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War on terror and role of telcos
Not only Pakistan but the entire world is also under extreme threat of terrorism. In this scenario the utmost and soul responsibility lies on the shoulders of every individual and citizen to perform their due role in educating the community. It is the prime responsibility of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and telecommunication service providers to aware the masses about the possible threat of terrorism. Terrorists use these communications tools in order to accomplish their nefarious designs. In recent past, the SIM have been used in the tragic incident of terrorism at Lahore by those abetting and facilitating the heinous crime which resulted in the loss of many invaluable and innocent lives. But our cellular service providers are continuously showing their irresponsible attitude by issuing SIMs without proper verification. They issued SIMs on fake names which resulted in massive destruction and casualties when used in terrorism incidents. In previous attacks, the SIMs used by terrorists issued with fake names by Ufone. Nowadays all the cellular service providers are busy in marketing their campaigns and trying to sell as many SIMs as they can, like Telenor Pakistan which sponsors Indian show “Fear Factor” that is running on a private channel in Pakistan. All the cellular brands announcing new packages and million rupees are being spent on their marketing, but they put aside the actual procedure to issue a SIM and make sure all the process done according to the law. It is the utmost responsibility of the whole nation to keep an eye on the outlaws who are trying to destabilise the country. There should be check and balance in every field as nation is facing its worst circumstances in its history. The government, PTA, cellular service providers and the law enforcement agencies should realise their responsibilities and should come on board to form such strategies, which can help in minimising the destruction and loss. The telecommunication service providers should properly train their call centre agents and give them directions not to issue or activate SIMs without authentic information. PTA and all the concerned authorities should maintain the process of check and balance on regular basis and dealt severely with the culprits. PTA should adopt such measures which help in countering this menace. It is good omen that the Authority has imposed Rs. 150 million fine to Ufone for issuing illegal SIMs. The Authority has a power to cancel the licences of the service provider companies, if they could not improve their working mechanism.
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akistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a special programme for the promotion of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) sector of Pakistan. The ceremony inaugurated by Advisor to Prime Minister on IT and Telecom, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa, Parliamentary Secretary Interior, Capt (Retd) Rai Ghulam Mujtaba Kharal, Secretary Cabinet Division, Abdul Rauf Ch, Secretary IT and Telecom, Naguibullah Malik, Chairman PTA, Dr Mohammed Yaseen and representatives of IT and telecom industry were also present on the occasion. Advisor on IT and Telecom, Latif Khosa said that the government is committed to enhancing the quality of manpower in the ICT sector. He said that we would continue to provide the necessary support to industry and the academia. Following the global scenario of technological development and application promotions, ICT will play even more important role in human society. And to realise that, he said, we need the effort and close cooperation from all of us including operators, equipment manufacturers, content providers and academia. He appreciated the efforts of PTA towards proliferation of ICT sector of the country. He said that the massive growth of telecommunication services is an eyeopener and it is firmly believed that still there is room for expansion and growth. New ICT applications have generated new forms of consumption and attracted large number of consumers. Secretary IT and Telecom said that ICT industry has already been transformed over the last Rashid Khan decade. In President & CEO Mobilink response to transparent policy and regulatory apparatus, our market has observed liberalisation, greater private sector participation and competition. He said that the IT and telecom sector is now a sector dominated by private players competing strategically on new technologies, pricing and customer services. The ICT has emerged as the most promising segment in Pakistan’s economy brining in substantial revenues and creating remarkable job opportunities for the country’s youth. Chairman PTA said that Pakistan has emerged as one of the leading markets in telecommunications especially in the voice segment. In broadband sector, by December 2008, we had approx 250,000 broadband subscribers and within a span of one year, by December 2009 the figure has just crossed 600,000 showing a massive annual growth rate of more than 200 per cent. However, at the same time, we still are lagging behind in overall broadband penetration. 600,000 subscribers reflect a penetration level of only 0.36 per cent. This is where we require a mutual collaboration for development of local applications and content to promote usage of broadband in all spheres of life. He said, operators are looking for future revenue streams which are very much
ICT promotion programme launched
The massive growth of telecommunication services is an eye-opener and it is firmly believed that still there is room for expansion and growth
dependent on availability of value added data services. Key issue in further development of data segment is non-availability of local content and applications, which can contribute towards ICT-based economical contribution. Meanwhile, PTA Chairman Dr Mohammed Yaseen called for shifting maximum focus on the development of local and regional contents, which could help, grow broadband manifold. He was addressing the participants of a seminar titled "Promoting ICT Sector: Enabling Information Based Society" held here by PTA in collaboration with Motorolla. regional content was missing. "Academia and market players should join hands to meet the market demands so as new and innovative solutions and content could be developed. In this regard, Research and Development (R&D) sector has to play a lead role in collaboration with academia, universities and the students besides telecom operators," he added. President, Mobilink, Rashid Khan, said his company was working vigorously to bridge gaps between different stakeholders of Information Communications Technology (ICT). "Mobilink launched polio eradication campaign, provision of school bags and textbooks to IDPs children. Besides, we have also introduced SMS literacy programmes and others students facilitation services. Moreover students development workshops were conducted in numerous universities," he added. Amir Rao, Country Manager, Motorolla, said all the stakeholders needed to work in tandem to bridge gaps in ICT market. "Mobile broadband is changing our world and it is also changing country markets demands and its paradigm. Technology is evolving and so is the market demands and no one can get hold of it. Rather, we would have to work together to meet these demands," he added. He termed the Wimax as 4G technology which was rapidly changing the country's market dynamics. However, he said that revenue growth was not increasing in comparison to traffic growth as the country had only 600,000 broadband users today.
President, Mobilink, Rashid Khan said his company was working vigorously to bridge gaps between different stakeholders of ICT
Chairman PTA said the government was planning to connect the country with China and Central Asian states through cable while another operator would also join the telecom market through cable to compete PTCL. "Pakistani telecom marker today is one of the cheapest service providers across the globe. However, we have to add education, innovation and ICT usage for our broadband consumers," he added. He said telecom solutions are needed for the redressal of grievances of the telecom services consumers while value addition and
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Snatchers take away 0.82 million handsets in one year: CPLC
print media in this respect. IMEI based blockage system had failed when shopkeepers started resetting IMEI numbers of blocked cell phones (through easily available software) in the market. Furthermore cheap Chinese cell phones may be a great hurdle for the law enforcement agencies as these phones facilitate the criminals and terrorists because they lack an identification number to trace calls. International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is a unique code that is allotted to every mobile device, which is used to trace or block the device as and when required. On the other hand, more than 100 Chinese mobile phones possess a same IMEI number and blocking of one such device may result in the blockage of several mobile phones at the same time. Or neighboring country India has already banned the sale of Chinese phones. The government of Pakistan particularly the concerned authorities like PTA and CPLC should take a serious notice to ban the sale of Chinese mobile phones in the country. The unremitting decline in the foreign investments in telecom sector is an alarming economic indicator for the country’s economy. This is a high time when the government and non-government bodies should endeavor to eliminate the factors being responsible for the demise of economy.
PTA had launched a service of IMEI system but mostly people did not procedure to block the stolen handset. PTA should educate the people in this respect. IMEI based blockage system had failed when shopkeepers started re-setting IMEI numbers of blocked cell phones through easily available software in the market.
itizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) has issued the report on mobile phones thefts in the country. Karachi is the most effected city of the country. 36,377 cell phone thefts or snatched have been reported in Karachi from February 2009 to January 2010. Whereas, 45568 cell phone thefts/snatches have been reported in rest of the country. April and September were the most and least effected months respectively. 2,479 incidents took place in September 2009 and 3,603 in April 2009 respectively. Earlier, CPLC did not give the figure of snatch/stolen incidents of cell phones to the media. It compiled data areas-wise, brands and colours such as… Samsung has been most stolen mobile after Nokia. Nokia made almost 75 per cent of total snatched/stolen phones Snatchers like black colour mobile phones more. Or let’s put it this way, there are more black phones in the country than any other colour. A total of 77.4 per cent snatched cell phones were of black. 44.4% of the incidents occurred in Karachi alone Karachi Saddar came second in the list after Gulsh-e-Iqbal 12.529 mobiles are reportedly snatched 23.848 cellphones are reported in theft columns. 45,568 reports of cell phones snatched/thefts were from Punjab. Karachi West is having least reported incidents. Only 4.9 per cent of the total! It must be noted that there is no information
regarding the recovery of cellphones, meaning that, there were either no recoveries made at all, or they are very little in numbers.
More than 100 Chinese mobile phones possess a same IMEI number and blocking of one such device may result in the blockage of several mobile phones at the same time
CPLC is given some useful tips follow as: Keep your children away of having their own mobile phone. It can harm their lives as well. Don’t let your children under 18 use mobile phones, especially when they are out of house. The snatcher can harm their lives as well. Make sure that your mobile connection is against your own name. Always make sure that the SIM is transferred to your own name so you can block your SIM when your cell phone is missing. Don’t forget to note down your phone IMEI Number. It is a 15 digit phone manufacturer number found behind the battery, or you can see it on your cell by dialing *#06#. It will help you to block your handset to be used after missing or snatching. If your phone is found missing, immediately call 15 or CPLC 1261 at once. Call your service provide and block your SIM, so no one can use your number for any wrong deed. Try to use your SIM card memory for number saving as well as the phone memory, also take backup of your contact records regularly so in case of losing your mobile, the contact information would be remain save. Always be Alert, make yourself will keep your handset 90 percent secure of being missing.
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Govt reiterates to launch 3G: Khosa
It is a technology era and you cannot leg behind the world in technology. As a forward-looking country, Pakistan has to progress and we would have to adopt new technology trends
Senate Standing Committee on IT and Telecom along with PTA must draw a timeline for the 3G services so that subscribers enjoy the long-waited service and Pakistan too can meet the pace with which the technology is progressing around the world. In August 2009 PTA stated that the Authority is also working towards introducing new technologies in Pakistan and in this regard PTA plans to introduce much awaited 3G services very soon. It is expected that once the service would be available with all mobile operators it would increase the data usage and more value added services. The state of telecom industry today is portraying a healthy situation. There are total 5 mobile operators, 14 long distance and international, 37 local loop operators and 11 WLL operators working in the country. Telecom sector that is already contributing two per cent of the GDP and it is expected that it will grow up to three per cent in the coming years. Secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom Naguibullah Malik has said first Pakistan-made cell phone would be available in the market within a year. Talking to the news agency, he said: “Dialogue with China and British companies in this regard is underway and the first made-inPakistan mobile handset would be available in
dvisor to Prime Minister on IT and Telecom Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa reiterated government's strong resolve to launch the Third Generation (3G) Technology as the country needed to match the modern trends of the new age. "It is a technology era and you cannot leg behind the world in technology. As a forwardlooking country, Pakistan has to progress and we would have to adopt new technology trends. Since my party believes in reconciliation, we would take all the stakeholders into confidence over the initiative," he said during his maiden visit to National ICT R&D Fund. When asked about resistance by some leading cellular operators against 3G launch, he said telecom operators wanted to be taken on board over the new technology. Khosa said he would take the technology to the poor living in far-flung areas. "My mission is to provide computers in schools at villages and towns to bring the poor and deprived children at par with those belonging to the privileged class," he added. Khosa said he would also focus manufacturing of the technology gadgets in the country, which would not only save foreign exchange reserves but "I would conduct countrywide visits to pursue the companies for upgrading basic infrastructure of the telecom sector," he added. It is remembered that almost five years
elapsed, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had announced to launch 3G services in the country and given many timeframe to launch 3G services in the country. In 2005, the first promise made by former chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) MajorGeneral (Retd) Shahzada Alam Malik who had said that PTA would continue to introduce latest telecom technologies for the benefit of the consumers and shifting of cellular mobile technology from 2nd generation to 3rd generation would take place within due course of time. He did not mention the period of launching Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa 3G services. Advisor to Prime Minister on Likewise, Information Technology the new PTA Chairman Dr Mohammad Yaseen has also hinted many timed during his speeches at various occasion to launch 3G service soon. The new year is expected to be a significant year for the Pakistan telecom sector and it is hoped that PTA to succeed to launch 3G service.
