[Dhaka, May 8, 2020] Grameenphone announces a series of initiatives and contributions to stand by its commitment in supporting frontline health professional heroes, customers, and its retailers fighting the on-ground COVID-19 pandemic. These are the new initiatives in continuation of the previously announced responses. To date, Grameenphone's commitment to the COVID 19 response carries a total value of BDT 100 crore.
Grameenphone has been continuously assessing COVID-19 development and responding with different direct and indirect contributions. While announcing these initiatives, Grameenphone CEO, Yasir Azman said, "Our role has never been this critical before in serving this nation. No one has ever predicted this crisis and how it may take a toll on our lives. It is high time to come together — with patience, understanding, and compassion. This is a test for all of us, and I believe - "united," it is possible to tackle the ongoing challenges. I genuinely am encouraged to seeing the collective efforts by the Govt. authorities, development partners, and the industry in response to COVID-19."
Grameenphone believes it's possible to overcome these challenging times by joining forces with different Govt. and development partners. Azman further expressed, "Grameenphone is thankful to MoPT, DG Health, a2i, Brac, BTRC, WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, ICT Division and Industry partners for their exemplary initiatives to support the Government during this pandemic outbreak of COVID-19."
In continuation of its support to frontline medical heroes, this time, Grameenphone will extend further support to 25,000 doctors certified by the DGHS fighting corona pandemic. GP will offer monthly 30 GB data for the next six months with a token of 1 taka per month to them.
GP is distributing a total of 10 crore free mins to its one crore identified prepaid customers (10 mins per customer) who could not recharge in April and having a mere balance. This effort will keep its valued customers connected to their near and dear ones. Moreover, being an essential service provider, GP introduces 48 paisha per minute call-rate from 8 AM to 12 PM for its 7.5 crore customers during the crisis period.
Grameenphone also assessed a growing data need during lockdown scenarios. As the whole economy, business, and emergency services running on connectivity - GP announces a 100% data bonus addressing those needs on all weekly data packs purchased through the MyGP app.
Besides, GP acknowledges contributions of its retailers who play a critical role in serving its customers during the crisis and beyond and announces a safety-net credit scheme for its most affected retailer's worth of BDT 10 crore to help them overcome these difficult times.
GP CEO, Yasir Azman, GP CMO, Mohammad Sajjad Hasib and Head of Communications Khairul Basher briefed the COVID-19 responses in a press briefing today. Grameenphone also contributed 15 crore taka to support 100,000 ultra-poor families through its joint effort with Brac, "Dakche Amar Desh," and also distributing 50,000 PPEs to DGHS selected hospitals.
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About Grameenphone Ltd.
Grameenphone, part of the Telenor Group, is a leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with more than 76 million subscribers. Since its inception in 1997, Grameenphone has built the largest cellular network in the country, covering nearly 95 percent of the country's population. With its brand promise to enable customers to “Go beyond”, Grameenphone seeks to help customers get the full benefit of mobile data and voice services and provide Internet For All. Grameenphone is listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange. www.grameenphone.com: www.facebook.com/grameenphone