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  • Telcos reluctant to compensate for call drops

    Mobile phone operators gave back only a third of the minutes payable to users because of massive call drops in the year to September, highlighting their reluctance to compensate customers, according to the telecom regulator.

  • mobile number portability service

    Robi gains, GP loses

    Robi has pulled in 16,916 customers to its network from three rivals in the first three weeks after the mobile number portability was rolled out, according to a report of the telecom regulator.

  • GP 013 number series

    Now '013' too GP

    Grameenphone begins selling its new phone number series starting with ‘013’.

  • 5th mobile assembly plant opens today

    Mobile handset assembling is set to expand further in the country as a fifth company is set to officially announce its enrolment today with its own “5 Star Mobile” brand.

  • Buy handsets with ease

    The telecom regulator has finalised a directive that will soon allow those with no credit card to enjoy equal monthly instalment facility to purchase high-end smartphones from mobile operators.

  • Now you can use any operator keeping same mobile number

    The much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service is launched for the first time in Bangladesh. With this Bangladesh becomes the 72nd country to make the service available.

  • Mobile Operators of Bangladesh

    Telcos spend Tk 104cr on digital marketing

    The top three mobile operators spent Tk 104 crore last fiscal year for reaching their target audience through digital platforms, with Facebook being the most popular medium.

  • Most advanced data centre set for test run

    A test run of Bangladesh's first Tier 4 national data centre, comprising the most advanced technology in use around the world, will begin in the first week of October as part of the government's move to boost the country's data storage capacity.

  • Mobile internet pricing set for adjustments

    Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to adjust prices of data packages of mobile internet services.

  • Call 2872 for harmful online games, BTRC

    Stop unwanted messages

    The telecom regulator has ordered mobile operators to stop sending commercial and promotional messages to subscribers if they choose not to receive those.

  • Qubee parts with individual subscribers

    Nearly nine years past its launch, wireless broadband operator Qubee has brought to a close its individual subscriber-centric services.

  • Fortune recognises Telenor's Tonic

    Telenor Group has recently been recognised by Fortune magazine for its work to bring affordable healthcare to the mass market through its Tonic mobile service in Bangladesh.

  • Mobile internet data service

    Mobile data leads to internet boom

    The number of the country's active internet connections increased about 20 percent year-on-year to 8.78 crore at the end of June on the back of fast-growing mobile internet and the government's push for digitalisation.

  • Govt approves four tower licences

    The government yesterday approved four applications for tower operations licences as part of its move to separate the network business from telecom services with the view to rationalising the number of towers in the country.

  • BTRC fixes call rate Tk0.45 per minute

    Uniform call rate from today

    A uniform minimum call rate of Tk 0.45 per-minute for mobile phones is going to be effective from early hours of Tuesday as the government approved the fresh tariff to establish a level playing field for the country's telecom operators.

  • Grameenphone celebrates 7-crore landmark

    GP celebrates 7-cr landmark

    Grameenphone crosses seven crore active mobile connections in Bangladesh, a magic figure for any mobile operators even in the global perspective.

  • Symphony to start local assembly of handsets next month

    All is set for Symphony to start assembling mobile handsets in Bangladesh as the leading vendor has already set up the plant in Ashulia.

  • Audit looms over Banglalink, Airtel

    With audits into Grameenphone and Robi's books already complete, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is on way to appointing firms to get the same done for Banglalink and Airtel.

  • Tk 11,530cr discrepancies detected after GP audit

    Grameenphone's alleged financial discrepancies have ballooned almost three times to Tk 11,530.15 crore after the telecom regulator ran another audit of the operator's books.

  • Robi Logo

    Robi asked to pay Tk 867cr

    Robi has been asked to pay Tk 867.24 crore to the telecom regulator and the revenue collector as missed or under payments over a 19-year period, detected after a thorough audit.

  • Uniform call rate across networks

    The government has fixed Tk 0.50 as the minimum rate that mobile operators can charge per minute for calls to any network, creating a level playing field for carriers ahead of the launch of the mobile number portability service.

  • Huawei's nova 3i hits market

    Chinese handset-maker Huawei launched its popular smartphone—Huawei nova 3i—at an event at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the capital yesterday.

  • Govt conducts 5G trial run

    South Asia's first test run of fifth generation (5G) mobile internet took place in Dhaka yesterday when download speeds of up to 4.17 gigabits per second were experienced.

  • Samsung brings mobile accessories

    Samsung has entered Bangladesh's mobile phone accessories market by launching its original ancillary products in order to cater the growing number of digital device users.

  • GP profit rises 36pc in Apr-Jun

    Grameenphone's net profit rose 36.3 percent year-on-year to Tk 1,080.44 crore in the April-June period, the highest in a single quarter in the operator's history, helped by an unused portion of tax provisioning as well as growth in voice and data revenue.

  • Call 2872 for harmful online games, BTRC

    Too many offers baffle mobile users

    The telecom regulator has stepped in to protect customers by way of stopping mobile phone operators from confusing subscribers with hundreds of voice and data offers.

  • Telcos to explain why they failed to circulate PM's Eid greetings

    The BTRC has issued two notices within a span of seven days asking Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink to explain why an Eid-ul-Fitr greeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had not been sent out to subscribers.

  • World's biggest mobile factory opens in Noida

    The world's biggest mobile factory was launched yesterday in Noida, a satellite township of New Delhi, jointly by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae.

  • Mobile VAS providers should have licences

    A good number of foreign mobile value-added services companies that repatriate a significant amount of funds from Bangladesh will face regulatory bar as the telecom regulator is set to introduce licensing for the business.

  • Commercial service from September

    Bangabandhu-1 satellite's first commercial service is scheduled to begin in September when it will be connecting vessels navigating in the Bay of Bengal and around the country to each other and to inland ports.

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