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Broadband users rising in Bangladesh
Business Correspondent
Published :Monday, 26 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 55
The number of fixed broadband users in Bangladesh is growing even though the growth is much less than that of mobile internet subscribers.
In a month, the number of such subscribers has increased by 47 per cent, said a report of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
The number of subscribers of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTNs) crossed 1.9 million in September.
In August, their subscribers were 1.3 million, which means within a month the number of users increased by 600,000. During the same period in 2014, the number was 1.232 million and in 2013 it was 1.223 million.
"Number of fixed broadband users will be even higher than the BTRC figure.  If ISPs give actual figures, then this number will be around 2.5 to 3 million," said President of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh MA Hakim.
He said use of fixed broadband was increasing at homes. If those who are doing area-based internet business without licence could have been regulated, then the number of subscribers would have been more and the service, too, would have been better, he told bdnews24com.
Though, as per the BTRC figure, the number of fixed broadband users increased by 600,000 in a month, it was still much less compared with mobile internet users.
By the end of September, the number of mobile internet users increased by 1.8 million in a month to cross 54 million.
Meanwhile, the BTRC has started a drive against illegal internet service providers, that are operating without licence, from September.
According to a BTRC estimate, 490 ISPs are operating in the country at present.
International Telecommunication Union and UNESCO's "The State of Broadband 2015" report placed Bangladesh in the 149th position among 189 counties worldwide in internet proliferation.
The report placed India in the 155th position and Pakistan 156th. In the ranking of internet use at home, Bangladesh's position is 101 among the developing countries.

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