Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – The highest number of call drop incidents (103,43,00,000) have been occurred in the country largest mobile phone network Grameenphone (GP) in last 12 months, according to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
The statistics of the call drop incidents of all the mobile operators from September 2017 to September 2018 were disclosed by the telecomm regulator on Monday.
According to the report, telecommunication operator Robi recorded around 76,18,00,000 calls drop incidents while the number in Bangalink network was 36,54,00,000 and 6,00,00,000 times in the network of the government-run operator TeleTalk.
On Monday, the BTRC also issued letters to all the mobile operators seeking explanation on the issue and asked them to submit reports within next five working days.
Terming the call drop incident as a major problem, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar told UNB, “We have recently approved a Quality of Service (QOS) Policy and directed the BTRC to monitor all the networks.”
The BTRC was also asked to send letters to the mobile operators to ensure quality services, he added.
He also said the operators do not have sufficient spectrum. “As the Mobile Number Portability services have been introduced recently, the operators will be bound to ensure quality services,” he hoped.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Huawei is working on wireless broadband to ensure ‘Digital Home’ in Asia-Pacific. It helps to create a sustainable industry environment for the development of fixed wireless broadband.
Recently, GTI, Informa and Huawei successfully held the Asia-Pacific WTTx (fixed wireless access) summit, said a press release on Sunday.
The theme of the summit was ‘Bring Affordable and Fast Fixed Wireless Broadband to Every Household’.
At this summit, Huawei together with Asia-Pacific ICT regulators, leading operators and industry organizations launched a joint declaration called ‘Bridge the Digital Divide, Accelerate Broadband to Households’.
In this summit, Huawei signed a MoU with Grameenphone to develop the WTTx business in the next step.
Michael Patrick Foley, CEO of Grameenphone said, “WTTx is a complementary technology for Home Broadband (HBB) in Bangladesh. As the leading operator in Bangladesh, we are committed to improving the quality of mobile broadband in Bangladesh and continuously investing to ensure a quality experience for our valued customers. Moreover, we see that the ease of deployment of this technology in our market will enable our customers to access current and future digital lifestyle services".
Tide Xu, Chief Strategy Office of Wireless Product Line, Huawei, said in his opening speech, “Huawei will keep customer-centric, continuous Innovation to provide best experience, cost effective solution for a better connected intelligent Asia-Pacific.”
With more diversified mobile applications happening in the home, fixed wireless access will be a crucial ingredient in bringing wide coverage and low cost in broadband services. WTTx is a home broadband technology using 4G/4.5G technologies to deliver cost-effective broadband access to unconnected households.
Low deployment costs and operating expenses are among WTTx’s greatest advantages. Meanwhile, WTTx is making huge progress in terms of speed and in a number of countries, the results of 4G speed tests are already surpassing those of fixed broadband, with growing numbers every day.
By 2017, the accumulated WTTx user numbers had reached 50 million globally. With WTTx, wireless broadband connectivity to unconnected households can be achieved 75% cheaper and 90% faster when compared to fixed-line deployments, delivering a return on investment to operators in less than three years.
Tokyo, Oct 20 (AP/UNB) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana as planned to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
They said the spacecraft, named after Italian scientist Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo, was in the right orbit and has sent the first signal after the liftoff.
ESA says the 1.3 billion-euro ($1.5 billion) mission is one of the most challenging in its history. Mercury's extreme temperatures, the intense gravity pull of the sun and blistering solar radiation make for hellish conditions.
The BepiColombo spacecraft will have to follow an elliptical path that involves a fly-by of Earth, two of Venus and six of Mercury itself so it can slow down before arriving at its destination in December 2025.
When it arrives, BepiColombo will release two probes — Bepi and Mio — that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury. The probes are designed to cope with temperatures varying from 430 degrees Celsius (806 F) on the side facing the sun, and -180 degrees Celsius (-292 F) in Mercury's shadow.
The ESA-developed Bepi will operate in Mercury's inner orbit, and JAXA's Mio will be in the outer orbit to gather data that would reveal the internal structure of the planet, its surface and geological evolution.
Scientists hope to build on the insights gained by NASA's Messenger probe, which ended its mission in 2015 after a four-year orbit of Mercury. The only other spacecraft to visit Mercury was NASA's Mariner 10 that flew past the planet in the mid-1970s.
Mercury, which is only slightly larger than Earth's moon, has a massive iron core about which little is known. Researchers are also hoping to learn more about the formation of the solar system from the data gathered by the BepiColombo mission.
