Grameenphone, Bangladesh

Grameenphone is the largest mobile provider in Bangladesh.

Grameenphone offers core voice services and a number of value-added services on both a contract and prepaid basis.

Key facts

  • The largest of six mobile operators in the country
  • Offers core voice services and a number of value-added services on both a contract and prepaid basis
  • 61.581 million mobile subscriptions (Q2 2017)
  • 3283 employees (Q2 2017)
  • Total revenues of NOK 12.339 million (2016)
  • Monthly Mobile ARPU: NOK 18 (Q2 2017)
  • Telenor holds a 55.8 % ownership interest in Grameenphone (as of 31 March 2011)
  • Grameenphone is listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) Ltd. and the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) Ltd
  • Headquarters are located in Dhaka
  • CEO: Michael Foley

Innovative mobile based solutions

Grameenphone has been a pioneer in bringing innovative mobile-based solutions to Bangladesh. Notable among these is the Healthline, a 24 hour medical call centre manned by licensed physicians. Other innovations include Studyline, a call centre-based service providing education related information, Mobicash, for electronic purchase of train tickets, Billpay, for paying bills through mobile phones and over 500 community information centres across Bangladesh. These centres bring affordable Internet access and other information based services to people in rural areas.

Socio-economic impact of mobile financial services

The introduction of mobile financial services to Bangladesh could serve as a solution for 76 % of the population in Bangladesh that are unbanked. The prediction comes from a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group for Telenor in 2011 on the socio-economic impact of mobile financial services. The Bangladeshi economy stands to gain as well with the introduction of mobile financial services, adding a 2 % increase to the total Gross Domestic Product by 2020. The economical and societal contributions of the new business activity include creating 500,000 new jobs and improving health care access.

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Historical background

Launched in 1997, Grameenphone was the first Telenor venture in the Asian telecom market. Telenor and its partners have boosted network capacity and extended coverage to new and often remote areas, connecting millions of previously unconnected people.

Analytical information

For detailed information on regulatory matters, network, licenses and competitors, see our business descriptions for Grameenphone.

Company Website

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Key Figures for grameenphone

(NOK in millions) Second quarter First half year Year
2017 2016 2017 2016 2016
Revenues
Subscription and traffic 3.056 2.583 5.952 5.216 10.725
Interconnect revenues 233 250 457 516 992
Other mobile revenues (2) (2) 4 13 30
Non-mobile revenues 146 135 296 266 592
Total revenues 3.432 2.965 6.709 6.010 12.339
Operating expenditures 1.062 1.085 2.137 2.167 4.368
EBITDA before other items 2.102 1.609 4.005 3.293 6.829
Operating profit 1.475 948 2.759 2.072 4.451
EBITDA before other items/Total revenues (%) 61.2 54.3 59.7 54.8 55.3
Capex 343 462 822 1.466 2.259
No. of subscriptions - Change in quarter/Total (in thousands): 1.713 624 61.581 56.909 57.954
ARPU - monthly (NOK) 18 17 18 17 17
Exchange rate (BDT) 0.1062 0.1078 0.1071