Dhaka, Sep 24 (UNB) - Handset maker Motorola has launched its latest Moto E4 Plus, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus mobile sets in Bangladesh market in partnership with Robi.
The launching ceremony was held at a city hotel on Monday, said a press release.
Motorola launched its handsets in Bangladesh after 10 years, making this a much anticipated launch for the tech enthusiasts of the country. All these handsets from Motorola will be exclusively available in robishop. Smart Technologies BD Ltd. brought the Motorola brand in Bangladesh as the national distributor of the Moto devices.
State Minister for ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, was present at the launching ceremony as the chief guest. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s (BTRC), Director General (Spectrum Management) Brig. Gen. Md Nasim Parvez was present as the special guest.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Digital Services Officer, Shihab Ahmad and Smart Technologies BD Ltd’s Chairman, Mohd. Mazharul Islam, Group Director, MD Zafor Ahmed and Director, Shakib Arafat were present on the occasion.
The Motorola Moto E4 Plus, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus are priced at Tk 11,990, Tk. 14,990 and Tk. 19,990 respectively. These exciting new handsets come with large display with advanced cameras that snap crisp, gorgeous photos even in low light.
Moreover, with massive battery capacity, fast performance, impressive loud speakers and stunning design, these handsets promises to herald a new era of entertainment through mobile device.
All these handsets come with amazing gift items (Motorola Bag/ Cap/ T-shirt/ Bluetooth Speaker), 15-month warranty, 0% EMI for six months and 4GB free data (2GB regular and 2GB 4.5G) with 30-days validity.
In addition, the customers can enjoy 100 percent bonus data volume upon purchasing any existing data pack above Tk 100 within nine months of purchasing any of these handsets.
Speaking on the occasion, State Minister for ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, said, “Motorola, the company that had invented mobile phone has re-entered Bangladesh market with new enthusiasm. This is indeed a good news for us. We need digital devices to implement the vision of Digital Bangladesh. It is one of the objectives of the Government to make quality digital devices available at a reasonable price.”
Commenting on the much awaited launch of Motorola handsets, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said, “Robi has created, by far, the largest 4.5G network of the country with 7,100 4.5G sites. In this backdrop, we are excited to partner with Motorola to launch their three latest handsets. I am sure through the Robi’s ecommerce outlet, robishop, and the excellent distribution network of Robi’s assisted ecommerce brand, Digired, the customers across the country would be able to avail these exciting handsets with utmost convenience.”
Smart Technologies BD Ltd’s Chairman, Mohd. Mazharul Islam said, “Motorola has started working in Bangladesh with support from Smart Technologies. We have got Robi as our partner in this journey. We want to continue our winning streak with Motorola and Robi in this team. We have set a target for this market and taken a number of initiatives to achieve it.”
The robishop is an e-commerce of the country offering a wide ranging choice of latest handsets from the world renowned handset makers and a wide variety of options for electronic appliances. The service delivery is available in more than 400 thanas of the country, delivering product in the quickest possible time line.
Dhaka, Sep 23 (UNB) - Symphony on Sunday inaugurated its newly-established manufacturing plant, ‘Edison Industries Limited’ at Zirabo, Ashulia.
The ceremony was commenced by Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, said a press release.
The top officials of Symphony, including the Chairman of Edison Group, Aminur Rashid, Managing Director, Jakaria Shahid and Director of Edison Industries, S M Morshed-Uz-Zaman were also present at the programme.
Mustafa Jabbar said, “This achievement has added a new milestone in the digitization of Bangladesh. Our prime minister’s long desired dream of seeing local manufacturing of mobile handsets has been successfully turned into reality by Symphony.”
Managing Director Jakaria Shahid said “After receiving permission of setting up ‘A’ category industry, we are now focusing all our energy here so that we can produce handsets of international standards and in doing so, contribute greatly behind realizing the dreams of a digital Bangladesh.”
According to Symphony, Edison Industries Limited has been constructed on a massive 57,000 square foot space. Japanese and German machineries have been installed in the facility. Approximately 400-500 new workplaces have been created here. Initially, 30-40 lakh units of smartphones will be produced from 8 production lines. More of these lines are planned to be added in the future.
The director of Edison Industries, Mr. S M Morshed-Uz-Zaman informed that 80 percent of all workers have been hired from polytechnic institutes and were rigorously trained for months before placement.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - The number of the country's total internet users is now 9.05 crore, according to statistics published on Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)'s website on Thursday.