Dialogue with foreign companies is underway and the first made-in-Pakistan handset would be available in the market within a year. I don’t know it is possible within a year, a company will establish and started its business in Pakistan whereas long-awaited 3G services did not start
the market within a year.” I don’t know it is possible within a year, a company will establish and started its business in Pakistan where longawaited 3G services did not start. Although, it is good news for general public that Advisor to Prime Minister on IT and Telecom Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has given positive statement in this regard. God give courage him to accomplish the task in 2010. Later, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Fund Dr Qasim Sheikh briefed the Advisor to Prime Minister about the vision and role of the National ICT R&D Fund. "The Fund was formed to transform the country's economy into a knowledge-based one by promoting efficient, sustainable and effective ICT initiatives through synergic development of industrial and academic resources. The Fund has taken up a challenging task of capacity building in the arena of ICT and nurturing it towards sustained development of an R&D culture in Pakistan," he added.
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3G auctions to start in India; telcos ready!
3G, common in developed countries, allows mobile phone users to surf the Internet, engage in video conferencing or download music, video and other content at a much faster rate than the current second-generation or 2G service. It is also crucial to improving the quality of existing voice and data services in India. "These auctions cannot come too soon for the (telecom) companies, they need that spectrum to boost their voice networks," said Harit Shah, telecom analyst at Karvy Stock Broking. The sale has been postponed three times since it was first slated for January 2009 by disagreements over the base price, number of slots to be sold and bandwidth availability. The government will auction bandwidth for broadband wireless access, or high-speed wireless Internet, two days after the sale of 3G bandwidth is finished. The announcement came a day after Telecommunications Minister A. Raja said "all pending issues have been resolved." Analysts, however, said there still was a lack of information about the number of slots that would be available. India earlier said it would sell four 3G licences and three broadband wireless access licences in 20 of the country's 22 telecom zones. It does not have available spectrum to sell in the other two zones.
4G provide 10 times faster internet speed than 3G if TRAI seriously plans on bringing 4G to the country, why would any telecom operator waste money and time on implementing the 10-year-old 3G technology
ndia's long-delayed dollar auction of thirdgeneration (3G) mobile phone bandwidth will be held on April 9. Applications from bidders for the multi-billion-dollar auction will be accepted until March 19. Indian government had given many date for 3G auctions but failed to fix the date. Now question is that it will complete bidding on the prescribe time. Last couple of weeks, there were words about the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) seeking views of the industry on 4G Mobile Services and now according to a report, Tata Teleservices strongly supports the TRAI to phase out the process for introducing 4G mobile technology in India. 3G are already an old technology launched way back in 2001 and we are late by 9 years already. Also, 23 international operators will launch the 4G services globally this year. And if India gives in too, it will only help us match advanced countries in terms of high Internet speeds. There has been much fuss about the 3G launch in India and it still looks like the 3G launch is not going anywhere at least among the private players. In such a situation we cannot comment on what may happen if 4G-spectrum bidding is announced too! We have earlier told you that 4G won’t hamper the 3G auctions, but now it seems things may change to some extent. 4G provide 10 times faster Internet speed than 3G and has support for live Hi-Def TV content.
Now, if TRAI seriously plans on bringing 4G to the country, why would any telecom operator waste money and time on implementing the 10year-old 3G technology? BSNL already has 3G services up and running in various parts of India and the reaction of its 3G services have been mixed, i.e. both good and bad. Tata Tele’s interest in the 4G technology may have many implications. It is quite possible that
BSNL already has 3G services up and running in various parts of India and the reaction of its 3G services have been mixed, i.e. both good and bad. Tata Tele’s interest in the 4G technology may have many implications
"The problem is there is a lack of clarity, if there are fewer slots than expected, the price could go higher," said Romal Shetty, head of telecommunications at global consultancy KPMG’s Indian unit. Raja said he could not estimate how much the government would raise through the auctions. In August 2009, he said the government hoped to get 250 billion rupees or 5.4 billion dollars from the auction but later reports have said it expects seven billion dollars or more. The government has set the starting price for auction of nationwide spectrum at 35 billion rupees but analysts say bids could go far higher because of the scramble for spectrum in the highly competitive market. Leading mobile company Bharti Airtel has already said it plans to bid for 3G spectrum as well as second-place Reliance Communications and other market leaders such as Vodafone Essar. The government had said earlier "interested foreign entities" could take part in the auctions directly and apply for licences later. Analysts say AT&T, which has been eyeing India, could participate along with Australia's Telstra. But non-Indian players must find Indian partners as India caps foreign ownership in telecommunication companies at 74 per cent.
Tata Tele is working hard to get infrastructure and machinery required for 4G and may be very well one of the first and earliest bidders for the 4G spectrum. The auction is seen as key to developing India's mobile market which has been growing by 15 million to 20 million subscribers a month, making it the world's fastest expanding.
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PTA sets targets and goals for 2010
PTA will carry out consultation paper on charging of calls to toll free numbers from mobile, broadband tariffs-benchmark study, financial analysis of mobile operators
akistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has successfully achieved 95 per cent of its targets and goals for the year 2009 and set new targets and goals for the year 2010. The annual meeting was held at PTA Headquarters, Islamabad wherein progress of division and directorates of PTA for the year 2009 was reviewed and proposed targets and goals for the year 2010 were discussed and finalised. Chairman PTA Dr Mohammed Yaseen chaired the session while Member (Finance), Syed Nasrul Karim Ghaznavi, Member (Technical), Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar, Director Generals, Directors and Officers of the Authority attended the meeting. Some of the important achievements of PTA during year 2009, presented during the meeting, including financial analysis of telecom sector, finalisation of DSL agreement with PTCL, review of pricing policies of cellular mobile operators (CMOs) for improved ARPUs, fixed and mobile tariff analysis of SAARC region, analysis of PTCL
The Licencing Division will carry out studies on regulatory changes in WLL regime in line with technological advancements, 3G licencing and low power GSM trends, etc.
performance in postprivatisation period, financial evaluation of new licenses, establishment of industry working group on GSM-VAS, preparation of broadband and GPRSEDGE KPIs, implementation of new number plan in AJ&K and NAs and auction of universal access numbers (UAN) and much more. During the year 2009, consumer protection regulations and regulations against spam, obnoxious, fraudulent and unsolicited communications were formulated and promulgated. Establishment of redressal of consumers’ grievances mechanism, preparation of code of commercial practices for all licensees, development of maritime communication regulatory framework, launch of SIM information system 668, introduction of mobile agri-application and mobile commerce, formulation of ICT/telecommunication security guidelines, formulation of broadband stakeholders group, establishment of E-commerce gateway of Pakistan, re-delegation of PK domain, completion of international traffic monitoring system and reconciliation of International telephone traffic system were some of PTA’s other significant initiatives in the last year. In addition to above PTA also did number of studies, prepared several research papers and reports, carried out reviews, surveys and monitoring of different telecom services and systems. Mobile subscribers’ online verification (789) system, towers environmental hazards survey, comprehensive QoS survey of mobile companies, spectrum monitoring, grey traffic/illegal call termination, studies on inhouse cabling, socio economic impact of telecom growth, study on disaster communication, review of different regulations, research paper on international trends in legislation and reforms in telecommunication, research paper on concept of financial compensation for telecom service providers and consumers in line with the best international practices and study on development of public domain database i.e. for SIM information system were some of the research activities done by PTA in 2009. On this occasion, Chairman PTA showed his satisfaction over the progress of different PTA
departments and lauded their efforts in carrying the vision and objectives of the Authority. He emphasised on the expeditious completion of incomplete tasks and directed the concerned divisional heads to supervise and ensure their compliance in this regard.
So far, 10.5 million queries have been received through SMS while 4.8 million through PTA website including from Pakistanis living abroad
The Chairman PTA said the telecom subscribers have registered 0.74 million complaints regarding discrepancies in the SIM ownership while on the basis of these complaints more than 2.2 million SIMs have been removed from their names, 0.818 million SIMs regularised and 0.416 million have been blocked since the launch of the system. “SIM data of consumers is being corrected and the whole process is expected to be completed by the middle of the current year. Once the data is cleaned, it would resolve the issue of documentation of all legitimate users of telecom networks,” he added. “Figures show that mobile subscribers are seeking details of number of SIMs in their names along with operator name through SMS at PTA website link. So far, 10.5 million queries have been received through SMS while 4.8 million through PTA website including from Pakistanis living abroad,” he concluded. It was decided in the meeting that during the year 2010, PTA Commercial Affairs Division will carry out consultation paper on charging of calls to toll free numbers from mobile, broadband tariffs-benchmark study, financial analysis of mobile operators and some other studies. The Enforcement Division, along with other tasks, will conduct QoS surveys of different telecom services in the country. The Finance Division of PTA will work on the comparative study of MVNO with different countries, review of mergers and acquisitions in the telecom sector of Pakistan and some other studies. PTA Strategy and Development (S&D) Division will conduct different studies including study on status of 4G and 3G deployments globally and way forward for Pakistan. The Licencing Division will carry out studies on regulatory changes in WLL regime in line with technological advancements, 3G licencing and low power GSM trends, etc. The Law and Regulations Division will work on the preparation of research papers on different topics including unification of license: provision of coveraged services i.e. voice, video and data under one umbrella and their regulatory issues, etc. The ICT Directorate will conduct consultancy on recommending various strategies for improving telecom market in Pakistan and will be responsible for carrying out some other important tasks. The Economic Affairs Directorate of PTA will arrange studies on telecom regulatory reforms, impact on economic growth in Pakistan and economic analysis of privatisation of PTCL, etc.
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Pakistan will have 135 million subscribers in 2014: R&M
esearch and Market, the world’s leading source for international market research and market data has published forecast reports of next five years for mobile operators of Pakistan and other countries. Pakistan will have 134.8 million mobile subscribers in 2014 with market share of China Mobile Pakistan rising to 13.7 per cent. Global Mobile Operator Forecast covers 50 operational metrics of 200+ mobile operators in 50+ countries, making up 80 per cent of the world’s population. Research and Market forecasts are based on proprietary, countryspecific forecasting models. These models deploy multiple regression analysis and cross-impact matrices that estimate relationships between subscriber data, technology use and deployment data, overall economic and demographic changes expected in a particular country; and relate these to company operational and financial metrics. Subscriber growth is slowing down in Pakistan’s wireless market; +7.0 per cent industry average subscriber growth in 3Q.2009 The wireless penetration rate is still low at approximately 60 per cent in 2009, and it is expected that the country’s wireless market will continue to show strong growth. The forecasts say that total mobile subscribers in Pakistan will increase from 96 million in 2009 to 134.8 million in 2014. So, we might touch 100 million by 2010 end. Mobilink will continue to be the largest player in Pakistan’s mobile operator space over the next five years. The expected mobile subscribers of Mobilink will be 36 million in 2014. Also, given the latest quarter figures, the forecast predicts that Ufone will have 25.8 million, Telenor will have 29 million, and Warid will have 25.3 million mobile subscribers by the end of 2014. In this case Mobilink will still be playing on its first mover advantage and lead the market with Telenor at second. Market share loss at Mobilink and market share gain at China Mobile Pakistan from 2010 – 2014 is expected. In terms of shares of total subscribers, we expect that Mobilink’s market share will decline over the next five years, from 30 per cent in 2009 to 26.7 per cent in 2014. On the other hand, we expect China Mobile Pakistan’s (Zong) market share to increase from 8 per cent in 2009 to 13.7 per cent in 2014. The Zong’s growth predicted is quite low. The market shares expected at Warid, Telenor, and Ufone will be approximately 19.2 per cent, 21.6 per cent and 18.8 per cent respectively in 2014. ARPUs are decreasing in Pakistan’s mobile operator space; -8.0 per cent operator-wide average ARPU growth in 3Q.2009 ARPU levels will remain low in Pakistan’s mobile operator space. We expect that the industry average ARPU will remain in the range of US$ 2 – US$ 3 over the next five years. This could be the worst consequence of indulging into price war.
