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MoECCT reveals new internet prices.

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The Ministry of Environment , Climate Change and Technology has revealed their plans to lower the price of internet in the Maldives.

According to the Ministry, changes has been brought to internet prices and packages after the ministry‘s negotiation with ISPs. The changes brought to the existing packages are as follows.

Package Speed(Mbps)Allowance(GB)Price(MVR)Throttle Speed (Mbps)
5302502
151005005
252007005

They stated that with the current changes are expected to lower the price of internet for an estimated 60-75% of the population while the throttle speed of the packages has been elevated two and five times respectively.

According to the changes brought, the packages with a throttle speed of 2  MBps has been raised to 5MBps while the minimum national broadband speed has been raised to 5 MBps. In Addition to this all packages with a price tag of MVR300 and above will have a minimum throttle speed of 5 MBps.

The Ministry of Environment , Climate Change and Technology also revealed that they are working on laying additional submarine cables with the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). According to the statement by the Ministry, the mist fiber cables by the NTT will allow for the Government of Maldives to purchase capacity without any intermediaries.

This investment is set to bring cater for the nations internet demands for years to come. This will allow for cheaper internet prices in the years to come. The Ministry is also set to establish an Internet Exchange Point in the Maldives which would allow for even cheaper and faster internet. This would also open up the Maldives for prospective data centers form foreign corporations, back offices of international companies and allow the Maldivian Banking system to provide their services to an international audience.

The Ministry of Environment , Climate Change and Technology affirmed that they would continue to regulate the price of internet in the Maldives and would continue to negotiate with ISPs.

The changes to the internet prices in the Maldives will be brought in two phases. The first phase will kick off on July 2021 where the fixed broadband services will see the price of the packages drop by 28-30%. The second phase of the changes will be in October 2021 where the price of mobile broadband packages will drop by 20-100%.

The Ministry of Environment , Climate Change and Technology also stated that internet has become a part of life and that it is a necessity for all walks of life. They also stated that internet is a basic necessity of life and that they would continue to work on making internet more accessible to the public with lower prices and better packages.

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 is officially on the way.

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Microsoft has officially announced the next version of Window today, which will be Windows 11. After months of teases and leak, Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the last quarter of this year. Microsoft has promised to make it available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 users and to new PC’s from this year’s holiday.

Microsoft redesigns the user interface for Windows 11, with a centred Start menu and Taskbar. Live tiles are replaced with a grid of icon that can be rearranged and pinned to Start. There are also new Widgets feature that houses things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard, and latest news. System Tray also was improved with a new split Notification and Quick Action user interface.

Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices wrote on Microsoft blog “We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need.”

One of the surprises of the event was Microsoft’s announcement that it will be using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Microsoft will be utilizing Intel’s Bridge technology to make Android apps work on Windows 11.

During the closing remarks, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said “Windows recognizes that there is no personal computing without personal agency. Personal computing requires choice, and we need to nurture and grow our own agency over computing itself. We want to remove the barriers that too often exist today and provide real choice and connection.”

He laid out his vision for Windows 11 as a “platform for platform creators,” and in doing so, he issued a subtle but nonetheless stinging critique of Apple.

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E-Learning programme launched by Visit Maldives in the German market

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Visit Maldives has launched an e-learning programme with FVW Akademie, one of the leading media channels for the travel industry in Germany, targeting the travel trade of the German speaking markets.

The programme which is set to run from June till November 2021 will educate the participants by showcasing the Maldives as a safe destination, information on the products, travel guidelines and the latest updates of the current situation said Visit Maldives.

According to the article published in the official Visit Maldives website, Approximately 400 attendees are expected to take part in the programme. To incentivize participation, Maldives will also set to feature in two monthly newsletters of FVW with a raffle draw sponsored by Nakai Dhiggiri Resort at the end of the programme.

“This campaign with FVW e-learning is in line with Visit Maldives strategy to strengthen the destination brand as well as the focused promotion of individual products and experiences.” Said Visit Maldives

Visit Maldives also participated in the virtual edition of ITB Berlin held this March, and is currently in a year-long campaign with Connoisseur Circle targeting the luxury segment in the German speaking countries.

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