Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)- Robi has launched a women focused digital lifestyle service, Ichchedana. Combining safety and security features, Ichchedana provides complete lifestyle solution for the women. Any Robi prepaid customer can register for this service by just dialing the USSD code: *123*80# for free of cost.
The launching programme was held at the Robi Corporate Office located in Gulshan-1, Dhaka. Robi’s Managing Director, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava along with senior members of the Robi management team were present at the event.
Eminent Dermatologist and noted singer, Dr. Jhumu Khan was present at the programme as the special guest. She shared her story of rising to fame at the programme to inspire the women to chase their own dreams. GSMA representative in Bangladesh, Ferdous Mottakin also spoke at the programme.
The service has security features like emergency alert through which women can send their current location alert to three pre-registered contacts set by them. For this, they just need to dial *555#. This is intended to provide a vital safety lifeline to all the women who feel vulnerable to move about.
Ichchedana users can enjoy 10 minutes as emergency minutes for free up to twice in a month to support communication with their near and dear ones in case of emergency. However, the users need to have voice usage of 65 taka every-time the user wants to use the emergency minutes.
Using the private number recharge feature, women can ensure privacy of their phone numbers at retail outlets while recharging their mobile phone number. A 12-digit dummy number provided to them will safeguard their number from people calling with malicious intent.
Ichchedana subscribers will have access to an exclusive counter in all the Walk-In-Centers of Robi across the country. Besides, Robi’s call centers will be routing the calls from the Ichchedana users to special agents.
People registering for Ichchedana will enjoy 50paisa/min to any local number for the first 30 days, one exclusive FnF with 50 paisa/ minute call-rate to any local number for unlimited period, 1GB data at only 17 taka for using Facebook once in a month for two months and enjoy free subscription to Robi’smHealth solution, Health Plus for 30 days.
Speaking at the launching programme, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO said: “Mobile phone numbers of an individual has become an identity of a person, thanks to the growth of digital lifestyle. Be it accessing various digital lifestyle services to accessing public services, the mobile number is essential. In this backdrop, Ichchedana comes with the promise of safety and security for our women in using the mobile phone. Using this package they can in true sense ignite their power within to shine in life.”
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed and Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava handed over flower bouquet to the surfer girl from Cox’s Bazar, Rifa and international award winning shooter, UmmeyZakia Sultana Tumpa. Both of them worked in the TV commercial made for Ichchedana.
Dhaka, Jun 14(UNB)- Huawei's 5G intelligent and simplified core network solution won "Best 5G Core Network Technology" Award at the 5G World Summit-2019 held in London recently.
5G will bring many changes to industries and promote new industry applications and business models. Huawei's 5G intelligent and simplified core network supports all-cloud-based key technologies, such as three-layer decoupling, stateless design, cross-DC deployment, micro-services and A/B test.
This network is built on leading cloud native, connectivity and edge computing technologies. Huawei's 5G intelligent and simplified core network is the industry's first core network that supports 2G/3G/4G/5G NSA/5G SA in-depth convergence.
Ma Liang, director of the Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Mgmt. Dept., remarked, "We are honored to win this award. Huawei has continuously been investing in 5G core network R&D and has gained expertise in 5G technology. Huawei collaborates with carriers and industry partners to continuously develop 5G applications in vertical industries, enable a thriving industry ecosystem, and make full preparations for the mature commercial use of 5G.”
By June 2019, Huawei has won 46 5G commercial contracts globally and has launched a series of cross-industry collaboration based on network slicing and MEC in smart grid, VR/AR, IoV, remote surgery, smart manufacturing and other fields, greatly promoting 5G ecosystem prosperity.
Huawei will keep pursuing technological advances to better serve our customers with better solutions.
Hong Kong, June 14 (AP/UNB) (AP) — Young Hong Kong residents protesting a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China for trial are seeking to safeguard their identities from potential retaliation by authorities employing mass data collection and sophisticated facial recognition technology.
Agnes, a second-year college student who declined to give her surname, said she donned a face mask as soon as she left a subway train in the downtown Admiralty district to join Wednesday's overnight protest by pro-democracy demonstrators.
