Good news for Bangladeshi Internet users!! BTCL has further reduced the price of Submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE4) IP Bandwidth. Effective from April 1st – users will be able to get 1 Mbps (MegaBits/second) dedicated bandwidth at only Taka 2800 per month. It was Taka 4800 per month per 1 Mbps previously.
This will be applicable to all BTCL customers (Home, corporate and Resellers).
This surely will have a very good impact on the ICT sector of Bangladesh. But a lot will depend upon how the ISPs react to this new pricing. Surely they won’t cut the pricing by 41% and reduce their revenue as they have other operational costs. Rather they’ll probably increase per user bandwidth or give more GBs of data transfer to volume based Internet clients.
This indeed is an appreciable initiative by the Government. I believe our new young ICT State Minister Mr. Palak has some influence in this.
Bangladeshi mobile operators hold a major share of Internet distribution channel. It will be interesting how these mobile companies rearrange their Internet service offers after this price reduction. Most of the companies are selling 1GB volume at around 300 Taka which is sky high compared to BTCL Bandwidth cost. The real benefit of this price reduction will be ensured if the mobile phone operators reduce their Internet prices. Because – Internet through mobile operators are still the easiest way for general people to be connected to the Internet.
সব চেয়ে বড় মানব পতাকার রেকর্ড কোন দেশের – বলতে পারেন? বাংলাদেশ? জি না। পাকিস্তানের। এই কয়েকদিন আগে রবির কর্পোরেট ভাউতা বাজির সাথে তাল মিলিয়ে আমাদের দেশের সরকার এই রেকর্ড টি করে গিনিজ বুক অফ ওয়ার্ল্ড রেকর্ড এ নাম উঠায়। দুঃক্ষ জনক বেপার হলো মাত্র কয়েকদিনের মাথায় ই পাকিস্তান (গত ১৪ ই ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০১৪) এই রেকর্ড টি ভেঙ্গে ফেলে। এই ধরনের রেকর্ড এর পিছনে কি স্বার্থ থাকতে পারে আমি জানি না। কিন্তু জাতি হিসাবে দেশ প্রেম বা দেশ এর প্রতি শ্রদ্ধাবোধ প্রমান এর যে এটা কোনো ভালো পন্থা নয় তা বোধ করি আমাদের মোটা মাথার নেতানেত্রীরা বুঝে ও না বুঝার চেষ্টা করে যাচ্ছেন। এটা খুব ই স্বাভাবিক, কারণ – নিজেদের কে জাহির করতে এবং মানুষ এর চেতনা নিয়ে খেলা করতে এরা ভালো ভাবে ই জানেন। এই চেতনা ব্যবসা ই তো এই মুহুর্তে তাদের একমাত্র অবলম্বন।
৯০ কোটি টাকা ব্যায় করে সব চেয়ে বেশি সংখ্যক মানুষের একত্রে জাতীয় সংগীত গাওয়ার এই যে মহাযজ্ঞ – এটা কত টুকু যৌক্তিক তা আমার মাথায় আসে না। এটা থেকে আমাদের প্রাপ্তি ই বা কি তা ও পরিষ্কার নয়। এটা যদি আজকে আমাদের জাতির জন্য খুব গর্বের কিছু হয় তাহলে কালকে যদি আবার পাকিস্তান এর চাইতে ও বড় জমায়েত নিয়ে আমাদের রেকর্ড ভেঙ্গে দেয় তাহলে কি আমরা আবার চেতনার দিক দিয়ে পিছিয়ে যাব? সত্য কথা হলো দেশ প্রেম বা জাতিগত উদ্ত্কর্ষ প্রমান এর এটা কোনো পন্থা ই নয়। এই ৯০ কোটি টাকা দিয়ে অনেক জনকল্যাণময় কাজ করা সম্ভব। বিশেষত, এখনো যখন দেশ এর একটা বৃহদ অংশ অতি দরিদ্র – বিশাল ওই অর্থ সেই সব মানুষের দারিদ্র নির্মূল এ ব্যায় করলে সত্যিকার জয় হত। আল্লাহ এইসব মোটা মাথার চিকন বুদ্ধি ওয়ালা মানুষ গুলোকে হেদায়েত দান করুক – আমিন।
I was very happy to start my journey with Qubee. I remember they started their journey with some hilarious packages. But the competition finally brought qubee to the right path and they were providing some good offerings to the Bangladeshi Internet users. But, buttt… but… as a Qubee user, and specially subscribing the package called “Sky” (which means limit and possibilities as high as the sky) – I can’t really be a satisfied customer of qubee. Why? let me give you some idea why I feel so:
The limits (download & upload combined) for the sky package users are as follows:
512 kbps – 30 GB
1 mbps – 35 GB
2 mbps – 40 GB
Okay, lets now find out the total time a user will need to finish the data limit at full speed download/upload and what is qubee’s turnover from its costing:
130.5 hours download @512kbps will finish up your quota for the whole month.
