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  • Govt approves four tower licences

    The government yesterday approved four applications for tower operations licences as part of its move to separate the network business from telecom services with the view to rationalising the number of towers in the country.

  • BTRC fixes call rate Tk0.45 per minute

    Uniform call rate from today

    A uniform minimum call rate of Tk 0.45 per-minute for mobile phones is going to be effective from early hours of Tuesday as the government approved the fresh tariff to establish a level playing field for the country's telecom operators.

  • Grameenphone celebrates 7-crore landmark

    GP celebrates 7-cr landmark

    Grameenphone crosses seven crore active mobile connections in Bangladesh, a magic figure for any mobile operators even in the global perspective.

  • Symphony to start local assembly of handsets next month

    All is set for Symphony to start assembling mobile handsets in Bangladesh as the leading vendor has already set up the plant in Ashulia.

  • Audit looms over Banglalink, Airtel

    With audits into Grameenphone and Robi's books already complete, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is on way to appointing firms to get the same done for Banglalink and Airtel.

  • Tk 11,530cr discrepancies detected after GP audit

    Grameenphone's alleged financial discrepancies have ballooned almost three times to Tk 11,530.15 crore after the telecom regulator ran another audit of the operator's books.

  • Robi Logo

    Robi asked to pay Tk 867cr

    Robi has been asked to pay Tk 867.24 crore to the telecom regulator and the revenue collector as missed or under payments over a 19-year period, detected after a thorough audit.

  • Uniform call rate across networks

    The government has fixed Tk 0.50 as the minimum rate that mobile operators can charge per minute for calls to any network, creating a level playing field for carriers ahead of the launch of the mobile number portability service.

  • Huawei's nova 3i hits market

    Chinese handset-maker Huawei launched its popular smartphone—Huawei nova 3i—at an event at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the capital yesterday.

  • Govt conducts 5G trial run

    South Asia's first test run of fifth generation (5G) mobile internet took place in Dhaka yesterday when download speeds of up to 4.17 gigabits per second were experienced.

  • Samsung brings mobile accessories

    Samsung has entered Bangladesh's mobile phone accessories market by launching its original ancillary products in order to cater the growing number of digital device users.

  • GP profit rises 36pc in Apr-Jun

    Grameenphone's net profit rose 36.3 percent year-on-year to Tk 1,080.44 crore in the April-June period, the highest in a single quarter in the operator's history, helped by an unused portion of tax provisioning as well as growth in voice and data revenue.

  • Call 2872 for harmful online games, BTRC

    Too many offers baffle mobile users

    The telecom regulator has stepped in to protect customers by way of stopping mobile phone operators from confusing subscribers with hundreds of voice and data offers.

  • Telcos to explain why they failed to circulate PM's Eid greetings

    The BTRC has issued two notices within a span of seven days asking Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink to explain why an Eid-ul-Fitr greeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had not been sent out to subscribers.

  • World's biggest mobile factory opens in Noida

    The world's biggest mobile factory was launched yesterday in Noida, a satellite township of New Delhi, jointly by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae.

  • Mobile VAS providers should have licences

    A good number of foreign mobile value-added services companies that repatriate a significant amount of funds from Bangladesh will face regulatory bar as the telecom regulator is set to introduce licensing for the business.

  • Commercial service from September

    Bangabandhu-1 satellite's first commercial service is scheduled to begin in September when it will be connecting vessels navigating in the Bay of Bengal and around the country to each other and to inland ports.

  • BASIS launches second edition of ICT award

    The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) yesterday launched a second national ICT award for 2018 to recognise outstanding achievements of individuals and entrepreneurs.

  • Qubee shrinks business amid competition

    Qubee is handing over 20,000 individual subscribers to its main competitor under a revenue sharing model as the wireless broadband service provider is seeking to reshape its business to survive the onslaught of high-speed mobile internet.

  • 5G trial run on July 25

    The government now plans to go for a trial run of 5G mobile technology, which has caused the mobile users to raise an eyebrow, as its predecessor -- 4G -- is yet to cover major parts of the country.

  • GP opposes uniform call rate plan

    Grameenphone yesterday opposed the government's latest plan to introduce uniform call rate for mobile phones.

  • Uniform call rate on cards

    The government plans to introduce a uniform call rate for mobile phones to establish a level playing field for the country's telecom operators.

  • VAT on internet use to go down

    The value-added tax on internet use might be cut by 5 percentage points from the existing 15 percent to meet a longstanding demand of the ICT businesses.

  • 83% television viewers still watch BTV: Inu

    Though there are many private television channels in the country, 83 per cent television viewers still watch Bangladesh Television (BTV), Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu tells Parliament.

  • Telecom and ICT ministry

    Allocation for telecom, ICT declined 6.64 per cent

    Allocation for the telecom and ICT ministry declines about 6.64 per cent to 6,064 crore in the proposed budget of 2018-19 fiscal which is placed by Finance Minister MA Muhith at the Jatiya Sangsad.

  • Opportunities and challenges of tower-sharing licences

    The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to award telecom tower licences to four companies.

  • No internet, phone in Motijheel Jun 8-11

    Bangladesh’s telecom authority says they will keep landlines and internet off in Dhaka’s commercial hub Motijheel from June 8-11.

  • Samsung

    Samsung ordered to pay $533m for copying iPhone design

    A federal court jury in the US orders Samsung to pay Apple $533 million for copying iPhone design features in a patent case dating back seven years.

  • Huawei launches 2018 version of Y3 smartphone

    Huawei yesterday launched a new smartphone—Y3 2018 which runs the Go version of Android Oreo (8.1)—for the Bangladesh and global markets.

  • OAM technology

    Record-breaking 100Gbps wireless transmission

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) in Japan has successfully demonstrated the world's first 100Gbps wireless transmission, using a new technology that already surpasses the upcoming 5G standard. But this new tech, called Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) multiplexing, isn't likely to roll out on a large scale before 2030.

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