Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Sunday said the government has taken an initiative to adjust the internet price at data package of mobile phone.
The minister was talking to reporters after a meeting with an eight-member delegation of Estonia led by its Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, at the Secretariat.
Terming internet is the lifeline of digital Bangladesh, Mustafa Jabbar said the government has taken a special initiative to make it easy for customer to use internet.
“The government has taken an initiative to bring discipline in the price of internet in data package for the mobile users. At present a disorganised and indiscipline situation has been prevailing in the price of internet at mobile phone but we will ensure that the situation no longer prevail like this.”
The mobile phone users have faced problem while using internet after purchasing data package from mobile phone operators as the mobile phone operators provides data for specific time but these specific package does not transfer in the data during renewal, which is a loss for customers, he said adding that “The government has taken initiative to adjust it.”
“We can only reduce the price of mobile phone but for reducing the internet tariff, an analysis report is needed from International Telecommunication Union (ITU), though a cost analysis report has already been reached at the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC),” said the minister.
The mobile operators are transforming bandwidth to package date for internet users in mobile phone and the price of bandwidth and internet package by the mobile phone operators does not maintain balance between those.
Referring to the allegations of customers in using package during off-rate and on-rate, the minister said “The government is going to launch the much awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service within the first week of October and once the service is launched the standard of mobile service will be enhanced.”
The fiber optical cable will be distributed in all unions except 772 unions of the country by December and the rest will be distributed in phases, he said.
Besides, the government has taken initiative to make wi-fi zone in government schools, colleges and madrasahs across the country, he added.
Talking about the Bangabandhu Sateillite-1, the minister said the satellite is expected to start commercial operation in the end of September on completion of the handing over process by the company Thales Alenia Space.
San Francisco, Sept 8 (AP/UNB) — The New York Times is reporting that Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group, is retiring.
The Times said that in an interview, Ma said he planned to step down as executive chairman on Monday to pursue philanthropy in education. He will remain on Alibaba's board of directors.
Ma started Alibaba in 1999 in his apartment in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and is now among the richest people in the world.
The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014 and has a market value of about $421 billion. It's the world's biggest e-commerce company by total value of the merchandise sold across its platforms, which include Taobao and TMall.
Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
London, Sep 7 (AP/UNB) — British Airways is promising to compensate customers after reporting a major hack of its website that compromised credit card information of roughly 380,000 travelers.
Chief Executive Alex Cruz said Friday the company is "100 percent committed" to compensating customers whose financial information was stolen. He said the company had been hit by a "very sophisticated malicious criminal attack."
He said enough information was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are investigating.
"We know that the information that has been stolen is name, address, email address, credit card information; that would be credit card number, expiration date and the three-letter code in the back of the credit card," he told the BBC, adding that no passport data had been hacked.
The company's mobile app was also breached, officials said.
British Airways revealed the hack Thursday evening and began notifying customers. Customers who booked on the company website from Aug. 21 until Sept. 5 may have been affected.
The hack was not discovered until Sept. 5 and has now been resolved, officials said.
Shares in BA's parent company, IAG, were down 2 percent on Friday.
Dhaka, Sep 6 (UNB) - Huawei, world’s leading ICT solutions provider has selected 10 outstanding ICT talents from 5 renowned universities of Bangladesh for a China tour.
The gala event of ‘Seeds for the Future’ 2018 held at the Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Centre (CSIC) in Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka for the reception of the finalists.
The programme was inaugurated by Zhang Zhengjun, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd. and Dr. S. M. Mostofa Al Mamun, Head of the Department of EEE of DU was also present at the event. The students will get a two-week hands-on learning experience in Beijing and Shenzhen, departing on September 8.
Recently, in collaboration with the respective faculties and Huawei expert team, Huawei selected top performing students to travel to China and learn about the next generation of technologies including 5G, Internet of Things, and cloud computing. With impressive investment in R&D over the years, Huawei is becoming a world leader with a richly varied list of products and services for telcos, businesses, governments and consumers, says a press release.
Zhang Zhengjun, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited said in his opening speech, “Seeds for the Future” is their most heavily invested CSR programme worldwide. Starting in 2008, Seeds for the Future has been launched in 108 countries and regions. By the end of 2017, the programme has benefited over 30,000 students from more than 350 universities worldwide.
Through this program, a total of 3,600 top students have been able to visit and gain practical work experience at Huawei's headquarters in China. Seeds for the Future focuses solely on the development of young ICT talents through world-class ICT technologies.
He said, “I believe that, at the end of this program, students will enhance their ability to adapt to the ICT industry, and gain more exposure and understanding of the latest technologies. Huawei will always keep contributing to the ICT and telecom sectors of Bangladesh.”
He also mentioned that Huawei will continue to support Digital Bangladesh 2021 by acting as the best partner in building ICT infrastructure in Bangladesh, a leading enabler in digital transformation of vertical industries, a provider of best-experience technological products to consumers, and more importantly, a platform to develop more and more ICT talents for Bangladesh.
“We hope and welcome the seeds to join us, join ICT Industry of Bangladesh to help the country achieve the vision of Digital Bangladesh 2021 by contributing their knowledge,” he added.
This year’s selected universities are- Dhaka University (DU), Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET) and Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET).
Dhaka, Sep 6 (UNB)- Grameenphone announced the names of the seven finalists for Telenor Youth Forum Grand Finale 2018.
The TYF Bangladesh finalists are Tasneem Omar Ava - BRAC University; Sameen Alam, and Syed Sameen Shahrear - IBA Dhaka University; Tarek Musanna, and Md. Nazib Intesar - BUP; Sabiha Saju Ibne Abedin - IBA JU; and Iftekher Mahmud - ARMY IBA.
Two winners from the TYF Bangladesh 2018 Grand Finale will head off to Oslo, Norway, in December 2018 during Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.