If you plan to download/upload everyday @full speed – you can only do it 4.34 hours/day, which is almost 1/6 of the whole day. It means qubee sells their 24 hour 512 kbps to 6 users.
A typical 512 kbps sky users pay 1250 taka (without VAT). Qubee buys bandwidth from submarine cable IP bandwidth providers @ 12,000/mb. In that case qubee’s 512kbps costing is BDT 6,000. As calculated from the previous point, qubee sells this 512 kbps bandwidth to atleast 6 people. Their turnover from 512 kbps is atleast 1250×6= 7500 Taka.
76 hours download @1mbps will finish up your quota for the whole month.
If you plan to download/upload everyday – you can only do it 2.5 hours/day, which is almost 1/10 of the whole day. It means qubee sells their 24 hour 1 mbps to 10 users.
A typical 1 mbps sky users pay 2250 taka (without VAT) per month. Qubee buys bandwidth from submarine cable IP bandwidth providers @ 12,000/mb. As calculated from the previous point, qubee sells this 1 mbps bandwidth to atleast 10 people. Their turnover from 1 mbps is atleast 2250×10= 22500 Taka.
43 hours download @2mbps will finish up your quota for the whole month.
If you plan to download/upload everyday – you can only do it 1.45 hours/day, which is almost 1/16 of the whole day. It means qubee sells their 24 hour 2 mbps to 16 users.
A typical 2 mbps sky users pay 5250 taka (without VAT) per month. Qubee buys bandwidth from submarine cable IP bandwidth providers @ 12,000/mb. In that case qubee’s 2 mbps costing is BDT 24,000. As calculated from the previous point, qubee sells this 1 mbps bandwidth to atleast 10 people. Their turnover from 1 mbps is atleast 5250×10= 84,000 Taka.
Moreover, the calculation above will be in favor of qubee – because when there is a big number of internet users in the pool, the bandwidth calculation will be much complex – and not all the 6 users for 512kbps – 10 users for 1 mbps – 16 users for 2 mbps will be active. Therefore their turnover from each mbps will be much much higher.
The above calculation is for post paid users whereas prepaid users pay a lot more than that of postpaid users. Yields from the prepaid users will be a significant difference.
Qubee’s cost per 1 GB is 36 Taka (@12,000/mbps/month) for volume based users:
1 mbps: Qubee is selling 1GB @ 400 taka (turnover rate 1 : 11.11), 2 GB @ 700 Taka (turnover rate 1 : 9.72)
There are many more things that needs to be calculated to decide if a business is fair or not fair. Ofcourse, Qubee has its operational costs, expansion costs, legislative costs etc. It is usual that qubee will try meet all the expenses and do profit from the turnover but if we carefully look at the bandwidth cost and turnover ratio – there are some uneven equations for different packages and plan types.
ISPs that provides Internet through optical fiber or other means charges less for higher bandwidth. The per mbps/kbps cost goes down as the bandwidth increases – but in case of Qubee – it is the opposite. The bandwidth cost goes up as the chunk of the bandwidth goes up. Moreover, if we take a look at the postpaid 2mbps package – a user is allowed to download in average 1.45 hours (1 hour 26 minutes) at its full speed. Still qubee calls these packages “Sky” (unlimited) . Just try to imagine – if a user downloads more than 1 hour and 26 minutes at 2mbps he will start finishing his quota for other days!! A Sky package allows the users to use the capacity connectivity only 1/16 of the whole day!! After the usage of the allowance there will be a bandwidth cap and all the connection will switch to 128 kbps. This is again an uneven equation for higher bandwidth users. 512 kbps users will get the same as 1mbps or 2mbps users – which is 128 kbps. I don’t know but it seems to me Qubee authority’s SKY is to low.