The market shares expected at Warid, Telenor, and Ufone will be approximately 19.2 per cent, 21.6 per cent and 18.8 per cent respectively in 2014
In 2014, Mobilink’s monthly ARPU will be at highest among operators at US$ 2.64. The operator with the lowest monthly ARPU will be Warid Telecom with US$ 1.67 in 2014. There is a high chance of Mobilink’s ARPU being dependent on its post-paid subscriber base, which will continue to be the largest. Minutes of Use per Subscriber are increasing at Mobilink and Telenor; +12.5 per cent industry average MOU/Sub growth in 3Q.2009 GrameenPhone's market share declining to 36.6 per cent Mobile Operator Forecast on Bangladesh provides over 50 operational and financial metrics for Bangladesh’s wireless market and is one of the best forecasts in the industry. The publisher provides five-year forecasts at the operator level going out to 2013. The publisher also provides quarterly historical and forecast data starting in 1Q2003 and ending in 2Q2011. Operators covered for Bangladesh include: Banglalink/Sheba (Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E), GrameenPhone (Telenor ASA), TM Int'l (Telekom Malaysia Berhad), PBTL (Singapore Telecommunications Ltd), Warid Telecom International, and BTTB (Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board). The publisher's Mobile Operator Forecasts are updated quarterly and are available for one-time delivery or through regular updates. Global Mobile Operator Forecast covers 50 operational metrics of 200+ mobile operators in 50+ countries, making up 80% of the world’s population. The publisher's forecasts are based on their proprietary, country-specific forecasting models. These models deploy multiple regression analysis and cross-impact matrices that estimate relationships between subscriber data, technology use and deployment data, overall economic and demographic changes expected in a particular country; and relate these to company operational and financial metrics.
Bangladesh will have 63.2 million wireless subscribers in 2013 with Grameen Phone's market share declining to 36.6 %
Strong EBITDA growth at Telenor in the latest quarter; Industry average EBITDA growth was +0.4 per cent in 3Q.2009 Given the excellent performance by Norway’s Telenor in Pakistan’s wireless market in the recent past, the forecasts is that its EBITDA margin (calculated as EBITDA / reported revenue) will be increasing from about 23 per cent in 2009 to 35 per cent in 2014. Mobilink shall maintain its EBITDA margin of approximately 35 per cent over the forecast period, 2010 – 2014. On the other hand, Bangladesh will have 63.2 million wireless subscribers in 2013 with
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Shahzad Rauf, Chief Strategy Officer, Warid Telecom addresses the audience. Shahid M. Murtaz, GM, Corporate Accounts and Enterprise Solutions, Warid Telecom, Tariq Gulzar, Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Warid Telecom and Suhail Jan, General Manager Commercial, Warid Telecom stand with him.
Reema Khan, Brand Ambassador, Warid Telecom speaks to the participants.
A Warid team with Shahzad Rauf, CSO, Shahid M. Murtaz, GM, Tariq Gulzar, CFO, Suhail Jan, GM Commercial, Reema Khan and others officials.
The participants applauding the performance of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Taniya Shafi presents the event.
Mudassar Bilal Malik, DGM, Warid Telecom and high officials at corporate event
An eye catching view Mohatta Palace Museum decorated by Warid Telecom on the occasion of corporate event.
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PTCL launches Telepresence first of its kind in Pakistan: Naveed Saeed
n advanced and modern communication system of its kind in Pakistan has launched in Pakistan enabling the customers and corporate clients to hold audio-visual conferences from across the globe. They call it Tele Presence which combines rich audio with high-definition video to deliver a true "in-person" interaction with one or a group of people from anywhere around the world. This cost-effective experience also enables live face-to-face meetings reducing travel costs, reduced investment risks and time saving. Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) unveiled Telepresence, the first of its kind in Pakistan. Senior Executive VicePresident (SEVP) Commercial Naveed Saeed told a press conference here on Thursday that PTCL Telepresence is a giant leap ahead in multi-media conferencing technology. Naveed Saeed said: "Our aim is to provide our customers with the most updated and sophisticated communication technology and also provide them with the best solutions possible which serves all their business needs by increasing productivity through more interactions and less travel". The press conference was simultaneously addressed at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, connecting the journalists from all the three cities through Telepresence. The journalists, on the occasion, Naveed Saeed experienced the SEVP (Commercial) PTCL performance of the modern technology and raised queries about the new system. He explained to the media that the main drivers in introducing this technology is to reduce costs, improve corporate social responsibility (CSR) credentials through reduced environmental impact and improve responses to business challenges and opportunities. The product which ensures efficient end-toend life size meeting experience by providing fully managed and scalable services over PTCL's global network, would cost Rs 12500 per site for each meetings and at a time, 49 parties from 5000 cities across the globe could get in touch with each other simultaneously. In Pakistan, this facility has been introduced in three cities initially - Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore - and would later be expanded to other cities like Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, etc. EVP Corporate Solutions Zaman Gulzar said,
Islamabad: SEVP (Commercial) PTCL Naveed Saeed addressing the media from Islamabad during the PTCL Tele Presence inaugural session.
The press conference was simultaneously addressed at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, connecting the journalists from all the three cities through Telepresence. The journalists, on the occasion, experienced the performance of the modern technology and raised queries about the new system
PTCL offers Telepresence conferencing studios for hire currently in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Aside from this, these conferencing centers will be able to connect to Middle East, Europe, and North America and to any other Telepresence suites around the world. These studios with the special conference table can seat up to six people per location and incorporates video monitors to create a "virtual table" of up to 30 participants. anywhere around the world," he added. Quality, simplicity, and reliability let user focus on the meeting, and communicate as naturally and effectively as if they were face to face, this increases the speed of decision making and helps in developing better relationships with colleagues, associates and customers, all of which is crucial to a company's success in today's thriving and competitive business environment. In addition to this PTCL operated conferencing studios, a Managed Service offering is also available for our high usage customers, whereby enterprises could opt for PTCL to build and equip a studio at the customer's premise itself. Naveed also extended free-of-cost Telepresence services for the journalists, journalist bodies and media-related commercial and editorial interactions. "The system has been installed with initial amount of around Rs 35 million and it could vary. Moreover, PTCL would also its offer to corporate sector or banks for installation at their own premises," he added. He said that this system also could help the government or embassies hold tele-conferences without any security hazard or traveling risks or expanses.
PTCL's global network, would cost Rs 12500 per site for each meetings and at a time, 49 parties from 5000 cities across the globe could get in touch with each other simultaneously
"PTCL allow customers to come in and rent our Telepresence studio on an hourly basis, without having to invest in the expensive technology, thus increase productivity through more interactions and less travel. PTCL Telepresence provides high quality video that enables access to anyone,
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Mobilink Brand Ambassador Wasim Akram congratulating the winners of Jazz Cricket Experts.
Brand Ambassador Wasim appreciated Mobilink and Jazz for their efforts in the uplift of cricket in the country. He also praised Mobilink’s Hunt for Heroes Programme
obilink Jazz, Pakistan’s favorite prepaid cellular brand organised an exciting event at Royal Palm Country Club, Lahore, to enable the lucky winners of Jazz Cricket Experts contest to meet the cricket legends of Pakistan. At the event was present, Mobilink Brand
Ambassador Wasim Akram along with Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, who enjoyed an interactive session with the winners. The cricket stars answered questions of the participants and gave them helpful tips. Speaking to the media at the ceremony, Wasim appreciated Mobilink and Jazz for their efforts in
the uplift of cricket in the country. He also praised Mobilink’s Hunt for Heroes Programme, which in association with PCB, is playing a great role in grooming and polishing the young talent of Pakistan. The winners were thrilled to meet the cricket heroes and their enthusiasm was appreciated by the cricket stars. Hanif Soomro, one of the lucky winners, expressed his joy saying that standing in a room full of heroes, Jazz has made them feel like heroes as well. Belonging to different ages, cities and professions, the cricket expert winners were truly thankful to Mobilink for bringing them on one platform to meet with their much loved cricket legends. Tapping into the pulse of nation’s flare for cricket, Mobilink, Pakistan’s market leader in cellular services and a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Holding, frequently brings interesting campaigns for cricket fans. Mobilink Jazz Cricket Experts was a trivia contest based on cricket
Picture shows Cricketer Abdul Razzaq while signing the autograph on a bat for the winner of contest.
Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Mobilink Brand Ambassador, Wasim Akram along with winners of Jazz Cricket Experts contest at "Jazz Welcomes the Cricket Experts" event held at Royal Palm, Lahore.
knowledge promising the lucky winners a chance of a lifetime to meet with their favorite cricket stars. Mobilink is also the official mobile partner of Pakistan Cricket Board. Meanwhile, Mobilink’s vision of ‘Reshaping Lives’, the objective of this programme was to discover hidden talent from every nook and corner of the country. This programme presents an opportunity for the highly talented individuals to catch the attention of the cricketing legends through open trials and then being nurtured in one of the most prestigious cricket coaching institution of Pakistan, National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Mobilink Hunt for Heroes discovers and grooms talented novice cricketers by entrusting the coaches to make a pathway for them to 2011 World Cup. This programme introduced by Mobilink and NCA under the name of “Mobilink Hunt for Heroes”. Mobilink is a vanguard when it comes to social responsibility and with this programme. Mobilink has honoured to introduce many top-class cricket heroes through this programme.
Mobilink Brand Ambassador Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi signing autograph on the bats received by the winners.
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Telenor catches red-handed in HTC ad cheating case
After watching the commercial, the people requested to Telenor that it should continue its traditional “Naach Gaana” ads instead of foolishly copying the sober ads of international companies.
he communication and media in the present era has been progressed manifold. What a wonderful commercial produced by Telenor, if only were original and not badly imitated and plagiarised. The concept of the commercial is 100 per cent copied from the advertisement of a prestigious multinational “High Tech Computer Corporation” (HTC). In Telenor ad, the way a hand walks towards a mobile
idea. There is a dearth of creativity in advertising industry but what is worse is that Telenor did not demand originality of concept and approved such a blatant copy of the HTC commercial without a thought spared for ethical concerns. Ethics in the advertising industry seem to be dying a rapid death as large companies with millions of rupees to spend encourage stealing
advertisements worldwide find themselves on our facebook pages. Perhaps it’s time to send a message to companies like Telenor stating categorically that we are not fools and we know when they have stolen a campaign idea. Stealing certainly pays off in the short run but when you use an idea that is already out there we will find out and it does offend us that you are unethical!
Original TV Commercial of HTC phone
Copied TV Commercial of Telenor easypaisa
handset is exactly the same as it is in the HTC advertisement. It is unbelievable that a company of Telenor’s stature thinks that they can pinch the concept of a huge TVC and no one will point it out. Unfortunately, some people have seen the HTC Corporation commercial, which Telenor stolen the
ideas that have worked instead of coming up with new concepts themselves. The tragedy is that as this approach of ‘stealing ideas’ for creative output becomes more rampant, the audience is also becoming savvier. We know how to search the internet and most of the most popular
Whatever happened to originality? Why is there suddenly no creativity left amongst the ‘biggest and brightest’ in our industries and why do companies think they can get away with stealing ideas and concepts? After watching the commercial, the people
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requested to Telenor that it should continue its traditional “Naach Gaana” ads instead of foolishly copying the sober ads of international companies. Some people realised the failure of easypaisa outlet concept and moved ahead by copying
It is remembered that in India, Nokia has introduced such kind of service on February 15 last. Transferring money from your account to another person's account just got easier. Nokia's new commercial pilot project called Nokia Money
(Right to left) Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Qaira, President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry and CEO Telenor Pakistan, Jon Eddy Abdullah seen in a picture at the inauguration of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Investment Week at LCCI, Lahore.
