The number of internet subscribers in Bangladesh rose by about 12 lakh in May from a month earlier thanks to an increase in the country’s mobile subscriber base.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has directed mobile network operators and internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to provide information on their spending for digital advertisements on different social media platforms last year.
Four private telecom operators -- Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi, and Airtel -- owe an amount of Tk2,413 crore to the government which remains due as VAT on 2G spectrum fees and licence fees, said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
Bangladesh has advances seven spots in a global ranking on mobile download speeds, reaching 119th position.
The internet subscriber base in Bangladesh has been on a downward curve for four months till November last year due to a sharp drop in the number of mobile internet users.
The ban on sales of Grameenphone SIMs was finally lifted last night, six months after its imposition.
Bangladesh’s steady embrace of digitalisation, spearheaded by a growing number of tech startups and rising software and IT service exports, has suffered a heavy blow from the imposition of new taxes this year.