Government owned mobile operator Teletalk will distribute free SIM cards to two million women for their empowerment and improvement of living standards.
State Minister for Telecoms Tarana Halim introduced the ‘Aporajita SIM’ distribution programme at an event at the Secretariat on Sunday.
The state minister said each women will be provided with two free SIMs.
She added that the cards will offer affordable call rates internet offers.
“We hope the Aporajita SIMs will play a far-reaching role in the development of women’s social and economic situation in the country,” Tarana Halim said in the event.
She informed reporters that each owner of the Teletalk Aporajita SIM will get Tk.10 free talk time for the next three months as ‘startup bonus’.
The SIM cards will also come with 1GB of free data, ten minutes of free Teletalk-to-Teletalk calls and five minutes of free Teletalk to separate operator calls.
Aporajita users can also purchase 1GB of internet data for seven days for Tk 8 and 2GB of data for Tk 14 for three months after the SIM’s activation.
Those users with a SIM from a different provider can also ‘migrate’ to the Aporajita SIM.
The SIMs will be available from Sunday at all Teletalk customer service centres and official retail points.
Regarding Teletalk’s low network coverage, Tarana Halim said the network would improve after an expansion.
“ECNEC approval for the Teletalk expansion project is still pending. Two of the prime minister’s orders regarding 4G permissions and discounts are still at the finance ministry,” she added.
The state minister said 4G service will start in Bangladesh by December.
Teletalk Managing Director Kazi Md Golam Quddus was also at the meeting.