Leading mobile operators Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink say the increase of supplementary duty in the new proposed budget will be an additional burden to customers.
Therefore, they urged the authorities to reconsider the issue.
Hossain Satad, director and head of Public and Regulatory Affairs of GP, said the decision to increase supplementary duty will be a burden for the customers and unfavourable to unlocking possibilities of Digital Bangladesh.
“We urge the government to reconsider this decision before implementing in the attribution of our valued customer interest,” he added.
Meanwhile, another mobile operator Robi said it is very unfortunate that the 2 percent minimum tax on its revenue imposed in last year’s budget remained unchanged.
Shahed Alam, chief corporate and regulatory officer of Robi Axiata Limited, said there is still a chance to review the self-defeating tax and hoped the government will take positive decision in this regard.
Apart from these, increasing supplementary duty (SD) by 5 percent on all telecom related services is highly regrettable, he said, adding that the decision would bring further misery to the customers.
In an immediate budget reaction, Banglalink's CEO Erik Aas also came up with same remark. He said an additional 5 percent SD on telecom services will especially affect the less privileged consumers.
Erik Aas urged the government to withdraw the VAT on internet in view of the impact of coronavirus-induced economic crises on internet users.
He also requested the government to reconsider the minimum tax imposed on mobile operators.
Grameenphone has appointed Kazi Mahboob Hassan as the chief business officer of the mobile service provider.
The appointment will be effective from July 2, said a press release on Wednesday.
Kazi has been serving as Head of Strategic & Large Accounts since January 1 this year.
He started his career in GP as Chief Specialist-Strategy on February 1, 2016 and took the challenge of Head of Transformation as part of GPMT.
Later, he served as Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer from April 1, 2018 to December 31 last year.
Kazi immensely contributed to developing GP's strategy that helped the company taking the right direction and engage the workforce towards the line of sight. He has also been instrumental in leading transformation in the company.
Later, he decided to expand his career in the revenue-generating stream and took a new challenge in the Business Division, the release added.
Before joining Grameenphone in 2016, Kazi was a Senior Management Consultant at Deloitte UK, where he was responsible for leading business transformation programmes for clients across various sectors, including telecom, oil and gas, consumer business, and financial services.
Kazi has also held senior positions in Finance and Marketing with IBM UK and BAT Bangladesh.
He has a BBA from the University of Dhaka (IBA) and an MBA degree from the University of Oxford and was also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) with professional accountancy body ACCA, UK.
Walton, a domestic electronics giant has recently offered 100 percent free air conditioner or 10 to 50 percent sure cashback on purchase of any model of its split ACs.
Customers can also get free installation under the digital campaign season-7 that will be available from June 8 to June 30, 2020, said a press release.
Walton declared the offer in a programme at Walton Corporate Office in the capital on Monday.
Walton’s Executive Directors SM Zahid Hasan, Humayun Kabir, Uday Hakim, Md Tanvir Rahman, Mohammad Rayhan and Dr Md Shakhawat Hossain, Deputy Executive Director Firoj Alam, Shahjada Salim and Shah Alam, Operative Director Khondker Shahriar Murshid, Deputy Operative Director Mofizur Rahman and Additional Director Milton Ahmed attended the programme.
Customers who will buy air conditioner from any Walton Plaza or distributor showroom or E-Plaza and register it with their mobile numbers, will be notified by a return SMS about the free AC or cashback.
Walton is conducting the ‘Digital Campaign’ to accelerate the initiative of building customer database for delivering online based swift and best after sales service.
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Robi, a leading digital service provider of the country has stood beside its customers with the mobile application platform - 'My Robi' to ensure uninterrupted and comfortable telecommunication services during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Customers can enjoy free data browsing through ‘My Robi’ app to get answers and information on the most pivotal questions about Coronavirus.
The app also offered mobile recharge digitally through bKash and other MFS or debit or credit cards. Besides, customers will get 5 percent cash back if they recharge other family members’ mobiles.
There is an opportunity to take a talk time loan or data pack loan through this app and 10 percent cash back facility on purchasing the best monthly data packs and combo packs through the My Robi app.
‘My Robi’ app also offering an opportunity to buy a new SIM; the app will ensure home delivery to the customer after receiving the specified order.
Students are getting the opportunity to buy a 2GB data pack for just Taka 25 to browse ‘Robi-Ten Minute School’ through My Robi app.
Besides, a 50 GB video conference pack at only Tk 300 is available for students to do online classes. This allows teachers and students to join online classes through apps like Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams.
A special online training session on Blockchain Technology was conducted on Saturday by the “Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) project” of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division.
Senior Secretary of ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam PAA was present as the chief guest at the inauguration of the training and exchanged experiences on different achievements of ICT division and blockchain technology.
“Blockchain is an important technology that needs to be used properly. There’s considerable interest among our youth on frontier technology. The ICT division is working as a 'front line soldier' using frontier technology, but in this case, we need trained manpower the most,” Zeaul said.
He also expressed the view that blockchain technology would further improve the overall management of the country as well as ensure transparency.
Member of University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Dr Md Sazzad Hossain attended the session as its special guest, said: “Because of coronavirus, we’re now in a difficult time. We need to ensure transparency and accountability during this epidemic. This blockchain technology can ensure transparency, so it needs to be used properly. As there’s no alternative to education and research, all of us need to pay special attention to science and technology, research, and ICT skills.”
The executive director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb conveyed his gratitude to those who helped make the event a success. Also a special guest, he said that the BCC wants to create an innovative environment through which it will be possible to create an entrepreneurial culture, and the council will continue trying to give everyone an idea about the prevalence of frontier technology in the world.
The session was presided over by the project director (Additional Secretary) of the iDEA Project Syed Mojibul Huq, who said that it will be challenging to make decisions for different activities in the future without the frontier technology. If the nation wants to make progress through digital marketing, it must take the help of Frontier Technology and therefore the blockchain technology is a very necessary medium and if the future generation does not gain knowledge on these technologies, the nation will have to fall behind during the 4th Industrial Revolution.
PhD research fellow of Graduate School of Simulation Studies of University of Hyogo of Japan Rubaiyat Islam, Dhaka University’s Institute of Information Technology (IIT) Associate Professor BM Mainul Hossain and Blockchain researcher, Managing Director of The Computers Ltd (TCL) and Chief Consultant of Atique Rabbani (Financial and ICT) Consulting Khondkar Atique-e-Rabbani were the trainers of this initiative who also shared their experiences with trainees.
Through this training, the basics and Evolution of Blockchain Technology, Blockchain for Supply Chain Management, and Understanding Blockchain Technology were the topics covered to more than 60 trainees from the Barishal region who joined the training through Zoom.
Regional Director of Barishal Division of the BCC Md Monirul Islam, the Deputy Project Director (Deputy Secretary) of iDEA Project Kazi Hosna Ara, the project's senior consultant RHM Alaol Kabir, the technology Management Specialist of the project Mehedi Hasan Bhuiyan, Consultant of iDEA Project Monirul Islam, Shohag Chandra Das, teachers from Barisal University of Science and Technology and Patuakhali Science and Technology University, BCC and other officials of ICT division were also present online at the time.