A webinar titled 'Role of Mobile Telecommunication Industry during the COVID-19 Crisis' was held for the faculty members and students of AIUB on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11 AM in the Microsoft Teams online platform. Mr. Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, CEO, Robi Axiata Ltd. was present as the resource person. Dr. Carmen Z Lamgana, Vice Chancellor of AIUB presided over and inaugurated the session with her speech. Ms. Yesmin Sultana, Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, AIUB and Mr. Shahed Alam, the Chief Corporate and Regulatory Affairs of Robi Axiata Limited organized the webinar. Ms. Yesmin moderated the webinar.
Around 100 participants comprising of faculty members and students along with the faculty deans were present during the webinar.
Mr. Mahtab, in his presentation, highlighted the impacts of COVID-19 on consumers and the role of Robi in response. He spoke on the telecom network usage & resiliency, changes of customer behavior, challenges for the Mobile Telecom Industry in Bangladesh, how crisis can bring opportunity, use of Data Analytics to fight COVID-19, Robi’s services to support government in fighting the crisis, CSR initiatives to fight COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Mr. Mahtab finished his talk highlighting the possible changes in career and jobs caused by this pandemic in the upcoming days.
A question and answer session was held at the end, where the attendees of the webinar raised their concern relating to governance of telecom industry in Bangladesh, support for university students by telecoms and preparedness of the industry for future changes. Mr. Mahtab addressed the queries in the most befitting manner.