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Expanding with edotco

Established in 2012, edotco Group is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).
At present, nearly ten thousand mobile towers are owned by this organization in Bangladesh. In addition to maintaining, modernizing and constructing such a large number of towers, edotco is determined to develop green technologies for a greener future as a part of its sustainable initiatives. edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2019 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

Rizwan Hamid Quraishi
Director, Human Resources,
edotco Bangladesh
Head of Regional Human Resources,
South Asia, edotco Group

Soaring Prospects

Keeping pace with the rest of the world, the number of mobile phone users are increasing day by day in Bangladesh. According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the total subscribers of the four telecom operators of the country is about 156 million. More than 30,000 mobile towers have been constructed across the country in the last few years, to ensure the desired services of such an enormous number of subscribers. To facilitate such a massive demand edotco Group is hiring a significant number of applicants in different technical positions every year, which is indeed a promising opportunity for fresh graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the telecommunication sector.
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has issued tower sharing licenses to edotco and other three companies in 2018, which has created a potential job market in the sector.
Rizwan Hamid Quraishi, Director of Human Resources Division of edotco Bangladesh Company Limited (a concern of Axiata Sdn. Bhd.) and Head of Human Resources for South Asia region, shared his opinion about the job market and prospects of the telecommunications infrastructure sector. With over two decades of experience in the financial, FMCG and telecommunication industry in both home and abroad including Robi Axiata, Grameenphone, The City Bank, he is certain that the sector will facilitate thousands of aspiring Bangladeshi youth with employment.

Formula for Triumphs

One of the Core Values of edotco Group is “Succeeding Together” with the people the organisation works with. Rizwan Quraishi also explains how the ethos of the company plays a pivotal role in shaping the culture of the workplace and is pivotal for the success of the company. “Our ethos is the reflection of the aspiration of cultivating mutual respect and trust. It is pivotal for the success of the company to embrace teamwork and achieve cross-functional and cross-country strategy. Every team member at edotco believes in preserving mutual respect and diversity”,

Expediting an Aspiration

“To fulfil the digital vision of Bangladesh Government, we are determined to provide improved services to our customers by further enhancing the telecommunication sector,” says Rizwan Quraishi highlighting their aspiration to contribute to the vision of Digital Bangladesh. The company’s core strength is the ethos of cultivating mutual respect and trust. Embracing teamwork, achieving cross-functional and cross-country strategy is pivotal to the success of the company. edotco’s vision is executed by their team, filled with skilful and diligent individuals. “Being a people-oriented organisation, we believe, people are our key successor”, affirms Rizwan Quraishi. He also affirms that despite the frequent advancements in telecommunication technologies, the opportunity for employment in the sector is actually on the rise. Therefore, the telecommunication infrastructure sector has sparked new optimism for employment for the young talents in Bangladesh.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2019 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

Augmenting Excellence

When asked about the key reasons behind the continual success of the company, Rizwan Quraishi asserts, “The key reasons behind holding the leading position for such a long time in a competitive market like Asia, are transparency, accountability & the practice of good governance in the company. This standard of merit is strictly enforced at every stage of the organisation, including the recruitment process. As a result, only potential and qualified people get the chance to work here.” He also asserted that when qualified people get the opportunity to work in a deserving place, the organisation inevitably pushes for improvement.

Vantage of Versatility

When it comes to academic qualifications, candidates with backgrounds in Civil, Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering generally get more opportunity to work with edotco because of the nature of the work they do. However, the company also recruits aspirants from other disciplines depending on the requirements of the organisation. “edotco believes in creating equal opportunities for all the candidates. In our recruitment process, talent and inventiveness of a candidate are more important than the experience. We make our staff skilled through relevant training and continuous practice at various stages based on the technical evaluation of their areas of improvement. It is a continuous process”, He adds while elaborating on the question of prioritising between talent and experience. The company also provides opportunities to their staff to train in various countries they operate in. In addition to Bangladesh, edotco operates in Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Philippines and Cambodia, where a significant number of employees have worked under the mobility program of edotco. An opportunity which is set to increase in future.

Endorsing Inclusive Growth

edotco is determined to allow equal opportunity for everyone and stands against all forms of discrimination. Their role has been exemplary in establishing gender equality. Everyone at the company has an equal opportunity to reach the top position of the company with their talent and ability irrespective of their religion, caste and gender. edotco Group received the prestigious ‘Asia-Pacific Telecom Tower Company of the Year’ award in 2018 and 2019 respectively for its role and contribution in the telecommunication sector. Besides taking the industry forward, edotco is also providing the opportunity to young Bangladeshi talents to build their careers through various programs. These programs not only help the youth by raising their skill level but also deliver innovative products like the bamboo tower. edotco Bangladesh developed it with homegrown technology in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). It is an affordable and environmentally sustainable substitute for the traditional steel structures that are in operation. Moreover, they have also introduced the ‘Camouflage Tower’, these towers are designed to make the towers appear as trees. Camouflage towers are intended to minimise the visual impact of gigantic steel structures.
Rizwan Quraishi concludes by emphasizing on the importance of being updated about the continual evolution of technology and the desire to innovate. “In addition, to being a diligent practitioner in the pursuit of new things, he/she also should have a mindset to adapt with the changing circumstances. Above all, there must be an unprecedented desire to make the modern technologies accessible to everyone at an easy and affordable price. Someone who has all the mentioned qualities, will shine in this sector easily.”

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Asif Siddique Tarafdar is the Staff Writer of Ice Today& Ice Business Times. He has completed BSS in Economics from BRAC University and vocal about disability rights and inclusion. Currently, studying MDS at Jahangirnagar University he is also a former Flight Cadet of the Bangladesh Air Force.