Telecom Reporters’ Network, Bangladesh (TRNB) is a professional body of journalists who are focused on the entire gamut of activities in the telecommunications and information technology sectors in Bangladesh and beyond.
Its focus is on the enhancement of professionalism, journalistic standards and media freedom while it acts as a bridge between policymakers and private sector.
TRNB has emerged as one of the vibrant platforms for the country’s burgeoning mobile Industry for interacting with relevant government agencies and stakeholders, and other national and international actors to narrow the digital divide.
Bringing policymakers across the table to ultimately empower the people by exploiting the potentials of the mobile telephony services towards eliminating the digital divide.
Since its emergence, TRNB becomes an essential platform in Bangladesh’s telecom Industry, which interacts directly with ministries, policymakers, regulators, mobile phone operators, other supporting operators, handset manufacturers, equipment and solution vendors, financial institutions and technical bodies. It provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas between these bodies and service providers that share a common interest in the development of the country’s telecommunications and information technology sectors.
The professional body/organization is an independent non-profit organization established on Feb. 12, 2008 by 16 journalists — Abdullah Mamun, Anika Farzana, Fahmida Akhter, Kazi Hafiz, Mustak Hossain, Mohammad Hasan, Muzib Masud, Mohammad Zahid Islam Sajal, Naim-Ul-Karim, Rased Mehedi, Shawkat Milton (member secretary), Shahed Siddique (convener), SM Robin, Tareque Moretaza and Zahedul Isalm — who pioneered telecom journalism not only in Bangladesh but also in South Asia. The 2015 AGM decided to observe founding anniversary of TRNB which falls on Febr. 12 as “TRNB Day” every year.
OFFICE-BEARERS: Rased Mehedi, special correspondent of The Daily Samakal, and Shamim Ahamed, senior correspondent of bdnews24.com, were elected president and general secretary respectively of TRNB on Dec. 19, 2015 for the 2016 term.
The other office-bearers include Treasurer Samir Kumar Dey of the daily Ittefaq, Organizing Secretary Ishtiaq Hossain of Dhaka Tribune and three Members — Muzib Masud of Daily Jugantor, Mazharul Anwar Khan Shipu of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, and Kazi Shohag of Daily Manabzamin.
Mehedi has been serving as an acting TRNB president since Abdullah Mamun of The Daily Star left the organization couple of months earlier to join Grameen Intel as a deputy general manager.
Ahamed, however, became new general secretary replacing Sajal Zahid Islam of The Daily Star.