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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Latest I-mobile Price In Bangladesh

Softbank Introduces Sharp Aquos Fulltouch Slider With Quasi-XGA Resolution

Just when we thought the Touch HD really packed the pixels in, Softbank and Sharp have announced the Aquos Fulltouch 931SH slider, which sports a wild 1024 x 480 3.8-inch touchscreen. That's almost the same res as most netbooks, for comparison -- we're not sure what all that pixel density is good for at this size, but we know we want it. Apart from the screen it's also a pretty solid 3G Softbank featurephone: browser, Bluetooth with A2DP, 5.2 megapixel camera with image stabilizer, accelerometer, 1seg TV tuner, and a media player with microSD expansion. Sure, sure -- but look at that screen, people. That's the stuff dreams are made of. Anyone up for a trip to Japan?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Survey On Internet Users In Dhaka

A survey is going to be conducted on the internet users in Dhaka by
The number internet user in Dhaka is getting higher day by day. South Asian research firm Bytes for All Initiative is going to conduct a survey on the social status analysis as long as the types of internet use of the Internet users in Dhaka. Now the first level survey for this research is going to be conducted. Any internet user from Dhaka are requested to take part in that survey.

The users are requested to visit the following link to take part:

Two WiMAX licensees Fail To Pay, BTRC Given More Time

Two of the three WiMAX licensees have failed to pay the required fees in time, forcing the regulators to extend the deadline by a month.
BTRC Sunday cited the global financial crisis as the reason when it announced the extension of the deadline from Oct 16 to Nov 15.
Brac BDMail Network and M/s BanglaLion Communications will now get this extra time to pay up half the Tk 215 crore fee.
"Considering the global crisis, and taking into account the petitions from the winning bidders, the 10-working day time for depositing half the license fee has been extended to Nov 15," BTRC chairman Manzurul Alam told
Losing bidders, however, began complaining.
"If we knew such an opportunity would come, many of us would have offered more money for license," said Syed Masud Kabir, managing director of Mango Teleservices.
The guideline, he said, spoke of 10 working days and no scope for an extension. But, he admitted, the commission reserved the right to amend the guideline.
The BTRC chairman disagreed.
"This is not right. The entire license fee will have to be deposited in 90 days.
"If they fail, other companies in line will get the licenses.
"The global crisis struck immediately after the bidding (on Sept 24)," he said.
The BTRC chief said India too suspended the 3-G licensing process because of the crisis.
The other winning company, Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Ltd, was handed the license Sunday by the BTRC chairman following its payment of the required fee in time, a BTRC statement said.

Microlab Speaker X23 Now In Bangladesh Market

Computer Source Ltd has introduced Microlab’s new X23 Speakers in the local ICT market.
• Louder and clear sound quality
• Attractive look
• 5:1 sound system
• One large woofer and 5 satellite speakers
• Built-in amplifier
• Remote Control facility
• Woofer 29 watt and Sat Power output 14 watt each
• Connectable with DVD players

BDT 8,500.00 only

One year limited warranty under buy48 Policy

For more, contact:
Computer Source Ltd.
Phone: 9141747, 01730058095

Latest LG Mobile Price In Bangladeshi TK

Integra International Ltd. Brought Latest LG Mobile

Price Is Given In BD TK

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Telenor Defends Stake In Grameen Phone

Telenor has reiterated its stand on controlling Grameenphone (GP) as a majority shareholder, saying the majority stake should remain in its hands because of its higher financial contribution to the largest cellphone operator in Bangladesh.
"It's not a problematic issue. We had discussions with Dr Muhammad Yunus in Oslo last month. And what I found in the discussions is that we are in a long-term relation for developing the country," said Telenor Chairman Harald Norvik in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star on Monday.

Norvik made the comments on the first day of a three-member high-profile Telenor team's visit to Dhaka.

Jon Fredrik Baksaas, chief executive officer of the company, explained why Telenor should not reduce its shares in Grameenphone.

The battle between Yunus' Grameen Telecom and Telenor intensified surrounding a clause in the deal between them. "It is Telenor's intention to reduce its shareholding to below 35 percent within a period of six years of incorporation (1997) of the company," the clause says.

But even after more than 10 years, Telenor is yet to reduce its control in Grameenphone. Recently Dr Yunus threatened to sue Telenor.

Asked about Nobel laureate Yunus' view on taking majority share of Grameenphone, Baksaas said there might be different perspectives on how to view that deal and Telenor intention. "But you have to look back on the company's history."

