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Teletalk still shows worst data service provider, global speed test

According to data from the telecoms regulator, the internet subscriber base in Bangladesh has trended downwards in the four months to November last year due to a sharp decline in the number of mobile internet users. Photo: Rajib Raihan

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According to data from the telecoms regulator, the internet subscriber base in Bangladesh has trended downwards in the four months to November last year due to a sharp decline in the number of mobile internet users. Photo: Rajib Raihan

Banglalink, the third largest mobile network operator in Bangladesh, now provides the fastest internet connection speed, while state-run Teletalk continues to be the worst data service provider in the country, according to a global speed test report.

According to Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence report, Banglalink delivered the fastest average download speed among the top local mobile network operators in Q4 2022 at 19 Mbps.

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With a median download speed of 5.29 Mbps, Teletalk was the lowest during that period.

Ookla, a global leader in Internet testing and analysis, provides a comprehensive view of worldwide network performance, quality and availability based on millions of results obtained daily through the Ookla Speedtest software.

For example, if anyone in Bangladesh checks their mobile network’s internet speed through the Ookla app, it will count towards Ookla’s global test results.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has not released any driver test results for 2022.

With 3.94 million subscribers, Banglalink won Ookla’s recognition as the fastest mobile internet service provider in Bangladesh for the fourth consecutive year in February last year.

It also fared relatively better than other operators in a test conducted by regulators to measure internet services in the country in 2021.

Banglalink’s strong performance was supported by its efforts to improve its internet services as the company invested heavily in spectrum acquisition.

According to Banglalink’s chief corporate and regulatory affairs officer Taimur Rahman, in 2021 the network operator acquired another chunk of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band and in 2022 in the 2300 MHz band.

Also, Banglalink deployed nearly 4,000 base stations last year, increasing its coverage by up to 40%.

According to him, with this expanded coverage, capacity and spectrum availability, Banglalink has consistently been able to become the fast mobile internet provider in the country.

Banglalink has also introduced many innovative digital services in the recent past, including Toffee, through which millions of people in the country were able to watch the recent FIFA World Cup.

In addition, the company’s MyBL application became the first super program in the country, while there are many other services that are appreciated by customers.

“Banglalink is evolving to provide better and quality services for the people of the country,” Rahman said.

Market leader Grameenphone with 8.03 million subscribers was the second best ISP with a median download speed of 14.16 Mbps.

The second largest operator, Robi Axiata, which currently has 5.43 million customers, secured the second place in the speed test with Airtel brands downloading speeds of 10.85 Mbps, while Robi secured the second spot with 10.61 Mbps download speeds.

AKM Habibur Rahman, CEO of Teletalk Bangladesh, said that they have identified the network congestion points and increased the bandwidth at these points in the last 3-4 months.

“I hope that the quality of the network will improve in the future,” he added.

Bangladesh moved up seven places to 119th position in the global ranking for mobile download speed.

According to Ookla’s recently published Speedtest Global Index, the country recorded an average speed of 13.95 Mbps in November last year, which is better than the 10.42 Mbps recorded in November 2021.

According to the latest data from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the internet subscriber base in Bangladesh tilted downwards in the four months to November last year due to a sharp decline in the number of mobile internet users.

In November, the number of Internet users decreased by 11 million to 12.50 million compared to the previous month.

With this, the number of internet users has decreased by around 25 lakh since July when the total subscriber base was 12.75 million.

In the same month, the number of mobile internet subscribers decreased by approximately 11 million to 11.34 million.

However, operators said that although the number of Internet users is decreasing, data consumption is increasing.



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