Robi launches electricity bill payment at Rajshahi

Robi Axiata Limited, one of the leading mobile phone operators of the country has launched electricity bill payment service facility for Power Development Board (PDB) at Rajshahi. Robi believes that this will facilitate a reliable and convenient mechanism for the clients of PDB to pay their monthly electricity bills.

AZA_5160Robi’s system for mobile payment of electricity bills will be integrated with the PDB’s electricity billing system. Hence, electricity bills paid through Robi’s electricity bill payment system will be updated on PDB’s billing system on real time basis. PDB clients may choose to pay their electricity bills either through Robi Cash Points or through their mobile phone.

Mobile users will get an automatic SMS regarding their monthly electricity bill payment dues. Besides, they will get a reminder SMS prior to the payment deadline lest they forget to pay the dues. Moreover, once they pay the electricity bill they will get an immediate confirmation of the payment. Hence, Robi mobile electricity bill payment system is completely secure and reliable.

PDB clients in Rajshahi, Natore , Pabna , Naugaon , Bogra, Chapainobabganj, Joypurhat and Sirajganj districts will be able to avail this facility under Rajshahi region.  Out of 6 regions of PDB’s mobile electricity payment zones; Robi is currently offering the service to Rajshahi, Comilla and Mymensingh region. Robi has recently won the right to collect electricity bills in Rajshahi region from PDB through a competitive tendering process beating other mobile phone operators.

Md. Shahriar Alam, MP; Hon’ble State Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs was present in the inauguration program as the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Member of Parliament from Rajshahi-2 constituency; Mr. Fazle Hossain Badshah was present as the Guest of Honor. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Rafiqul Alam Beg, Vice-Chancellor, Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology; Md. Iqbal Bahar, PPM, DIG, Bangladesh Police; Mohammad Mesbah Uddin Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner, Rajshhai and Engr. MD Abduhu Ruhullah, Chairman, Power Development Board (PDB) were present on the occasion as Special Guests.

MD & CEO of Robi Axiata Limited; Supun Weerasinghe; A M Masud Al Faruk, Chief Engineer, PDB, Rajshahi and number of official from Robi and PDB were also present in the launching program.

In the launching program, Mr. Shah Jalal Uddin, Head of Business Operations, Digital Services from Robi demonstrated how a customer could pay their monthly electricity bills using the Robi mobile bill pay service. On the other hand, Engr. Md. Mustafizur Rahman, Sr. System Analyst from PDB introduced the audience with the mobile bill payment system modality. To make it more enjoyable for the audience the local traditional art form known as Gambhira was used to highlight the convenience offered by the Robi mobile electricity bill payment system.

In the launching ceremony, Mr. Supun Weerasinghe, MD & CEO, Robi Axiata Limited said that “Robi is proud to be a facilitator in collecting electricity bills in Rajshahi region for Power Development Board (PDB).  We would like to thank PDB for entrusting Robi with this responsibility. Robi is committed to providing convenience to PDB consumers in paying their electricity bills in Rajshahi”.

About Rob Axiata Ltd:

Robi Axiata Limited is a joint venture between Axiata Group Berhad, of Malaysia and NTT DoCoMo Inc, of Japan. Robi is the second largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue, with over 24 million subscribers, as of June 2014. Robi network provides nationwide coverage to nearly 98% of the population with more than 9,450 2G sites and more than 1,430 3.5G sites. Robi proudly claims to have the widest international roaming service in the market, connecting over 500 operators across 207 countries.

It is also the first operator in the country to introduce GPRS and 3.5G services in Bangladesh. The Company has introduced many first of its kind digital services in the country and has invested heavily in taking mobile financial services to the underserved communities in the rural and semi-urban areas.