San Francisco, Sept 29 (AP/UNB) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai went to Washington Friday to discuss concerns about the company's business practices with members of Congress and emerged with an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump during an upcoming roundtable.
Larry Kudlow, the head of the National Economic Council, extended the invitation while meeting with Pichai and the offer was accepted, according to the White House.
Other "internet stakeholders" will be invited to the same roundtable with Trump, the White House said, with other details, including the date, still to come.
Google didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump has recently accused Google of rigging the results of its influential search engine to suppress conservative viewpoints and highlight coverage from media that he says distribute "fake news." Google has denied any political bias.
The White House said Kudlow discussed the internet and the economy with Pichai on Friday, and described the talks as "positive and productive."
Pichai made the rounds in Washington just a few weeks after he and his boss, Google co-founder Larry Page, irked lawmakers by skipping a public hearing.
There was plenty to talk about, based on recent remarks by both lawmakers and Trump.
That includes recent reports that Google is poised to re-enter China with a search engine generating censored results to comply with the demands of that country's Communist government. Also potential new regulations that would define how much personal information that internet companies can collect about people using their services.
Both Trump and some U.S. lawmakers have been raising the possibility of asking government regulators to investigate whether Google has abused its power to thwart competition through its dominant search engine and other widely used services, which include Gmail, YouTube, the Chrome web browser and its Android software that runs most of the world's smartphones.
Pichai's meeting with about two dozen Republican lawmakers was held in the Capitol office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents a district in Google's home state of California.
"We held a very productive meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to discuss concerns regarding Google's business practices," said Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia. He said Pichai will be invited to attend a public hearing that the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold in November, after the midterm elections.
Before the meeting with Republican lawmakers, Pichai also indicated he planned to meet with Democrats.
"These meetings will continue Google's long history of engaging with Congress, including testifying seven times to Congress this year," he said.
Google and its corporate parent, Alphabet, also may have been trying to mend some political fences after Pichai and Page — now Alphabet's CEO — snubbed Congress a few weeks ago. Neither of them appeared at a high-profile hearing looking into what Twitter, Facebook and Google have been doing to prevent Russia and other foreign governments from using their services to sow discord among U.S. voters in an attempt to sway elections.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified at the hearing, as did Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, but Google was only willing to send its general counsel. That didn't satisfy lawmakers, who left a vacant chair that they hoped either Pichai or Page would occupy. The no-show prompted Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to call Google "arrogant."
Dhaka, Sep 27 (UNB)- After securing market leadership in 4.5G network with 7,300 sites all over the country, Robi has now significantly improved its 3.5G indoor coverage, speed and accessibility, said a press release on Thursday.
This has been made possible as Robi has ensured around 50% boost in both coverage and capacity by upgrading significant portion of its 3.5G base with triple carrier.
Robi is the only operator in the country that has upgraded 4,300 3.5G sites up to triple carrier from conventional two carrier technology in first phase, claimed the press release.
Following the path of its continuous improvement initiative, the largest 4.5G network provider in the country (7,300 4.5G sites in 538 out of 544 thanas) is using 900 MHz spectrum for both 4.5G and 3.5G which is much stronger and more effective for data coverage.
In this phase, the triple carrier 3.5G sites are available in Dhaka, Chattogram, Cumilla, Noakhali and Tangail. Robi has upgraded 1,450 sites in Dhaka Metro and surrounding areas, 1,460 sites in Chattogram Metro and surrounding areas; 650 sites in Noakhali, 640 sites in Cumilla and 100 sites in Tangail to triple carrier.
Commenting on this, Robi’s Chief Technology Officer, Medhat El Husseiny said: “It proves our commitment for not only the widest 4.5G network, but also for the best 3.5G network. Robi is the only operator in the country using 900 MHz spectrum for both 4.5G and 3.5G which is the most effective use of spectrum for data coverage.”
The triple carrier 3.5G sites will raise the population coverage of our 3.5G service in Dhaka, Chattogram, Noakhali, Cumilla and Tangail to more than 90%. Alongside the increased 3.5G coverage, the triple carrier 3.5G sites will greatly enhance our customers’ experience be in urban or rural area, the press release added.
Masudul Hoque, back from Shenzhen, China
Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) – Leading global provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices company Huawei has completed 20 years of its service in Bangladesh - a period that saw the country transformed into an advanced mobile technology.
