Bangladesh Ready with Next
ranks among the most densely populated countries globally. However, economic
constraints over the last few decades has resulted in under-investment in
network infrastructure, with the result that the country has an under-developed
fixed-line market, with the fixed-line penetration rate being the lowest in
to the poor fixed-line infrastructure is the very low fixed broadband
penetration rate, a situation compounded by the preference among consumers to
adopt mobile broadband solutions for their data needs. To address these
shortcomings the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC)
approved the revival of the NGN modernization project to be undertaken by
Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL). In the years to 2024
steady growth is expected to arise from these efforts.
mobile market is also relatively under-developed, though it has experienced
strong growth over the last six years. Operators have trialed 5G and the BTRC
is expected to auction spectrum for 5G services before the end of 2020, aiming
to provide national 5G coverage by 2026.
to moderate mobile subscriber growth is predicted in coming years, with
constraints to stronger growth coming from intense local competition and from
additional taxes in the national budget which are expected to dampen consumer
use of services.
has also seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the
past five years, though it remains well below most other Asian countries.
Growth is being driven by a rising number of mobile subscribers able to access
faster download speeds on LTE networks. An unprecedented level of investment
among Telco's during 2018 and 2019 extended the footprint of LTE infrastructure
and laid the groundwork for operators to launch 5G services from 2021.
outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on
production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms
sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device
production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage
workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall
progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure
from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent
restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom
services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working,
will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady
though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis
as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts
contained in this report.