The people are going to experience 5G demonstration for the first time in Bangladesh. Huawei, the titanium sponsor of the fair, is going to run the 5G show in the 'Digital Bangladesh Mela 2020' which is set to begin this Thursday at Bangabandhu International Conference Center at Agargaon in the Capital.
In the three-day digital fair, visitors will easily be able to experience the gigabit-level speed testing of 5G for free at Huawei's own pavilion. Moreover, there will be an arrangement of amazing Robot show, where the interactive humanoid robot will play soccer following the command of hand gesture. The arrangements aim to showcase the advancement of 5G technology in Human-to-Machine or Machine-to-Machine communication.
There will also be another play-zone where visitors can experience real-time virtual reality (VR) test through 5G technology. As soon as the visitors put on the 5G VR, they will find themselves skiing on the snow. Huawei’s 5G mobile phones will also be available in the pavilion. The visitors will be able to experience Huawei 5G smartphones and purchase the existing mobile phones in the fair, said a press release.
Huawei believes 4G expansion must go on to bring all communities into digital and should also bring 5G networks since it has been principally designed for managing a greater diversity of data services rather than simple browsing/streaming or social networking data capacity increase.
This will provide a sustainable and scalable technology that will make the convergence of fixed, mobile and broadcast services happen. Therefore, 5G is expected to be “the enabler” of a major digital transformation.
Huawei is recognized as the world's 5G leader. It has spent a decade of research in 5G, spending over 4 Billion US Dollars in the past ten years alone to ensure the cutting-edge technology leadership. Huawei’s leading 5G end-to-end capabilities, innovative products and solutions are attracting operators worldwide.
Currently 70% of the global 5G networks are powered by Huawei. According to November statistics, Huawei has the largest number of 5G patents so far.
Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy is expected to inaugurate the ‘Digital Bangladesh Mela 2020’ event on 16th January.
One of the main goals of 'Digital Bangladesh Mela 2020’ is to highlight the advancement & innovation of digital technology, ensure suitable human resources, building a bridge between mass people & advanced digital technology and showcase the progress of the vision of digital Bangladesh.
Posts and Telecommunications Division is organizing the event where both the government and private entities in digital technology sector would take part. There will be a total of 100 stalls, pavilions and mini pavilions including Huawei in the fair.
In addition to the Digital Entrepreneurship Conference, Composition & Painting Competition; Ministers and experts from home and abroad would talk about the present & future destination of technology at 13 different seminars. They will discuss on Talent Gap, Digital Economy, Digital Growth, Smart City and Achievement of SDGs.
The government has launched free Wi-Fi at 146 educational institutions across the country.
Prime Minister's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy inaugurated the free Wi-Fi service from Posts and Telecommunication Division at the Secretariat on Sunday.
Addressing the launching event, Joy said, “Digital Bangladesh is the demand of all, especially students want free Wi-Fi. The Awami League government has taken the project to fulfill the demand.”
When the country started its ‘Digital Bangladesh’ journey, only one-third people had internet access but now it has increased to 60 percent.
Around 10 crore people have been brought under internet facilities in the last 10 years. “We’re taking the service even to the union level. We’ll continue our efforts to bring all the 16 crore people of the country under internet service,” Joy said.
Aminur Rahman, director of free Wi-Fi project at 567 schools, colleges and universities, said they took the project in July 2018 involving Tk 44.98 crore and it is expected to be completed by July this year.
Canada's Department of Justice said Friday the allegation against a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request would be a crime in Canada and she should be extradited to the United States on fraud charges.
Canada arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, in Dec. 2018 in a case that sparked a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. China detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest Meng.
The Canadian justice department said in court documents ahead of the start of her extradition hearings on Jan. 20 that the Meng allegations meet the crucial extradition test of "double criminality,"" meaning that if they had occurred in Canada they would be criminal under Canadian law.
Washington accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It says Meng and Huawei misled HSBC bank about the company's business dealings in Iran.
"Simply put, there is evidence she deceived HSBC in order to induce it to continue to provide banking services to Huawei," says the Justice Department in the court documents released Friday.
Her legal team has argued the alleged misrepresentations do not amount to fraud and say the case is really about the U.S. trying to enforce its sanctions against Iran even though Canada has no such sanctions.
However, lawyers for the Department of Justice said in the court documents that Meng's alleged conduct put the bank at risk of economic loss and is sufficient to make a case of fraud in Canada.
The Huawei chief financial officer denies the allegations and is free on bail, living in one of her two multi-million-dollar homes in Vancouver, ahead of a hearing set to begin Jan. 20 that will focus on the double-criminality test. It is expected to last five days.
If the judge rules the test has not been met, Meng will be free to leave Canada, though she'll still have to avoid the U.S. if she wants to evade the charges. If the judge finds there is double criminality, the hearing will proceed to a second phase.
The second phase, scheduled for June, will consider defense allegations that the Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation conspired to conduct a covert criminal investigation at the airport.
The court documents say Huawei controlled the operations of its affiliate Skycom in Iran from at least 2007 to 2014. Skycom employees used Huawei email addresses and access badges and the company's bank accounts were controlled by Huawei, the documents say.
At the same time, they say HSBC was Huawei's most important international bank. HSBC and its U.S. subsidiary cleared more than US$100 million worth of transactions related to Skycom through the U.S. between 2010 and 2014, the Justice Department alleges.
It alleges that Meng met with a senior HSBC executive in 2013 and assured them in a PowerPoint presentation that Huawei no longer held a shareholding interest in Skycom and she had resigned from Skycom's board. She also told them Huawei subsidiaries in Iran would not have business transactions with HSBC, the court documents say.
The bank risked fines and penalties for violating Iranian sanctions law by doing business with Skycom, both as a result of violating a previous deferred prosecution agreement and attracting additional penalties, the documents add.
Volkswagen Group and the founding shareholders of digital specialist diconium agreed on the acquisition by Volkswagen of all remaining shares of diconium, Germany's largest carmaker announced on Friday.
With diconium, Volkswagen was developing a "growing range of innovative digital added value services" both for its vehicles as well as mobile devices, said Volkswagen brand board member Christian Senger.
Volkswagen had already purchased 49 percent of the shares in diconium in November 2018. The completion of the acquisition of the remaining shares was still subject to antitrust approval, Volkswagen noted.
"Following a year of successful partnership", the founder of diconium were "very pleased to take up this unique opportunity for our company and our employees," said diconium co-founder Andreas Schwend.
Diconium is developing an online sales platform to enable Volkswagen customers to purchase and manage digital services and on-demand functions for their connected vehicles. Functions would include multimedia streaming in cars, automatic payment refueling, charging and parking as well as updates for the vehicle, Volkswagen noted.
According to Volkswagen, teams of both companies had already been working together since July 2019, for the development of mobility and digital services.
David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees.
Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday.
The company said last November that it was investigating sexual misconduct cases against executives. Claims against Drummond were included in the investigations.
Last August, a former Google employee, Jennifer Blakely, published a report of her relationship with Drummond. Drummond has acknowledged a relationship with Blakely. But in a statement at the time, he said he "never started" a relationship with anyone else at Alphabet.
The company said Drummond is not getting an exit package as part of his departure.
In a memo sent to employees, Drummond said that with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin "now leaving their executive roles at Alphabet, the company is entering an exciting new phase, and I believe that it's also the right time for me to make way for the next generation of leaders."
He did not mention the misconduct allegations.
Drummond said Page and Brin asked for his help more than 20 years ago when what became Google and Alphabet was just an unincorporated startup. Drummond joined Google full time in 2002.