Mobilink Genie. The whole team behind easypaisa should be fired for wasting huge marketing and capital/operational budgets on something that did not fly. Launching Mobile Account confirms their failure in outlet concept. Security would be more on internal threats, which cannot really be overlooked in financial transactions. USSD cannot be encrypted, and hence be intercepted by someone having access to the USSD gateway. Probability: very
will let you transfer money just by using the other person's mobile number. Not just that, you'll also be able to pay utility bills as well as recharge prepaid SIM cards (SIM top-up) by using this new service. Finnish handset maker Nokia has joined hands with Yes Bank to launch this project. Nokia has said that, in the near future, consumers will also be able to pay merchants for goods and services. The service will make its debut in Pune city and
little…implications: really bad, not just for the operator, but for the complete industry as consumers may lose faith. Easypaisa is quite expensive for someone who is already using internet banking, where all the bill payments are done free, and inter-bank money transfer is free.
will be called Mobile Money Services by Yes Bank. The Nokia Money initiative is based. On the other hand, Telenor management extended its wings in Indian telecom sector and Indian security concerns agencies needed to
address while granting the go-ahead. It is against this background that MHA came up with a reasonable solution that no employees who at anytime were part of its Pakistan operations are moved to the Indian subsidiary. This means, staff currently working in countries other than Pakistan but have served there at some point of time will come under the ‘ban’. Though a manager working here can always be sent to Pakistan, he or she would not be allowed to return to the Indian arm of Telenor. Keeping human assets of the Indian and Pakistani arms of Telenor separate is expected to take care of risks such as spying and subversion. MHA will be submitting to FIPB its views favouring a conditional security nod for Unitech Wireless’ FDI proposal ahead of the next meeting of the Board. Telenor has 49 per cent stake in Unitech and now requires FIPB nod to complete its deal for 67 per cent stake. This would give Telenor management control and four of the seven seats on the board of directors. Telenor-Wireless combine is expected to start services later this year. Unitech has a pan-India licence and has secured spectrum in 21 of the 22 telecom circles. Few months ago, Telenor hit-hard the emotions of the Muslims when it hired a Christian model Nasir Naz Masih for Ummrah ad. In the history of Pakistan, it is the first commercial of its kind in which a non-Muslim model acts in the commercial. A lot of people have protested against this act of Telenor where a Christian guy was hired to do an Umrah TVC.
Some people realised the failure of easypaisa outlet concept and moved ahead by copying Mobilink Genie. The whole team behind easypaisa should be fired for wasting marketing budgets
In fact, Telenor is trying to mind the money by all means, the company befool the people to introducing such kind services. The customers want instant connectivity, interruption free service and affordable price. Recently launched easypaisa Mobile Accounts are actual bank accounts and work just like a normal bank account.
People are demanding a strict action against Telenor Pakistan and asking government to take notice of such acts. Nasir Maish blamed Telenor Director for the mishap. At such a point, Telenor should make an official announcement to cater to all negative commenting, staying silent would increasingly fuel the arguments. On the other hand, the people has demanded action should be taken against fear factor India running on Pakistani channels and brand who is supporting such Indian shows like Telenor and djuice should be banned, sponsor should not sponsor such Indian shows then channels will not show it.
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Bank Alfalah sponsors games & healthy events
scoreboard. Hissam showed his prowess with the mallet with a field goal after a long chase leveling the match for the first time. Fernando converted a 60-yarder and Naveed M Sheikh added a field goal for Colony Sugar. Tomas Pieres continued the practice of hitting the last goal of the chukker -this time concluding the third chukker with a field goal off a long-lofted shot. With 6-5 score, it was anybody's game when the fourth chukker started and Tomas Pieres brought the odds well in favour of HSBC with two flawless 30-yarder penalty hits. Hissam, on his part, hit a field goal after a long chase and HSBC were well in the lead 8-6 when the fourth chukker ended.
Players of Colony Sugar and HSBC Bank Polo teams struggling to get hold on the ball during the final of Bank Alfalah National Polo Championship for Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2010.
Colony Sugar polo team won the Bank Alfalah National Polo Championship by beating HSBC polo team by 9 goals to 8 in the finals. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani gave away prizes to the winners
ountry’s most prestigious polo event, Bank Alfalah National Polo championship for Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup went into action on February 22 here in Lahore at Lahore Polo Club, with seven foreign players represented various teams. Chief Operating Officer (COO), Bank Alfalah, Shakil Sadiq, and Head of Marketing, Bank Alfalah, Hamid Mirza, during the press conference has said: “Bank Alfalah has been sponsoring the event for the last four years and it will be the fifth successive year and its association with LPC is growing stronger with each passing day.” Shakil Sadiq of sponsors underlined the need to organise such events to send a message to the world that Pakistan is safe to organise sporting events, which have the participation of foreign players. “We are delighted that seven players from different parts of the world will be representing the teams and their presence will help support the cause of sports in the present circumstances when foreign Spectators watching the polo match teams are not at Lahore Polo Club. willing to visit Pakistan,” he said. Highlighting his bank’s contribution in the uplift of sports in Pakistan, he said we are patronising a number of games and healthy events to play our due role in national cause. “It is good to see that we are sponsoring this elite event for the fifth time in a row and we look forward to continue our association with polo in coming
Colony Sugar had an uphill battle at hand and Fernando lived up his billing by adding three goals and intriguingly, converted his goals in almost the same pattern - first a spot penalty near the goalpost and then 60- yard penalty and finally, field goal. HSBC failed to score any goal in the final chukker. Simon Macleran Tosh and Julio Nevillo Astrada officiated the match.
years”, he said. In the two-week long Bank Alfalah National Polo Championship Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup, the final match concluded on March 7 last, Colony Sugar polo team won the National Polo Championship by beating HSBC polo team by 9 goals to 8 in the finals. Tag Heuer/Army polo team bagged the 3rd position. The final, quite unexpectedly, was watched by a handsome crowd despite extraordinary security measures due to the arrival of the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani who was the chief guest. Later, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani gave away prizes to the winners.
A lady watching the final match between Colony Sugar and HSBC polo teams during the Bank Alfalah National Polo Championship.
The need to organise such events to send a message to the world that Pakistan is safe to organise sporting events, which have the participation of foreign players
HSBC led the match 8-6 when the fourth chukker ended and the general impression was that they would run away with the title but Fernando Quinto Bourdieu who dealt the decisive blow, hitting all the three goals of the fifth chukker. Incidentally, it was Fernando who had opened the match with two goals - a spot penalty for Colony Sugar and a long lofted shot giving his side the edge. When umpires awarded an undefended 30-yarder to HSBC, it was Tomas Pieres who hit their first goal to finish the first chukker at 2-1. Pakistan top-notch player Hissam Ali Hyder hit second goal for HSBC on a 60-yard penalty and in a repeat of the first chukker, Fernando first hit a spot penalty followed by a field goal off a long lofted shot. Tomas Pieres, in a replay, hit the undefended 30yarder and the second chukker ended with 4-3 on
Earlier, in the match up for the third position, Tag Heuer-Army edged out Al Khan-Tip Moor by 98. Julio Neville Astrada hit six goals for the winning side. Tomas Pieres converted six goals for Al Khan Tip Moor. Tomas played for the two teams and both the teams lost. It is worth a mention that Tomas Pieres replaced Gaston Moore who has been hospitalised due to food poisoning. Maj. Isfandyar Pataudi hit two goals for the winning side. Simon Macleran and Vierree Antinoro served as umpires. In the chief guest, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani distributed prizes among the participants. Teams: TAG HEUER - ARMY: Ibrahim Pataudi, Capt. Shaukat Ali Malik, Julio Nevillo Astrada, Maj. Gen Isfandiyar Ali Khan Pataudi. AL KHAN/TIP MOOR - UK: Dr. Iftikhar Ali Khan Simba, Bilal Haye, Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Tomas Piers. HSBC BANK: Sufi Muhammad Aamir, Hissam Ali Hyder, Tomas Pieres, Sufi Muhammad Haris. COLONY SUGAR: Naveed M Sheikh, Atif Yar Tiwana, Fernando Quinto Bourdieu, Saqib Khan Khakwani.
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n order to give a boost to their businesses and attractive the subscribers, mostly cellular companies had changed their logos and tagline. Telenor have changed its logo but not Telenor Pakistan, the logo changed in all countries where Telenor operates and new logo was created by the London based company Wolff Olins. The Ufone has also changed its logo. The management has considered that new logo would attract the subscribers and in this regard a comprehensive advertisements campaign launched. PTML is a wholly owned subsidiary of PTCL, established to operate cellular telephony. The company commenced its operations, under the brand name of Ufone seven years ago. Paktel was Pakistan first mobile phone service provider company, which took over by China Mobile and introduced its brand as Zong. The new brand “Zong”, China Mobile’s first offshore mobile phone network, presents itself to people in all of the country. The management of the cellular company not only changed logo but also its name from Paktel to Zong. August 14, 2007 The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) had changed its logo. State-run PTCL tried to look different. On May 21, 2008, Warid Telecom has also announced change its logo with tagline. This announcement made on the occasion of three years celebration of Warid Telecom in Pakistan. The most people appreciated the fascinated and well-planned campaign by Warid. In the recent past, Pepsi has changed its logo with new one. The trend of replaces of logos has been started in Pakistan. Customers are the lifeblood of every business and they want boost their businesses in all means. It is pertaining to mention that subscribers increasingly rely on cell phone service to meet their basic communication needs. The use of wireless communications has skyrocketed over the past few years, jumping from approximately 24 million subscribers in 1994 to an estimated 97 million today. Along with the growth in the industry has come an increase in consumer complaints. The problems consumers experience with cell phone service have taken on increasing importance as more consumers begin to use their cell phones as substitutes for traditional landline phones. There are need to approve quality services not to change the logos. The country is adding number of subscribers every month and due to congestion level at the POIs in the inter operators networks; quality of service has become a major issue. Some of the prominent reasons of customer dissatisfaction are low quality voice, dropped calls, slow data connection, non-or delayed SMS/MMS delivery, blocked or non-satisfactory roaming. It always comes down to availability and performance problems, which result in low usage, low customer satisfaction and loss of subscribers. Service providers do not have the correct information to know where to focus their troubleshooting efforts in order to maximize the performance. Network performance, reliability and availability have become the single most impacting parameter from the subscriber's point of view. The other important parameter is billing services. Maintainability and help services are also important for basic service subscribers, although they are less important for cellular subscribers. Similarly, supplementary services are important for cellular subscribers, while they are not so for basic subscribers.
Trend of replacing logos on the peak
August 14, 2007 The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) had changed its logo. State-run PTCL tried to look different. On May 21, 2008, Warid Telecom has also announced change its logo with tagline. This announcement made on the occasion of three years celebration of Warid Telecom in Pakistan. The most people appreciated the fascinated and well-planned campaign by Warid Telecom
It is fact, in Pakistan the cell phone calls rates reduced on bottom line and some companies have planned to give more incentives to their subscribers but need is that they should focused on the quality service and priority to the subscribers problems. No doubt, the ultimate beneficiaries of the whole development would be the subscribers, who would get cheaper service amid rising competition. Cellular phones do not require wires or cables as a communication medium. With the government relaxing its policies a lot of companies are set to tap the cellular market. Today, cellular or mobile phones are no longer a status symbol but offer several other advantages apart from simple communication. A majority of population in the countries like the USA, UK, Canada, is utilising cellular services as frequently as they use fixed phones. This has not only reduced call tariff but has also led to development of instruments with additional features. Companies like Alcatel, Philips, Samsung, Panasonic, Huawei and Motorola are developing cell phones that incorporate features that might altogether replace notebook or palmtop PCs. These cell phones will not only help in communication but shall provide basic computing and Internet services too. Indian cellular industry is equally developed, at par with the international standards, mainly due to the presence of leading multinationals (MNCs) and qualified telecom professionals in India. Vast opportunities exist for engineers in the field of projects, maintenance and software development not only in India but also around the world due to global presence of most of the MNCs. A person once experienced can easily get absorbed at a higher pay in any one of the rival organisations. Also a project executive, while implementing a project, can get absorbed by the client organisation on attractive packages. Though most of the engineering institutes and universities provide curriculum on telecommunication, there are still not many specific courses for mobile or cellular technology. Most of the hardware manufacturing or software firms provide in house on-the-job training to their employees. Some of the candidates are taken to the headquarters of the firms at Sweden, Finland or Germany and are given extensive training on product design, application and operations. Since the mobile or cellular telecom industry is growing at an extremely fast pace, career growth for those who enter this field now are tremendous. A professional shall not only be earning a handsome pay package but will also be exposed to the latest as well as the best management and technological practices.
