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Grameenphone turns 25

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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Grameenphone turns 25
Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer Yasir Azman poses for a photo with the officials of the company at the silver jubilee celebration of GP at InterContinental Dhaka in the capital on Sunday.

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Mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) has accomplished 25 years of journey in Bangladesh telecom industry as a leading operator.

It has played an imperative role in the country's development through digital connectivity, said the people related to the industry.

“Technology will be the key factor in a modern tech-driven and advanced Bangladesh. The citizen services are being digitalised. I believe the technology will be key in ful-filling dreams of Bangladesh,” Yasir Azman, chief executive officer of Grameenphone, told an event at InterContinental Dhaka on Sunday.

Grameenphone organised the event to celebrate the silver jubilee of its founding.

Grameenphone CEO pledged to continue efforts to empower people through digital connectivity in the next phase of journey.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the first call to a rural woman named Laily Begum during inauguration of the operator. We started journey to empower the women through connectivity,” he cited.

Yasir Azman reiterated the company’s commitment to a rural first approach since 1997 to becoming the most loved telecom brand in the country.

“The achievement of Grameenphone depends on experience of customers. We had a dream for offering voice call bellow Tk 1 per minute to the village people. Telenor invested millions of dollar in network infrastructure to fulfill the dream,” he said. 

Azman mentioned that first customer Village Phone lady Laily Begum became an exemple of millions in overcoming the odds with a payphone service.

Grameenphone boss informed that more than 83 million people in Bangladesh are connected with the network and each home of the country has at least a connection of the operator.  Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder sent congratulatory notes in recorded video played in the event.

Mustafa Jabbar said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina broke the monopoly of mobile telephony through licensing three new operators as Grameenphone launched operations on March 26 in 1997.

“When there was high tariff rate for voice call, Grameenphone and two other operators helped to reduce the call rate. The mobile connectivity is one of the major achievements of Digital Bangladesh", he said.

"We plan auction of 5G spectrum this March. Grameenphone will play same role in 5G rollout as they performed in 4G and 3G,” the minister hoped.     

BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder appreciated the role of Grameenphone to reach connectivity in deep sea network for supporting the movement of fishermen.

“The network operators also contributed to raising social awareness of child safety on cyber space,” he said.  Chief Marketing Officer of Grameenphone Sajjad Hasib said the the company penned a way forward for empowering society and democratising the benefits of technology will be more granular and focused on understanding customers’ needs in transforming lives.

“We look forward to seeing even greater collaboration with our regulator and ecosystem player to better serve our customers together. Time is now to advance with digital connectivity,” he said.

Grameenphone chief technology officer Rade Kovacevic, acting chief corporate affairs officer Hossain Sadat, head of marketing Nafees Anwar Choudhury and head of network AKM Al Amin were also present at the session moderated by head of communications Khairul Basher.