Broadband policy should prioritise national needs

BangladeshThe government needs to answer questions about why the state-owned Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) is selling 57Gbps of bandwidth to an Italian company at a knock-down price far below the prevailing price in Bangladesh’s market. With broadband uptake in Bangladesh sorely lagging behind other countries, it makes no sense to export bandwidth at such low prices, when in other deals with India, BSCCl has achieved higher rates.

End users of internet will not gain from bandwidth price cut, say operators, from Bangladesh

BangladeshBD News 24 — Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) announced the price cut on Monday, saying the internet gateways will get 1MBPS bandwidth at Tk 625 from Tuesday, down from Tk 1,068. The 41 percent reduced price is applicable for 10GBPS (gigabyte per second) slab in Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar initially. The IIG operators say only one or two among the 37 of them buy from the 10GBPS slab from the BSCCL.

PM Hasina advises against misuse of internet

BangladeshBD News 24 — She has also advised users to be more aware about the flipside of the technological progress. “Technology makes life conformable, but it also has its harmful consequences and many take advantage of this,” she said on Saturday while inaugurating the ‘Internet Week’. She opened the programme across Bangladesh through video conferencing from Ganabhaban, her official residence.

Bangladesh cuts internet bandwidth prices by 41%

BangladeshBangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) announced the price cut on Monday, saying the internet gateways will get 1MBPS bandwidth at Tk 625 from Tuesday, down from Tk 1,068. Managing Director Md Monwar Hossain said the reduced prices would be applicable for 10GBPS (gigabyte per second) slab. Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar will initially enjoy the privilege.

Agartala set to become India’s 3rd int’l internet gateway

IndiaThef Fnancial Express — India Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is set to inaugurate the India-Bangladesh bandwidth connectivity programme in Agartala on July 10. The announcement was made by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Chief General Manager (NE Circle) DP Singh while talking to the media on the occasion of celebration of Digital India Week at Agartala on Saturday.

Tripura to get high-speed internet connectivity from Bangladesh

IndiaIndia Com — Tripura will be gateway for reliable and super-fast Internet facility as Bangladesh government has agreed to allow India to use unspent bandwidth in the neighbouring country’s Cox Bazar, a BSNL official said today. ”An agreement of using unspent bandwidth available at Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar has been signed recently. The BSNL has taken initiative to implement the ambitious plan at the earliest,” Chief General Manager (NE-circle) of BSNL, D P Singh said.

List of Bangladesh-India bilateral deals signed during Modi’s Dhaka visit

BangladeshA number of deals have been signed including one for exchanging enclaves, ending the contentious bilateral issue that has been lingering since 1974. The neighbouring countries have also agreed for greater regional connectivity for the development of South Asia. Bangladesh and India renewed bilateral trade agreement and a protocol on inland water transit and trade. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for extending a $2 billion line of credit by India.

Bangladesh takes Tk 6.6 billion project to hook up to the second submarine cable

BangladeshThe Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Regional Submarine Telecommunication Project for connection to the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-5 (SEA-ME-WE-5) submarine cable. According to the project paper, the 25,000-kilometre cables would be installed under sea from Singapore to Bangladesh through Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar under the Tk 6.6 billion project. The submarine cable system is operated by an international consortium of 16 companies from 14 countries.

Telekom Malaysia in Cambodia-Malaysia-Thailand cable pact

MalaysiaTELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) said it has signed an agreement with Symphony Communication of Thailand and Telcotech of Cambodia to form a consortium to build a Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system. The cable system will adopt 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) upgradable technology with a design capacity of at least 30 terabits per second. The system is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by the end of 2016, TM said in a statement.

Digital Bangladesh: Dreams and reality

BangladeshDigital Bangladesh is one of the nation’s dreams, and so special emphasis is given on the application of digital technologies to realise Vision 2021, which we commonly call Digital Bangladesh. By 2021, after 50 years of independence, our goal is to be a middle-income country with peace, prosperity and dignity. The government of Bangladesh implemented a large number of projects relating to digital technologies and a number of these are already underway. National ICT Policy-2009 was developed with a view to achieve middle-income status of the nation by 2021 and developed status by 2041.

Bangladesh shuts down messaging services to quell violence

DHAKA – Bangladeshi telecoms authorities Sunday shut down smartphone messaging and voice services Viber and Tango, which have become a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests now in their third week.  The Bangladesh Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission closed down the apps “for the time being” on orders from law enforcement and security agencies, a commission spokesman told AFP.

Android One makes its debut in Bangladesh with Symphony Roar

Bangladeshi phone maker Symphony Mobile, in partnership with Banglalink and Google, unveiled the Symphony Roar A50, a budget smartphone which runs on Android One. Priced at BDT 8,700 (US$111), the Symphony Roar is the first ever Android One phone made in Bangladesh. The phone is available for pre-registration on the Banglalink website and sales are expected to start sometime in mid-January.

Google’s Android One for Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

NEW YORK, Dec 23 — Google’s affordable smartphone initiative is expanding to three more countries. The idea behind Android One is to get the world’s remaining smartphone-less five billion inhabitants connected to the mobile web via a handset that is cheap yet good quality, promises the features that everyone expects from a handset and which will carry on being supported with software updates for some time to come. The first Android One handsets launched in India in September and now they’re officially coming to neighboring Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, too.

Wipro promotes BU head Anand Padmanabhan to division president

BENGALURU: Wipro has elevated Anand Padmanabhan, who manages its vertical servicing the energy, natural resources and utilities sector, to the rank of president of the division, the first such reward given by the Bangalore-based company to any of its seven business unit heads.

Deal inked for second subsea cable

Bangladesh has signed a contract with a consortium to install a second submarine cable that will increase the country’s internet bandwidth by sevenfold. The SEA-ME-WE-5 cable that will connect 15 leading operators in the Asia-Pacific and Europe is expected to be installed in 22 months. “Bangladesh will be one of the consortium members as we signed the contract with an objective to get 1,400 gigabits per second of internet bandwidth for the country,” said Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. The contract was signed on Friday in Kuala Lumpur.