Banglalink, the country's second largest mobile phone operator in terms of subscribers, has crossed the landmark of three crore active subscribers on Thursday.
Ziad Shatara, chief executive officer and managing director of Banglalink, confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday, saying: “Banglalink is proud to have reached this coveted milestone. We have made mobile telephony affordable to the people of Bangladesh.”
Only Grameenphone – which currently has 4.94 crore subscribers – had previously achieved the landmark.
According to the BTRC, the country currently has 12.68 crore active SIMs with Banglalink having 25.46% market share.
Grameenphone is the market leader with 42.33% market share, while Robi is third with 2.43 crore subscribers, which is a market share of 20.72%.
Banglalink started its operation in February 2005, when Egypt-based Orascom Telecom Holding (currently Global Telecom Holding) acquired the then Seba Telecom, which had only around 50,000 active subscribers. In 2012, Banglalink's majority share was bought by Netherland-based VimpleCom, the sixth largest mobile network operator in the world.
The operator fulfilled its first 15 years licence tenure in 2011 for 2G, and renewed it for the next 15 years.
Last year, Banglalink was also awarded a 3G licence and had already deployed its network in all 64 districts; sources said Banglalink currently has around six lakh 3G subscribers.
Ziad Shatara said: “We are proud of the extensive 3G internet network in all 64 districts of Bangladesh that has been recognised as the fastest internet experience by everybody including a BTRC survey.
“Going forward, we are well poised to deliver the challenges of tomorrow with our most extensive and ultra-modern 3G network. I congratulate my colleagues and all our stakeholders for believing in us,” the CEO said.
To celebrate the milestone, Banglalink is offering their users to get 30 megabits of Viber, 30 megabits of internet along with 30 SMS & 30 MMS for free. To enjoy the bonuses, subscribers need to type “REG” & send it to 2500.