Telecommunication in Bangladesh

Compared to the European Union, Bangladesh is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +880, there were a total of 171.59 m connections in 2020. Among them were 170.14 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.0 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Bangladesh is back. Around 13% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 6% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 71,164 webhosts, Bangladesh is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 38.13 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Bangladesh ranked 96th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 36.62 Mbit/second (58th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Bangladesh comes 134th with a download speed of 12.53 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was only enough for 128th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Bangladesh from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Bangladesh 2007 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Bangladesh
Broadband users9.52 m5.78 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines1.45 m0.88 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars170.14 m103.31 %541.96 m121.03 %