I called BanglaLion yesterday to know about their Fair Usage Policy. The guy at the support said – I may download 3/4 hours at a stretch (@full speed) and then may continue browsing the rest of the day but shouldn’t download again. I am not sure but their policy is rather vague, but it seems a little liberal than qubee.
How ISPs like Qubee affects the ISP users freedom:
When WiMAX came to the reach of the general people – it meant a lot. It was like freedom to them. Previously, most of the urban dwellers were dependent on the complete monopoly of localized small internet service providers or the third class high latency Internet (GPRS, EDGE) from the Mobile phone operators. WiMAX as a connectivity medium is a superb carrier. It can provide high bandwidth with comparatively low latency than other wireless mediums. As far as I learnt, operational cost is less as it can cover a huge area through its BTSs. It was perfectly reflecting at the 2nd quarter of the year – when both the WiMAX operators (Qubee and BanglaLion) doubled the bandwidth allowance for the subscribers. But all of a sudden both of them became active with their Fair Usage Policy. And the outcome is what I described in the first part of this post. In the mean time – these two operators were successful in ruining the business of most of the local Internet service providers. All of a sudden we realized that – we have run out of options other than Qubee and BanglaLion. The monopoly is now in between these two operators. Now since the customers can’t flee they can introduce caps/limits like this. The problem of high price for WiMAX license is now infront of us. If more WiMAX operators were given the license with low fee for the License – there would be much competition and the ultimate winner would be the general Internet users.
Government should provide the license for the 3G operator as soon as possible. 3G, although is not technologically as advanced as WiMAX, – can still generate a competition with the WiMAX operators. Besides, completion of the underground optical network will allow many other ISPs to operate through out Dhaka city which will re-introduce the complete freedom for the Internet users of Dhaka and similarly in other cities.
Long awaited Bangladeshi notebook brand DOEL will come up with 4 different models and is expected to be launched in Bangladeshi market by October 15th. Bangladesh government re-instated the telephone manufacturing Bangladeshi unit TESHIS (টেশিস) to produce notebooks to meet growing Bangladeshi market demand. Initially the notebooks will be supplied at the government offices. TESHIS will produce 10,000 units of notebooks every month.
These notebooks will be loaded with all required softwares along with free OS google android (Basic model) and Linux. Besides it will contain videos on Bangladesh history & heritages, an application to access Bangladesh E-info cell and Agro-news cell and the digital version of all the text books from primary and higher education level. Initially there will be 4 different models:
SPECIFICATION and PRICING:
Primary Model-2102 Display -Panel 10.0″ LCD Panel (1024*600) Processor VIA 8650 800MHz Main Chipset – Memory RAM 512 MB Graphics – Storage HDD 16GB NAND Flash CD/DVD-ROM/Writer NO Audio Yes (In focus Audio .Built in stereo speaker Speaker Yes (External Microphone for record) Multimedia Web Camera Integrated 0.3 mega pixels Wired Ethernet LAN Yes Communication WIFI WiFi 802.11b/g Bluetooth (option) N/A USB Min 2X USB 2.0 Multi Card Slot SD with 32 GB Card VGA No Mic In, Internal Mic Headphone Out Yes RJ11(Modem)RJ45 LAN LAN RJ45 HDMI N/A Input-Out Ports DC-In(Power Port) Yes Keyboard 82pcs standard English and Phonetic Bangla keyboard, Input support external keyboard Touch pad Built in touch pad, support USB mouse Standard Battery Li Polymer- 2100mAH Power Backup time Minimum 2 hrs. Adaptor AC/DC Adapter Color 4 colors; Black(30%), White (30%), Pink(30%), & multicolor cartoon print (10%) Other Dimension 258x 180 x 27.5 mm Weight 1.0 kg (approx.) Operating System Google Android Integrated Warranty Price: BDT 10,000 (Approx)
