Category: Mobile

Nokia backs 3D printing for mobile phone cases

REF: Nokia is releasing design files that will let owners use 3D printers to make their own cases for its Lumia phones
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Files containing mechanical drawings, case measurements and recommended materials have already been released by the phone maker.

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Here comes Airtel

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Bharti Airtel Ltd yesterday announced its new-look brand in Bangladesh with a promise of providing better services to customers.

Airtel is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries.

The mobile operator, under the Airtel Bangladesh brand, announced the launch of its services in the growing Bangladeshi market nearly a year after it bought majority shares into Warid Telecom.

The Indian brand penetrated Bangladesh in January 2010 when it acquired 70 percent ownership in Warid Telecom International for $300 million from the UAE-based Abu Dhabi Group.

With this launching, Airtel Bangladesh joins the global Airtel family with 200 million customers in Asia and Africa continents.

Chris Tobit, chief executive officer of Airtel Bangladesh, said they would value the country’s identity, culture and language, as people are passionate about them.

“The Airtel brand will represent those values, while retaining the youthfulness and dynamism of the global brand so that our customers here can enjoy the same best-in-class brand experience as across continents.”

“We have already begun to bring alive our promise of taking our mobile network deeper and delivering world-class and affordable mobile services,” he said.

Along with voice and data services, Airtel customers will get lifestyle-based value added services. “At every point, Airtel customers will get to enjoy price advantage over competitive offers, which are brought on by Airtel’s unique business model,” Tobit said.

He said the brand in Bangladesh would be launched with the brand promise “Bhalobashar tane, pashe aane”. “We are here to keep our customers connected not only to each other but with what they love the most in every part of their lives–music, games, entertainment and networking.”

Airtel Bangladesh customers will now be able to experience rich multimedia contents with the launch of Airtel live–the WAP portal offering customers contents like games, video, picture and various kinds of value added services such as “Gaan Bolo, Gaan Pao”, Cricket Caller tunes, classified services, the company said in a statement.

In Bangladesh, the company has already unveiled a GPS-based vessel location service to enable tracking of fishing vessels for the country’s fishermen.

With about four million customers, Airtel Bangladesh is the country’s fourth largest operator after Telenor-backed Grameenphone, Orascom-owned Banglalink and Robi Axiata.

The Indian company, which covers all 64 districts in Bangladesh, is only ahead of Citycell and state-run Teletalk in the market of 6.5 crore users.

Huawei demonstrates live 3G, 4G techs in Bangladesh

Ref: Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications networks worldwide, carried on a roadshow here to demonstrate live the latest in Third Generation (3G) and Fourth Generation (4G) telecom technologies in Bangladesh.


The five-day roadshow, kicked off Monday, concluded on November 5.

Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju inaugurated the roadshow as chief guest at the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the city. The function was attended by senior officials of the posts and telecommunications ministry, Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and mobile-phone operators.
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Huawei demonstrates live 3G, 4G techs in Bangladesh

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Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications networks worldwide, carried on a roadshow here to demonstrate live the latest in Third Generation (3G) and Fourth Generation (4G) telecom technologies in Bangladesh.

The five-day roadshow, kicked off Monday, will conclude on November 5.

Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju inaugurated the roadshow as chief guest at the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the city. The function was attended by senior officials of the posts and telecommunications ministry, Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and mobile-phone operators.

Addressing the roadshow, minister Raju said, “The process is underway to launch 3G services in Bangladesh soon to impalement ‘Digital Bangladesh’ as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

At the inauguration, Huawei made live demonstration of its ‘SingleCore’, a premium but cost-effective solution 3G and 4G services. The solution is suitable for Bangladesh market as most of the mobile operators are running their network in 2G or 2.5G which need a little upgrading to launch 3G services in the country.

The roadshow, titled ‘SingleCore, Less is more|Huawei Core Network Global Tour 2010’, traveled many countries, showcasing Huawei’s capability on 3G technologies. The next show will be staged in Russia.

The roadshow, which is seen as a glaring example of Huawei`s commitment to enriching life of the people of Bangladesh through quality communications, showcased the innovative and cutting-edge SingleCore solutions to the visitors.

The telecoms minister and top management officials of mobile-phone operators showed great interest in the innovative technologies Huawei showcased during the roadshow.

BTRC chairman Major-General (retired) Zia Ahmed said that Huawei’s demonstration of SingleCore solutions is an “eye-opener for everybody working in telecom sector in Bangladesh as it can play a vital role in enriching country’s telecom sector”.

He said the ministry and BTRC are working together to keep the price of telecommunications services affordable for the benefit of the users.

