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  • Mobile users feeling the budget pinch

    Mobile users have already started to feel the heat of the proposed budget for fiscal 2019-20, which proposed doubling the supplementary duty and higher turnover tax on operators, said experts and related bodies yesterday.

  • 'Hackers hit global telcos in espionage campaign'

    Hackers have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecoms companies and taken large amounts of personal and corporate data, researchers from a cyber security company says, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage campaigns.

  • Import duty on Smartphones

    ‘Added duty will boost illegal mobile imports’

    The duty proposed on smartphones will push up illegal imports and cause big revenue losses for the government, industry stakeholders say.

  • Bangla SMS charge

    SMS in Bangla now @ Tk 0.25

    The telecom regulator directs all the mobile phone operators in the country to reduce the charges of each local SMS to Tk 0.25 that are written in Bengali alphabet, aiming to promote the mother language.

  • Import duty on Smartphones

    Smartphone import to be costlier

    Import of smartphones will be costlier as supplementary duty is proposed to be raised by two and half times to 25 per cent from its existing 10 per cent in the proposed budget.

  • BTRC receive complaints through social media

    BTRC to receive complaints through social media

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Viber, among others, to receive complaints from the customers, says its chairman at a public hearing.

  • Robi to raise Tk 400cr thru’ local bonds

    Robi is planning to raise Tk 400 crore from the local market by issuing a Shariah-based security bond with the face value of each certificate being Tk 1 lakh.

  • Telecom service quality to drop over tower row

    Crores of mobile phone users can brace themselves for poorer network quality as the carriers and tower licence holders have failed to get on the same page seven months into the new arrangement.

  • WiMax on its last legs

    Once a much-hyped breakthrough for internet communication, WiMax is now on its last legs in Bangladesh after two out of the three operators that deployed the wireless broadband technology turned off their switches.

  • Europe’s 5G to cost $62b more if Chinese vendors banned: telcos

    A ban on buying telecoms equipment from Chinese firms would add about 55 billion euros ($62 billion) to the cost of 5G networks in Europe and delay the technology by about 18 months, according to an industry analysis seen by Reuters.

  • BTRC to hear users’ complaints

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to organise a second public hearing on June 13 to directly hear from citizens their experiences on service quality of the telecom industry. The telecom regulator decided on it in a recent meeting

  • BTRC holds up audits into Banglalink, Airtel

    The telecom regulator is yet to appoint auditors to conduct financial and technical inspection of Banglalink and Airtel’s system even though the formal process has started more than a year and a half ago due to irregularities within the institution itself. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)

  • Beximco launches DTH service Akash

    Beximco’s direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service venture Akash is set to go on air on Sunday with the company offering one-month free subscription for a limited period to lure people into the new way of watching TV. Beximco will be providing the DTH service by taking connection from the Bangabandhu Satellite 1

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    GP faces fresh restrictions

    The telecom regulator has decided to increase the floor price of Grameenphone’s call rate by 5 paisa to Tk 0.50 a minute from June as

  • Banglalink getting back in the race

    Banglalink has started to get back its business after its hefty investment in strengthening network, with the operator logging in 4.5 percent higher revenue in the first three months of the year, its parent company Veon said yesterday.

  • Banglalink getting back in the race

    Banglalink has started to get back its business after its hefty investment in strengthening network, with the operator logging in 4.5 percent higher revenue in the first three months of the year, its parent company Veon said yesterday.

  • 7,908 complaints against mobile operators

    The telecom regulator has received 7,908 complaints in last one year (May,2018-April, 2019) against different service quality of four mobile operators.

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    SMP Restriction: GP call rate to rise by 5 paisa/minute

    Grameenphone subscribers’ minimum call rate is set to increase by 5 paisa a minute to Tk 0.50 as part of restrictions imposed on the operator for being declared a significant market power.

  • Grameenphone hits 1 crore 4g internet users

    BTRC considers to block GP’s call to realise audit claim

    The telecom regulator says they will be tough on Grameenphone if they fail to pay the claimed value of Tk 12,579.95 crore and may consider to block calls volume of the market leader.

  • Bangladesh top mobile operators

    HC seeks BTRC report on mobile tower radiation

    The High Court directs Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to submit a report in four months on the impact of radiation from mobile-phone towers on people and environment.

  • Grameenphone hits 1 crore 4g internet users

    GP earns record revenue in 1st quarter

    Bangladesh’s leading mobile service operator Grameenphone has earned record Tk 3,490 crore revenue in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Samsung gets reports of Galaxy Fold screen problems

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it has received “a few” reports of damage to the displays of samples of its upcoming foldable smartphone, raising the prospect of a less-then-smooth entry for the splashy $1,980 handset.

  • Grameenphone call drop

    GP’s call rate to rise

    Per minute call charge of using mobile phone service of Grameenphone is set to increase as they have been declared as the significant market power (SMP) operator, telecom ministry decides in a meeting.

  • BTRC audit claim unfounded: GP

    Grameenphone yesterday demanded that the telecom regulator withdraw its recent claim of Tk 12,579.95 crore from the operator, terming the unpaid amount unearthed by audit as “unfounded and without any legal basis”.

  • Grameenphone hits 1cr 4G internet users

    Bangladesh’s dominating mobile network operator Grameenphone has become the first operator to touch 1 crore 4G mobile internet users.

  • Huawei launches event focusing 5G potential

    Huawei launched a five-day event yesterday emphasising possibilities of 5G and introducing various advanced features of next generation networking equipment, integration and value creation from digital inclusion.

  • Mobile network disrupted in electricity outage

    Mobile network disrupted in power outage: Telcos

    Telecom operators blame power outages in the aftermath of severe weather conditions for the disruption in mobile network across the country.

  • South Korea first to roll out 5G services, beating US and China

    South Korea will become the first country to commercially launch fifth-generation (5G) services on Friday as it rolls out the latest wireless technology with Samsung Electronics' new 5G-enabled smartphone Galaxy S10.

  • Telcos fall short of 4G speed promise

    None of the mobile operators can maintain the required 4G speed of 7 megabytes per second in any of the four divisions of Khulna,

  • 4G mobile internet service

    4G only in papers, not in reality

    None of the mobile operators can ensure 4G services outside Dhaka city, says a report published by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.