Mobile money service launched in Bangladesh

BangladeshTelecom Asia — Telecom Asia — Financial inclusion in Bangladesh just took a stride closer to reality with the launch of a new international remittance receiving service via a partnership between MasterCard, Western Union, bKash and BRAC Bank. The new service enables bKash’s registered customers to use their mobile phones to receive remittances from abroad directly into their bKash accounts.

Bangladesh central bank considers suing NY Fed over $107m hack

BangladeshIT News — Bangladesh’s central bank has hired a lawyer in the US for a potential lawsuit against the New York Federal Reserve after unknown hackers stole US$81 million (A$107 million) from its account.  In one of the largest cyber heists in history, the hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank (BB) in early February and succeeded in issuing instructions to the New York Fed to transfer US$81 million to accounts in the Philippines.

Bangladesh asks FBI for help investigating central bank heist

BangladeshIT News — Bangladesh has formally sought assistance from the US FBI to track down the cyber crooks who stole US$81 million (A$107 million) from its central bank’s US account. Unknown hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank in early February and attempted to steal US$951 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which it uses for international settlements.

Bangladesh Bank chief throws in the towel after cyberattack

BangladeshZDNet — The head of the Bangladeshi central bank has resigned following a devastating cyberattack which rinsed the country’s federal reserve account of at least $80 million. Atiur Rahman, who served as Governor of the Bangladesh Bank, the central financial institution for the country, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week according to the BBC.

Bangladesh cyberattack ‘could happen to any bank’

BangladeshGT Review — Bangladesh’s central bank governor Atiur Rahman resigned this week (March 16) after one of the biggest cyber heists in history was inflicted upon his bank. Unidentified hackers used Swift, the financial messaging system, technology to steal US$81mn from Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The money is thought to have been transferred to accounts in Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Bangladesh central bank governor quits over $101m cyber heist

BangladeshFT — The governor of the Bangladesh central bank has resigned over a $101m cyber theft from the bank’s accounts with the New York Federal Reserve last month. Atiur Rahman offered his resignation to Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, “for the sake of my country” after an audacious electronic raid that constitutes one of the biggest bank robberies in history.

Malware the root cause of $80 million Bangladesh Bank heist

BangladeshZDNet — Researchers believe that malware installed within the Bangladesh Bank’s computer systems allowed cyberattackers to learn how to withdraw and take off with $80 million from the institutes’ Federal Reserve bank account. This month, reports emerged of a group of unknown hackers launching a fraudulent scheme against the central bank of Bangladesh and the Federal Reserve Bank, based in New York.

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate power supply from Tripura to Bangladesh on March 23

IndiaIndia — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate by remote control 100 mw power supply from Tripura’s Palatana project to Bangladesh on March 23. The same day Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would provide 10 GB Internet bandwidth to India, Tripura Power and Communication Minister Manik Dey told reporters here today.

Hackers tried to steal $951 million from US bank account: Bangladesh bank

BangladeshTimes of India — DHAKA: Bangladesh’s central bank has confirmed that cybercriminals tried to withdraw $951 million from its US bank account, as the country’s finance minister said he first got to know of one of the biggest bank heists in history through the media.

Ericsson wins deals with Telenor Asia, XL Axiata

APACTelecom Asia — Ericsson has secured a five-year contract with Telenor Group to deploy LTE networks in Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide equipment for LTE rollouts by Thailand’s Dtac, Bangladesh’s Grameenphone and Telenor Myanmar. The contract also covers the transformation of Telenor’s 2G and 3G networks in the markets, to help improve network capacity and enhance the mobile broadband experience.

Sri Lanka-India power link pre-feasibility complete: Kumarasinghe

Sri LankaLanka Business Online —  Pre-feasibility studies for Sri Lanka India HVDC transformation link have already been done in collaboration with power grid India and CEB, a senior official said. Now India is connected to Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka is the country which is outside this grid at the moment and there are power deficits at various time intervals in both countries.

Axiata, Airtel to merge units in Bangladesh

BangladeshTelecom Asia — Axiata Group and Bharti Airtel have entered an agreement to merge their operations in Bangladesh to create an operator with a combined customer base of around 40 million. Under the deal, Robi Axiata and Airtel Bangladesh will combine their assets to create the second largest operator in Bangladesh after Grameenphone.

Grameenphone to expand 3G across Bangladesh

BangladeshTelecom Asia — Grameenphone, Bangladesh’s biggest cell phone operator, plans to upgrade all of its existing 10,000 base transceiver stations across the country to support 3G by June this year. Grameenphone – 55.8% owned by Norwegian telco Telenor and 34.2% owned by local GrameenGrameen Telecom – said it currently has 5,800 such sites, and an additional 1,700 will be upgraded within the first quarter of this year, the Daily Star quoted Grameenphone CEO Rajeev Sethi as saying.

Agartala to become India’s third internet gateway

IndiaGulf News — Kolkata: Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, is to become India’s third internet gateway, after Mumbai and Chennai. The announcement comes as Bangladesh’s submarine cable operator, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), has already connected 10GBPS bandwidth with BSNL cable at the Akhaura integrated check post at the Indo-Bangladesh international border.

Bangladesh lifts ban on Facebook

BangladeshTimes of India — DHAKA: Bangladesh on Thursday lifted a ban on Facebook, three weeks after it was imposed for security reasons in the tense country, but mobile messaging apps remained barred, the telecoms minister said. The government ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked last month after two opposition leaders lost their appeals against the death penalty for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence conflict.

India’s 3rd internet gateway ready to start operations

BangladeshTimes of India — AGARTALA: The third international internet gateway in Agartala is all set for inauguration which will take place after finalization of the schedule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart.  Bangladesh’s lone submarine cable operator, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), has already connected 10 GBPS bandwidth with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) cable last week at the Akhaura integrated checkpost.

Asustek to begin selling smartphones in Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh in 1Q16, says paper

TaiwanDigi Times — Asustek Computer will begin marketing its ZenFone 2 smartphones in Myanmar, Cambodia and Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2016, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News(EDN) report. Asustek is currently in talks with local first-tier channel operators in the three markets for cooperation and will also sell its smartphones through its PC sales channels, the paper said.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber blocked ‘indefinitely’ in Bangladesh

BangladeshTech in Asia — The Bangladeshi government has moved to block six social apps – Facebook, Messenger, Line, WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango – citing security reasons stemming from its decision to award the death penalty to two opposition leaders. The decision came after the country’s Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling to execute the pair for crimes committed during the 1971 war, reports DW.

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.