Robi trialling VoLTE; 100,000 users switch operators since MNP launch

16 Jan 2019

Bangladeshi mobile network operator Robi Axiata has launched a non-commercial trial of VoLTE technology, in partnership with an unnamed technology and equipment vendor. Robi’s head of corporate and regulatory affairs Shahed Alam said that VoLTE is the next stage of 4G where the users would experience HD quality voice service alongside faster internet. Telecoms minister Mustafa Jabbar revealed that state-owned Teletalk, which introduced 4G LTE services in December 2018, is also mulling the introduction of VoLTE.

Elsewhere, a total of 106,343 users have switched their mobile provider in the three months since the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, The Daily Star writes. Robi attracted the most – 72,005 – followed by Banglalink (22,325), GrameenPhone (10,491) and Teletalk (1,522). One of the suspected reasons for the lukewarm results is the high cost, with customers having been required to pay BDT115 (USD1.4) SIM tax and a service charge of BDT57 to switch. To combat the issue, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has now withdrawn the SIM tax.

Bangladesh , Banglalink, GrameenPhone (GP), Robi Axiata, Teletalk

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