Saturday, July 20, 2024

Mobile phone celebrates 40th anniversary

The first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, on 3 April 1973. Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival colleague at another telecoms company and announced he was speaking from “a ‘real’ cellular telephone”. In 2012 a report carried out by the International Telecommunication Union found that there were ... Read more

Pay as you talk

Mobile phone users will now pay as much as they talk, according to a new directive from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). From August 15, there will be a 10-second pulse applicable to all networks. For example, for call duration of 1 minute and 6 seconds, the charge

Child lock in mobile

Parents will be able to control their child’s mobile phone thanks to a SIM card remotely managed from a computer. The Bemilo system, to be run on the Vodafone network in UK, offers a service for parents to prevent their children from going online, texting or calling during certain hours. Unlike an app, a child will not ... Read more

Tourism info on fingertips

The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) yesterday signed a contract with SSL Wireless to provide tourism related services via mobile phones aiming at promoting tourism in the country. Asmaul Hossain, general manager for public relations and admin of BPC, and Anisul Islam, general manager of SSL, inked the deal at Hotel Obokash, BPC said in

Govt plans SIM tax cut

Also to rationalise 2G licence renewal fees The government plans to reduce SIM taxes, and rationalise the fees for 2G licence renewal and spectrum charges, Telecommunications Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said yesterday. “I have already talked to the finance minister so the eight hundred taka tax on SIM [subscriber’s identification module] could be reduced in ... Read more

Telcos to shoulder responsibility for illegal SIMs: Tuku

The state minister for home, Shamsul Haque Tuku, on Wednesday said that the government had taken a tough stand against crimes using mobiles and the mobile operators will need to shoulder responsibilities for crimes committed using illegal connections. He said that the home ministry would institute a monitoring cell to prevent mobile-based