Huawei's presence in Bangladesh market for past 20 years saw the country's graduation from a basic technology-driven society to an advanced ICT-driven society where the Chinese multinational, the Shenzen-based largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world also played pioneering role in deploying 3G and 4G in Bangladesh.
In order to take forward the technological advancement of the country, Huawei has taken several steps on the implementation of 5G, Zhang Zhengjun, CEO, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, told UNB.
5G is the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications. It succeeds the 4G, 3G and 2G systems. 5G performance targets include high data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacity and massive device connectivity.
“Recently, we demonstrated 5G in the country which was inaugurated by Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy as part of Vision 2021,” said Zhang Zhengjun.
Huawei has been in business in Bangladesh for past 20 years starting from 1998 with 85 percent of its local staffs Bangladeshi nationals.
Huawei shares the vision of Digital Bangladesh in its journey from 2G to 4G, Zhan Zhengjun said adding that “Number of smart devices has increased phenomenally during 2013 to 2017.”
Huawei is growing up together with the ICT Industry of Bangladesh and is also concerned about corporate social responsibility through programmes like-ICT Mobile Training Bus, Seeds for the Future, relief campaigns, sports sponsorship and so on, the Huawei Bangladesh CEO said.
Based in Dhaka, Huawei Bangladesh has 7 offices, 14 Terminal Service Centers and 350+ Smartphone Brand Shops in this country.
Besides providing integrated networking equipment to all the telecom service providers, Huawei has been contributing a lot to the development of Digital Bangladesh by state-of-the-art ICT solutions.
On September 11, top ten Bangladeshi students of Huawei’s flagship CSR programme “Seeds for the Future 2018” were invited for a visit to its headquarters in China.
Previously, a good many students from Bangladesh also visited different parts of China in 2014, 2015 and 2016 under the Seeds for the Future Programme.
To help Bangladesh train ICT talents and create more opportunities for the talents, ‘Seeds for the Future’ was the first flagship programme launched in the country.
Huawei Bangladesh chose Shakib Al Hasan, the no. 1 all-rounder cricketer as its brand ambassador.
In December 2017, Huawei Bangladesh was awarded highest VAT payer in service sector for fiscal year 2015-2016 in Dhaka district.
Previously, in July 2014, Huawei Bangladesh was awarded the "Best Tax Payer Enterprise".
Huawei signed MoU for “ICT Mobile Training Bus” project in 2016 which was a huge milestone.
Huawei’s 5G technology will enhance mobile broadband, support national energy transformation, increase automotive safety and efficiency, drive manufacturing transformation, bring health to everyone and thus, provide new business opportunities for telecom operators.
The company has more than 180,000 employees, 36 Joint Innovation Centers, 14 R&D centers and operates in more than 170 countries and regions.
Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) - The tech giant is celebrating its 20th birthday with a new Google Doodle marking the special occasion on Thursday.
Founded 20 years ago, the company is marking the occasion with a Google Doodle around the world.
This year’s doodle features letter-shaped balloons attached to a gift box. Tapping plays a YouTube video that animates popular searches from around the globe over the past two decades.
The various terms are Y2K, Pluto losing its status as a planet, Royal Wedding, 2012 on the Mayan calendar, and avocado toast. It ends with a thank you note from Google:
On this day in 1998, two PhD students at Stanford University launched the new search engine, with the aim of making the world’s information accessible and useful to all.
Today’s video Doodle takes a stroll down memory lane by exploring popular searches all over the world throughout the last two decades.
The doodle is just one of the ways that Google is celebrating the occasion, which marks two decades of dominance in the search business. The company has gone from humble beginnings as a search engine to the most dominant force in advertising. Google now has a parent company, Alphabet, with tentacles that touch everything from self-driving cars to its Android mobile software and the extension of life.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – The test run of much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service will be launched on October 1, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Wednesday.
The MNP service allows a subscriber to change telecom carrier keeping the same phone number.
The minister said the service will be launched officially later following feedback from customers on the test run.
He also said the mobile phone operators will be forced to develop the MNP service as there will be a competition.
Mabroor Hossain, managing director of Infozillion BD Teletech which has received the licence of the service, said all preparations have already been completed to launch the service. “The service will be launched on October 1.”
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has fixed Tk 50 for availing the service at the customer level, he said.
The operator will be changed 72 hours after applying for the MNP and a customer will have to wait for 90 days if he/she wants to change the operator again.