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he electronic payments continued to show a rising trend as both the number and value of such transactions increased in the second quarter (Oct-December) of the current 2009-10 fiscal year (FY10). According to State Bank of Pakistan’s second quarterly report on retail e-payments and paper based instruments released recently, the volume and value of e-payments transactions in the country during the second quarter of FY10 reached 46.4 million and Rs 4.1 trillion respectively showing an increase of 0.2 per cent in number and 6.1 per cent increase in value as compared to 4.0 per cent increase in number and 0.3 per cent increase in value in the previous quarter. The Report said the use of electronic channels has showed a consistent growth as during the second quarter contribution of electronic transactions in total retail transactions recorded at 35.3 per cent in number compared to 35.7 per cent share recorded during the previous quarter. In terms of value, the electronic channel’s composition recorded at 10.90 per cent against 10.1 per cent share recorded in the previous quarter. During the second quarter of FY10, the volume and value of ATM transactions in the country reached 27.3 million and Rs 210.7 billion respectively showing a decline of 2.2 per cent in number and 0.5 per cent decline in value as compared to 10.5 per cent increase in number
E-payments jump to Rs 4.1 trillion
During the second quarter of FY10, the volume and value of ATM transactions in the country reached 27.3 million and Rs 210.7 billion
increase in value in the previous quarter. Similarly, during the second quarter of FY10 the volume and value of credit cards transactions were reported to be 3.8 million and Rs. 17.0 billion respectively showing a decrease of 10.0 per cent in numbers and 8.7 per cent decrease in value as compared to 6.9pc decrease in numbers and 2.6pc decrease in value in the previous quarter. In addition, the total number of cards (debit / credit /ATM only) in circulation during the second quarter reached to 9.95 million which shows an increase of 6.8 per cent compared to 4.3 per cent increase in the previous quarter. The initiative in e-banking in the country was taken a bit late, but now focused efforts are being made to catch up with rest of the world. The level of low banking, a few years back, was confined to the four walls of branch. With the entry of private banks, having limited number of branches, investment in technology was chosen, as alternative, to overcome this deficiency. The advent and common use of Internet, leading to e-commerce, forced the banks globally to incorporate e-banking. Pakistani banks are still far behind their global counter parts. One such example is complete lack of merchant accounts in Pakistan. However, lately a task force was established to study and implement formation of Electronic Clearing House (ECH). Simultaneously, the local banks also went for on-line banking, though still not a norm. Another step forward was installation of ATMs by the banks. While some banks have their own ATMs, some other banks started using a dedicated network. In this system an ATM card holder of a particular bank could use teller machines installed by all the sponsors of this network. The system is working to a satisfactory level. Though efforts are being made to increase the number of on-line branches, it is still a capital intensive proposal. It is getting popular in urban areas, but has not become common in rural areas, mainly due to low literacy level in the country. However, some analysts believe that with the passage of time, confidence in the system and increasing use, traffic to branches in urban areas will go down considerably.
and 12.0 per cent increase in value in the previous quarter. Whereas, the volume and value of online banking transactions in the country reached to 14.2 million and Rs. 3.9 trillion respectively showing an increase of 8.8pc in numbers and 6.4 per cent increase in value as compared to 4.5 per cent decline in numbers and 0.4 per cent decrease in value in the previous quarter. According to the Report, total number of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) during the second quarter reached to 4,217 registering a growth of 4.0 per cent as compared to 1.4 per cent increase in the previous quarter. The volume of Real Time Online Branches (RTOB) during second quarter reached at 6,587 and recorded a growth of 7.6 per cent as compared to 1.3 per cent increase recorded in the previous quarter. The total quantity of POS terminal reached 50,920 showing a decrease of 1.5 per cent in number as compared to 4.0 per cent increase in previous quarter. The volume and value of debit cards transactions were reported at 29.98 million and Rs. 235.25 billion respectively showing an increase of 3.7 per cent in numbers and 9.7 per cent increase in value as compared to 3.0 per cent increase in numbers and 2.2 per cent
Globally banking is no longer confined to the four walls of a branch. Many countries are far ahead of the facilities being available in Pakistan
The Report pointed out that during OctoberDecember 2009 quarter, the volume and value of Point of Sales (POS) transactions in the country were recorded at 3.9 million and Rs 18.4 billion respectively showing a decline of 11.8 per cent in numbers and 20.25 per cent decrease in value as compared to 5.3 per cent decrease in numbers and 1.75 per cent decrease in value in the previous quarter. Globally banking is no longer confined to the four walls of a branch. Many countries are far ahead of the facilities being available in Pakistan.
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Paksat-1 Pakistan’s first communication satellite since its deployment in December 2002 at GSO is offering telecom services within and surroundings of Pakistan. It has a number of i-direct and DVB-S2 hubs to offer innovative and cost effective data and internet services
efficient search and rescue operations that includes an early indication of a possible air crash, a marine accident or beacon-equipped person in distress by receiving a radio distress signal, detection and location of distress beacons in addition to the safety of the personnel involved in search and rescue from unnecessary risks due to the network of low earth orbiting operational satellite within an hour or so. Pakistan has also other resources which may be utilised to develop a mega infrastructure for public benefits in case of natural hazards. Satellite Ground Station (SGS), located near the Federal Capital Islamabad can be an effective part of this mega infrastructure. It acquires, archives, processes and disseminates remote sensing data from SPOT series of satellites. This data can be helpful in natural and anthropogenic hazards monitoring, hazard risk assessment and mapping, natural resource management and for socio economic services, etc. In addition, Paksat-1 Pakistan’s first communication satellite since its deployment in December 2002 at GSO is offering telecom services within and surroundings of Pakistan. It has a number of i-direct and DVB-S2 hubs to offer innovative and cost effective data and internet services. It may also be used as emergency communication needs and disaster management during natural hazards. The future plan of Pakistan is to replace Paksat-1 (at 38oE in GSO) with Paksat-1R towards Q3 of 2011.
pace Technology for under-developing countries consider as a million dollar business, which cannot play any part to uplift the living standard of a common man where the basic need of life, circulates among food, cloths and shutters only. Besides that it is also a truth-worthy fact that the space technology may not do any upgradation in living standard but it is necessary for the survival of life especially for countries like Pakistan where disaster prone and huge loss of life and property caused by natural calamities are common. According to United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), Asia-Pacific region is prone for 85 per cent of natural disasters in the world and the economic losses due to natural disaster in AsiaPacific region are about 25 per cent of the world. Natural disasters include floods, cyclone, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruption, etc. It cannot be prevented from occurring, but it is possible to minimise the loss of property and human lives by adopting effective disaster management strategies. In several countries, activities on hydro-meteorological disaster reduction are conceived as an important part of an environmental management strategy, while for Pakistan, the earthquake of 2005 and other natural disasters which occurs at regular
Earthquake of 2005 and other natural disasters which occurs at regular intervals underline the need for a greater and more efficient role for space technology
intervals underline the need for a greater and more efficient role for space technology not only in the prediction, monitoring but in emergency communication and access to its mitigation. Satellite technology has proven itself reliable and cost effective. Geo-stationary satellites provide continuous observations over large areas on weather including cyclone and hurricane monitoring. The communication satellites are available for timely dissemination of early warning and real-time coordination of relief operations. Polar orbiting satellites have the advantage of providing much higher resolution imageries, even though at low temporal frequency, which could be used for detailed monitoring, damage assessment and long-term relief management. Satellite communication capabilities-fixed and mobile is an effective communication tool, especially in data collection, distress alerting, position location and co-coordinating relief operations in the field. In addition, onboard facilities for position determination can be useful in land, sea, and air distress situation can be worked out through Search and Rescue Satellites. Pakistan’s space programme may also encompass diverse scientific and technological fields, and include research in atmospheric and space sciences using satellites and sounding rockets, satellite meteorology, atmospheric research, environmental monitoring, climate change studies, ionospheric and geometric research studies and space applications including communication telemedicine, emergency communication etc. Pakistan is a recognised member of COSPARSARSAT International Programme for search and rescue using satellite aided tracking technology. This programme accrues benefits of
The replaced satellite will support all conventional and modern fixed satellite service (FSS) applications. The satellite will have a total of 30 transponders: 18 in Ku-band and 12 in C-band. PakSat-1R may also help in increasing teledensity in remote and rural areas and spreading of telecommunication services. Moreover, there is still a need of considerable research to be conducted in the field of space technologies especially in satellite remote sensing applications. Currently, capacity building in the adoption and use of space technology to get maximum benefits in the case of natural disasters / hazards is necessary. To get maximum benefits from advancement in space technologies we must also have to involve in international activities of outer space conducted by international bodies like UN platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (SPIDER), UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) etc. On the other hand, these international bodies may also pay special attention to the sharing of experience, know-how of space-based technologies on nondiscriminatory basis to under-developing countries which are prone to natural hazards.
