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Ministry directs regulator to renew Nepal Telecom’s mobile licence

Ministry of Information and Communications last week directed the telecommunications regulator to renew mobile licence of Nepal Telecom without charging fee for the time being. Nepal Telecom has to pay Rs 20 billion to renew its GSM licence by May

REC@nnect Boot Camp concludes

Panacea – a mobile application from Bangladesh – won the first prize of the REC@nnect Boot Camp Award as an innovative tech entrepreneurship. The application which helps in fighting against counterfeit medicines allows customers to verify themselves whether a drug

TeliaSonera poaches Swisscom strategy head

TeliaSonera said it is appointing Henriette Wendt as head of group corporate development, Karin Eliasson is leaving her position as head of group human resources, and Ingrid Stenmark has been appointed as head of the chief executive Office. Wendt’s role

‘REC@nnect’ to kick off on Monday

CRDF Global in partnership with US Department of State is organising the REC@nnect in Nepal. The event, which will kick off on Monday and will last till Wednesday, is also being organised in association with Ace Institute of Management and

Nepal Telecom to expand 3G, WiFi internet service

Nepal Telecom is planning to expand its services including 3G and WiFi services across the country, apart from starting a new Information technology Company as its subsidiary to work on development of software and local internet contents to diversify investment.

Microsoft completes acquisition of Nokia phone business

Nokia has completed the sale of substantially all of its mobile phones business to Microsoft. The transaction, which also includes an agreement to licence patents to Microsoft, was first announced in September 2013. At closing, the price was adjusted somewhat

Google first quarter revenues up by 19 per cent, profit growth slower

Google reported first-quarter revenues of $15.42 billion, up by 19 per cent from a year earlier. The figure excludes traffic acquisition costs, which totaled $3.23 billion, or 23 per cent of advertising revenues. Operating profit rose to $4.12 billion from

Intel sees PC market stabilise, tablet growth continues

Intel reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, up slightly from $12.6 billion a year earlier but eight per cent lower compared to the fourth quarter. The result was in line with the company’s guidance. Its gross margin dropped to 59.7

Facebook to launch e-money services

Facebook wants to provide financial services in the form of remittances and electronic money, the Financial Times reported, saying the company was only weeks away from obtaining regulatory approval in Ireland. Several sources said that the service will allow users

Mozilla names interim chief executive officer

Mozilla announced the appointment of Chris Beard as its interim chief executive and a new member of the board of directors. At Mozilla since before Firefox 1.0, he was most recently chief managing officer of the company and previously worked

Eight global firms apply to be Nepal Telecom consultant

Nepal Telecom has received some eight Expressions of Interest (EoI) for its consultancy service to search for a strategic partner. “Eight international firms including KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Roger Brothers (USA), Detecon International (Germany), an Indian and Singaporean firms

Internet penetration exceeds 30 per cent

The internet base has grown to 8.15 million in mid-February from 7.89 million in mid-January, according to Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). The internet penetration rate also went up to 30.70 per cent from 29.78 per cent a month earlier, it

Nokia expects Microsoft deal to close in April

Nokia now expects sale of its Devices & Services business and license its patents to Microsoft to close in April. This compares with Nokia’s previous expectation that the deal would close in the first quarter in 2014. The sale was

Branded tablet shipments to jump by 20 per cent to 200 million in 2014

Branded tablet shipments will reach 200 million units this year, which represents a growth of 20 per cent from 166 million shipments in 2013, according to a report from ABI Research. The report also showed that 2014 is a pivotal

Apple leads global web browsing on mobile devices: Study

Apple remains the dominant player for web browsing on mobile devices in many countries worldwide, despite the growing popularity of Android devices and low-cost smartphone, according to the latest findings from dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index. The data shows that

Mobile data accounts for only three per cent of global data traffic

Nearly 97 per cent of data traffic worldwide was generated by fixed access networks at end-2013. Mobile data accounted for only three per cent of global data traffic, according to a report from Analysys Mason. By 2019, the mobile share

Nepal Telecom ready for a partner

Nepal Telecom is calling for on Expression of Interest tomorrow to hire a consultant for the preparations to bring in strategic partner. The company is inviting applications from interested national and international consultants for the strategic partnership. The consultant has

Worldwide tablet market growth to slow to 19 per cent in 2014

The worldwide tablet market, including both tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will increase by 19.4 per cent in 2014, down from a growth rate of 51.6 per cent in 2013, according to IDC. The 2014 forecast has been reduced by 3.6