Dhaka, Jan 17 (UNB)- Huawei would never allow Chinese government to access customer data, even if Beijing requested it, the CEO and founder of the company said Tuesday.
In a rare sit down with international media, Ren Zhengfei addressed concerns raised by the US, which has warned that the company's equipment could allow the Chinese government to have a backdoor into a nation's telecommunications network.
Ren said he would “definitely” refuse any request from the Chinese government to access the company's user data. He said his longtime affiliation with China's ruling party would not affect his ability to fight against that same government if it requested user data.
"When it comes to cybersecurity and privacy protection we are committed to be sided with our customers. We will never harm any nation or any individual," Ren told the journalists assembled at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen.
"Huawei and me personally have never received any request from any government to provide improper information," Ren added. "The values of a business entity is customer first, is customer centricity.”
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - Mobile phone operator Robi on Wednesday conducted a non-commercial trial of Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology for the first time in Bangladesh.
This makes Robi the first operator to complete its readiness for offering voice service on its 4.5G network.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar attended the VoLTE trial run programme as the chief guest and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) acting chairman Md Jahurul Haque was present as a special guest.
The first-ever trial of VoLTE service was conducted through making a voice call by the minister to the acting the BTRC chairman.
Robi Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Shahed Alam along with the company’s senior management were present at the programme held at the Robi Corporate Office located in Gulshan.
Robi’s VoLTE service delivered on its nation-wide 4.5G network will enable customers to make high definition voice calls with faster call set up time. With VoLTE technology, the mobile phone users can avail both voice and data service. VoLTE treats voice as just another application that rides on the LTE data network.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - Mobile phone operators will not be allowed to offer internet packages with less than seven-day validity from January 27, said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Wednesday.
The telecom regulator will send letters to mobile phone operators soon in this regard, BTRC’s acting Chairman Jahurul Haque told a views-exchange meeting with ‘Telecom Reporters Network Bangladesh’ members at its office.
“Ensuring quality mobile network and data service is our big challenge this year,” he said.
BTRC received 2,947 complaints about mobile phone services last year and disposed of 2,838 of them, the acting BTRC boss said.
BTRC Commissioner Rezaul Kader said mobile phone operators would be ranked based on their service qualities. “Customers can choose operators after checking the ranking,” he said.
“We want to start 5G services in 2020. We’re working on it,” said BTRC Commissioner (Spectrum) Aminul Hasan.
Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB) – The government on Monday withdrew all value added taxes and supplementary duties imposed against every SIM card replacement through the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service.
The Internal Resources Division of the Finance Ministry published a gazette notification exempting the MNP services from all taxes on several conditions.
The MNP is a service through which customers can switch from one mobile operator to another mobile while keeping their number unchanged.
On October 17, 2018, the government reduced the taxes for MNP service to Tk 57.50 from Tk 157.50 after only 17 days of imposition of such taxes.
As per the conditions mentioned in the new gazette, now all mobile phone operators will have to send their previous month’s information over the total stock of SIM cards, the number of subscribers who were ported in and ported out through MNP services as well as information over changing SIM cards for other reasons and collection of taxes and duties against it, to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in the first week of every month.
Also the mobile operators will have to send names and number of subscribers who were ported in and ported out availing the MNP services in line with the conditions.
In an instant reaction, the leading mobile network operator, Robi Axiata Limited, said the decision for removal of SIM replacement taxes through MNP service is very positive step. “We hope that it will enhance interests of clients to avail this service thus the government’s revenue will go up further.”
Besides, the decision will intensify the competition among the mobile phone operators to render the MNP services and the client will get better services, Robi said.
Moscow, Jan 12 (AP/UNB) — Russia's space agency says its specialists are attempting to fix problems that have blocked control of an orbiting radio telescope.
The Spektr-R satellite is continuing to transmit signals, but scientists have been unable to control the satellite since Friday.
The satellite was launched in 2011 and has exceeded its initially expected useful life of about three years. It is used to study radio sources within and outside Earth's galaxy.
An official from Russian space agency Roscosmos, Alexander Bloshenko, said Saturday that another attempt to establish control of the satellite will take place Sunday.