Mobile Phone Operators in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh telecommunication was established first by the postal system through telegraph. Later, telephone was launched under government initiative and control, and readily accepted by users as a useful device. In 1971, after the independence, Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone (T&T) Department was established as a successor to that parent organisation under the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MOPT) to run the telecommunication services on a commercial basis. Notable changes regarding the number of fixed and mobile services occurred in the late 1990s. The telecom sector is emerging fast in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is the regulatory authority for this sector.

Pacific Bangladesh Telephone Limited branded as Citycell got license as the first Cellular mobile phone company in Bangladesh in1989. Now there are six mobile phone operators (listed below in alphabetic order) in Bangladesh:

  • Airtel Bangladesh Ltd. Branded as Airtel, formerly known as Warid Telecom
  • Orascom Telecom Ltd.: Branded as Banglalink
  • Pacific Bangladesh Telephone Ltd.: Branded as Citycell
  • Grameenphone/Telenor Bangladesh Ltd.: Branded as Grameenphone
  • Axiata Bangladesh Ltd: Branded as Robi
  • Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd.: Branded as Teletalk

 Users Talking over Mobile Phone

In October, 2012, 3G mobile service was introduced first by state owned Teletalk. Then, four other mobile phone operators — Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Airtel —participated in the 3G auction scheduled for September 8, 2013 and finally got the license. The people are now using and enjoying the advantages of modern 3G technology.

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