For the third time in a row, Banglalink dominates Opensignal’s experiential categories and outright claims the Video, Games and Voice App Experience awards. It also proves its leadership in our speed categories. Banglalink wins the Download Speed Experience award, just shy of the 10 Mbps milestone, and forced a statistical tie with Grameenphone to share the Upload Speed Experience award. Grameenphone forced a statistical tie with Airtel and Robi for the 4G Availability award, while keeping hold of the 4G Coverage Experience award.
Banglalink, Grameenphone and Robi paid US$898.2 million in total for the combined 4G spectrum of 7.4 MHz in the 1800 MHz band and 20 MHz in the 2100 MHz band in the auction organized by the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BRTC) in March 2021. This enabled the mobile operators to expand their limited 4G holdings and embrace the challenges of the increased demand for mobile data services — and should help boost the mobile network experience of Bangladesh’s users in future because of the greater wireless capacity available. Insufficient amount of affordable spectrum assigned to mobile services has been one of key roadblocks for proper 4G take off in Bangladesh. Aside from spectrum, other important barriers for 4G adoption in Bangladesh include: taxation policy that may be hampering further investment in infrastructure, limited affordability of 4G devices and inflexible licensing rules that make it difficult for operators to easily upgrade their networks.
In this report, we examined the mobile network experience of our users on the four nationwide mobile network operators in Bangladesh — Airtel, Banglalink, Grameenphone and Robi — over a period of 90 days beginning April 1, 2021, and ending June 29, 2021, to see how they fared.