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n the last two issues of Flare Magazine, we have published about the corruption and nepotism of Dr Jabbar who did not give proof to his innocence. For your knowledge and information, we have presented a letter written by Ashfak Jumani. Dr Jabbar cautioned the Authority if he will have chance he will sold the country for money. Director General, PEMRA, Dr Abdul Jabbar not looting the country through his corruption but also is hazards for the security. He has arranged a tour in which around 20 owners of various radio stations to visited Dubai recently. PEMRA has arranged a seminar in Islamabad and Karachi under the chairmanship of Dr Abdul Jabbar. The reliable sources disclosed that object behind the visit to Dubai to radio stations owners and others just to give confidential and important information to the New Delhi-based satellite private radio station BBC Urdu Service. We have no words to tell the looting and extravaganza of DG PEMRA who arranged a tour to radio stations and some others close people. One of the owner of radio station has said that I was surprised to see the lavish and extravaganza of Dr Jabbar in which special focused on Indian agendas and arranged the meeting with officials of Indian high-ups. He further said I did not on air any news against the security and supremacy of Islam and in this regard, I strongly protested against the management of BBC Urdu Service. He appealed the government to halt the BBC new service on air news bulletin from New Delhi. The channel on aired programmes about the Army and security agencies and flourish the terrorist activities in the country. The channel always on aired false and baseless bulletin as well. He said the object to arrange seminars by Dr Abdul Jabbar just mint the money. In this respect, they have collected the millions of rupees for arranging the seminars and distribute the amount to their favourite FM radio stations owners. He further said those radio stations have not NOC to aired the news bulletin, PEMRA will issue NOC to the radio stations if they continue. Another radio station owner told Flare Magazine that radio channel is means of our income and I don’t know in which law BBC news bulletin aired countrywide. On the query, he said, Mr Jabbar sb will reply to this query. The local private radio stations on airing the BBC news bulletin live from Indian capital city New Delhi at 9.00 pm on daily basis in which they used to focus on the law enforcement agencies of Pakistan and criticised their performance and working mechanism. Islam does not support liberalism under any circumstances. Liberalism goes against every principle in Islam. On the contrary, PEMRA has flourished the liberalism in Pakistan. In the recent past, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), and BBC World Service jointly conducted two days workshop. This invited all the radio stations for boosting up the modern and soft image of Pakistan. The invitation issued by PEMRA’s deputy general manager Tariq Mehmood, in which he requested all the radio stations owners and editors to attend the training workshop, which held in a local hotel in Islamabad. PEMRA have given the name and contact number of the BBC’s coordinator instead of its own for further information. One is the most victim, Ashfak Jumani, who was the Director General Quetta, PEMRA
Dr. Abdul Jabbar Director General Enforcement & Executive Member of PEMRA
One is the most victims, Ashfak Jumani, who was the Director General Quetta, PEMRA disclosed in a letter written to the Chairman PEMRA about terrible tale of Dr Abdul Jabbar
approached us and disclosed in a letter written to the Chairman PEMRA about terrible tale of Dr Abdul Jabbar. He did not spare his colleagues and companions. Jumani informed that PEMRA did not reply my letter elapsed of two years. With the grace of God, now I am working in National elapsed of two years he has been working as Director General on permanent basis. Following is the letter: Islamabad 1st March, 2008 Chairman, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, Islamabad Representation/Appeal Subject: against Absorption of Dr Abdul Jabbar in PEMRA as Director General (Tech) (PS-10) Reference: Office Order No. F-4(318)/2005-P.Admn. dated 08.02.2008 Respected Sir, This is with reference to Office Order No.F4(318)/2005-P.Admn. dated 08.02.2008, whereby services of Dr. Abdul Jabbar working on deputation in PEMRA have been absorbed on permanent basis as Director General (Tech)(PS10) w.e.f. 07.02.2008. By the instant representation, I hereby assail Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s aforesaid absorption in PEMRA being marred by serious irregularities and mala fides giving him preferential treatment over eligible regular/permanent employees of
The local private radio stations on airing the BBC news bulletin live from Indian capital city New Delhi at 9.00 pm on daily basis in which they used to focus on the law enforcement agencies of Pakistan and criticised their performance and working mechanism
Highway Authority as Member. He alleged that Dr Jabbar appointed on deputation in PEMRA but
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PEMRA, including the undersigned. Feeling aggrieved, I respectfully submit as follows: Background 1. Dr. Abdul Jabbar was serving in Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as Director (International Liaison) (BPS-19 equivalent), when in April 2005, his services were requisitioned by PEMRA on deputation for a period of three (03) years, whereby despite holding a non-technical post in PTA, he was posted as Acting Director General (Technical) (BPS-20 equivalent) in PEMRA in his own payscale. 2. In late January 2008, whilst still on deputation with PEMRA, Dr. Abdul Jabbar was promoted by his parent department i.e. PTA as Director General (BPS-20 equivalent). Thereupon, on 24.01.2008, PEMRA forthwith prematurely repatriated him to PTA merely to let him avail and actualise his promotion. 3. Later, within days of his promotion and taking charge as Director General in PTA and while he was yet to be assigned a portfolio apparently for lack of any vacancy in PTA, Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s services were once again requisitioned by PEMRA on deputation and, upon rejoining PEMRA on 01.02.2008, he was posted as Director General (Technical). 4. Within a few days of his rejoining, Dr. Abdul Jabbar hastily managed to obtain an NOC from his parent department (PTA) and forthwith submitted an application for permanent absorption in PEMRA as Director General in PS10 i.e. BPS-20 equivalent. 5. Within next few days, Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s application for absorption was processed within PEMRA in extreme haste and a so-called committee (of junior officers and an unconcerned consultant) was hurriedly formed by the then Chairman to consider Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s application for absorption, which after a rather superfluous consideration on 06.02.2008 recommended absorption of Dr. Abdul Jabbar. 6. The then Chairman thereafter took no time to approve the permanent absorption of Dr. Abdul Jabbar the very next day on 07.02.2008. It may importantly be mentioned that that day also happened to be the last working day of the then Chairman in PEMRA, which apparently explains the haste shown in processing of Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s case. Material irregularities/Grounds Absence of Delegated Powers with the then Chairman 7. As per the Revised Delegation of Administrative & Financial Powers – 2006 (“DOP”), certain specific powers are delegated to the Chairman PEMRA under section 13 of the PEMRA Ordinance, 2002. 8. These delegated powers, however, do not include the power to approve the absorption of a deputationist in PEMRA. In fact, no such power has been delegated to anyone else either by the Authority. 9. As such, all cases of absorption of persons working on deputation in PEMRA must have been approved by PEMRA as an Authority since the said powers did not stand delegated to anyone else. 10. These powers include all incidental powers relating to the processing of a case for permanent absorption, including inter alia powers like constitution of any committee to consider or recommend any action thereon to the Authority.
11. Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s application for permanent absorption should, therefore, have been placed before the Authority for consideration and further necessary action/decision thereon. 12. However, in Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s case, the then Chairman wrongfully assumed all relevant powers of the Authority i.e. the power of approving the absorption case and that of constituting and referring the matter to a committee. 13. The then Chairman and the so-called committee having acted without lawful authority usurping the powers rightly belonging to the Authority, the entire exercise of processing and approval of Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s application for absorption is void ab initio and a nullity in the eyes of law. His consequent absorption must also, therefore, be accordingly treated and reversed. Flawed Composition of the so-called Committee 14. Without conceding any of the foregoing, even the composition of the so-called committee, which recommended Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption as Director General (Technical), was highly flawed, improper and against established norms and practices observed in government departments/bodies. 15. The committee comprised of two junior officers and an unconcerned consultant hired by PEMRA, who had highly insufficient and inappropriate credentials for considering
the Executive Member of the Authority is the convener of the committee for appointments against posts equivalent to BPS-11 through BPS17. On the other hand, despite the availability of the Executive Member and Director General (Admin.), they were not made the convenor, chairman or member of the so-called committee formed in Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption case. 18. It is also pertinent to mention that recently, when a much junior post of Deputy General Manger (Legal) was being filled in
Ashfak Jumani Former DG PEMRA Quetta
absorption of an officer in PS-10 (BPS-20 equivalent) as evident from the following: 16. With such serious lack of credentials, especially all the three constituents/members of the committee holding junior posts and payscales and two of the members (at Sr.No.2 and 3 above) working directly under Dr. Abdul Jabbar in the Technical Wing, the so-called committee could neither undertake consideration of Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s request for absorption in the senior-most post/payscale for officers in the Authority i.e. Director General (BPS-20 equivalent), nor its recommendations carried any value or weight which were liable to be entirely discarded and disregarded. 17. As per the practice in vogue in PEMRA,
PEMRA on regular/permanent basis, a high level Selection Committee was constituted consisting of the then Chairman himself, the Executive Member of the Authority, Director General (Admin.), General Manager (Establishment) and a senior legal practitioner for expert input. 19. No plausible reason exists on record regarding the sudden, inexplicable and radical departure by the then Chairman from his own past practice in Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s case, which clearly suggests an arbitrary and injudicious exercise of discretion by the then Chairman (even if assuming, though not conceding, that he had power to absorb a deputationist in PEMRA). Lack of Special Credentials 20. Dr. Abdul Jabbar does not possess any special credentials which could make him uniquely suitable for the post of Director General (Technical) in PEMRA. 21. He is not a qualified engineer. His Masters degree is in Physics, while his Ph.D. on “conductors” is also totally unrelated to the fields relevant to PEMRA’s functioning. Nor does he possess any specialized experience in the field of broadcasting/electronic media. 22. In short, there is nothing special about Dr. Abdul Jabbar by virtue of which he could stand out among, and be preferred over, the other regular permanent employees of PEMRA eligible for appointment/promotion to the post of Director General (Technical), including the undersigned. It may be mentioned that the undersigned is fully eligible for being promoted to the post of Director General (Technical) as well as other posts of Director General in PEMRA. Discrimination hit by Article 25 of the Constitution 23. The preferential treatment, thus, meted out to Dr. Abdul Jabbar is clearly a case of gross discrimination hit by Article 25 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973. Rather more than that, since Dr. Abdul Jabbar was not a regular permanent employee of PEMRA and could not even be treated at par with
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eligible regular permanent employees for filling in the post of Director General (Technical) or, for that matter, any other post of Director General in PEMRA. Lack of Sanctioned/Notified Post 24. Prior to the appointment of Dr. Abdul Jabbar against the post of Director General (Technical), there were only the following three sanctioned/notified posts of Director General (BPS-20 equivalent) in PEMRA: a. Director General Administration b. Director General Enforcement South c. Director General North 25. The mala fides in absorption of Dr. Abdul Jabbar in PEMRA become further evident by the fact that he was absorbed against the post of Director General (Technical), that was not previously sanctioned/notified. Disregard of PEMRA Employees Service Regulations, 2007 approved in-principle by the Authority 26. PEMRA Employees Service Regulations, 2007 (“Service Regulations”) were, in principle, approved by PEMRA in its 42nd Meeting held on 03.05.2007. However, the enforceability of the Service Regulations was left to the then Chairman after reviewing the same and finding them satisfactory. 27. Regulation 53 contained in Part-XIII of the Service Regulations, together with other relevant provisions thereof, sets out a number of conditions to be satisfied before a person serving on deputation in PEMRA may be absorbed permanently. All of these conditions were not met
in the case of Dr. Abdul Jabbar, including inter alia: a. Condition of holding equivalent post on “regular” basis in lending organization i.e. PTA: Dr. Abdul Jabbar was still on probation after his promotion as Director General in PTA when he was requisitioned back on deputation in PEMRA and then forthwith absorbed in PEMRA. As such, he could not be said to hold the post of Director
General on a “regular” basis so as to be eligible for absorption in PEMRA. Dr. Abdul Jabbar suffered from this ineligibility even otherwise under the Estacode. b. Condition of resigning from post held in lending organization i.e. PTA: Dr. Abdul Jabbar was required to resign from his post in PTA, which he never did. Failing this, he was ineligible for absorption in PEMRA. c. Condition of filling the post first by promotion than any other mode: The post of Director General (Technical) in PEMRA was required to be filled in sixty percent (60%) by promotion and forty percent (40%) by other methods. As per established practice in governmental departments/bodies and as per Estacode, the post was to be first filled in by promotion, for which the undersigned was also fully eligible as per the Service Regulations. This is also separately discussed in paragraph 32 below. 28. In Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s case, the then Chairman completely disregarded these conditions stipulated in the Service Regulations, although he was required to enforce the Service Regulations after reviewing the same as per the Authority’s directions passed eight (08) months ago in May 2007. 29. On the other hand, despite the fact that the post of Director General (Technical) was not otherwise a sanctioned/notified post and was only provided for in the Service Regulations, the then Chairman resorted to pick and choose and appointed Dr. Abdul Jabbar against the said post (only provided for in the Service Regulations) while ignoring the other provisions of the Service Regulations and keeping then un-enforced. 30. Thus, having resorted to pick and choose from the Service Regulations and having ignored and violated the same, instead of first reviewing and enforcing the Service Regulations despite a lapse of eight months, the then Chairman’s hasty act of absorption of Dr. Abdul Jabbar in PEMRA was not only arbitrary and self-contradictory but also constituted serious mala fides of both fact and law, which must therefore be set at naught. Violations of Estacode 31. Bar against Recruitment without Rules/Regulations: Pursuant to Estt. Division O.M. No.11/1/81-R-5, dated 20.08.1981, there is
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a bar against recruitment for civil posts without framing recruitment rules for such posts. Accordingly, it is submitted that Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s application for absorption was approved in the absence of recruitment/service rules and, hence, the instructions of the said OM have been violated as the Regulations have not been enforced after due approval by PEMRA. 32. Promotion Quota to be filled in first: Pursuant to Estt Division O.M. No.15/38/52-SE II, dated 22.06.1953, Establishment Division is of the view and has recommended that, for the purposes of efficiency in public service and to
without citing any plausible reason whatsoever, completely ignored the eligible departmental candidates for promotion from within PEMRA, including the undersigned, and did not assign any plausible reason whatsoever for this. Violation of Section 24A of the General Clauses Act, 1897 34. Section 24A of the General Clauses Act, 1897 provides that: "24A. Exercise of power under enactments.– (1) Where, by or under any enactment, a power to make any order or give any direction is conferred on any authority, office or person such power
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safeguard the legitimate interests of the departmental candidates, departments should first promote the deserving individuals against the quota fixed for promotion and then meet the remaining vacancies via direct recruitment. The then Chairman did not follow these instructions and preference was given to Dr. Abdul Jabbar over eligible departmental candidates for promotion from within PEMRA. 33. Absence of Eligible Departmental Candidates for Promotion – Reasons to be recorded: Pursuant to O.M. Estt. Division O.M. No. 6/15/48-ME, dated 31.03.1951 read with O.M. No. 6/39/57-ME, dated 05.02.1958, it has been decided that, in fairness to the persons employed in the office in which a vacancy occurs, a person from another office should be appointed only if no person eligible and suitable for appointment is available in the office concerned. For this purpose, it should be placed on record by the appointing authority, or the Departmental Promotion Committee concerned, as the case may be, that none of the persons eligible concerned, for appointment from amongst the persons is available in the office. The reasons for declaring the persons employed in the office concerned as unfit for appointment to the post in question should be recorded by the authority concerned. Hence, all cases of deputation holding posts BPS17 and above require approval of the competent authority, and the competent authority must record reasons in writing in the event that no person within the relevant department is available or unfit for appointment. In Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption case, however, the then Chairman,
shall be exercised reasonably, fairly, justly and for the advancement of the purposes of the enactment. (2) The authority, office or person making any order or issuing any direction under the powers conferred by or under any enactment shall, so far as necessary or appropriate, give reasons for making the order or, as the case may be, for issuing the direction and shall provide a copy of the order or, as the case may be, the direction to the person affected prejudicially." [Emphasis added] 35. All appointments in PEMRA are made pursuant to the Authority’s powers in this regard vested under section 11 of the PEMRA Ordinance, 2002, which is clearly an “enactment” as referred to in section 24A of the General Clauses Act, 1897. 36. As such, any order of absorption appointing a deputationist to the regular permanent service of PEMRA must meet the requirements of the said section 24A i.e. it must be fair, just, reasonable, for the advancement of the purposes of PEMRA Ordinance, 2002 and the reasons for the same must also be duly given/recorded. 37. However, it is obvious from the entire foregoing narration that Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s case is tainted with serious instances of mala fides and irregularities and the order of his absorption can by no means be termed as having been passed fairly, justly and reasonably. 38. Since leaving Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption in PEMRA intact shall amount to perpetuating an illegality, the same can never be intended to be for the advancement of the purposes of the PEMRA Ordinance, 2002.
