Robi to collect Comilla PDB Bill

Robi has launched electricity bill payment service facility for Power Development Board (PDB) in Comilla. This came at a launching ceremony organized in Comilla at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) on Saturday (13 June 2015).

Of the six electricity billing regions of PDB, Robi is currently providing the electricity bill payment facility in Rajshahi, Comilla, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rangpur region.

1This electricity bill payment system on mobile phones is to be integrated with the PDB’s electricity billing system. Hence, electricity bills paid through Robi’s payment system will be updated real time on PDB’s system. From convenience point of view, PDB clients may choose to pay their bills either through Robi Cash Points or through their mobile phones.

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

Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Engr. Md. Sahinul Islam Khan graced the launching ceremony as the Chief Guest. Robi’s MD and CEO Supun Weerasinghe and Engr. A. K. Das Gupta, Chief Engineer, BPDB- Comilla were present as Guests of Honor.

Head of Robi Digital Services Mohammad Manzur Rahman; Additional District Administrator for Education and IT in Comilla Mohammad Sanaul Haque; Upazilla Nirbahi Officer of Comilla South Khaled Mahmud were present at the event as the Special Guests.

Shah Jalal Uddin, General Manager, Channel Development & Operations, Digital Services of Robi gave a short brief on the payment process of electricity bills over mobile phone. Besides, benefits of the electricity bill payment service through mobile phones were captured in a traditional pala song. The programme was conducted by Nobonita Chowdhury, General Manager, Communications and Corporate Responsibility of Robi. A colourful rally was brought out in the city at the end of the programme.

Engr. Md. Mustafizur Rahman, Sr. System Analyst & Superintendent Engineer along with other BPDB high officials were also present at the launching event.

Robi’s Executive Vice President and Cluster Director Nazir Ahmed; Executive Vice President Khaledur Rahman Dewan; Raz Sharif Shah Jamal, Vice President, People and Corporate Division; Head of Finance & Regulations for Digital Services Dewan Nazmul Hasan and Regional Manager in Comilla, Kazi MD. Mainuddin Sayem were also present at the event.

Speaking on the occasion Robi’s MD & CEO Supun Weerasinghe said that: “We are proud to be facilitating the collection of electricity bills in Comilla region for Power Development Board (PDB).  We would like to thank PDB for entrusting Robi with this responsibility. This certainly strengthens our ability to ensure quality customer experience. With necessary digital infrastructure, Robi is ready to facilitate improved lifestyle for our customers in Comilla with complete range of digital services.”

About Robi 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 26 million subscribers, as of March 2015. Robi network provides nationwide coverage to nearly 99% of the population with more than 11,700 BTS and over 2,400 3.5G sites. Robi proudly claims to have the widest international roaming service in the market, connecting 600 operators across more than 200 countries. It is also the first operator 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.