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Awarded 3G license and related 10 Mhz of spectrum for 15 years effective from September 2013
Introduced different 3G packages & services
Launched life insurance coverage Nirvoy Life Insurance
Mobile content store
Self service recharge kiosk
First ever virtual agent Neel
Coordinated WiMax service known as Go Broadband etc.
Reached 47.1 million subscribers
Awarded license for 2G operation for 15 years effective from November 2011
Two new affordable packages 'Amontron' and 'Nishchinto' were launched
10-second pulse was introduced for all products including helplines
A GP App was launched to facilitate mobile self service
Reached 40.02 million Subscribers
Launched 'My zone'- location based discount on usage
Customer Experience Lab
Community Power Project
Grameenphone Branded Android Handset - 'Crystal'
Spondon Package with 1 second pulse
Completed swapping of the network
Reached 36.5 Million Subscribers
New Prepaid Price Plan Campaign
Mobitaka Brand launch with E-ticketing
Launch of Internet Minipack
Introduction of New Generation Grameenphone Internet Modem
Reached 25 million subscriber base
1st Annual General Meeting of Grameenphone
Shift to GP's new Headquarter, GP House
Launch of new Network Campaign
Amar Desh Amar Gorbo event held on the occasion of Victory Day
Launch of Phone Back Up and In-flight Roaming Service
Launched GP Internet Modem
Reached 21 million subscribers
Launched Internet Modem
Launched new Network campaign
Launch of Grameenphone Handset
Launch of Study Line Service
Introduced Black Berry Service to Bangladesh
Lowest on-net tariff offer
Brand positioning and launching of 'stay close' campaign
Launch of 'Customer Care Campaign'
Reached 20 million subscribers
Re-launched Business Solution
New VAS launch- Stock Information, Missed Call Alert
Re-branding of Djuice
Launched Pay for Me Service
Reached 16 million subscribers
Launch of Business and PCO product
Launch of Community Information Centers
Launch of CellBazaar Service
GP re-branded with new logo
Launch of Healthline Service
Prepaid and postpaid product refreshment
Launched Bill Pay Service in CIC
Launch of Youth Product Djuice
Launched Electronic Recharge System (Flexi Load)
Launched EDGE and Voice SMS service
Reached 5 million subscribers
Reached 1 million subscribers
Launched Prepaid product with PSTN connectivity
Reached 2 million subscribers
Before Grameenphone’s inception, the phone was for a selected urbanized few. The cell phone was a luxury: a flouting accessory for the select elite.The mass could not contemplate mobile telephony as being part of their lives.
Grameenphone started its journey with the Village Phone program: a pioneering initiative to empower rural women of Bangladesh. The name Grameenphone translates to “Rural phone”.
Starting its operations on March 26, 1997, the Independence Day of Bangladesh, Grameenphone has come a long way. Grameenphone pioneered the then breakthrough initiative of mobile to mobile telephony and became the first and only operator to cover 98% of the country’s people with network
Since its inception Grameenphone has built the largest cellular network in the country with over 8500 base stations . Presently, nearly 99 percent of the country's population is within the coverage area of the Grameenphone network. Grameenphone has always been a pioneer in introducing new products and services in the local telecom market. GP was the first company to introduce GSM technology in Bangladesh when it launched its services in March 1997.
Grameenphone was also the first telecommunication operator in Bangladesh to introduce the pre-paid service in September 1999. It established the first 24-hour Call Center, introduced value-added services such as VMS, SMS, fax and data transmission services, international roaming service, WAP, SMS-based push-pull services, EDGE, personal ring back tone and many other products and services. In October 2013 the company launched 3G services commercially. The entire Grameenphone network is 3G/EDGE/GPRS enabled, allowing access to high-speed Internet and data services from anywhere within the coverage area. There are currently over 7 million 3G/EDGE/GPRS users in the Grameenphone network.
Today, Grameenphone is the leading and largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with more than 48.68 million subscribers as of March 2014.
Did You Know?
- Grameenphone has so far invested more than BDT 24,600 crore to build the network infrastructure
- Grameenphone is one of the largest taxpayers in the country, having contributed more than BDT 36,500 crore in direct and indirect taxes to the Government Exchequer over the years.
- There are now more than 2000 GP Service Desks across the country covering nearly all upazilas of all districts and 94 Grameenphone Centers in all the divisional cities
- Grameenphone has about 4500 full and temporary employees.
- 300,000 people are directly dependent on Grameenphone for their livelihood, working for the Grameenphone dealers, retailers, scratch card outlets, suppliers, vendors, contractors and others.