Mala fides and Arbitrariness in Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s Absorption 39. Extreme Undue Haste: The extreme undue haste exhibited in processing his absorption case alone suffices as a clear instance of mala fides, which renders Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption illegal and liable to cancellation. It may be noted that the whole exercise of receiving, processing and approving his application and formally passing the order of his absorption was completed within less than a week’s time. The haste was deliberately imposed so as to ensure the approval of Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption by the then Chairman, which was given by him on the very last day of his working in PEMRA. 40. Serious Illegalities/Irregularities: The other serious illegalities and irregularities committed in Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption leave no doubt regarding the mala fides involved his absorption, which motivated commission of these serious illegalities in such extreme undue haste. These include (as explained in the preceding paragraphs): a. The then Chairman acting entirely without lawful authority in the absence of delegation of requisite powers to him by the Authority in respect of absorption of deputationists. b. The appointment of junior non-regular (contractual and deputationist) officers/consultant on the committee tasked to consider and recommend Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption. c. Arbitrary and self-contradictory pick and choose from the Service Regulations. d. Deliberate and total disregard of not only the Service Regulations but also the relevant provisions of Estacode. e. Blatant discrimination against the eligible regular permanent employees of PEMRA (including the undersigned) for appointment/promotion to the post of Director General (Technical) and denial of their right to be even considered for the said post. f. An absolutely whimsical, arbitrary, unreasonable, unfair and unjust manner of processing and approving his absorption case in total violation of the binding provisions of section 24A of the General Clauses Act, 1897. Prayer In view of the above, it is humbly requested, as a matter of critical importance not only for the smooth functioning of the department but also to protect the legitimate interest of all eligible regular permanent officers within the department having served PEMRA with full dedication and honesty, that: (a) Dr. Abdul Jabbar’s absorption in PEMRA as Director General (Technical) may be reviewed and set aside/reversed/cancelled. (b) The PEMRA Employees Service Regulations, 2007 may kindly be forthwith reviewed and enforced as per the directions of the Authority in its 42nd Meeting held on 03.05.2007. (c) The undersigned alongwith other eligible regular permanent officers be considered for promotion to all posts of Directors General (PS-10), regardless of portfolios, subject to their promotion quota of sixty percent (60%) as per the Service Regulations and Estacode. (d) Any further better relief may also kindly be granted. Yours sincerely, Ashfak Jumani Director General Quetta, PEMRA
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arid Telecom has organised ‘Glow Valentines Week’ in which a series of concerts were conducted in between 13th and 20th February 2010 where Warid brand ambassadors Strings performed and rocked the youth. Strings performed at PC Bhurban on 13th February, where the concert was attended by over 500 people. Families and prominent figures from corporate sector of Islamabad traveled all the way to Bhurban to witness this performance. Venue was branded one week prior to the concert with Glow standees, banners and streamers. Strings performed at the Lok Virsa Open Air Theatre in Islamabad on the Valentine’s Day. This concert was attended by more than 1500 people, which is a record attendance for any Glow concert. Live interviews were conducted where people expressed their views and appreciated efforts of Warid for entertaining people during a time when country’s security conditions are threatening and considered this effort of Warid as a step forward against terrorism. On 17th February 2010, Strings performed at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore. The venue was decorated with a valentine theme. Over 650 students/alumni of LUMS witnessed this evening and danced the night away with a memorable Strings performance. Last concert of the valentine week concert series was organised at Daud Public School in hometown of Strings, Karachi. A large number of students and their families attended this concert and enjoyed a great performance by Strings. Awareness branding was done at the school one week prior to the concert.
BlackBerry a Valentine’s treat by Indigo
obilink has announced a firstof-its-kind, Valentine’s offer; all customers who purchased a BlackBerry® Storm™ This
Megapixel camera, a crisp display, and builtin GPS. The BlackBerry® Pearl™ is one of the most popular BlackBerry handsets due to its sleek design and smaller size, which still packs all the have great come applications to expect our from customers
smartphone received a BlackBerry® Pearl™ smartphone with it absolutely free. offer was valid for all corporate and individual customers till 28th Feb 2010. The offer from Mobilink indigo was a perfect gift for all its subscribers to celebrate the spirit of Valentine’s Day. With that ‘buy one get one free’ BlackBerry® offer have proved once again, Mobilink’s domination of the BlackBerry® market in Pakistan. It was a Valentine’s treat for all the Mobilink’s The BlackBerry® Storm™ 9500 is the next generation of functionality mixed with the perfect blend of style. With a unique
Mobilink. This includes email, web browsing, multimedia, and various applications to keep one in touch wherever they may be. Customers can choose between either of its models – the 8110 (with in-built GPS) or the 8120 (with in-built WiFi). Mobilink was the first cellular operator to introduce BlackBerry Services in Pakistan and provides unmatched after sales customer capabilities, the BlackBerry® Storm™ support. Moreover, BlackBerry from Mobilink provides users with a secure, wireless access to a full suite of business and social networking applications.
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Smartphones showdown at MWC
he rather pompously titled “Mobile World Congress” (MWC) has come and gone for another year. This event is the successor to the previous GSM Conferences when the European GSM standard was fiercely battling the North American developed CDMA for global mobile supremacy. GSM effectively triumphed in terms of global user numbers although ironically it uses (Wideband) CDMA as the wireless link in its 3G version. Two key reasons that GSM won out were the users’ identity actually being on the SIM card rather than the handset meaning no hassles changing from one phone to another, and the amount of standardisation (GSM is grafted neatly onto ISDN) to aid interoperability which was born out of a desire to have harmonious communications across Europe. Occasionally design by committee produces good results and GSM turned out to scale very well. As an aside, a Lucent engineer told that in 2003 that the US mobile operators instructed their CDMA infrastructure providers to prevent roaming and interoperability between US networks so as to stop customers moving from one network to the other. And at the same time the networks have gotten so much better with HSPA now delivering wireless broadband performance. Which brings us back to MWC 2010 held in Barcelona, one of the major European cities, because it looks like the only ones who can match Apple, are the other US computer industry giants. Yes 2010 at MWC.
MWC 2010 held in Barcelona, one of the major European cities. Because it looks like the only ones who can match Apple are the other US computer industry giants
However, these two worlds were on a collision course with 3G providing usable mobile access to the internet from about 2004. In Europe this mobile internet experience was very much controlled by the mobile operators (walled gardens) who could dictate design features to the traditional handset vendors (Nokia, Ericsson). The US mobile operators were equally restrictive but there was also a drive for more openness coming from the US PC and internet tech industries with Palm, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile (on HP, Palm and HTC devices)
and BlackBerry from Canada. At first these were focused on business users who wanted access to their information without operator restrictions which operators let them have while they focussed on their Consumer customers. This meant the open mobile internet model was now in place but the uptake of mobile internet usage was held back by very high and uncertain mobile data pricing and devices that were difficult to configure. BlackBerry’s success came from price certainty ($x for your monthly email) and relatively easy set-up, especially for Corporates. Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 Series. Despite the mouthful this is a major step forwards and real break with the previous Windows Mobile 6.5. It was generally very well received even though we won’t see devices in market until ‘holiday’ season 2010 - which I think means somewhere in Oct or Nov. Of course Apple and Android will have gone through further upgrades by then. The ecosystem around Windows Phone looks to be very rich including; Zune, Xbox, Windows Live and My Phone, Facebook and Bing search and maps. While a range of OEM’s were listed as partners there were no specific device announcements. Development for WinPho7 will be a major topic at the Microsoft developer conference ‘MIX’ in Las Vegas in March. Google CEO Eric Schmidt presented the official MWC keynote address saying that mobile is the #1 focus for Google now. While lacking any big product announcements he revealed that 60,000 Android handsets are now being sold daily around the world which equates to some 20million in a year - a very impressive number. He also talked about features like voice recognition with real-time translation, and photo translation of text in street signs. These types of services play to Google’s strength in massive cloud based processing in a way that maybe no-one else can match. And Android support for Flash was demonstrated in the keynote by Eric Tseng who is really getting around these days as the public face of Android. On the Android device side there were a number of new Android devices announced with the most exciting coming from HTC including the HTC Legend made from a single block of aluminium. Also of note are vendors like Huawei who might drive Android device prices to new levels that could really stimulate Smartphone adoption amongst new market segments. It seems that the main challenge for Google is to not be a victim of their own success - there are so many new handsets coming out so quickly with the HTC Desire looking
like it has already trumped the Google Nexus One also made by HTC - which was only released on Jan 5th. Perhaps it’s a good problem to have but reports are that a number of customers are annoyed that they have an obsolete phone so soon after its release. Nokia is the last one standing from the old GSM world maintaining their own OS but they chose not to even be present at the official MWC instead holding their own alternative conference nearby - although I saw very little coverage of it on the web. Along with Intel they announced that they would merge their two Linux mobile initiatives MobLin and Maemo - into MeeGo! Good lord, what this means and how it fits into the open sourcing of Symbian and a cohesive mobile OS strategy is anyone’s guess. And not a single new device was announced. So the Europeans won the Telco mobile
Samsung announced their own OS and SDK etc. to add to the others they support; Android, Linux Mobile, Windows Mobile
standards battle with GSM prevailing over CDMA. But as MWC 2010 showed the Americans have rendered that irrelevant by delivering a great user experience through quality of the handset software and the richness of the internet services it connects to - and the business case is in more than just hardware margins. The network in the middle just needs to be effective, scalable and interoperable, so thanks for that GSM and thanks for handing over the stage at your Mobile World Congress. BlackBerry was there but made little noise. One announcement regarding some new BES version, and another that amounted to ‘hold tight, we know our web browser sucks but trust us we are working on a decent one’. I just can’t see how they are going to reach into Consumer markets in a meaningful way. Samsung announced their own OS and SDK etc. to add to the others they support; Android, Linux Mobile, Windows Mobile. The recently dropped Symbian - glad they decided to rationalise! Sony Ericsson announced a new Symbian and Android device and they also support WinMo. Then made the incredible admission that they had declined Google's request to build the Nexus One. Why would you turn that down? And then why would you admit it?
