New Market Report: Bangladesh Telecommunications Report Q4 2014

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri Sep 12 2014

Bangladesh's telecommunications market continues to be challenging. There is no clear delineation between the regulatory duties of the government and the independent regulatory authority, making it difficult for new services and products to be approved in a timely manner. The over-complex licensing regime - and the excessive one-off and annual fees associated with licences - represent a further barrier to improving confidence. However, the government intends to overhaul the regulatory system and bring greater clarity to routes to market for all players. BMI does not expect rapid progress to be made, particularly while the state-owned players continue to benefit from government support. Meanwhile, newly-launched 3G services continue to be rolled out, enabling operators to launch new value-added services to Bangladesh's under-developed broadband sector. However, intense price competition means that success will not translate into attractive returns and we believe the sector would benefit most from competition as well as regulatory reform.

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Key Data

* Mobile penetration reached 73.7% in 2013 and BMI forecasts this to rise to 87.2% by 2018. However, many consumers own multiple SIMs and it is likely that millions of registered accounts accumulated through seasonal price-led campaigns may be technically inactive. A new tax on replacement SIMs should curtail further multi-subscription accumulation and it seems likely that inactive SIM elimination will cause us to downgrade our five-year forecasts.
* Mobile remains the main point of access for broadband services as the incumbent's ADSL rollout programme has stalled and interest in WiMAX is receding. With 3G now bolstering the broadband market and with ambitious next-generation access wireline investments planned, BMI forecasts subscription numbers to rise to 2.213mn by 2018, a mere 1.4% penetration.

Key Trends And Developments

In July 2014, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission...

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Bangladesh's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Bangladesh Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Bangladesh.

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