GSMA releases report on mobile industry in Bangladesh during pandemic

GSMA released a new National Dialogues report titled ‘Keeping Bangladesh connected: The role of the mobile industry during the COVID-19 pandemic’. GSMA National Dialogues help countries achieve their sustainable development goal (SDG) commitments through working with different stakeholders to demonstrate how mobile can be a positive force for societal change and build a collective vision to deliver on this opportunity. GSMA Bangladesh’s report found that during the COVID-19 pandemic, active mobile subscription and mobile Internet subscription dropped, 2.4% and 0.3% respectively. The report concludes with a list of recommendations for the Bangladesh government and the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on the required measures to ensure access to vital connectivity: promoting network resilience, ensuring access and affordability of digital services, and leveraging e-health, big data, and telemedicine to address the health crisis.