Basic Model-0703 Display -Panel 10.1″ (1024*600) WXGA LED Backlight Processor Intel® ATOMTM Processor N455 1.66GHz Main Chipset Intel NM10 Memory RAM 1GB DDR3 Graphics Intel® GMA 3150 (Integrated) Storage HDD SATA 250 GB (Samsung) CD/DVD-ROM/Writer NO Audio HD Audio with SRS 3D Sound Effect Speaker 3W Stereo Speaker(1.5W×2) Multimedia Web Camera Integrated 1.3 mega pixels Wired Ethernet LAN 10/100M Ethernet Access Communication WIFI 802.11 bg/n Bluetooth (option) V 3.0 High Speed USB 3×USB 2.0 with chargeable USB Multi Card Slot SD,SDHC,SDXC,MMC,MS,MS Pro VGA Yes Mic In,Internal Mic Headphone Out Yes RJ11(Modem)RJ45 LAN Yes HDMI N/A Input-Out Ports DC-In(Power Port) Yes Keyboard Standard English(84 Key)& phonetic (OEM) keyboard; Input printed in two languages (Bangla & English) Touch pad High Sensitive Scroll Scope Standard Battery 6-cell Li-ion, 4400 mAH Power Backup time Minimum 4 hrs Adaptor Input_100_240V, 50_60Hz, Output_19V; 40 Watt Color 4 colours; Black (30%), White (30%), Pink (20%), Silver (20%) Other Dimension 250*190*32.8mm Weight 1.2 Kg Operating System Windows/ Linux compatible Warranty Price: BDT 12,000 (Approx)
Standard Model-2603 Display -Panel 13.3″ (1360*768) WXGA LED Backlight Processor Intel® ATOM Processor D525 1.8GHz Main Chipset Intel NM10 Memory RAM 2GB DDR3 Graphics Intel® GMA 3150 (Integrated) Storage HDD SATA 320GB (Samsung) CD/DVD-ROM/Writer NO Audio HD Audio with SRS 3D Sound Effect Speaker 3W Stereo Speaker(1.5W×2) Multimedia Web Camera Integrated 1.3 mega pixels Wired Ethernet LAN 10/100M Ethernet Access Communication WIFI 802.11 bg/n Bluetooth (option) V 3.0 High Speed USB 3×USB 2.0 with chargeable USB Multi Card Slot SD,SDHC,SDXC,MMC,MS,MS Pro VGA Yes Mic In, Internal Mic Headphone Out Yes RJ11(Modem)RJ45 LAN Yes HDMI N/A Input-Out Ports DC-In(Power Port) Yes Keyboard Standard English(84 Key)& phonetic (OEM) keyboard; Input printed in two languages (Bangla & English) Touch pad High Sensitive Scroll Scope Power Standard Battery 6-cell Li-ion; 4400 mAH Backup time Minimum 4 hrs Adaptor Input_100_240V, 50_60Hz, Output_19V; 40 Watt Other Color 4 colours; Black (30%), White(30%), Pink(20%), Silver (20%) Dimension 326*217*28mm Weight 1.7kg Operating System Windows/ Linux compatible Warranty Price: BDT 21,000 (Approx)
Display Panel 14.0″ (1920*1020) LED Backlight Processor Intel® Celeron Dual Core T3500 2.1 GHz Main Chipset Intel HM55 Memory RAM 2GB DDR3 Graphics Intel® GMA 3150 (Integrated) Storage HDD SATA 320GB (Samsung) CD/DVD-ROM/Writer DVD Writer (Samsung) Audio HD Audio with SRS 3D Sound Effect Speaker 3W Stereo Speaker(1.5W×2) Multimedia Web Camera Integrated 1.3 mega pixels Wired Ethernet LAN 10/100M Ethernet Access Communication WIFI 802.11 bg/n Bluetooth (option) V 3.0 High Speed USB 4×USB 2.0 with chargeable USB Multi Card Slot SD,SDHC,SDXC,MMC,MS,MS Pro VGA Yes Mic In,Internal Mic Headphone Out Yes RJ11(Modem)RJ45 LAN Yes HDMI Yes Input-Out Ports DC-In(Power Port) Yes Keyboard Standard English(84 Key)& phonetic (OEM) keyboard; Input printed in two languages (Bangla & English) Touch pad High Sensitive Scroll Scope Power Standard Battery 6-cell Li-ion; 4700 mAH Backup time Minimum 4 hrs Adaptor Input_100_240V, 50_60Hz, Output_20V_3.25A_65Watt Other Color 4 colours; Black (30%), White(30%), Pink(20%), Silver (20%) Dimension 342* 229 * 39.5 mm Weight 2.19 kg Operating System Windows/ Linux compatible Warranty Price: BDT 25,000 (Approx)
Don’t expect to get it in your hand very soon, because govt officials are saying that there is a demand of 50,000 units in government offices and only after fulfilling that DOEL will be available for general people. With current production capacity of 10,000 units per month we can expect it to be available to us in the first quarter of the next year. Experts are saying that introduction of local brand in lower price will initiate competition in the market and other International brands will be forced to reduce their price – ultimately benefiting the people of Bangladesh. A very good initiative by the government indeed.
