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Mobile operators of national market to reduce roaming tariffs


The Ministry of communications and information technologies appealed to mobile operators with the proposal to consider opportunities to reduce tariffs for roaming services

Iran vows to unplug Internet


Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world

China Targeting Telecoms in Corruption Probe


Chinese authorities have begun a sweeping corruption investigation targeting the country’s telecom operators, China Mobile Ltd., China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. and China Telecom Corp

Bangladesh to use electronic voting system for next elections


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her government’s plans to introduce electronic voting system in the country to hold free, fair and neutral elections in future. The electronic voting system was successfully used in the mayoral elections in Chittagong City mayoral election on Jun 17, 2009, but the Election Commission is yet to seek opinions of all parties for introducing the system in general elections.

Philippine IT sector to launch five-year digital strategy plan


The Commission on ICT (CICT) will launch this month the Philippine Digital Strategy (PDS) plan for 2011- 2015 aimed at mapping out the country’s ICT direction. With the theme ‘Transformation 2.0: A Digitally Empowered Nation’, the plan seeks to contribute to the administration’s ‘Social Contract with the Filipino People’, mainly by leveraging the use of ICT for national development.

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin meets ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré


ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré met with Mr Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation during a historic visit to UN Headquarters in Geneva, where they discussed global access to the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT).

US lawmakers propose to regulate use of geolocation data


Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz proposed a bipartisan measure that seeks to regulate how law enforcement agencies and private organisations access, collect, and use geolocation data gathered from mobile devices such as cellphones and tablets. The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance ( GPS) Act is the first bipartisan effort to create a legal framework designed to give government agencies, commercial entities and private citizens clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.

Unlimited mobile data plans dying as telcos gear up for cloud future


Unlimited data plans for mobile devices in mature markets are a thing of the past, as telecommunications companies seek to reinvent themselves as cloud providers, a new report predicts. Analysts at iSuppli noted that unlimited data plans were increasingly being cancelled in favour of tiered data plans across North America and Europe, which will drive up costs for some companies and consumers. Instead of ‘dumb,' open data pipes, telecommunications companies were building ‘smart' pipes that allowed for a greater variety of delivery and pricing options.

Europe at risk of falling behind US and Asia on 4G use


Digitial Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes has warned that Europe is at risk of being overtaken on the global stage in the use of 4G services if key stakeholders ail to co-operate more closely on radio spectrum policy. Kroes argued during a speech at the annual European Spectrum Management Conference on Tuesday that making radio spectrum available in all member states is essential for the wireless broadband services that could help close the digital divide.

Netherlands first to regulate on net neutrality


The Netherlands is likely to become the first European member state to successfully pass legislation that will ensure its internet remains neutral. The legislation is expected to be signed off by the Dutch government next week, following a vote. Net neutrality, which would see every internet packet treated equally, has been a hot topic for regulators and ISPs in recent months, but to date other EU countries have appeared more reticent to regulate.

Korean Co Takes Aim At Display Patents


A legal challenge by South Korean firm Duksan Hi-Metal Co. to patents held by U.S.-based Universal Display Corp. for flat display technology could potentially accelerate the development of advanced screens for everything from cell phones to televisions in Korea.

Regulators, Banks Look for IT Hires After Breakdowns


Two high-profile security breaches at South Korean financial companies have put the spotlight on whether Korean companies – and the regulators who look them over – are paying enough attention to technology. Hyundai Capital, one of South Korea’s largest second-tier consumer lenders, disclosed on April 7 that an unidentified hacker has stolen personal information of around 420,000 customers, raising public alarm.

Electron transactions spreading


During recent years Azerbaijan Republic, relying on progressive international experience, has implemented extensive reforms on creation and utilization of advanced National Payment System. As a result of these reforms a system of interbank payments and clearing system of small payments were created, offering excellent opportunities for making payments of large sums without delay in online regime as well as making payments of small sums (salary, social security tax, telephone, gas, water, electricity, utility bills etc.) via electronic media or plastic cards.

Schools in remote rural areas will connect to the single database via network without SIM


Data base has been created for preschool, secondary school, out-of-school educational organizations under Ministry of Education. According to Ismail Sadiqov, director of department of informational systems of education management, the data base was connected to a single education network to exchange information between educational organizations.

Obama to Personally Tweet From Twitter Account


Obama's campaign said in a posting on its website Friday that Obama will tweet regularly from the popular social media service and his personal tweets will be signed "-BO." The campaign said it will now manage both Obama's Twitter account and Facebook page. Obama tweeted personally early Friday evening, welcoming followers to "a new @BarackObama. From now on, #Obama2012 staff will manage this account; tweets from the President will be signed "-BO."
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