"Everybody coming out is wearing masks because you don't know what people will do with the information," Agnes said as friends nodded in agreement. None of them would give their names, saying they worried about how school authorities would react if Hong Kong or China's central government asked for information about them.
To further protect their privacy, the group was buying single-trip train tickets with cash rather than using their stored-value electronic cash cards that forward information on travel and locations to a central repository.
The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has installed thousands of security cameras but the data is mostly kept private. In mainland China, the government openly uses the technology to track down people considered politically unreliable, particularly among Muslim Uighurs, Tibetans and other minority groups.
In addition to closed-circuit television cameras spaced throughout the city, dozens of television stations and other news outlets have been broadcasting and publishing images of protesters.
Attitudes among younger Hong Kong residents such as Agnes reflect a growing sophistication among government critics since massive 2014 protests that shut down much of the downtown area in a demand for universal suffrage but ultimately fizzled without achieving their goals. Since then, the government has sentenced many of the leaders of what has become known as "Occupy Central" or the "Umbrella Movement" to prison on vague charges of causing public disturbances or inciting other people to do so.
Hong Kong police officials on Thursday said they made 11 arrests among Wednesday's protesters and defended their right to track down those who had been sent to hospitals for treatment of injuries.
Chinese authorities were recently discovered to be maintaining real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates and places of employment, there were notes on the places that they had most recently visited, including mosques, hotels and restaurants.
The database appeared to have been recording people's movements tracked by facial recognition technology, logging more than 6.7 million coordinates in a span of 24 hours. It illustrated how far China has taken facial recognition and served as a reminder of how easily technology companies can leave supposedly private records exposed to global snoopers.
Chinese authorities have also begun deploying a new surveillance tool that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.
Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, "gait recognition" is part of a push across China to develop artificial intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.
Older protesters professed less concern about being caught on video at Wednesday's demonstration, saying they were already secure in their lives and careers.
"I don't give it too much thought," said Andy Lau, an engineering professor at a Hong Kong polytechnic who was passing out leaflets calling for an end to police attacks and the resignation of the current Hong Kong government amid a crowd of protesters on a pedestrian bridge opposite the Legislative Council.
However, Lau said younger protesters were well advised to guard their identities and personal data if they want to join the demonstrations.
"It's not just a problem after you cross the border into China. Even here in Hong Kong the police or school leaders can come tracking you down and knocking on your door at night," Lau said.
Anchorage, Jun 13 (AP/UNB) — The police chief of Alaska's largest city hurried out of the department's glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were spotty after a major earthquake, but his cellphone was recently equipped with a national wireless network dedicated to first responders.
Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll was able to reach other officials who had the new high-speed connection after the 7.1 magnitude quake last year caused widespread damage.
It proved to be a trial run in Alaska for the FirstNet network, which Doll and other commanders had just signed on to test with their personal cellphones. The crucial calls made possible by FirstNet helped first responders set up an emergency operations center and coordinate the response to the Nov. 30 earthquake.
"It was just random chance that we had started sort of testing this a little bit right before the earthquake happened," Doll said. "I felt a lot more confident rolling it out to the whole agency after we had that kind of trial by fire with the earthquake with just a few phones. I was like, 'This actually works.'"
Anchorage police officially opted in to the service in January, joining thousands of public safety agencies nationwide that can use the connection during emergencies and for everyday work like communicating by smartphone, routing officers to calls and looking up suspect information in the field. Agencies also can tie the network to apps, including a push-to-talk option that turns cellphones into high-tech walkie-talkies.
In Alaska, the network is seen as an emerging tool to connect emergency responders in a massive state with scores of tribal villages far removed from roads. High-speed internet has been built up in remote areas in recent years, but connecting rural communities is still a significant challenge, even with FirstNet.
The network is secure, encrypted and off limits to the public. It's raised concerns among media advocates that the secrecy shields police and others from scrutiny as more agencies cut access to their traditional radio communications.
Both FirstNet and AT&T, which runs the high-speed system, say it's up to subscribers to open aspects of the network. The communications giant didn't know any agencies that have done so.
Launched last year, the network was established by Congress in 2012 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when some police and fire departments couldn't communicate over incompatible radio systems.
