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Bangladesh - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

  • ID: 1949499
  • December 2014
  • Region: Bangladesh
  • 84 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
With Overall Mobile Growth Slowing, Bangladesh Looks To 3G To Give The Market New Life

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Dhaka Phone
  • Sheba Telecom
  • WorldTel
  • MORE

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in Bangladesh. Subjects covered include:

- Key statistics;
- Scenario forecasts (fixed, mobile, internet subscribers)
- Market and industry overviews;
- Major players (fixed and mobile);
- Infrastructure development – national and international;
- Digital media;
- Mobile voice and data market;
- Internet, including VoIP services;
- Broadband services;Regulatory environment and developments.

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With Overall Mobile Growth Slowing, Bangladesh Looks To 3G To Give The Market New Life

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Dhaka Phone
  • Sheba Telecom
  • WorldTel
  • MORE

1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 Background
1.1.2 Economy

2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Bangladesh’s telecom market
2.2 National broadband initiative
2.3 Corruption inquiry
2.4 Background to development

3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
3.2 Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology
3.3 Telecommunications legislation - background
3.4 The National Telecommunications Policy of 1998 (NTP-98)
3.5 Telecommunications Act 2001
3.6 The Communications Convergence Bill 2001
3.7 The Telecommunication (Amendment) Bill 2010
3.8 Privatisation and liberalisation
3.8.1 Licensing in the fixed-line market
3.8.2 Expanded licensing regime
3.9 Regulatory developments
3.9.1 Surcharge on mobile usage
3.9.2 Tax on SIM replacement
3.9.3 Registration of SIM cards
3.9.4 Warnings to operators
3.9.5 Mandated broadband speed
3.9.6 Security
3.9.7 Infrastructure sharing
3.9.8 VoIP licensing and regulation
3.9.9 BTRC audits operators
3.9.10 International Terrestrial Cable (ITC) licences

4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Overview of operators
4.2 Shut-down of operators
4.3 Operator statistics
4.4 Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) - formerly Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB)
4.5 Peoples Telecom (Formerly Bangladesh Rural Telecommunications Authority)
4.6 Sheba Telecom
4.7 WorldTel
4.8 Dhaka Phone

5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Overview
5.1.2 Fibre optic networks
5.1.3 Grameen Telecom’s Village Project
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 International Gateways
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.2.3 Submarine cable connectivity

6. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Censorship
6.1.2 International bandwidth
6.2 Internet statistics
6.3 Village Computer and Internet Program (VCIP)
6.4 International Internet Gateway (IIG) licences
6.5 National Internet Exchange (NIX) licences
6.6 Digital Bangladesh - 2021
6.7 Access to Information (A2I) program
6.7.1 Union Information Service Centre (UISC)
6.7.2 Multimedia classrooms
6.7.3 E-Purjee
6.7.4 District E-Service Centre (DESC)
6.7.5 e-Agriculture
6.8 ISP market
6.8.1 Overview
6.8.2 BTTB’s ISP service
6.8.3 Grameen Cybernet
6.8.4 Integrated Services Network
6.8.5 InTech Online
6.8.6 AlwaysOn
6.9 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

7. Broadband Market
7.1 Overview
7.2 Wireless broadband / WiMAX
7.2.1 Background
7.2.2 WiMAX licensing
7.2.3 Operations
7.2.4 Third BWA licence
7.2.5 TD-LTE (4G) licences
7.2.6 Network expansions and roll-outs
7.2.7 WiFi
7.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
7.4 Regulatory issues
7.4.1 Cyber laws
7.4.2 National ICT Policy – 2009

8. Digital Media / Digital Economy
8.1 Broadcasting
8.1.1 Overview of broadcasting market
8.1.2 TV Channels
8.1.3 Free to Air (FTA) broadcasting
8.1.4 Cable TV (CATV)
8.1.5 Satellite TV
8.1.6 Consolidation and convergence

9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Bangladesh’s mobile market
9.2 Background
9.3 Mobile licences
9.3.1 2G licences
9.3.2 3G licences
9.3.3 4G licences
9.4 Mobile statistics
9.5 Regulatory issues
9.5.1 Surcharge on mobile usage
9.5.2 700MHz spectrum
9.5.3 450MHz spectrum
9.5.4 Blackberry blocked
9.5.5 Infrastructure sharing
9.5.6 Spectrum allocation
9.5.7 SIM registration
9.5.8 Ringtones
9.5.9 Tax on mobile services
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 CityCell (PBTL)
9.6.2 GrameenPhone
9.6.3 Banglalink
9.6.4 Robi Axiata
9.6.5 Teletalk
9.6.6 Airtel Bangla (formerly Warid Telecom)
9.7 Mobile data services
9.7.1 Mobile broadband
9.7.2 Mobile services – university admissions
9.7.3 Mobile banking

10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecasts – fixed-line market – 2015; 2020
10.2 Forecasts – internet services – 2015; 2020
10.3 Forecasts – mobile services – 2015; 2020

