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Michael Foley new CEO of Grameenphone

Canadian national Michael Foley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of country’s leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone. Grameenphone in a statement today made the announcement of his appointment by its board of directors which would be effective from May 26. The 56-year old Foley who served as CEO of Telenor Bulgaria most recently will succeed Petter-B ... Read More »

Samsung to update software over ‘red screen’ smartphone

Electronics giant Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained of red-tinted screens. The launch of the device is a key step for the South Korean tech firm as it seeks to move on from last year’s humiliating withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 over ... Read More »

BTRC to launch spectrum auction to launch 3G service

Dhaka – Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has planned to call spectrum auction by June to launch 4G service, but mobile phone operators said they are not yet ready to provide the service. “It is expected that the 4G service will be introduced by June to ensure faster data service for the mobile phone subscribers,” BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told ... Read More »

Samsung’s assistant Bixby in tough challenge to rivals

Samsung’s Bixby is the new kid on the block of personal digital assistants and is likely to face a rough reception in a neighborhood dominated by tech sector rivals. Bixby—introduced at Samsung’s unveiling of Galaxy S8 smartphones—aims to help the South Korean giant break into a surging market for voice-activated virtual assistants, which includes Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant ... Read More »

Dumbphones survive rise of the smartphone

Dumbphones—handsets that just make calls and send texts—were set to disappear as technology moved on, but they have survived in emerging markets and among nostalgics of simpler devices in the West. Their continued appeal was underscored on Sunday in Barcelona on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile expo, as Nokia unveiled a revamped version of ... Read More »

Banglalink exercises zero tolerance for non-compliance: CEO

Mobile phone operator Banglalink said it exercises zero tolerance policy against all suppliers and partners if they are failed to meet the highest standards and compliance. “Banglalink is a fully compliant company, committed to enforcing and upholding the highest standards,” said the operator’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Erik Aas in a statement. He said: “Banglalink expects all its suppliers and ... Read More »

iPhone sales lift Apple to record quarter

Apple on Tuesday reported a rebound in iPhone sales to lift the tech giant to record revenue in the past quarter in quarterly results that eased concerns of slowing growth. The results showed strong demand for Apple’s iPhone 7 models launched last year, with demand outpacing supply. Revenue climbed to an all-time record $78.4 billion compared to $75.9 billion in ... Read More »

New Nokia branded mobile gadget released

Finland-based company HMD Global announced on Sunday its first Nokia branded mobile phone. Based on the Android system, the Nokia 6 is intended for the Chinese market. Available in early 2017, the price of the new gadget will be 1,699 Chinese yuan, the company announced in its press release. It also said it will be available in China through JD.com ... Read More »

Global launch by Huawei of new mid-range smartphone

Chinese electronics giant Huawei announced Tuesday a global launch of its mid-range Honor 6x smartphone which includes dual-lens camera technology and is aimed at young consumers. The smartphone, which was launched in China last year, will be available in 13 new markets this month, including the United States, at a price of $249 to $299, the company announced at the ... Read More »

Telco industry sees tangible progress in 2016

Bangladesh witnessed a tangible progress in the telecommunication sector in 2016 by implementing biometric SIM registration system for mobile phone users, initiating installation of own communication satellite, connecting to a second submarine cable and getting rights over ‘dot bangla domain’. The steps taken by the government last year would make the sector more sustainable and vibrant, reaching the necessary services ... Read More »

Mobile operators’ service quality to be assessed: BTRC Chairman

Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Shajahan Mahmood on Thursday said they will be able to assess the service quality of mobile operators as they have procured necessary equipment for it.“The measurement process will start soon,” said the BTRC chief at a views-exchange meeting with reporters at his office.He said the quality of their service was earlier measured ... Read More »

Robi Circle Club facilitates digital socialization

Robi subscribers of similar interest can now form clubs within the Robi Circle where people of similar interest can engage with each other on topics that interests them most.The Robi Circle has separate clubs for Cricket, Entertainment, Foodies, Gaming, Readers, Travel and Women, said a press relesae.Each Circle Club is dedicated to conversations on that particular topic. Each of the ... Read More »

Porno websites to be listed, not viewers: Tarana

Dhaka – Mentioning that the government is bound to protect the personal information of people, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Tuesday said her ministry will make the list of pornographic websites, not the porno viewers. She made the remark at a status she posted on her official Facebook page. Read More »

Robi registers revenue growth in 3rd quarter

Dhaka – Robi Axiata Ltd (Robi) has announced its financial results for the third quarter of the current year. During the period, total revenue contracted by 1.0 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, data revenue registered encouraging growth of 34.1 percent which was propelled by significant investment in network coupled with innovative affordable data offerings to ... Read More »

Robi, Airtel start journey after merger in Bangladesh

Robi and Airtel have started their journey together as one company. Their Tk 1 billion merger, the first for mobile phone operators in Bangladesh, came into effect on Wednesday, Robi said in a media statement. “The combined entity will operate under the brand name of Robi Axiata Limited and will serve approximately 32.2 million subscribers.”‘Airtel’ will remain as an independent ... Read More »

BTRC reopens spectrum of Citycell

Dhaka- The Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) reopened the spectrum of private telecom operator Citycell on Sunday evening following a Supreme Court directive. BTRC chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood told UNB that a BTRC team went to the Citycell office and reinstated the service around 6:54 pm. -UNB News Agency Reported Read More »

Order on Citycell spectrum Thursday

Dhaka: The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on Thursday on a petition seeking cancellation of the BTRC decision suspending the spectrum of Citycell, the country’s oldest mobile phone operator, for its failure to pay the outstanding amount of Tk 477.63 crore. A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, fixed the date on Tuesday after hearing ... Read More »

Hearing against suspending Citycell operations Oct 31

The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed October 31 for hearing the petition seeking stay on BTRC’s decision suspending the spectrum of Citycell, the country’s oldest mobile phone operator, for its failure to pay the outstanding payment of Tk 477.63 crore. Judge of the Appellate Division’s vacation chamber Hasan Foyez Siddique set the date following a petition by Citycell authorities and ... Read More »

Teletalk to be tough competitor in 1 yr: Tarana

Dhaka: State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Thursday said Teletalk, the state-owned mobile phone operator, will emerge as a strong competitor in the country’s telecom market within a year with its improved network and services. UNB News Agency Reported. Read More »

Don’t provide info to fraudsters: BTRC

Dhaka: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked all mobile phone subscribers not to provide personal and biometric SIM registration-related information to fraudsters seeking over phone. The BTRC issued a notice in this regard on Monday. UNB News Agency Reported. Read More »

WowBox has 5 mn users

Dhaka: WowBox, country’s number one lifestyle application, has reached 5 million users, making it the most downloaded digital application in Bangladesh. Launched in May last year, WowBox has attracted youths through its unique offering of highly contemporary contents, exciting deals and exclusive offers. Its vast user base of 5 million has made WowBox the most used lifestyle application in Bangladesh ... Read More »

Trouble-hit Citycell gets breather till Sept 16

Dhaka: The High Court on Monday stayed until September 16 the government’s process to stop the operation of Citycell, the country’s oldest mobile phone operator, for its failure to pay BTRC a outstanding payment of Tk 477.51 crore. Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed of the HC company bench passed the order following an appeal filed by the Citycell authorities seeking its ... Read More »