auction spectrum for 5G services before the end of 2020, aiming to provide national 5G coverage by 2026.

Slow to moderate mobile subscriber growth is predicted in coming years, with constraints to stronger growth coming from intense local competition and from additional taxes in the national budget which are expected to dampen consumer use of services.

Bangladesh has also seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years, though it remains well below most other Asian countries. Growth is being driven by a rising number of mobile subscribers able to access faster download speeds on LTE networks. An unprecedented level of investment among telcos during 2018 and 2019 extended the footprint of LTE infrastructure and laid the groundwork for operators to launch 5G services from 2021.

Key Developments:
  • The mobile market has seen significant market consolidation over the past few years.
  • The first test run of 5G technology in Bangladesh took place in Dhaka.
  • The BTRC issued a directive on allowing IoT for smart buildings and automation industries.
  • Overall fixed line penetration dropped slightly from 2013 to 2018.
  • Strong growth is of mobile broadband subscribers is predicted over the next five years.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL); Grameenphone; CityCell (PBTL); Banglalink; Robi; Teletalk; Airtel Bangladesh; Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL).
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market overview
4.2 Background

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Regulatory authorities
5.2 Fixed-line developments
5.3 Mobile network developments

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Mobile statistics
6.2 Mobile broadband
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Major mobile operators

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Background
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.3 Fixed broadband service providers
7.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

9.1 Overview of the national telecom network
9.2 Fibre networks
9.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
9.4 National Internet Exchange (NIX) Licenses
9.5 Grameen Telecom's Village Project
9.6 International infrastructure
9.7 Smart infrastructure

10 DIGITAL ECONOMY

10.1 Digital Bangladesh 2021
10.2 e-Payments
10.3 e-Commerce
10.4 m-Commerce

11 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

12 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES, CHARTS AND EXHIBITS

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2019 (e)
Table 2 Key Metrics - Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in services - 2019 - 2024
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 4 Growth in mobile market revenue 2013 2019
Table 5 Growth in investment (CAPEX) by mobile operators 2013 2018
Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 7 Percentage of the population covered by mobile infrastructure by technology 2019 (e)
Table 8 Mobile subscriber market share by operator 2019
Table 9 Mobile operators by system
Table 10 Growth in the number of Grameenphone's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 11 Development of Grameenphone's mobile service revenue 2013 2019
Table 12 Development of Grameenphone's blended mobile ARPU 2013 2019
Table 13 Development of Grameenphone's capex (excluding license fees) 2013 2019
Table 14 Change in the number of Banglalink's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 15 Development of Banglalink's mobile revenue 2013 2019
Table 16 Development in Banglalink's capex 2015 2019
Table 17 Growth in the number of Robi's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 18 Development of Robi's revenue 2013 2019
Table 19 Change in Robi's blended ARPU 2013 2019
Table 20 Development of Robi's capex 2013 2019
Table 21 Change in the number of Teletalk's mobile subscribers 2005 2019
Table 22 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2024
Table 23 Decline in the number of WiMAX subscribers 2012 2019
Table 24 Change in the number of fixed lines and penetration 2009 2024
Table 25 Growth in the number of Village Phones 1998; 2003; 2005 2016; 2019
Table 26 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2007 2018
Table 27 Lit/Equipped international bandwidth capacity 2015 2019
Table 28 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1996 2005
Table 29 Historic - Grameenphone mobile subscribers 1998 2009
Table 30 Historic - Banglalink mobile subscribers 2002 2009
Table 31 Historic - Robi Axiata mobile subscribers 2005 2009
Table 32 Historic - Airtel Bangladesh subscribers 2007 2017
Table 33 Historic - CityCell mobile subscribers 1999 2015
Table 34 Historic Total international internet bandwidth 1998 2006
Table 35 Historic - FttP broadband subscribers 2009 2016
Table 36 Historic - Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2010 2011; 2013 2015
Table 37 Historic - BTCL fixed-line subscribers 2010 2016
Table 38 Historic - fixed-line subscribers and penetration 1995 2008
Table 39 Historic - Bangladesh optical fibre network 2016
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index Central Asia
Chart 4 Mobile, mobile broadband and fixed broadband penetration 2019; 2024
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 6 Growth in mobile market revenue 2013 2019
Chart 7 Growth in telecom market revenue 2013 2019
Chart 8 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 9 Growth in the number of Grameenphone's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 10 Development of Grameenphone's mobile service revenue 2013 2019
Chart 11 Development of Grameenphone's blended mobile ARPU 2013 2019
Chart 12 Development of Grameenphone's capex (excluding license fees) 2013 2019
Chart 13 Change in the number of Banglalink's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 14 Development of Banglalink's mobile revenue 2013 2019
Chart 15 Development in Banglalink's capex 2015 2019
Chart 16 Growth in the number of Robi's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 17 Development of Robi's mobile revenue 2013 2019
Chart 18 Change in Robi's blended ARPU 2013 2019
Chart 19 Development of Robi's capex 2013 2019
Chart 20 Change in the number of Teletalk's mobile subscribers 2005 2019
Chart 21 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2024
Chart 22 Decline in the number of WiMAX subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 23 Change in the number of fixed lines and penetration 2009 2024
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Mobile operators in Bangladesh
Exhibit 4 Licensed wireless broadband access (WBA) operators in Bangladesh


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