Urging the government to improve telecommunication infrastructures, Bangladesh Mobile Phone Consumers' Association (BMPCA) on Tuesday placed a five-point recommendation to ensure uninterrupted high speed internet service at low cost.
BPMCA President Mahiuddin Ahmed at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) said high speed internet facility is a must during the pandemic as most of the work is being done online.
"Telecommunication and internet services are the only means of education, medical, administrative, court, agriculture, business and daily activities during the ongoing epidemic," he said.
Mahiuddin highlighted that the number of internet subscribers has increased to 102113000 and their data usage has increased by 25 percent in recent years.
"Although the number of subscribers have increased customers'suffering has also multiplied due to weak networks and high data cost," he added.
BMPCA's five proposals for uninterrupted high speed internet service at low cost are --- reducing tax rate on telecommunication services, pricing fiber optical network reasonably, eliminating bureaucratic complexities, ensuring adequate frequencies for subscribers, and withdrawing duty on 4G devices import for two months to distribute them at a low price among students with connections via an agreement with the operators.
Google warned on Monday that the Australian government’s plan to make digital giants pay for news content threatens users’ free services in Australia.
“A proposed law ... would force us to provide you with a dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube, could lead to your data being handed over to big news businesses, and would put the free services you use at risk in Australia,” Google Australia and New Zealand managing director Mel Silva wrote.
Both Google and Facebook have condemned the proposed legislation, which was released last month.
Australian competition watchdog Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which drafted the laws, said Google’s letter contains misinformation.
“Google will not be required to charge Australians for the use of its free services such as Google Search and YouTube, unless it chooses to do so,” Sims said in a statement.
Google later said in a statement that free services were at risk in Australia because the draft laws were “unworkable.” Google said it did not intend to charge Australians for those services.
Samsung Electronics has launched an innovative campaign- ‘Samsung Promise’ offering return of monetary value if any customer opt to return their purchase Samsung TV.
Under the campaign, customers who purchased any R series UHD & QLED TV models will be eligible for 60% “promised money” if they wish to return the TV within 6 months of initial purchase, said a press release.
While returning the TV; the customer must ensure the condition with no exterior/ interior damage, with original remote control, packaging and Certificate of Promise along with the original purchase invoice.
This ‘promised money’ is only applicable to purchase Samsung consumer electronics products such as TV, refrigerator, air conditioner, washing machine, microwave oven, vacuum cleaner etc.
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Huawei has ranked 49th on the Fortune Global 500 list in 2020.
This is the first time that the telecommunications giant breaks into the top 50, continuing a multi-year track record of acceleration, said a release on Saturday.
“Huawei’s net profit rose 5.6 percent in 2019, and revenue grew a further 13.1 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020, despite the company’s persistent geopolitical entanglements,” said the Fortune report.
The Fortune 500 list ranks companies according to their revenue and profit, focusing on the size
of the companies compared with other lists.
The Fortune 500 rankings have become an important indicator that renowned companies use to measure their own strengths, size, and international competitiveness, a parameter of the global economy that transcends beyond borders, nationality, and cultural differences.
Earlier this year, Huawei has ranked No. 6 in Boston Consulting Group’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2020, moved up by 42 places than last year, which was the highest-ranking for the tech giant since it made the list first in 2012.
In the global fight against COVID-19, Huawei doubled down its innovation efforts and launched the anti-COVID-19 Partner Program that focuses on AI, remote office, smart healthcare, and online education, to support the battle against the pandemic.
“The complex external environment makes open collaboration and trust in global value chains more important than ever. Huawei has promised to continue fulfilling its obligations to customers and suppliers, and to survive, forge ahead, and contribute to the global digital economy and technological development,” said Huawei when announcing its 2020 H1 business results in July.
Japanese giant Toshiba will not make PCs or laptops as it has sold its final stake in the personal computer maker Dynabook.
Sharp bought 80% of Toshiba's personal computing arm in 2018 for $36m (£27m), and has now bought the remaining shares, Toshiba said in a statement.
Toshiba's first laptop, the T1100, was launched in 1985 only in Europe with an annual sales target of 10,000 units, according to website of Toshiba Science Museum, reports BBC.
In 2011 Toshiba sold more than 17m PCs but by 2017 this had fallen to 1.9m, reported Reuters.
In 2016, it had ceased making consumer laptops for the European market, focusing only on hardware for businesses.
Recent years have been difficult for the conglomerate as in 2015, it posted a full year loss of $318m, later in 2019, it wrapped up its nuclear business NuGen in UK after failing to find a buyer for it.
Consumer demand for laptops has soared in the last few months because of the Coronavirus pandemic and global lockdowns, but overall, the market for personal computers has been tough for quite a while, said analyst Marina Koytcheva from the firm CCS Insight.