Among others, Commercial Counselor to the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Lin Wei Qiang, Vice- President of Huawei Technologies Dong Li Bin and CEO of Huawei Bangladesh Wonder Wang also spoke on the occasion.

Huawei began its operations in Bangladesh in 1998. Over the years, the company has grown to become one of the country`s leading communications suppliers, providing comprehensive services to all the Bangladeshi telecom operators.

The multinational is also involved with many corporate social-responsibility projects in Bangladesh, including donating network equipment to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

Warid getting branded "Airtel" soon

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Warid Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dhabi Group, is going to get a fresh name within few weeks as Bharti Airtel has already acquired 70 per cent stake worth Rs 1,363 crore in the Middle-Eastern company’s Bangladesh venture in January 2010.

Warid Telecom, which offers mobile telecom services with a user base of over 3.5 million in Bangladesh, will be branded anew as Airtel, opening up a new era with the introduction of such a new venture with an Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel.

As soon as Airtel bought 70 percent share of Warid in January, this year, the procedure of transformation of Warid into Airtel started. Besides, Airtel has already completed all the related logistic preparations to increase the number of the subscribers with its attractive business applications, entertainment services and to further spread the wings into the rural areas.

Airtel bought over the Bangladesh venture of the Abu Dhabi-based telecom multinational at a time when Indian conglomerates are out on the global plane acquiring some big businesses in different countries, including next-door-neighbour Bangladesh.

“Indian mobile operator giant Bharti Airtel will formally start its commercial operations very soon in Bangladesh with world-class technology and networking services,’’ said Airtel president Atul Bindal while addressing a press conference at a city hotel after his arrival Thursday.

The Airtel president is here to give the finishing touches to the process of re-baptizing Warid Telecom under the brand name Airtel.

“We are all set to step into Bangladesh with a joint-venture mission,’’ said Atul Bindal, who, however, declined to declare any specific date for the launch of the operations.

The Airtel president reminded that his company is working for introducing third-generation network for the real mobile subscribers as part of its commitment to the valued clients.

”Some agreements with Ericsson and Huawei were already signed with a view to spreading the company’s wings with the latest blade networking and uninterrupted Internet connection. It also includes network design, planning, and implementation and project management,’’ said Max Yang, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei.

While addressing the press conference, Chris Tobit, Managing Director and CEO of Warid Bangladesh, said that Ericsson and Huawei worked together for eight months in order to improve voice and non-voice network across the country. Intrap-agreements were also sealed with four other operators, he added.

Users of 19 countries of Asia and Africa use Airtel and users of India and Sri Lanka are using this mobile network successfully.

Cellphones move into cars, to hit satnav makers

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Technology that allows cellphones to be used as navigation devices in cars took a step forward on Thursday, putting more pressure on the makers of in-car satnav systems.

German car industry group Consumer Electronics for Automotive (CE4A) unveiled a standard for the technology, which is being pushed by Nokia, the world’s top cellphone maker. Read more →

Blackberry launches Playbook rival to iPad

Ref: It is the latest tablet computer to enter a highly competitive market.Blackberry has announced its answer to Apple’s iPad with a device called the Playbook.

The company unveiled its tablet computer to much anticipation at its developer conference, Devcon, in San Francisco.It is one of the first business-centric devices in the tablet market.

The Playbook will have Bluetooth and WiFi.


Analysts said that the release was a clever move by the Blackberry maker Research In Motion whose smartphones dominate the business sector. Read more →

Nokia, Intel say MeeGo software off to good start

Ref:Top mobile phone maker Nokia and chip maker Intel said on Tuesday their software joint venture had got off to a solid start. “Take-up is really positive,” Mika Setala, director of industry alliances at Nokia, told journalists.

“The MeeGo community is active, vibrant,” said Martin Curley, head of Intel Labs Europe. Read more →

BlackBerry devices getting mobile VoIP support

Ref:RIM is catching up with other smartphone brands with the help of a new program bringing mobile VoIP connectivity to BlackBerry devices.

Up until now, there hasn’t been a single native VoIP client for the BlackBerry platform, as there have been for smartphones running Android or iPhone OS. Truphone, Skype and Fring are just a few of the apps supported by these operating systems right now. Read more →

BlackBerry assures India on access to services

Ref: Research In Motion has promised India a technical solution for decoding encrypted BlackBerry data, a senior official said on Friday, a step that could allay Indian security concerns about the smartphone and avert a shutdown.

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Indian authorities, who met with RIM officials on Friday, also pledged to go after other companies — including Google and Skype — to protect the country from cyber-spying and attacks planned over the Internet.
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