Banglalink launch its 3G service from October’13

Second-largest telecom operator, Banglalink

Banglalink will provide the service by this year to its customers in Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna, said Ziad after inaugurating the test 3G service. Grameenphone, Robi and Airtel are already committed to providing the service in some areas from the beginning of Oct. The subscribers can use their old SIM cards but must shift to a new package to get the service. Banglalink has received its 3G license recently. Banglalink subscribers can get the service through their old SIM card.

Robi Mobile operator announced starts 3.5G

The 3G that arrived 10 years ago was slow in speed. But the network has developed a lot making 3.5G a reality”, said Robi’s Chief Technology Officer AKM Morshed as he defined the service. Robi is preceded by Grameenphone which was the first to announce 3G services. Banglalink and Airtel which also took part in the 3G auction to be allotted frequency are yet to make announcements. One will not require a new connection to enjoy Robi’s 3.5G, it will be accessible without a fee in old SIM’s, said Robi CEO and MD Michael Kuehner.

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বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা দিবস 2013

আজকের এই দিনে ১৯৭১ সালের ২৫ মার্চ রাতে  তৎকালীন পশ্চিম পাকিস্তান সরকার গভীর রাতে পূর্ব পাকিস্তানের বর্তমানে বাংলাদেশর নিরীহ জনগণের উপর হামলা চালায়। ঢাকার বিভিন্ন স্থানে গোলাবর্ষণ করে, অনেক স্থানে নারীদের উপর পাশবিক নির্যাতন চালানো হয় এবং অনেক স্থানে পরিকল্পিতভাবে হত্যাকান্ড চালানো হয়। এমতাবস্থায় বাঙালিদের দেয়ালে পিঠ ঠেকে যাওয়ার অবস্থা সৃষ্টি হয় এবং অনেক স্থানেই আনুষ্ঠানিক ঘোষণার অপেক্ষা না করেই অনেকে যুদ্ধের প্রস্তুতি নিতে শুরু করেন। পরবর্তিতে আনুষ্ঠানিক ঘোষণা পাবার পর আপামর বাঙালি জনতা পশ্চিম পাকিস্তানী জান্তার বিরুদ্ধে যুদ্ধে ঝাপিয়ে পড়ে এবং দীর্ঘ ৯ মাস রক্তক্ষয়ী যুদ্ধের মাধ্যমে পূর্ব পাকিস্তান স্বাধীন করে বাংলাদেশের অভ্যুদয় ঘটায়।

India’s RailTel to provide broadband

India’s RailTel

RailTel, the telecom arm of Indian Railways, is set to provide optical fibre-based broadband network in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan.

“We are in the process of getting the Rs 80 crore jobs for providing broadband network in Bangladesh and Rs 10 crore worth contract in Bhutan,” said a senior RailTel official.
The RailTel logo. Image courtesy RailTel

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More than a billion people use YouTube

More than a billion people use YouTube

More than a billion people use YouTube each month, with viewing on smartphones helping drive growth, the Google-owned online video sharing venue said.

In a blog post, the YouTube team noted that nearly one out of every two people on the internet visits the website, which has grown into a global hit since launching in 2005.

“If YouTube were a country, we`d be the third largest in the world after China and India,” the team said.

“PSY and Madonna would have to repeat their Madison Square Garden performance in front of a packed house 200,000 more times. That`s a lot of Gangnam Style,” it added referring to the South Korean rapper and American pop singer.

Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion and has yet to disclose whether the service has turned a profit.

YouTube has gradually added professional content, such as full-length television shows and movies to its vast trove of amateur video offerings in a bid to attract advertisers.

YouTube confirmed early this year that its evolution as an Internet stage for video may include subscriptions to content that creators expect people would pay to watch.

78 per cent of US teens have a cell phone

78 per cent of US teens have a cell phone

Some 78 per cent of US teens have a cell phone, and 47 per cent of those own smartphones, according to the survey by the Pew Internet Project with Harvard`s Berkman Centre for Internet & Society. It found 74 per cent of teens have mobile Internet access, and one in four are “cell-mostly” Internet users, more than the 15 per cent of the adult population in this category who go online without a desktop or laptop computer.

Most American teenagers use their phones to access the Internet, with one-fourth of them going online mostly on their mobile device. Fully 95 per cent of teens are online, a percentage that has been consistent since 2006, the researchers found. But the patterns of Internet use have changed as more users go mobile.

Microsoft profit dips

Microsoft Corp’s quarterly profit edged lower as Office software sales slowed ahead of a new launch, offsetting a solid but unspectacular start for its Windows 8 operating system and sending the company’s shares down 1.4 percent.

The results mark a stark change from the 1990s, when Microsoft was the unchallenged king of computing and the release of a new Windows operating system would supercharge sales, generate excitement and generally boost its stock.

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International remittance through bKash of Bangladesh

bKash account holders can now receive international remittance directly on their mobile phones.

Non-resident Bangladeshis in UAE and UK can send international remittance through bKash from BRAC Bank designated exchange houses.

These include Al Rostamani International Exchange (ARIE), Al Ahalia Money Exchange Bureau, and Orient Exchange in UAE, and very soon from BRAC Saajan in the UK too.

Remitters from other countries will also be able to avail of this facility soon.

To send money from overseas, the sender just needs to select bKash as the mode of termination; the receiver will receive the fund directly in the bKash Account on his/her mobile phone. Standard bKash services and charges will be applicable in Bangladesh.

bKash, a BRAC Bank subsidiary

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Angry Birds, YouTube top apps of 2012

Angry Birds, Instagram and Facebook continued to be among the most downloaded apps of the year 2012 but rising stars also earned coveted spots on smartphones and tablets.

Last year consumers spent on average two hours each day using mobile applications, an increase of 35 percent over last year, according to analytics firm Flurry. The number is expected to continue growing in 2013.

“2012 was a transformative tipping point in the way consumers use apps,” said Craig Palli, a vice president at mobile marketing company Fiksu, adding that the biggest shift is in consumers’ eagerness to turn to apps for a broad range of day-to-day tasks.

Categories such as social networking, media and entertainment, photo editing, and games, continued to captivate consumer interest, with YouTube and Angry Birds being the top free and paid apps respectively at Apple’s App Store.

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