"Beyond completing the challenging journey, this mission will return a huge bounty of science," said Jan Wörner, ESA Director General, in a statement.
JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa, who earlier managed the project, said, "We have high expectations that the ensuing detailed observations of Mercury will help us better understand the environment of the planet, and ultimately, the origin of the Solar System including that of Earth."
It is the second recent cooperation between the Europeans and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. JAXA's Hayabusa2 probe dropped a German-French rover on the asteroid Ryugu earlier this month.
Boston, Oct 20 (AP/UNB) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.
Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam.
RR predicted it would get $500,000 at auction.
The meteorite was found last year in a remote area of Mauritania in northwest Africa.
It is considered one of the most significant lunar meteorites ever found because of its large size and because it has "partial fusion crust" caused by the tremendous heat that sears the rock as it falls to Earth.
Seattle, Oct 19 (AP/UNB) — Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embezzle $1.5 million from the company and using his NFL connections to sell Super Bowl tickets for his own gain.
Jeff Tran, 45, was the director of sports marketing and alliances and managed the company's relationship with the NFL and its payments to third-party vendors, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports .
In addition to selling off Super Bowl tickets intended for Microsoft employees, he allegedly coordinated the issue of false invoices to charge Microsoft for bogus services and the transfer of money for himself, according to the indictment filed Wednesday.
A Microsoft spokesperson said the company had investigated Tran, fired him and then contacted law enforcement.
It was not immediately known if Tran has a lawyer. No lawyer was listed on the federal court website.
Tran was instrumental in securing Microsoft's deal with the NFL to integrate the Microsoft Surface tablets into game play and broadcasts.
Microsoft bought several Super Bowl tickets from the NFL in January 2017 under their promotional agreement and meant for the tickets to be distributed to Microsoft employees, court records said. The NFL used a promotional company called Wasserman Media Group to allocate the tickets at Microsoft's direction. Tran was responsible for distributing the tickets.
Microsoft frequently made bulk payments to Wasserman for various services, reports indicated.
Tran allegedly directed a Wasserman employee to transfer the tickets to him personally and pledged to hand them out to Microsoft employees. Prosecutors said he sold about 62 Super Bowl tickets for more than $200,000 through a ticket broker and kept the proceeds. He also allegedly sold tickets to another Microsoft employee. Tran told the employee that he had bought the tickets himself. The employee paid Tran $12,400, prosecutors said.
In March 2017, prosecutors said Tran submitted a bogus purchase order to Microsoft for $999,000 to Wasserman, purportedly for NFL-related marketing services. He included false expenses on the order and Microsoft approved the $999,000 payment to Wasserman, court records said.
In March, Tran asked a separate consulting company called Sandoval Ventures to bill Microsoft $775,000 for services rendered that Sandoval had not actually provided, documents claimed.
He reportedly lied to Sandoval, claiming that the purpose of the invoice was to process a payment to another unnamed vendor that could not bill Microsoft or Wasserman directly because of a vendor limit. Tran orchestrated a $775,000 payment from Wasserman to Sandoval Ventures and then Sandoval Ventures delivered a $775,000 check to Tran, court records indicated.
Tran claimed he would forward the money to the unnamed third-party vendor, but deposited the check into his personal bank account, according to court documents. Wasserman kept the difference it was legitimately due from the $999,000 payment.
In July 2017, Tran allegedly requested that Sandoval Ventures bill Wasserman again for $670,000 in services on behalf of Microsoft that Sandoval had not provided.
He claimed that Sandoval needed to issue the invoice so he could pay a vendor not on Microsoft's approved vendor list.
The vendor to receive the payment was called "Trade Craft Consulting," which was a trade name registered to Tranmerica, a corporation Tran himself had established. Tran had reportedly opened a bank account under Tranmerica, Inc. with Trade Craft Consulting as a trade name. He used a false employer identification number and his own home address on tax forms, records claimed.
Tran sent a Sandoval Ventures employee several text messages urging him to submit the fraudulent $670,000 invoice to Wasserman, court documents indicated.
Employees at both Wasserman and Sandoval grew suspicious and reported Tran to Microsoft. When Microsoft confronted him with the evidence, Tran claimed he had been "hacked" and deleted incriminating text messages, according to prosecutors.
Tran then allegedly told the Sandoval Ventures employee he worked with not to tell Microsoft about the $775,000.