2.1Over View of GrameenPhone
This is GrameenPhone
November 28, 1996: GrameenPhone was offered a cellular license in Bangladesh by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
March 26, 1997: GrameenPhone launched its service on the Independence Day of Bangladesh
After ten(10) years of operation, GrameenPhone has more than 1(one) coresubscribers as of July 2007.
GrameenPhone has a dual purpose: to receive an economic return on its investments andto contribute to the economic development of Bangladesh where telecommunications can play a critical role. This is why GrameenPhone, in collaboration with Grameen Bank, isaiming to place one phone in each village to contribute significantly to the economicuplift of those villages.
GrameenPhone’s basic strategy is coverage of both urban and rural areas. In contrast tothe “island” strategy followed by some companies, which involves connecting isolatedislands of urban coverage through transmission links, GrameenPhone builds continuouscoverage, cell after cell. While the intensity of coverage may vary from area to areadepending on market
conditions, the basic strategy of cell-to-cell coverage is appliedthroughout GrameenPhone’s network.
The people who are making it happen – the employees – are young, dedicated andenergetic. All of them are well educated at home or abroad, with both sexes (genders) andminority groups in Bangladesh being well represented. They know in their hearts thatGrameenPhone is more than just about phones. This sense of purpose gives them thededication and the drive, producing – in about three years – the biggest coverage andsubscriber-base in the country. GrameenPhone knows that the talents and energy of itsemployees are critical to its operation and treats them accordingly.