GrameenPhone and Bangladesh Post Office seal SIM deal.

GrameenPhone and Bangladesh Post Office (BPO) have closed a deal that allows the country’s largest mobile phone operator to supply over 24,000 SIMs to staff working in more than 8,000 post offices countrywide.

GP chief executive officer Anders Jensen and BPO director general Mobasherur Rahman inked the agreement on Wednesday at the city’s Westin Hotel.

Special assistant to the chief adviser in charge of post and telecoms ministry MA Malek, secretary Iqbal Mahmud and other officials of ministry were also present at the ceremony.

In March, the BPO invited expressions of interest asking for solution that would help postal employees generate income and facilitate communications among them.

The GP’s proposal was picked as it was deemed as ‘the most economical’, said BPO chief Mobasherur Rahman.

Malek thanked the GP for the initiative that he believed would enhance the state postal entity’s services.

He however, said that GP should increase its infrastructure base since its subscriber base had almost touched 20 million.

“We get complaints especially from rural areas,” he said.

Jensen said he believed the partnership would usher in another ‘new dimension’ to the services provided by the postal services.

The connections provided by GP to the BPO’s rural post office employees blends recharging facilities, Flexiload, with voice and data services, Health Line and Bill Pay services.

The endeavor is believed to enable revenue-generating source for rural post office employees and the BPO headquarters as GP would share 5 percent of the revenue generated from these connections with the BPO.

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Banglalink initiates fundraising activities for Hurricane Sidr affected victims.

From November 18, 2007 banglalink has initiated fund-raising activities for the Hurricane Sidr affected victims. In this moment of crisis banglalink has decided to stand firm as a friend beside these deadly Hurricane affected victims.

You can send SMS and donate taka ten with every SMS with you Banglalink number.

You need to type ‘HELP’ and send to 1010. Each time, tk 10/- (vat included) will be cut from the your Banglalink number account and the full money will be donated to the Chief Advisor’s Relief Fund.

Thanks to Banglalink for their effort.

To send SMS and help the people, you just have to do this from your Banglalink mobile phone-

1. Go to the Messege Option from your mobile phone handset
2. Type Help
3. Send it to 1010.

That’s it. Your 10 taka can save many peoples life. So I hope you already started to SMS.

Saifur slams cell phone operators.

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday came down heavily on the private cellphone operators for charging high call tariff.

Mobile phone operators in Bangladesh charge four times higher call tariff in comparison with Indian cellphone operators, the minister said speaking in parliament on the supplementary budget for the current fiscal year.

He said the local mobile phone companies also receive higher subscription fees ranging from Tk 500 to Tk 700. “They have incoming call charge which does not exist anywhere in the world,” the minister said amid table thumping by lawmakers.

The finance minister criticised the cellphone operators’ demand for withdrawal of Tk 1,200 tax on new connection, which was proposed in the budget for 2005-06.

The mobile phone companies charge high call tariff but blame the government whenever it asks for anything, he added.

Justifying the proposed tax, Saifur said there was no tax hike in the mobile phone sector, rather it was an adjustment against reduction of duty on handsets.

In the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, the government has reduced the handset import duty to Tk 300 from Tk 1,500 previously.

Saifur brushed aside the apprehension that the growth of mobile phone sector would slow down after imposition of the new tax.

“As many as 16 new companies are in the queue and we can earn Tk 1,000 crore to Tk 1,500 crore through auction [cellular phone licence],” he added.

Citing example of Pakistan and Tunisia, he said that they have earned $400 million to $500 million from the cellphone licence.

Saifur said people once could not even buy a connection for Tk 50,000 but the scenario has changed after the launch of Teletalk. “It has brought a competition in the sector.”
Source: The Daily Star.

Teletalk authority will resume it SIM selling program from 14th June 2005.

Teletalk authority will resume it SIM selling program from 14th June 2005.

Teletalk has to close temporarily due to sudden declaration about VAT of tk. 1200/- on each SIM by NBR. Resolving the administrative issues concerning this Teletalk will resume its distribution program again. Subscriber now have to pay (1800+1200=) 3000/- tk until next Govt. order. Teletalk authority express its regret to hon. subscribers for this unforeseen hassle. All subscriber scheduled on 12th and after are asked shift their schedule 2 days and so on.

But we don’t understand why it is added after the rate was announced when people filled up the form.

TeleTalk authority stops distributing SIM Cards among the lottery winners.

Who won the TeleTalkl SIM Card by lottery and went to bank to collect their SIM, cann’t got it. TeleTalk authority suddenly stops it. But it was announced before that TeleTalk winners have to collect it in the given date. But who won it can not got SIM today.