One of the Asia’s fastest-growing cellular market, Bangladesh, adds up a total of 1.1 million new subscribers in July, lifting the user base to 44.8 million. According to a telecom regulatar data, top operator Grameenphone, controlled by Norway’s Telenor which is gearing up for a $300 million public offer, raised its subscriber base to 20.84 million in July from 20.31 million in June. Aktel (begs third position), majority owned by Telekom Malaysia International has added 130,000 users, taking its user base to 7.98 million at end-July. Warid Telecom International of the United Arab Emirates, which launched its Bangladesh operations in May 2007 has closed july with 3.48 million users from 3.31 million. City Cell (Only CDMA carrier) a joint venture between Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd and Singapore Telecommunication shows a dip in users numbers which is 1.67 million in July from 1.70 million in June.
Even the number of mobile phone users grows nearly 58 percent in 2007 to 34.4 million. This increase in number of mobile phone users is basically helped by competitive tariffs and cheap handsets said Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission. Mobile phone services are one of an important contributor to the cash-strapped nation’s economy. Several market surveys have forecasted that the number of mobile phone users will be around 70 million at the end of 2011.