Bangladesh has undoubtedly many shortcomings—politically, economically, socially—but to its credit it can boast about one thing at least: possessing one of the best cellular phone networks in the world; better than India, Canada, and even the United States.
Rezwan, in this great post, recounts the experiences of an expatriate Canadian: who was able to access the internet through his cell phone from a remote village. I have no doubt. Even when I was in Bangladesh a few years ago, I was surprised that people were able to talk on cellular phones in the middle of nowhere, while I can barely get a signal outside my house.
Another thing that amazes me about Bangladesh’s cellular phone market is the level of penetration it has achieved, not only among the rich and middle-class, but the lower classes and the poor too.