Top 5 Telecom Operators in Bangladesh


The telecommunications sector in Bangladesh was started in 1989 through a small enterprise. That is, a private operator has to compete with the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to provide inter-cellular mobile services through a license. Which is the previous exclusive provider of telecommunication services. The number of mobile services in Bangladesh changed significantly in the late 1990s. However, the number of subsequent services has grown rapidly over the past five years. In Bangladesh, there are a total of 6 telecom companies, which are currently doing well. Those companies are being, Tele Talk, City cell, Airtel, Robi, Banglalink, and Grameen phone.

However, at present, the most popular telecom companies in Bangladesh are 4. Those companies are Airtel, Robi, Banglalink, and Grameen phone. Currently, the telecom companies’ Total Number of Mobile Subscribers is 150.34 Million, the Number of Unique Mobile Subscribers 85 Million, Mobile Internet Subscribers, is 80.151 Million, Share in GDP Generation by Mobile Ecosystem 6.2 Percent, Mobile Connectivity Index 48.4. In 2015, the mobile ecosystem accounted for 6.2% of Bangladesh’s GDP, or about 13 13 billion.

The List of Top Telecom Operators in Bangladesh

1. GrameenPhone Limited (GP )

In Bangladesh, the Grameen phone business is referred to as “GP”. March 26, 1997, marked the beginning of their adventure. Yasir Azman is the CEO of this business at the moment. One of the biggest cell phone service providers in Bangladesh is the company. On June 25, 2007, the business became a public limited company, and on November 11, 2009, it was listed on the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges. It is the first network provider in Bangladesh to roll out prepaid connections, and it has also installed the most 4G towers. The populace of Bangladesh, 99.6%, is represented by this network. The business operates mobile phone operations in 12 other nations in addition to Telenor (55.8%), which is the largest provider of telecommunications services in Norway. A non-profit company is Grameen Telecom (34.2%).

Contact: Grameenphone Ltd. GPHOUSE Bashundhara, Baridhara Dhaka-1229
Phone: +88-02-222282990 , +880-1799882990
Fax: +88-02-8416026
Website link:

2. Robi Axiata Limited ( Robi )

In Bangladesh, the Robi Axiata Limited business is referred to as “Robi”. Bangladeshis initially recognized it as the name of “AKTEL”. The company changed its name from “AKTEL” to “Robi,” which in Bengali means “Sun,” on March 28, 2010. In 1997, it was established. The CEO of this business at the moment is “M Riyaaz Rasheed”. Axiata and Bharti Airtel, two significant stakeholders, currently own Robi Axiata, the second-largest mobile network operator in Bangladesh. Axiata.81.22% in Malaysia, Bharti Airtel.28.2% in India, and the remaining 10% in DSE and CSE are the shareholders who own the business. It is the first business in the nation to introduce a 4.5G service. In actuality, this milestone was reached on February 20, 2018, the first day the service was made available for purchase by the general public by Robi. Robi has, after all, demonstrated commendable industry leadership by implementing data analytics, AI, IoT, cloud solutions, and other digital technologies to innovate every facet of its company.

Contact :
Headquarters Robi Corporate Office, 53 Gulshan South Avenue, Gulshan-1, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Customer service: 01819-400400
Website link:

Banglalink Digital Communications Ltd. is the third largest cellular service provider in Bangladesh. The company is wholly owned by Malta Telecom Ventures Limited. Which is known as a subsidiary 100% owned by Global Telecom Holding. It is a subsidiary of n VEON a Dutch holding company. This company started its journey in November 1996. At present, This company’s CEO is Erik Aas”. Banglalink had 1 million subscribers by December 2005 and 3 million subscribers by October 2006. Also in such a short span of time, as of December 2007, Banglalink has surpassed Actel (now Robi) as the second-largest operator in Bangladesh with over 7.1 million subscribers. At present, Banglalink has about 36.57 million subscribers.

Contact :
Tigers’ Den, House 4 (SW), Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sharak Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Hotline number: +8801911304121
Website link:

4. Airtel Bangladesh Limited (Airtel)

In 2005, the Abu Dhabi-based consortium paid 50 50 million to obtain a GSM license from Warid Telecom International LLC, BTRC. For this, the company has become known as the sixth-largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh. It is currently known as the sixth mobile phone operator in Bangladesh. Later, in 2010, the name Warid was changed and Airtel was rebranded. First of all, Airtel in Bangladesh (Bangla: Airtel) was operated by Bharti Airtel Bangladesh. Since 2016, Bharti Airtel has consolidated its operations with Bangladesh company Robi Axiata Limited. Currently under and owned by Robi Axiata Limited.

After the merger of Robi and Airtel, the merged company ‘Airtel’ known as Robi Axiata Limited has become known as a product brand of Robi Axiata. From now on Robi Axiata Limited is the only Airtel brand license holder in Bangladesh.

Contact :
Road 19, Block E, Banani, 1212 Dhaka, Bangladesh 
WhatsApp: +8801647771212 [8 AM to 12 AM] Email:
Helpline: + 8801678600786
Website link:

5. TeleTalk Bangladesh Limited

TeleTalk Bangladesh Limited is known as a “government telecom company” in Bangladesh. The Joint Stock Companies Registry of Bangladesh formally recognizes this business as a public limited one. All of the equity in this company is owned by the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The journey began on December 26, 2004, when the party left. But on March 31, 2005, Teletalk Bangladesh Limited started operating. A specific purpose was considered when Teletalk Bangladesh Limited Corporation was founded. It is well known for being the only mobile network provider in Bangladesh with a 100% native human resource basis in technical and engineering fields. Eventually, Teletalk became “our phone,” a real-person phone.-It is referred to as “our phone”.

All of the possible departments that this company might serve are included in the direct sector. supports the NBR, the department of agriculture, the brita, the bsti, the btrc, the election commission, the police, the rapid response battalion, the fire department, the department of defense, the rapid response battalion, and the health services.

Contact :
Rajuk Commercial Complex Holding # 3/A, 5/A, 7/A, Road # 17,Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212 Bangladesh.
Cell: +88 0155 015 4444PSTN: +88 02 222291060
Fax: +88 02 222282828
Website link:

Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited ( Citycell) – Closed

City Cell, a division of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited, is Bangladesh’s first mobile operating business. On the contrary, along with Sri Lanka’s Etisalat and Pakistan’s Paktel, it is one of the three oldest and most innovative telecommunications network firms in South Asia. In 1989, it was established. It is Bangladesh’s first communications business. Mehboob Chowdhury serves as the President of this business. However, CityCell had 0.142 million mobile users as a whole in August 2016. In terms of customers, the business was Bangladesh’s smallest cell operator. The business was shut down in 2016 because it didn’t pay its debts in full as the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission had directed (BTRC). This telecom company has been shut down permanently.

Written by  Md. Afzal Hossain | Studying at the National University in MarketingE-mail:

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