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Company Name

Robi Axiata Limited

Ownership Type

Joint Venture

Ownership/Controlling Entity



3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Robi Axiata Limited is the second largest mobile phone operator of Bangladesh and the first operator to introduce 2G and 3G services in the country. The company commenced operation in 1997 as Telekom Malaysia International (Bangladesh) with the brand name ‘Aktel’. In 2010 the company was rebranded to ‘Robi’ and the company changed its name to Robi Axiata Limited.

In November 2016 mobile carriers Robi Axiata and Airtel Bangladesh completed a merger, initiated as a joint venture between Axiata Group Berhad, of Malaysia, Bharti Airtel Limited, of India and NTT DoCoMo Inc., of Japan. The resulting company emerged as the second largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh with approximately over 32 million active subscribers. The merged company has the widest network coverage to 99% of the population.

The company operates 2G GSM services over 900 and 1800 MHz bands, and 3G (marketed as 3.5G) on B1 (2100 MHz). Robi has been trialling 4G LTE services over B3 (1800 MHz) and B1 (2100 MHz) however has been improving its fibre backbone before expecting to switch on in late 2017. After receiving being granted a tech neutrality licence for its existing 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum holdings by regulator BTRC, Robi launched 4G LTE over B3 (1800 MHz) in February 2018.

After completing trials with Ericsson in April 2018, Robi activated LTE-A using 2C CA_1A-3A aggregation of two 5 MHz carriers (B1+B3).

Robi 5G

Together with technology partner Huawei, Robi demonstrated 5G technology in July 2018, showcasing its intention to launch a 5G network in Bangladesh.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2013-10 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2018-02]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
5 MHz Active
5 MHz Active
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Planned
Max. MIMO - Max. Modulation -
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus

Services Available

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Through our R-Spectrum team, we help our clients visualise and understand mobile signal issues by offering a range of radio frequency modelling services for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular technologies. The first step to solving any problem is to understand the problem.

News & Developments

[Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 25, 2018] Posts & Telecommunications Division, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in cooperation with Huawei and Robi, has demonstrated 5G technology for the first time in Bangladesh. Today, at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, the program was inaugurated by Mr.

Dhaka, April 30, 2017: Leading Bangladeshi mobile phone operator, Robi Axiata Limited and Ericsson have successfully completed the trial of LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology in the capital city, Dhaka. The trial was conducted to demonstrate the operator’s readiness for introducing LTE services in the country.

Dhaka, 20 February 2018: Leading digital service provider, Robi, has ceremonially launched 4G mobile service for both Robi and Airtel brand users in all the 64 districts of Bangladesh today. The launching ceremony was held at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.

The telecom regulator yesterday gave Robi the go-ahead for tech neutrality as the country's first mobile operator in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands, as part of plans to boost telecom service quality.

BTRC expects to earn over $100 million by offering tech neutrality to the operators, except for Teletalk and Citycell, said Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of BTRC.