Table 1 – Country statistics Bangladesh – 2014
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2013
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2013
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2013
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – September 2014
Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 – Bangladesh’s GDP real growth rate – 2005 - 2015
Table 8 – Fixed-line subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2011; 2013 - 2014
Table 9 – Fixed telephone line targets and teledensity – 2010; 2025
Table 10 – BTCL subscribers – 2010 - 2014
Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2014
Table 12 – Bangladesh optical fibre network - 2011
Table 13 – Village Phones in Bangladesh – 1998 – 2007; 2010 - 2014
Table 14 – Internet users – 1996 - 2014
Table 15 – Fixed internet subscribers – 1997 - 2014
Table 16 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2014
Table 17 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2014
Table 18 – Internet access by households – 2005 - 2014
Table 19 – Mobile internet subscribers – 2012 - 2014
Table 20 – Total international internet bandwidth – 1998 - 2014
Table 21 – Number of ISPs – 1996 - 2013
Table 22 – WiMAX subscribers – 2012 - 2014
Table 23 – FttP broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2014
Table 24 – Key broadcasting statistics – 2013
Table 25 – Proportion of households with TV – 1998 - 2013
Table 26 – Cable TV subscribers – 2002 - 2013
Table 27 – Mobile subscribers – 1996 - 2014
Table 28 – Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – September 2014
Table 29 – Market share by operator – September 2014
Table 30 – Mobile internet subscribers and penetration – 2012 - 2014
Table 31 – Mobile services monthly ARPU – 1998 - 2013
Table 32 – CityCell (PBTL) subscribers – 1999 - 2014
Table 33 – GrameenPhone subscribers – 1998 - 2014
Table 34 – Banglalink (Orascom Telecom) subscribers – 2002 - 2014
Table 35 – Axiata (Bangladesh) subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 36 – Teletalk subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 37 – Airtel subscribers – 2007 – 2014
Table 38 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2013
Table 39 – Forecast fixed line subscribers – 2015; 2020
Table 40 – Forecast fixed internet subscribers – 2015; 2020
Table 41 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2015; 2020

Chart 1 – Bangladesh fixed-line subscribers and teledensity – 2000 - 2014
Chart 2 - Internet users and penetration - 2005-2014
Chart 3 – Bangladesh mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2000 - 2014
Chart 4 – Bangladesh mobile operator market share – September 2014
Chart 5 - Major mobile operator subscribers - 2007-2014

Exhibit 1 – Map of Bangladesh
Exhibit 2 – Operator licences in Bangladesh by licence category – 2012
Exhibit 3 – Licensed wireless broadband access (WBA) operators in Bangladesh – 2013
Exhibit 4 – Mobile operators in Bangladesh – 2013
Exhibit 5 - The Village Pay Phone (VPP) Program

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With Overall Mobile Growth Slowing, Bangladesh Looks To 3G To Give The Market New Life

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Dhaka Phone
  • Sheba Telecom
  • WorldTel
  • MORE

Bangladesh has discovered a way to grow its telecom sector in spite of the odds. It remains one of the poorest, most densely populated, least developed countries in the world; yet it has somehow managed to show considerable spirit in the development of its telecoms and associated activity. This nation of almost 160 million people, with its comparatively low GDP per capita, has been involved in the creation of a very competitive mobile telephone market, especially its mobile market segment. Most noticeable also has been the willingness of Bangladesh to encourage foreign participation in these endeavours.

Following a number of boom years of expansion, the Bangladesh mobile market started showing signs of the growth moderating in 2009. This easing has continued through 2012 and into 2013. There had been a truly stellar year in 2007 with the mobile subscriber base increasing by 70%. Growth eased to around 30% and eased further to less than 20% by 2012, with the country’s mobile subscriptions reaching almost 100 million by end-2012. By late 2014 the subscriber numbers were approaching 120 million.

The strong growth in mobiles has been helped enormously by the deregulation of the country’s telecom sector. The rapid uptake of mobile services was no doubt at the expense of the struggling fixed-line sector, with low levels of teledensity and general shortcomings in fixed network infrastructure. The success of the mobile market, however, has been achieved in a country that continues to struggle with its lowly economic status, its frequent natural disasters such cyclones and floods and the slow implementation of much-needed economic reforms.

Despite a progressive regulatory regime, the country was slow to move forward with 3G mobile services. The first 3G licence in the country was awarded to Teletalk, the state-owned operator launching a pilot 3G offering in late 2012. The 3G licensing process for private operators was meant to follow quickly but became bogged down. The planned auction was finally held in September 2013. Four operators - GrameenPhone Banglalink, Robi Axiata and Bharti Airtel - acquired 3G spectrum in the auction, setting the scene for further developments in the market place. The operators moved quickly to launch their respective offerings and by March 2014 there were around 2.5 million 3G subscribers in total.

The fixed-line segment of the local telecom market has had a very difficult time of late. For years teledensity has remained essentially stagnant at less than 1%, by far the lowest in South Asia. The country had been struggling with its underdeveloped telecommunications infrastructure and heavy bias towards the four main cities. Then, as the country struggled to put an effective telephone network in place, the fixed market experienced a major setback in 2010. The regulator shut down five of the country’s fixed-line operators because of their alleged illegal activities. As a consequence, within a two month period the number of fixed services in operation had fallen from 1.7 million to around one million. The market has since recovered to some extent but it was nevertheless a major setback for the telecom sector and there were ongoing repercussions.

The internet usage has been growing quickly in Bangladesh, although obviously this was happening from a very low base. With an estimated internet user-base of close to 10 million (a 7% user penetration) coming into 2014, the number of people using the internet had more than doubled in just three years. The local internet industry was obviously preparing to move into the next stage of its development. The country must work hard, however, to overcome obstacles associated with the country’s lowly economic status and still developing ICT infrastructure. Broadband internet is in its infancy, but the country has started moving on a number of fronts into wireless based services and has embraced mobile internet in a big way. This is important because the range of technologies on offer help overcome some of the infrastructure limitations and left the nation into a broadband regime.

One initiative to note, the government has launched what it calls the Digital Bangladesh (DB) strategy; this is aimed at creating a digitised government, ICT-enabled services, nationwide internet connectivity, a high-tech park for businesses and ICT-trained human resources by 2021.

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With Overall Mobile Growth Slowing, Bangladesh Looks To 3G To Give The Market New Life

- Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) - formerly Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB)
- Dhaka Phone
- Peoples Telecom (Formerly Bangladesh Rural Telecommunications Authority)
- Sheba Telecom
- WorldTel

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