Most Bangladeshi operators not keen to join Internet.org

first_img Grameenphone profit jumps, data revenue rises Grameenphone numbers decline Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Author Previous ArticleCES Asia: Cars, drones and real-time consumer insightNext ArticleIntel close to acquiring Altera for $17B – reports Joseph Waring HomeAsiaNews Most Bangladeshi operators not keen to join Internet.org Relatedcenter_img Covid-19 weighs on Grameenphone earnings Bangladesh’s mobile operators reportedly aren’t interested in joining Internet.org, noting that the ‘limited version’ of the internet is not a service that would serve their customers’ needs.The country’s two largest mobile operators, Grameenphone and Banglalink, however, have introduced free access to Facebook without Internet.org, according to the Dhaka Tribune.Banglalink COO Shihab Ahmad told the Tribune that it long ago introduced free access to popular sites and apps like Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.A representative from Grameenphone said it is in discussions with Facebook and the authorities and is looking at the benefits the service offers subscribers. An Airtel representative said it is not thinking of launching free internet services with Internet.org since it is planning its own initiative.The country’s third largest operator, Robi Axiata, launched Internet.org on 10 May.The reaction from the country’s operators follows widespread criticism over zero-rating access and Internet.org. Two weeks ago 67 digital rights organisations from around the world sent a joint letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, which was posted on Facebook, complaining that it was not doing enough to promote net neutrality and was building a walled garden.The controversy kicked off in April when leading Indian e-commerce provider Flipkart decided not to get involved with Airtel’s sponsored data service called Zero, following protests from net neutrality supporters.Abu Saeed Khan, a telecoms consultant and senior policy fellow at LIRNeasia, told the Tribune: “We are deeply concerned as Internet.org has been misleadingly promoted with a promise to provide access to the full internet services. In fact, it only provides access to a limited number of internet-connected services that are approved by Facebook and local ISPs.” Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 JUN 2015 Tags AirtelBangalinkBangladeshGrameenphoneinternet.orgRobizero-rating accesslast_img read more

College Basketball Preview: UMBC (18-12, 10-5) vs. New Hampshire (4-23, 2-12) on senior day

first_imgJunior guard K.J. Jackson led the Retrievers with 18 points andgraduate student Joe Sherburne checked in with 16 points.  The Retrievers never led in the game, as theSeawolves shot 50% from the field. Tip–off tomorrow is scheduled for 1:00 pm.Please follow and like us: The Retrievers (18-12, 10-5) are coming off a loss at StonyBrook on Wednesday evening, 78-63, in part due to very poor shooting from longdistance.  The Retrievers hit just one ofthe 20 shots from 3-point land.  This wasthe second consecutive loss for the team, both at the hands of New York teamsafter losing at UAlbany last Saturday. The loss eliminates the Retrievers from the America Eastregular season title; however, they will host a quarterfinal game in theconference tournament next weekend. As is tradition, with the game being that last regular season home game, the Retrievers will be celebrating senior day.   Sherburne leads UMBC in points per game, averaging 14.3 withJackson chipping in 12.6.  Though defensehas been a strong suit for the team all season, the last two games it’s failedto show up as they have allowed a total of 162 points. center_img The Retrievers defeated the Wildcats, 59-51, at LundholmGymnasium on January 26th. Senior guard Jordan Reed leads the Wildcats in scoring,coming in at 10.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Josh Hopkins checks in with a ppg average of 9.6.  New Hampshire is 1-6 on the road this seasonin conference games. UMBC men’s basketball will wrap up their regular season on Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Event Center when they square off against the New Hampshire Wildcats. New Hampshire (4-23, 2-12) has struggled all season,especially on offense as they are averaging just 60 points per game.  That being said, they picked up a win onWednesday evening at UAlbany, 62-58. That victory snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Wildcats.last_img read more