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Bangladesh's telecommunications companies, Robi Axiata (Robi) and Banglalink, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assess strategies for collaborating and optimizing their network resources with the aim of enhancing and extending 4G coverage nationwide.

In a joint statement, Robi and Banglalink emphasized that network sharing will lead to enhanced cost efficiency and utilization of telecommunications resources, thereby facilitating investments in service quality and value-added offerings (VAS). Additionally, they highlighted the environmental sustainability of network sharing, which optimizes energy resource consumption and aids in conserving foreign currency.

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Regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Robi and Banglalink outlined the initial phase, which involves assessing the technical and financial viability of network sharing while awaiting policy adjustments and regulatory endorsement to proceed with the plan.

The two companies further noted that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has expressed support for the initiative.

Minister of State for Posts, Telecommunications, and Information Technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, further endorsed the MoU during World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Dhaka. “This potential collaboration between Banglalink and Robi will encourage innovation and promote the efficient utilization of the nation’s resources in critical national development initiatives, ultimately transforming the lives of Bangladeshi citizens through seamless connectivity,” he said.

Palak also contextualized the MoU within the framework of advancing the government's 'Smart Bangladesh' vision. “We are on a mission to making the Bangladeshi Telecom Industry a driving force in achieving the government’s vision of a Smart Bangladesh,” he said. “Telecommunications, as an essential service, holds the potential to serve as a bridge connecting access to digital services with customers.”

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