The BTRC released its statistics updated till the end of August.
Among them, 8.47 crore are mobile phone internet users, 57.33 lakh are broadband internet (ISP + PSTN) users and the rest 83,000 are WiMax users.
The total number of internet subscribers reached 8.89 crore at the end of July.
Berlin, Sep 20 (AP/UNB) — Germans are beginning to embrace electric cars, with experts predicting the country will have a million hybrid or battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2022.
The government originally aimed to have that many e-cars in Germany by 2020, but slow uptake in the land of the Autobahn forced it to abandon that goal.
A government advisory panel said Wednesday that recent additional financial incentives for buyers have helped provide the necessary jolt for Germany to reach the million mark two years late.
Official figures show some 460,000 electric or hybrid cars in Germany last month, and about 13,500 publicly accessible charging stations.
German automakers, shaken by the diesel emissions scandal, now have 33 electric or hybrid cars on offer, a figure the industry expects to triple in the coming years.
Dubai, Sep 19 (AP/UNB) — An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm said Tuesday, warning further attacks remain possible as America re-imposes others on Tehran.
While the firm FireEye says the so-called "spear-phishing" email campaign only involves hackers stealing information from infected computers, it involves a similar type of malware previously used to inject a program that destroyed tens of thousands of terminals in Saudi Arabia.
The firm warns that raises the danger level ahead of America re-imposing crushing sanctions on Iran's oil industry in early November.
"Whenever we see Iranian threat groups active in this region, particularly in line with geopolitical events, we have to be concerned they might either be engaged in or pre-positioning for a disruptive attack," Alister Shepherd, a director for a FireEye subsidiary, told The Associated Press.
Iran's mission to the United Nations rejected FireEye's report, calling it "categorically false."
"Iran's cyber capabilities are purely defensive, and these claims made by private firms are a form of false advertising designed to attract clients," the mission said in a statement. "They should not be taken at face value."
FireEye, which often works with governments and large corporations, refers to the group of Iranian hackers as APT33, an acronym for "advanced persistent threat." APT33 used phishing email attacks with fake job opportunities to gain access to the companies affected, faking domain names to make the messages look legitimate. Analysts described the emails as "spear-phishing" as they appear targeted in nature.
FireEye first discussed the group last year around the same time. This year, the company briefed journalists after offering presentations to potential government clients in Dubai at a luxury hotel and yacht club on the man-made, sea-horse-shaped Daria Island.
While acknowledging their sales pitch, FireEye warned of the danger such Iranian government-aligned hacking groups pose. Iran is believed to be behind the spread of Shamoon in 2012, which hit Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas. The virus deleted hard drives and then displayed a picture of a burning American flag on computer screens. Saudi Aramco ultimately shut down its network and destroyed over 30,000 computers.
A second version of Shamoon raced through Saudi government computers in late 2016, this time making the destroyed computers display a photograph of the body of 3-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who drowned fleeing his country's civil war.
But Iran first found itself as a victim of a cyberattack. Iran developed its cyber capabilities in 2011 after the Stuxnet computer virus destroyed thousands of centrifuges involved in Iran's contested nuclear program. Stuxnet is widely believed to be an American and Israeli creation.
APT33's emails haven't been destructive. However, from July 2 through July 29, FireEye saw "a by-factors-of-10 increase" in the number of emails the group sent targeting their clients, Shepherd said. The actual number of attacks likely was even larger as FireEye's figures only include their own clients.
The emails, pretending to be from a Mideast oil and gas company, targeted organizations in the Mideast, North America and Japan. The recipients included companies involved in the oil and gas industry, utilities, insurance, manufacturing and education, FireEye said.
Several clues lead FireEye to believe APT33 has the backing of Iran's government. The hackers uses Farsi, work an Iranian workweek of Saturday through Wednesday and correspond during Iranian office hours, FireEye said. Its list of targets also includes American firms in petrochemicals and aviation, as well as allied nations, like members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, Shepherd said. The GCC encompasses Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
"Since we started tracking APT33 in 2013, their sophistication has definitely improved. . We wouldn't put them on the same level as some of the more-sophisticated Russian groups, for instance, in terms of capability," Shepherd told the AP. "But they are a very capable group and they manage to meet their objectives, which is to compromise institutions in both the government and private sector and steal data."