Baksaas said, "We see this very clear in the sense that Grameenphone was refinanced in the period 2003 to 2004. In that period when this refinancing was made we contributed, from Telenor perspective, very much to getting the company through that period and with the additional financing in hand with a projection that Telenor should remain the major shareholder by holding more than 51 percent share."

He said it was a combination of equity investment and loans to the company. "I think the financing side has been incredibly important ... (and) dividend payout from the company has been minimal," he added.

But what was the necessity to make an intention to reduce Telenor's shares? Why does Telenor now refuse to execute its intention?

Baksaas explained, "Grameenphone was our very first investment in Asia and the paragraph of intention, which describes the possibility that Telenor has the choice to reduce its holding down to 35 percent, was something that the board of Telenor at that time needed because of risk profile of the project at that time."

"But when we get new knowledge about the Bangladeshi market six years later and we participate in refinancing and creating additional financing for Grameenphone then of course we subscribe to the pact that Telenor should remain 51 percent shareholder in Grameenphone on project basis as well as refinancing. That is the story telling around intention paragraph as part of the shareholder agreement," he said.

The cumulative investment in Grameenphone up to July 2008 was $1.7 billion and the total dividend paid to shareholders by the end of 2007 was $142 million.

Until 2003, there were four shareholders in Grameenphone. Telenor owned 51 percent, Grameen Telecom 35 percent, Marubeni Corporation 9.5 percent and Gonofone owned 4.5 percent.

When Marubeni Corporation wanted to sell its shares in 2004, as per the incorporation deal, its shares were proportionately transferred to the other three stakeholders. Later Gonofone also wanted to sell its stake and Telenor bought it. Telenor claimed that Gonofone transferred its 6.5 percent shares to Telenor in line with Grameenphone's Board approval.

But Grameen Telecom alleged that Gonofone secretly sold shares to Telenor. When asked about the issue, Baksaas said, "I don't subscribe to this view."

He said, "Grameen Telecom did not take part in buying of Gonofone's shares although it had opportunity."

However, Telenor high-ups believe the shareholder dispute is less significant than the company's future prospect.

"The prospect of the company is very important in particular when we together do the IPO (initial public offering)," Baksaas said.

Grameenphone had a plan to raise $300 million -- half through a private placement and half through a subsequent domestic IPO. But in the latest development, its high officials indicated to cut its planned $300 million IPO to $125 million.

"From Telenor, we feel very positive about bringing Grameenphone to the local stock market," Baksaas said, but declined to tell about the exact date of listing. "The timing has been a bit hit by the international credit crisis and this is also under evaluation. So our intention is to carry out the IPO issue when the market allows it."

Commenting on illegal VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) issue, Telenor Chairman Norvik said, "The fine in connection to VoIP cases with Grameenphone is of course regrettable in our organisation. Our attitude is always going to be according to local laws within local framework."

In the six-operator market, Grameenphone still holds the leading position in Bangladesh with 20.84 million customers. The operator is now opting for third generation (3G) technology.

"We are looking forward to the 3G market knowing that 3G offers more services and build sort of new experience as that the market demands," Baksaas said.

3G technology is better for using internet than 2G or WiMax, he said, adding that the operators should also bring affordable technology.

About the recent bidding for WiMax licence in Bangladesh, he said the auction should not be so aggressive as it involves huge investment and affordability.

The auctions that happened in Europe between 1999 and 2000 basically slowed telecom investment, Baksaas referred.

He said telecom policies and tax structure should not be changed frequently as these hinder growth.

Warid offers 20% bonus on recharge

Warid Telecom today announced 20 per cent bonus talk-time for every recharge with scratch cards. Zem prepaid subscribers can enjoy the bonus talk-time offer by recharging their accounts from today till October 31.
Under the latest offer, all Zem prepaid customers, who will recharge their accounts with any denomination will get 20 per cent bonus on the recharged amount.
The subscribers could use the bonus talk-time for making calls to other operators. They will be able to know the talk-time amount by using code no. *778*1#
Warid Telecom authorities hoped the new offer will encourage their valued subscribers to recharge their accounts for enjoying the bonus talk-time.
Warid Telecom, a subsidiary of UAE-based Abu Dhabi Group, launched its commercial operation in Bangladesh in May 10, 2007 as the sixth the mobile phone operator. Within one year, the company became fourth largest operator by acquiring nearly 3.5 million subscribers through spreading its network to all the 64 districts.

-Press Release