I was looking for Bangladesh Labour Law for a long time. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any trace of it in the web. I was even looking for any event or training which will let me know about Bangladesh Labour Law. At last I found it in Business Laws and Licenses Website of BOI
There will be maintenance work on SEA-ME-WE 4 starting from 01 October 2010 to 11 October 2010. As a consequence there will be two impact on us.
On 01 October, 2010 SEA-ME-WE 4 will be completely shut down starting from 22:00hrs BST for 4 hours (it may be longer according to our previous experience). Therefore, the internet will be unavailable for that duration.
From 02 October to 11 October 2010, the eastern side of Chennai will be down. During the restoration process you may experience temporary latency and congestion to some destinations and intermittent inconvenience.
The government has been taking hard actions against some telecom operators who are purportedly using their internet facilitates for making international telephone calls. The operators are being fined millions of takas, their most valuable equipments are being confiscated and some are being banned from continuing such operations.
As a former Bangladesh Telegraph & Telephone Board (BT&T) official, I still do not understand as to why VOIP should be declared illegal in the first place. To put it simply, I understand VOIP is transmitting speech signal through the internet bandwidth. The operator is paying his rent for the internet band width. Also he is paying for the telephone line rent and call charges. Capability to transmit voice over internet band width is made possible through the advancement of signal processing technology. Why should someone be punished for using higher technology?
I recall when in the early 1980’s fax machine was introduced, BT&T used to charge an additional amount of Tk 10,000/- per fax machine. By then I left BT & T and used to have heated argument with my friends in the BT & T top management about the matter. They introduced this charging system only because they found an extra income source without contributing anything.
Today, VOIP is declared illegal as BT & T is being unable to provide cheap service which the IP service providers are contributing. If BT & T is loosing revenue because of VOIP use by the internet operators, then it is BT&T’s fault. It is like punishing a motor bike rider by a bullock cart driver as the latter cannot catch up with the former. It is single stupidity and wrongdoing by someone who is short of in knowledge. I like to ask the authorities concerned to come clean and prove that VOIP is illegal because it is harmful to the people in the way toxic drug import is illegal because it harmful to national health. Following a bad law, even if it is a law, is harmful to the nation in the long run.
I call for a national debate and let the authorities concerned defend themselves to prove what they are doing by declaring VOIP “illegal” is right.
The second WiMAX operator has started its journey in Bangladesh. As far as I could learn from Banglalion’s website, they are offering their services in selected areas of Dhaka City. But definitely they’ll spread out soon. Their offers are cheaper than the first operator – Augere (QUBEE). But they couldn’t get out of the download cap too like qubee. Their offers are as follows:
Monthly Subscription (TK)
Value Pack (Option A)
Value Pack (Option B)
Value Plus (Option A)
Value Plus (Option B)
300tk activation fee applies (waive with 1 year sign up)
Additional Usage Tk. 0.15/MB
All charges are excluding VAT
Source: BanglaLion Website.
BanglaLion is offering three types of connectivity:
Connectivity through outdoor unit (costs 10000 taka, supports upto 6 users)
Connectivity through indoor unit (costs 7000 taka, supports upto 6 users)
Connectivity through WiMAX Dongle (A pen drive like device for single user)
Their offer’s are more diversified than Qubee. Currently they are offering 9 packages with different Bandwidth and download caps.
They are infact a step ahead than qubee by offering speeds upto 5 mbps. I hope BanglaLion’s entry will initiate a competition between the two operators and will ultimately bring out some really cool offers for their clients.