Grameenphone is the leading Telecommunication service provider in Bangladesh.As a survey of September 2013 Grameenphone has 46.04 million subscribers. Grameenphone has 5100 employs around Bangladesh for serving quality customer service and technical solution support. Grameenphone start their journey in Bangladesh in 1997. It’s a multi partnership enterprise between Telenor and Grameen telecom corporation. Norway based Telenor is the largest Telecommunication Company in Bergen. They have 55.8% share of Grameenphone and Grameen Telecom has 34.2% and rest of 10% is publicly held.
Iqbal Quadir the person who provide the idea of universal mobile access throughout Bangladesh even in Rural areas. Mr. Iqbal Quadir is the founder and director of the Legatum centre of Development and Enterpreneurship at MIT.Grameen Bank microcredit model and envisioned a business model is the inspiration of Mr, Iqbal Quadir to established of Grameenphone. Mr.Iqbal Quadir traveled back to Bangladesh after leaving his job as an investment banker in USA and then meeting and successfully raising money from New York based investor and PhilanthropistJoshua Mailman and also he worked for three years gaining support from various Organization including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammad Yunus of Grameenbank and Norwegian telephone company Telenor.
Grameenphone received their license from Bangladesh the ministry of post and Telecommunications on November 28, 1996 for cellular phone operation in Bangladesh. Grameenphone start their first operation in Bangladesh on March 26 , 1997 the independent day in Bangladesh.
Grameenphone has largest coverage of cellular network in Bangladesh. Grameenphone has 10000 base stations in more than 5700 location around Bangladesh. In present nearly 98% of the countries population is under the coverage of Grameenphone network. Grameenpone has invested Sum of BDT 107 billion to build the network infrastrueture since 1997. During the first three quarters of 2007 Grameenphone has invested over BDT 31 billion while in 2006 BDT 2100 crore was invested