Mobile phone saturation and electrical access in Bangladesh

Over 70 million people in Bangladesh have access to cellular phones, but a large percentage of that number does not have access to the electricity needed to charge it and that percentage is only expected to grow – by 2012, an estimated 12 million will still not have access to electric grids, reports a study by Cisco Systems. According to the California-based company, almost 99% of the country’s population – about 90% of the country geographically – is covered by mobile providers, accounting in large part for the deep reach of mobile technology even to largely rural populations, despite the limitations of the power infrastructure in the country.


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