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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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

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.

Report update includes an assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key Statistics

2 Regional Asian Market Comparison

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

4.1 Economic considerations and responses

4.2 Mobile devices

4.3 Subscribers

4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications Market

5.1 Market overview

5.2 Background

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Regulatory authorities

6.2 Fixed-line developments

6.3 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market

7.1 Mobile statistics

7.2 Mobile broadband

7.3 Mobile infrastructure

7.4 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Background

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed broadband service providers

8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 Fixed network operators

10 Telecommunications infrastructure

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network

10.2 Fibre networks

10.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)

10.4 National Internet Exchange (NIX) Licenses

10.5 Grameen Telecom's Village Project

10.6 International infrastructure

10.7 Smart infrastructure

11 Digital Economy

11.1 Digital Bangladesh 2021

11.2 e-Payments

11.3 e-Commerce

11.4 m-Commerce

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2020 (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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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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

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.

Report update includes an assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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Scope

1 Key Statistics

2 Regional Asian Market Comparison

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

4.1 Economic considerations and responses

4.2 Mobile devices

4.3 Subscribers

4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications Market

5.1 Market overview

5.2 Background

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Regulatory authorities

6.2 Fixed-line developments

6.3 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market

7.1 Mobile statistics

7.2 Mobile broadband

7.3 Mobile infrastructure

7.4 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Background

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed broadband service providers

8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 Fixed network operators

10 Telecommunications infrastructure

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network

10.2 Fibre networks

10.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)

10.4 National Internet Exchange (NIX) Licenses

10.5 Grameen Telecom's Village Project

10.6 International infrastructure

10.7 Smart infrastructure

11 Digital Economy

11.1 Digital Bangladesh 2021

11.2 e-Payments

11.3 e-Commerce

11.4 m-Commerce

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2020 (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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