The number of mobile internet connections drops in November after a 6-month increase

A file photo shows a man using the internet on his cell phone in the capital, Dhaka. The number of active mobile internet connections in the country fell in November after a six-month increase as many people resumed in-person activities amid steadily declining cases of Covid infection. – Photo New Age

The number of active mobile internet connections in the country fell in November after a six-month increase as many people resumed in-person activities amid steadily declining cases of Covid infection.

According to data from the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, the number of active mobile internet connections fell by 25.8 lakh in November 2021.

The number of active mobile internet connections fell to 11.65 crore in November of the just ended, from 11.91 crore the previous month.

Besides mobile internet connections, there was another 1.01 crore broadband connection in the country, bringing the total number of internet connections to 12.66 crore by the end of November 2021.

In October, the number of mobile internet connections increased by 4 lakh.

Before the November drop, mobile internet connections saw a drop in April when they fell by 7.1 lakh.

Officials at mobile operators said the country’s data connections and usage increased dramatically after the Covid outbreak, as people had to depend on internet connections for their daily activities.

People’s reliance on internet connections has gradually declined as they have started resuming in-person activities since cases of Covid infection declined in the second half of 2021.

The daily rate of coronavirus infection peaked on July 28, 2021 when the country detected 16,230 cases of the new infection.

In October of the year, the daily number of coronavirus infection cases fell below 1,000, and the number remained below 300 in November.

Due to the decline in infections, people felt safe and the number of in-person programs and activities increased over the period.

People’s dependence on internet connections has declined, mobile phone officials said.

They said, however, that the need for internet connections could increase in the coming days if the new rising infection rate forces people to limit their in-person activities.

Although the number of Internet connections declined, the number of mobile phone connections increased in November.

BTRC data showed that the number of mobile phone connections increased by 2.1 lakh in November.

The total number of active mobile phone connections rose to 18.15 crore at the end of November of the year, from 18.13 crore a month ago.

Of the four telecom operators operating in the country, all except Grameenphone have succeeded in strengthening their customer base.

Robi, Banglalink and Teletalk gained 1.8 lakh, 0.40 lakh and 0.7 lakh of connections respectively in November. The main mobile operator Grameenphone lost 0.8 lakh of connections during the month.

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