Monday, 19 January 2015
Bangladeshi authorities ordered the suspension of three more mobile apps services on Monday after requests by law enforcement agencies, officials said.
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission told the mobile phone operators and other internet service providers to suspend voice and text message services through WhatsApp, Line and mypeople.
“The services will remain suspended until further notice,” commission secretary Sarwar Alam said.
Regulators are also watching other online services, he said.
On Sunday, the government blocked services through mobile apps Viber and Tango over security concerns.
The voice and messaging services were reportedly used by vandals earlier this month to coordinate criminal activity without being traced by police.
The move came after more than 20 people were killed following a call by opposition leader Khaleda Zia for a nationwide transport blockade.
Zia, who has been seeking a fresh election under a non-partisan caretaker administration, called the strike after she was prevented from joining a rally on the first anniversary of the election that she boycotted.
Police on Monday withdrew a security cordon from in front of her private office in Dhaka to apparently allow her to move freely.
Zia has been saying at her office since January 3, which she called a confinement.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
As it has turned out to be, mobile phone users will have to pay Rs. 10 per CNIC for re-verification of SIMs of each operator, we have checked with sources.
As you may know that SIM re-verification exercise is about to begin in a day or two at most and telecom operators are given 90 days for re-verification of 103 million SIMs.
While finalized SOPs from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority are scheduled to be issued today evening, we have confirmed with sources that end users will have to bear a verification fee of Rs. 10 per CNIC per transaction.
For example if a customer goes to Service Centre, Franchise or a retailer of one company and re-verifies his/her all SIMs for this particular company than he will have to pay Rs.10 per this operator.
Similarly, if he goes to another operator for SIM re-verification, then he will have to give another Rs. 10 for re-verification of all SIMs of this second operator, and so on.
If a customer goes to Service Centre, Franchise or a retailer of one company and re-verifies his/her all SIMs for this particular company than he will have to pay Rs. 10 per this operator
Telecom operators say that this Rs. 10 per transaction is processing fee that will be given to retailers as an incentive. They say that there is no other way to keep retailers engaged with re-verification process as otherwise they might simply refuse to re-verify customers due to the hassle involved in the process.
Microsoft Devices Pakistan recently collaborated with Nestle Pakistan, according to which Nestle chose the Windows Phone platform to provide support to their field force teams. Nestle explored different platforms that provide field force solutions and integration with backend systems and selected Lumia 630, after stringent deliberations.
The Windows Phone platform will provide integration to Nestle’s sales teams with backend systems such as ordering, inventory management and security solutions. The WP platform was finalized after it met Nestle’s expectations and performed seamless and faster application syncing versus other platforms. Moreover, Windows Phone OS provided a remarkable user experience and emerged as a clear winner against its competitors.
Commenting at the induction of Microsoft Lumia smartphones, James Rutherfoord, Vice President, Microsoft Devices North Africa, Levant and Near East said:
Microsoft Lumia smartphones offer a unique user experience and seamlessly integrate with various business applications, making them perfect for business. Therefore, the Windows Phone platform is the best choice for corporations looking to gain a business edge in their respective industries and providing outstanding business support to their teams. I further laud Telenor Pakistan for their support to this collaboration between Microsoft Devices and Nestle Pakistan.
According to the agreement, Microsoft Lumia will provide 3,500 Lumia 630 smartphones to Nestle Pakistan, which will be supported by Telenor Pakistan as the telecom partner.