Internet users in Bangladesh pass 100 million

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The number of internet users in Bangladesh exceeded 100 million for the first time to reach 103.253 million users, according to newly released data from the country’s regulator, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Of the 103 million people accessing services in March, 95.16 million did so via the web or mobile phone network.

In a country of 161.4 million people, the growth has been relatively sharp.

Comparing year on year figures, in March 2019, total subscribers stood at 93.102 million, split between mobile internet (87.310 million), WiMAX (0.061 million) and ISP + PTSN (5.731 million).  Today, of 103.253 million subscribers, 95.168 million access services through mobile – an increase of 7.8 million users year on year – compared to WiMAX (0.2 million) and ISP + PSTN (8.084 million).

On a month to month basis, in February total subscribers in Bangladesh stood at 99.984 million, with 94.236 using mobile internet.

As of Q1, Bangladesh was trailed in user numbers by Mexico (88 million internet users and 128 million citizens), the Philippines (79 million internet users and 109 million citizens) and Thailand (57 million internet users and 69 million citizens).

BTRC chairman Chairman Jahurul Haque, attributed the milestone to higher quality services and essential nature of the internet in modern Bangladesh society.

In terms of global internet user distribution, as of Q1 this year Asia accounted for 50.3% of all internet users, followed by Europe at 15.9% and Africa at 11.5%. However, when it comes to penetration, North America leads at 94.6%, followed by Europe at 87.2%.

As of this year, the number of people around the world using the internet had grown by 7% to reach 4.54 billion compared to January 2019, after 298 million new users were registered in the last 12 months.

When it comes to global mobile phone use, 5.19 billion people now use a handset, with numbers up 2.4% over the last year.


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