Begum Tarana Halim, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications said on Sunday the government has earned Taka 24,596.41 crore in revenue from the country’s six mobile operators from January 1, 2000 to June 30, 2016.
“We have a target of earning Taka 1,582.89 crore in revenue from network operators during the 2016-17 fiscal year,” she said while replying to a tabled starred question from treasury bench member Nurunnabi Chowdhury of Bhola-3 in the Jatiya Sangsad.
The House was informed by the state minister that the government earned Taka 11,360.48 crore in revenue from Grameen Phone, Taka 5,273.73 crore from Robi Axiata, Taka 5,208.03 crore from Banglalink, Taka 1,595.69 crore from Airtel, Taka 460.98 crore from the state owned Teletalk and Taka 697.50 crore from Citycell from January 1, 2000 to June 30, 2016.
Replying to another question from treasury bench member Begum Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, Tarana said around 12.83 crore people of the country are active mobile phone users, which is 80 percent of the total population.
She said 4,524 unions from 64 districts of the country are under the networks of the mobile phone operators.