Bangladesh ranks among the most densely populated countries on the globe, but its fixed-line penetration remains the lowest in South Asia.
The fixed line market in Bangladesh remains highly underdeveloped due to the dominance of the mobile segment. Further, the number of fixed telephone lines is slowly declining as the mobile segment and in particular the mobile broadband segment continues to expand.
Fixed broadband penetration in Bangladesh remains very low mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform. Also, the limited and declining number of fixed lines is restricting more widespread development of fixed broadband. The ECNEC has approved the revival of the NGN modernisation project to be undertaken by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL). Over the next five years to 2023 strong growth is expected to continue.
Bangladesh's mobile market remains relatively under-developed however has experienced strong growth over the last six years.
The mobile market has seen significant market consolidation over the past few years with the merger of Robi Axiata and Airtel Bangladesh. Also, mobile operator CityCell was forced out of the market, reducing the market to just four major mobile operators by 2018.
In July 2018 the first test run of 5G technology in Bangladesh took place in Dhaka. The demonstration aimed to show how a 5G ecosystem can be cultivated in the Digital Bangladesh' project.
Slow to moderate mobile subscriber growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to very strong local competition.
In 2018 the BTRC issued a directive on allowing Internet of Things (IoT) for smart buildings, automation industries and some other city services that will help to establish a smart city.
Bangladesh has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers with faster download speeds on 4G networks. However, the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development with penetration well below most other Asian countries. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they further roll out their 4G networks and eventually launch 5G networks.
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).
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market overview and analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
5. Regulatory Environment
5.1 Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
5.2 Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology
5.3 Telecommunications Act 2001
5.4 The Communications Convergence Bill 2001
5.5 The Telecommunication (Amendment) Bill 2010
5.6 Expanded licensing regime
5.7 Infrastructure sharing
5.8 Directives on Service and Tariffs 2015
5.9 Cyber laws
6. Fixed network operators
6.2 Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL)
6.3 Fixed broadband service providers
6.3.2 Grameen Cybernet
6.3.3 InTech Online
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Fibre networks
7.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
7.4 Next Generation Network (NGN)
7.5 National Internet Exchange (NIX) licenses
7.6 Grameen Telecom's Village Project
7.7 International infrastructure
7.7.3 International gateways
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.2 Broadband statistics with Market Forecast
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 Wireless broadband - Background
8.3.2 WiMAX and Wireless Broadband rollouts
9. Mobile market
9.1 Mobile statistics and market forecast
9.2 Mobile broadband and market forecast
9.3 Mobile regulatory issues
9.3.1 Surcharge on mobile usage
9.3.2 Blackberry blocked
9.3.3 SIM registration
9.3.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10. Mobile infrastructure
10.4 Other developments
11. Major mobile operators
11.1 Operator statistics
11.4.2 Robi Axiata
11.4.3 Airtel Bangladesh
11.6 Historic - CityCell (PBTL)
12. Smart infrastructure
12.1 Internet of Things
13. Digital economy
13.1 Digital Bangladesh - 2021
14. Digital Media
14.1 broadcasting market
15. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 - 2023
Table 3 Historic - Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2010 2011; 2013 - 2015
Table 4 Historic - BTCL subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Table 6 Historic - fixed-line subscribers and penetration 1995 - 2006
Table 7 Historic - Bangladesh optical fibre network - 2016
Table 8 Historic - FttP broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 9 Historic - Village Phones in Bangladesh 1998 2007; 2010 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) 2007 - 2023
Table 11 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Table 12 Total international internet bandwidth 2007 - 2018
Table 13 Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2015 - 2018
Table 14 Historic Total international internet bandwidth 1998 - 2006
Table 15 WiMAX subscribers 2012 - 2018
Table 16 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2023
Table 17 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1996 - 2005
Table 18 Historic - Mobile services monthly ARPU 1998 - 2016
Table 19 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2023
Table 21 Mobile subscribers by system
Table 22 Mobile Subscriber Market Share by Operator 2018
Table 23 GrameenPhone mobile subscribers 1998 - 2018
Table 24 Banglalink mobile subscribers 2002 - 2018
Table 25 Robi Axiata mobile subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 26 Historic - Airtel Bangladesh subscribers 2007 20171
Table 27 Teletalk mobile subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 28 Historic - CityCell mobile subscribers 1999 - 2016
List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2018; 2023
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index Central Asia
Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) 2007 - 2023
Chart 7 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2023
Chart 9 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2023
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Licensed wireless broadband access (WBA) operators in Bangladesh 2014
Exhibit 4 Mobile operators in Bangladesh