The First Responder Network Authority, an independent federal entity, oversees it with AT&T, which plans to invest $40 billion over its 25-year government contract.
The U.S. was the first to roll out a government-backed wireless network for first responders, and nations like Australia, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are studying FirstNet as they look to create similar services, spokeswoman April Ward.
Verizon has rolled out a similar service for first responders not tied to the government but would not say how many agencies have signed up. More than 7,250 departments nationwide have joined FirstNet, AT&T said.
"I would say it's the most important network in our country because it's serving our first responders who are taking care of us every day," said Chris Sambar, AT&T's senior vice president for FirstNet.
More than half of the system has been completed, Sambar said.
In Alaska, the five-year goal is to build the network to cover more than 90% of the population, but that still amounts to less than half of the state's far-flung tribal lands, according the FirstNet plan for Alaska. A half dozen rural hubs for scores of villages will be covered.
For now, nothing replaces Alaska's mobile radio network, said John Rockwell, a state official who worked on the plan.
"I really believe in FirstNet," he said. "It's just not there yet."
In cities like Anchorage, police have issued FirstNet-linked cellphones to officers and equipped laptops in patrol cars with mobile hotspots.
During a recent shift, Anchorage Officer T. Scott Masten used the network to look up photos that confirmed the identity of a man found sleeping in a car in a church parking lot. Previously, officers would have to drive to a substation to get that information.
"It makes my job easier; makes it much more efficient," Masten said.
In Seattle, firefighters use FirstNet for dispatch and for transmitting patient health care information, among other things. Port St. Lucie, Florida, police use it on multiple devices with no failures yet, Police Chief Jon Bolduc said. He's interested to see how it holds up in an emergency.
The small community of Whiteville, North Carolina, lost all connections except for FirstNet when Hurricane Florence hit last September, city emergency manager Hal Lowder said.
Even FirstNet started slowing down when officials tried to send large amounts of data, so they turned to an option available to all subscribers: equipment that turns a satellite signal into an LTE cell tower.
Whiteville officials relied on the push-to-talk app to communicate when all other systems were down. Lowder said the app doubles as a patrol radio system — at a fraction of the cost.
"It worked perfectly, even at slow speeds," he said.
FirstNet isn't urging responders to give up traditional radios, but that's the direction the market is heading, CEO Ed Parkinson said.
There's already a trend toward silencing police radios for the public. A growing number of agencies, including Anchorage police, have cut access to scanner radio traffic, citing safety concerns. The move eliminates a traditional resource and oversight tool for journalists and others.
FirstNet's lack of public scrutiny is raising concerns about further erosion to freedom of information rights.
J. Alex Tarquinio, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, believes a government-sanctioned service should include a portion that's open to the media.
"The government has an obligation — because this is a public service — to find a way to provide that information to journalists, so journalists can continue to cover incidents and emergency response in a timely way," Tarquinio said.
Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) – Subscribers on Wednesday vented their anger at the poor services provided by different mobile phone companies in the country.
At a public hearing arranged by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), they raised various complaints, including weak network, slow internet speed, deception in the name of internet packages, SMS and ad nuisance, call-drop and Facebook insecurity.
BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque who presided over the public hearing said he himself is not happy with the mobile operators’ services. “No one is satisfied with the technology as it keeps changing.”
He also said some of the complaints were resolved instantly while the rest will be sorted out soon.
The BTRC chief also said they have decided to keep their call centre open 24/7 to receive complaints from customers.
Currently, the call centre remains open from 9am to 5pm every day except holiday.
Jahurul said BRTCs’ revenue income is now Tk 10,000 crore which was only Tk 3.45 crore in 2001.
He said problems surface while doing good work. “The problems cannot be resolved overnight.”
About advertisement through mobile phone, the BTRC chairman said he himself is also embarrassed with it.
He also said they are going to take steps to this end.
About Facebook, Jahurul said Facebook does not listen to them. “It acts sometimes whenever BTRC makes any request as there’re huge customers,” he said.
Talking about the radiation from mobile towers, he said they are implementing the guidelines given by the High Court to this end. “We’ve examined (towers) and there’s nothing to be worried about.”