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Number of Teletalk users quadruples in two and a half years on 3G services

14The number of subscribers to the only state-run mobile-phone operator, Teletalk, has quadrupled since the introduction of its 3G services two and a half years ago.

The company attributes the surge to high-quality and high-speed data services.

Teletalk said the number of its subscribers was around 5.4 million at April-end against about 1.4 million on Oct 14, 2012, when the company trialled 3G services.

Managing Director Gias Uddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com they got 550,000 new subscribers in the first four months this year.

Describing the rise in number of users as ‘positive’, Ahmed said: “Teletalk subscribers realise that its 3G service quality is good.”

He said the company wished to offer the best possible services based on its existing infrastructure. “Teletalk doesn’t need profit. Our aim is to offer quality services to the subscribers.”

The MD said Teletalk 3G service had already reached almost all big towns and they were working to take the service to every district in the next three-four months.

“We hope the number of subscribers will grow further once that is done,” he added.

Ahmed claimed Teletalk’s presence in the market forced mobile-phone call rates to drop sharply.

He said the company was now offering 1 GB data with one-month validity at Tk 115 and extending data service to students under a special discounted package.

Teletalk Deputy Manager (Marketing) Abdul Mohaimen told bdnews24.com: “We’ve brought in a revolution in 3G service. We’re offering the highest speed at a low cost.”

He said the company would come up with ‘more attractive’ packages in future.

According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC), 123.69 million people are using services offered by six mobile-phone operators.