Norwegian firm launches free wi-fi trial in Bangladesh universities

January 28, 2016 OPINION/NEWS


Sheuli Akter

Grameenphone, the Norwegian Telenor Group’s concern in Bangladesh, has installed a free Wi-Fi service in selected locations of various universities in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka and seaport city Chittagong to ensure round the clock internet access for students.

During the pilot phase, students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), American International University Bangladesh (AIUB), Stamford University, United International University (UIU), and BGC Trust University, Chittagong will have access to the service, said the operator in a statement on Wednesday.

Initially, Grameenphone will provide an average maximum speed of 1 Mbps to users. Only Grameenphone users will have access to the exclusive service.

The service is part of Grameenphone’s ‘Internet for All’ campaign. In the rapidly globalizing world, constant access to information is an integral part of success and growth, and students in particular are in need of it.

Recognizing the need, Grameenphone has taken the step to bring all students under the light of the global highway of information. The leading telecom operator also plans to gradually further improve and expand the service in future.

Grameenphone has been undertaking various initiatives to bring the entire country under the umbrella of the internet through its ‘Internet for All’ campaign. The company has recently announced aim to ensure 3G coverage in all parts of Bangladesh within June of this year. Aamra networks, one of the leading ISPs of Bangladesh is providing technical support to Grameenphone in this WiFi initiative.

With over 56 million cusomers, Grameenphone, 55.8 percent owned by Norwegian telecom company Telenor and 34.2 percent owned by local Grameen Telecom, is now Bangladesh’s top largest cellphone company.





Sheuli Akter

Sheuli Akter, from Bangladesh, is a Special Correspondent and Editor of NsNewsWire, (Bangladesh’s First Press Newswire). Previously she had worked for Bangladesh’ top news agency, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) and top newspaper (now defunct) The Bangladesh Observer. She also gained an honourable mention in the first ever World Media Summit WMS Awards for ‘Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries’, receiving the award in Beijing in January 2015.


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