Internet users increase in July

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The number of Internet users in Bangladesh increased in July due to a spike in mobile data consumption as operators attempt to expand their network and improve the quality of 4G service.

There were around 14 lakh new data subscribers in the month compared to June, bringing the total number of internet users to 12.76 crores, according to data from the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC). ). The gain in July was 3.8% year-on-year.

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Mustafa Jabbar, telecommunications minister, credited the introduction of high-speed internet at a flat rate across the country and the freeing up of some spectrum for allowing more people to access the internet.

“This year we have allocated the most spectrum. Better mobile internet service will follow as soon as operators start deploying spectrum,” he said.

In March, the country’s four mobile operators bought 190 megahertz of spectrum for $1.23 billion, or 10,645 crore Tk.

Once operators add the extra spectrum to their network, customer suffering in the form of slower internet speed and below average voice services would decrease to a large extent.

Operators say they are deploying thousands of 4G base transceiver stations at the center of better internet rhythm.

All of the 14 lakh new subscribers came in the mobile internet segment, bringing the number of people accessing the internet on their portable devices to 11.64 crore in July from 11.50 crore a month earlier.

Mobile data users increased by around 2.5% in July compared to the same month a year earlier.

The number of broadband internet users remained unchanged at 1.11 crore in July from June, but was up 11% from a year ago.

“The growth we have seen during the pandemic has stalled in recent months,” said Aminul Hakim, managing director of Amber IT, an internet service provider.

The number of broadband users has increased dramatically since the Covid-19 outbreak as people had to rely heavily on the internet for communication, work and study. In Bangladesh, broadband users have more than doubled since February 2020.

Bandwidth consumption has seen a remarkable spike during the coronavirus pandemic: 3,850 Gbps were used in June, compared to 1,000 Gbps before the health crisis hit, according to the BTRC.

Although the number of internet subscribers has soared to 12.75 crores, which represents two-thirds of the country’s population, the number of unique internet users is much lower.

Indeed, many people use the Internet from several SIM cards. If a person uses two SIM cards, they will be counted as two subscribers.

According to the BTRC definition, an Internet subscriber refers to subscribers or subscriptions who have accessed the Internet at least once in the previous 90 days.

According to the new population census, 6.5 million people aged 18 or over do not use the Internet.

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