Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNB) – The edotco Bangladesh (edotco BD), an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Bangladesh has recently completed the transfer of 20 percent of its shares held by Robi Axiata Limited.
This will result in edotco BD becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of edotco Group in line with the conditions set by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
In August, edotco announced that it has been selected by the BTRC to obtain a conditional tower sharing license. Upon completion of the conditions, this license will allow edotco to build and manage telecommunications towers for multiple mobile network operators in the country.
As part of the conditions, edotco BD, cannot retain a mobile network operator as its shareholder. With the transfer, edotco BD moves one step closer to fulfilling the conditions for tower license eligibility.
Rahul Chaudhary, Country Managing Director of edotco Bangladesh said “We have been working closely with Robi and our local partners to ensure a smooth transition. We are confident we will be able to fulfill all the conditions within the set timeframe.
We are looking forward to receiving the complete license and are determined to keep serving the telecommunication industry in Bangladesh”.
The edotco BD, has been at the forefront of the country’s tower infrastructure landscape since 2013, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy management, transmission and operations and maintenance. The company recently announced Getco, a Bangladesh-based conglomerate as a 30 percent shareholder and strategic partner.
Through its subsidiary Greencon Tower Company Limited, Getco will partner with edotco to provide next-generation infrastructure to meet the country’s growing connectivity needs.
Dhaka, 16 September 2018: Robi is offering the live streaming service of all cricket matches of the ongoing Asia Cup cricket tournament through its sports entertainment content platform, My Sports.
My Sports is an SMS, WAP, IVR, and APP (Android, iOS) based sports service, said a press release on Sunday.
Users can subscribe to this service through any of these channels and charging will be at a single point. There will be no additional charge for any content; although, data charge will be applicable.
Users can subscribe to this service through the mobile application (http://bit.ly/MySportsApp) or by sending START SP or SPW to 22222 or through the portal: http://mysports.com.bd/ or simply by dialing 22222.
After getting subscribed from any channel, users can enjoy the full service from the mobile app, SMS, IVR, and WAP.
There are two packages available: daily and the five days duration. The daily package is charged at Tk 2.44 and the five days package is available at Tk 6.09. The price is inclusive of VAT, surcharge and supplementary duty.
My Sports came into prominence with the live streaming of all the matches of the recently concluded World Cup football tournament. Besides, the platform also streamed live matches of the entire India Premiere League (IPL) tournament, held recently. Football enthusiasts are also enjoying live streaming of all the matches in the ongoing English Premiere League.
San Francisco, Sep 16 (AP/UNB) — Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are frustrated over a glitch that is keeping them from being paid immediately.
The Mercury News of San Jose reports San Francisco-based Uber was still working on Saturday to fix a problem that was reported Friday.
An Uber spokesperson said the company has identified an issue with its "Instant Pay" feature and that drivers will be paid. Instant Pay allows drivers to be paid immediately for rides.
The news organization reports the Uber spokesperson declined further comment. It's not known what caused the issue, when it began or how many drivers were affected.
Meanwhile, frustrated and angry drivers are taking to social media, saying that they don't like working for free or that they need the instant payouts for gas.
Cape Canaveral, Sept 15 (AP/UNB) — A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again.
The countdown was halted Saturday local time in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch.
The Japanese space agency said there was an issue with the propulsion system. No new launch date has been set.
The cargo ship — the seventh to be launched by Japan — contains new batteries needed for a pair of NASA spacewalks.
NASA says the delay will cause the spacewalks — which had been scheduled over the next two weeks — to slip even further. The lithium-ion batteries will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries in the space station's solar-generating electrical system.
Five tons of supplies are loaded into the capsule named Kounotori, Japanese for white stork.
Cupertino, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
In its fourth incarnation, called Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take high-quality heart readings and detect falls. It's part of Apple's long-in-the-making strategy to give people a distinct reason to buy a wrist gadget that largely does things smartphones already do.
Since the Apple Watch launched in April 2015 , most people haven't figured out why they need to buy one. Apple doesn't release sales figures, but estimates from two analysts suggest the company shipped roughly 18 million of the gadgets in 2017. Apple sold almost 12 times as many iPhones — 216 million — that year. Apple shipped another 7.3 million Apple Watches during the first half of this year, according to Canalys Research, compared with more than 93 million iPhones.
Worldwide, about 48 million smartwatches are expected to be sold this year, compared with nearly 1.9 billion phones, according to the research firm Gartner.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has long aimed to emphasize the health- and fitness-tracking abilities of the smartwatch. The original version featured a heart-rate sensor that fed data into fitness and workout apps so they could suggest new goals and offer digital "rewards" for fitness accomplishments.
Two years later, Apple called its watch "the ultimate device for a healthy life," emphasizing water resistance for swimmers and built-in GPS for tracking runs or cycling workouts. In February, the company announced that the watch would track skiing and snowboarding runs , including data on speed and vertical descent.
The latest version, unveiled Wednesday, is pushing the health envelope even further — in particular by taking electrocardiograms, or EKGs, on the device, a feature given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Apple said. The watch will also monitor for irregular heartbeats and can detect when the wearer has fallen, the company said.
EKGs are important tests of heart health and typically require a visit to the doctor. The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association. He said such real-time data would change the way doctors work.
"This is enormous," Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said of the EKG feature. He said it could turn smartwatches "from something people buy for prestige into something they buy for more practical reasons."
It could also lead some health insurance plans to subsidize the cost of an Apple Watch, Nguyen said. That would help defray the $400 starting price for a device that still requires a companion iPhone, which can now cost more than $1,000.
The watch will use new sensors on the back and on the watch dial. A new app will say whether each reading is normal or shows signs of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate that increases the risk of heart complications, such as stroke and heart failure.
Apple says the heart data can be shared with doctors through a PDF file, though it's not yet clear how ready doctors are to receive a possible flood of new EKG data from patients — nor how useful they will find the electronic files.
This new features will be available to U.S. customers later this year, Apple said — an indication that it may not be ready for launch.
Fall detection could also be significant, especially for elderly users. The new Apple Watch claims to be able to tell the difference between a trip and a fall — and when the latter occurs, it will suggest calling 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.). If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts.
Only certain Apple Watch models support cellular calls, but those that don't can still make emergency calls when near a paired iPhone or Wi-Fi service.
Apple says it monitored some 2,500 people — measuring how they fell off ladders, missed a step while walking or got their legs caught in their pants while getting dressed. It used that data to separate real falls from other heavy wrist movements, such as clapping and hammering.
The feature will turn on automatically for users 65 and over; younger people can activate it in the settings. "I can see kids buying one for their parents and grandparents," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights.
But the Apple Watch still lacks one feature found in rival wrist gadgets: the ability to analyze sleep quality. Battery life in the new watch remains at 18 hours, meaning it needs a nightly recharge.