Telecom Asia — Malaysia-based Axiata Group has entered the Nepal telecoms market with the acquisition of the nation’s largest mobile operator Ncell. Axiata has paid $1.36 billion for an effective 80% stake in Ncell from previous owners TeliaSonera UTA Holdings and Reynolds Holdings’ SEA Telecom Investments. Local partner Sunivera Capital Ventures will retain a 20% direct stake in Ncell, as required under Nepalese law.
Lanka 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.
Malaysia’s Axiata Group has revealed plans to expand its presence in Asia with the $1.36 billion purchase of an 80% stake in Nepalese mobile operator Ncell. Sweden-based TeliaSonera has arranged to sell its stake in Reynolds Holdings to Axiata Group for $1.03 billion, Axiata announced.
When you’re sick, you can choose the doctor who treats you. If that doctor can’t handle your case, he or she refers you to another doctor. On what basis does the former recommend the latter? Is it word-of-mouth, friendship, or former acquaintance? Generally, doctors rely on their ad hoc professional network based on friendship and goodwill, rather than experience and professional acumen, for patient referrals.
Ooredoo companies have announced a series of initiatives to support relief work in earthquake hit Nepal. Its companies across the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia have joined hands to help victims of this devastating natural disaster. Ooredoo Maldives offered calls to Nepal free of cost for all its customers over a three-day period. The company also lowered the cost of calls to Nepal in Qatar and Oman. Mobile communications have made a significant difference in Nepal’s aid efforts and they have helped families in the nation to reconnect and ask for help.
The first of Inmarsat’s high-capacity GlobalXpress satellites is being used in Nepal after the country was hit by an earthquake and ahead of a global launch for the technology set for later this year, the company said. “We were able to rush terminals into Nepal, and the feedback from that has been great,” chief executive Rupert Pearce said following release of the British satellite maker’s first-quarter earnings.
India this week launched a national disaster helpline 1078, and Delhi has announced that it will draw up a disaster management plan, following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal which has killed over 5500 people, include 72 in India. People can call 011-1078 to check on their relatives and friends in times of disasters, and the National Disaster Management Authority will share requests with agencies involved in the operations, said R.K. Jain, Member-Secretary of the agency. The agency has appointed an official to process requests.
The world has been reeling since Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake on Saturday, a quake which has taken more than 5,000 lives as of this writing. But the earthquake has taken more than lives: it has also done irreparable damage to many of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Kathmandu has seven, more than any other city in the world, and all of them were damaged in the quake.
Nothing quite unites mankind like natural disasters. Be it nations or corporations. Much like the Japan Earthquake and more recently the Uttrakhand floods, technology companies have once again stepped up to assist relief and rescue efforts in Nepal after it was shattered by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. From the biggies like Google and Facebook to new-age internet companies like Viber and Uber, tech firms have come up with a host of initiatives to find missing people and get in touch with them. Thumbs up to tech with a conscience, we say!
NEW DELHI: At a time when Nepal and parts of India have been convulsed by a devastating earthquake, modern web technology is turning out to be a boon as distressed family members are able to locate their loved ones. Social networking website Facebook, and Google’s Person Finder have helped locate the whereabouts of those stranded in quake-hit areas. For instance, members of one Himmatramka family residing in Birgunj in Nepal marked themselves safe on Facebook. “Our relatives back in India were worried about our safety. So, we marked ourselves safe to inform them,” said Nitesh Himmatramka.
BENGALURU: Social media site Facebook has started a ‘Safety Check’ feature for users stranded in Nepal or any of the other affected zones, following a massive earthquake near Kathmandu that rocked the subcontinent on Saturday, the site’s billionaire chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. In a post on Facebook on Sunday, Zuckerberg said the feature is a simple and quick way to reach out to worried family and friends.
SINGAPORE: Following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated large parts of Nepal on Saturday (Apr 25), several services have been made available to help people get in touch with their loved ones who may have been in the disaster area. The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a page for its Restoring Family Links service for the Nepal earthquake at familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthquake. Those who are in Nepal and who have been unable to contact relatives directly can add themselves to a list to say they are alive. Those who have lost contact with a loved one in Nepal can also register that person via the website.
A massive earthquake killed more than 1,200 people on Saturday as it tore through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche at Everest base camp. Here are some pictures courtesy of EPA, AFP and Reuters.
NEW DELHI: The world’s top search engine Google has launched a Person Finder tool to help the victims of earthquake in Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. The web application is aimed to help people gather and relay information about those affected by the devastation. The web application is aimed at helping individuals to post details of and search for the status of family members or friends affected by the earthquake.
KATHMANDU, APR 03 – Microsoft has launched Office 365 cloud service for businesses, educational institutions and consumers in Nepal. The service enables seamless sharing of data across personal computers and smartphones using cloud computing technology. Since it is internet-based, data and solutions can be accessed from anywhere using a browser, the company said.
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.
Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Maldives and Nepal are partnering with the World Bank to map out their most-promising locations for solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources. The US$22.5m, five year project installs measuring stations and uses geographical information systems (GIS) to plot the solar and wind potential of regions. Pakistan is the most developed in this process, having commissioned a measuring station that was installed in Punjab province at the end of October.
Four young Nepalese graduates impressed a gathering of regional city mayors in Singapore last month with their vehicle tracking mobile application. A few months before, their app – which aimed to improve traffic management in Kathmandu City – won two national technology competitions. FutureGov speaks to Team Yorbit to find out what inspired them and how they plan to take their innovation further.
Nepal-based CloudFactory , which allows businesses and individuals to outsource web tasks to workers in emerging markets around the globe, today revealed that it has secured US$3 million in series A funding. It comes after US$700,000 in seed funding in September 2012. The series A funding is led by VRBO founder David Clouse, along with other angel investors. The money will go towards its US-based sales and marketing team.
NEW DELHI: Bullish on the multi-billion global education sector, HCL Learning today said it has forayed into international markets, including Nepal, the Middle East and Africa to offer customised content in these regions. HCL Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of IT firm HCL Infosystems will offer K-12 content in these markets in partnership with local educational service providers and schools.