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Purchasing the perfect laptop
Do not get sucked in by shady suggestions to buy more than 64 MB of RAM or a glow-in-the-dark mouse pad. You can save a lot on your laptop purchase by writing out a budget of exactly what you need and want and sticking to it
laptop is a notebook-sized computer that generally incorporates all of the other features you have come to depend on every day. Smaller than a desktop computer, a laptop usually includes a monitor, a keyboard, a system unit and a mouse or touch pad. There are plenty of advantages to owning a laptop. The number one reason people get laptops is because they can bring them anywhere - the beach, to church or even to the bathroom - so if you are constantly on the go, a laptop will come in very handy. Laptops are also lighter and much more compact than a desktop computer, so they will help you save tons of space. And when you are not using it, you can fold it up in a briefcase and store it. However, laptops have their disadvantages, too. Because laptops are so compact, they are always a step behind desktops when it comes to capability and efficiency. You are going to have to sacrifice decent sound devices, keyboard comfort and your mouse for the sake of portability. Also, if you are planning on adding stuff onto your computer, get yourself a desktop and not a laptop. While upgrading a laptop is not entirely impossible, it is often impossible to add elements like RAM and hard drive without shipping the entire computer back to the manufacturer. And even if you do decide to upgrade, you are still limited in the selection of extra equipment: Most laptops require that you install parts manufactured by the same company. There are certain facts and figures that must be kept in mind before buying laptop. Most laptops weigh between three and eight lbs., with the majority coming in at just over five lbs. If you will often be taking your laptop outside your house, you want to buy a thinner and lighter one that will fit into your bag or briefcase. The most common screen sizes on laptops
are 12.1, 13.3 and 14.4 inches, although some really tiny laptops feature screens that are as small as 8.4 inches. Again, a tiny screen is appropriate for frequent travelers, but it would be ideal to have a larger, squint-free screen if you are willing to sacrifice some portability. Instead of a hand-driven mouse, laptops come with other, more cumbersome "input devices" for navigating a cursor around the screen, such as touch pads and pointing sticks.
If possible, test-drive a laptop before purchasing it. You cannot easily replace an annoying keyboard, an irritating pointing device or a poor display, so make sure you are compatible with a laptop by playing around with it. If you are buying your laptop online, try to find the same model in a store and test it out there first
A touch pad is a square-shaped surface located below the space bar of a laptop keyboard that is touch-sensitive, and you navigate the screen by moving your finger around the box; you have to be careful not to let your thumb fall on it while typing, or it'll move the cursor, but touch pads work quite nicely. A pointing stick is a tiny rubber nub that sticks out of the keyboard between the G, H and B keys and responds to pressure from your index
finger. You navigate the cursor by applying pressure in the direction you want it to go, like a joystick, though some people find the slightest touch causes the arrow to go flying across the screen. Keep in mind, though, that all laptops allow you to plug in a standard mouse. Sure, you can always plug your laptop into a wall. But you probably got a laptop to give you a bit of freedom, so if you are on a subway or in the park, you will need a battery to give your computer some juice. There are three main types of batteries: Lithium-ion (Li+) batteries, considered the best option especially if you get one with a high-milliampere (mAh) and high-voltage measurements; nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries, which need to be recharged every hour or so; and a nickel cadmium (NiCad) battery, which should be avoided because of their charging requirements. There are two types of displays to choose between: active-matrix (a.k.a. thin-film transistor or TFT) and passive-matrix, or dual-scan). Pictures come out sharper and moving images play out more smoothly on an activematrix (TFT) display. In fact, most laptops now come with active-matrix displays because they're so widely preferred. Passive-matrix technology is the older and cheaper display. Images that run on this display react more slowly. It's not a pretty sight, but if you're strapped for money, it's tolerable. To figure out what type of display you are dealing with on a laptop, move the cursor very quickly across the screen. If the cursor disappears while moving, the display is passive-matrix; if you can keep your eye on it, it is active. Other things to look out for are the keyboard, durability and compatibility. All laptops feature cramped keyboards, but try to find a laptop with a keyboard with which you can comfortably
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type, and consider getting a spill-resistant keyboard if you are accident-prone. If you plan on taking your laptop just about everywhere, consider a model with shockresistant hard-drive mounts, which are specifically designed to protect your laptop from bumpy adventures. A hard drive is your computer's main, permanent storage unit. It holds large amounts of data and programmes, and all of the information stays put until you decide to delete it. The more space your hard drive has, the more things you can do. Most laptops start with at least 4.3 gigabytes (GB) of hard drive space, but you might want to consider getting more. If your hard drive is your computer's "long-term memory," then the RAM is its "shortterm memory." RAM stores information on your computer, but when you shut down the computer, everything that is stored on the RAM is lost. Words that you type or a computer game that you are playing are stored in RAM unless you specifically request for the information to be moved onto your hard drive by saving it.
a DVD-ROM drive can read CD-ROMs. Another incentive to get the DVD-ROM drive is that if you are going to travel with your laptop, you can watch DVDs as you are waiting for a delayed flight to board. The modem's main job is to turn the
make sure you check out the store with the better business bureau before making the trek. Before you make your purchase, strongly consider shopping online. There's much more variety, and you will find better deals. You can visit online computer stores like CDW, Office Depot,
While upgrading a laptop is not entirely impossible, it is often impossible to add elements like RAM and hard drive without shipping the entire computer back to the manufacturer. And even if you do decide to upgrade, you are still limited in the selection of extra equipment: Most laptops require that you install parts manufactured by the same company
digital information from your computer into analogue signals that your phone line can understand, and vice versa. A modem allows you to use the internet and check email. Modems come in all types of speeds; better modems allow for faster downloading. With laptops, there are two modem options: Internal modems, and PC cardbased modems which stick out of your computer. External modems might require some configuring, so be sure you have a tech support hotline. You can get a decent laptop for about USD 1,000, while the best can cost as much as USD 6,000. Think about all you will be getting: A laptop might look small, but it is a full-functioning computer, and you can still use it to read your email or spell-check your documents. In addition, laptop prices are constantly dropping, due to the fact that their popularity is increasing dramatically and vendors are in fierce competition with each other. If the thought of blowing over USD 1,000 on a smaller, slower computer is still making you swoon, consider these suggestions: Make a budget: Do not get sucked in by shady suggestions to buy more than 64 MB of Geeks.com and CompUSA, or you can go straight to some top computer manufacturers, including Acer America, Apple Computer, Dell, IBM, Micro Express, MPC, Sony and Toshiba. Before settling on a purchase, it is a good idea to compare brands at web sites like Pricescan or CNET, which are designed to give you unbiased
If it is your habit to simultaneously type a paper, play solitaire and e-mail your mom, you will need lots of RAM, because the more applications you run at once, the more RAM you use. You want at least 32 megabytes (MB) of RAM in your laptop, but 64 MB is highly recommended. Don't get more than 64 MB unless you are a graphic designer. The CPU is the brain of your computer; it does all the necessary thinking and runs the programmes. While the CPU speed is not as important as hard drive or RAM space, get as much speed as you can afford, because it does make a slight difference. Get at least 233 MHz in processing speed for your laptop. There are a variety of CPUs to choose from, including Intel Celeron, Pentium II, Pentium III, and AMD K6. A port is a slot through which you connect peripheral material, such as microphones or cameras. You can also avoid using the laptop's uncomfortable keyboard or input device by connecting a desktop keyboard and mouse to the laptop through its ports. Currently, almost all laptops feature a serial, a parallel, an infrared, and a universal serial bus (USB) port. When buying your laptop, try to get at least two USB ports. While neither is completely necessary, it is a good idea to splurge for at least a CD-ROM drive, which is not a standard feature on many laptops, because most software comes in CD form these days. However, if you get a DVD-ROM drive, you would not need a CD-ROM drive, too, because
RAM or a glow-in-the-dark mouse pad. You can save a lot on your laptop purchase by writing out a budget of exactly what you need and want and sticking to it. Get a used laptop: Of course, you run the same risks as when you buy any second-hand product. But if you do your research and check out stores for refurbished laptops, you might luck out with a really wonderful model for under USD 1,000. Bargain: If you make the trip to your local computer store, you might find the opportunity to haggle. Nothing is set in stone at these places, and it never hurts to try to bargain the price down. Just
opinions on quality and price. Always remember to ask for a detailed written explanation of the company's warranty, especially if you are shopping at a small local store. The warranty should cover details e.g. who installs replacement parts, who pays for return shipping for major repairs, and for how long your computer is covered. When buying something as expensive as a laptop, it is always a good idea to pay by credit card. If there is a problem with your purchase or delivery, the Fair Credit Billing Act states that buyers have 60 days from the occurrence of the problem in which to report the details in writing. It is not the end of the world if you come across a problem with a purchase you made by check, money order, debit card or even cash, but it is easiest to enforce your rights as a consumer if you pay by credit card. If possible, test-drive a laptop before purchasing it. You cannot easily replace an annoying keyboard, an irritating pointing device or a poor display, so make sure you are compatible with a laptop by playing around with it. If you are buying your laptop online, try to find the same model in a store and test it out there first. While a laptop is unique in its own way, it is still a computer, and there are some basic features you should know about when buying any computer.
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n award is something given to a person to recognise his excellence in a certain field; as a certificate of excellence. However, recently held All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) award ceremony was totally forged by corporations that recognised no value, performance and ability of winners instead it showed utter favouritism, biased, baseless, madeup and most controversial event in the history of APNS, once reputed consortium of all newspapers, advertising and PR agencies of Pakistan. Above favouritism, these awards lacked the common sense that should have been borne by the APNS. For instance, it gave an award for best PRO for year 2005-06 to Moazzam Ali Khan of Ufone, who was not at all associated with PR field in reported time duration. Instead he was working with an Islamabad based advertising agency during 2005-06. Moazzam Khan joined Ufone only after February 2008. Not only this, Moazzam Khan has no Public Relation experience during his entire career. He is and was an advertising guy. Let’s have a look at his advertising career • Moazzam Khan was Executive Director with MCom during September 2005 - January 2007 • He was Director Operations/Business Development with Orient Mccann Erickson during July 2002 to September 2005 • Mr. Khan was Project Manager at Texture and Shades during April 1999 — June 2002 • Moazzam Ali Khan remained Resident Manager at ACSYS (AT&T) from June 1994 to May 1998 • He was Client Services Manager at Bond Advertising PVT LTD during December 1992 May 1998 At the same time, another question arises, that why Ufone hired an advertising professional to head company’s Public Relation Department?
Another interesting fact is that there was no Public Relation Department at Ufone during 2005-06, it is un-comprehendible mystery that how in this world was possible for Ufone to get best Public Relation Award?
Another interesting fact is that there was no Public Relation Department at Ufone during 2005-06, it is un-comprehendible mystery that how in this world was possible for Ufone to get best Public Relation Award? Ufone’s cyclic dishonesty with the profession and the business is evident from this. This tells us how the company works not only internally but its relation with external organisations, such as with APNS. This depicts that either company paid kickbacks or there were mutual benefits involved for both Ufone and APNS. After it was revealed to the world that Moazzam Ali Khan was not the worthy winner of best PRO award, instead of being tackling the situation sensibly, Ufone bluntly owned the award and credited it to Ufone’s so-called succsess. Read on following statement to know yourself; A company statement quoting Moazzam Ali
Ufone snatches PRO award from deserves
APNS gave an award for best PRO for year 2005-06 to Moazzam Ali Khan of Ufone, who was not at all associated with PR. He joined Ufone after February 2008
Khan Said, “This is indeed a great honor for both Ufone and myself and I am thankful to all those who have supported my efforts over the years. Over the last two years Ufone has clearly moved ahead with its aggressive achievements and public relations has played a vital role in the buildup and continuous engagement with stakeholders and common public. I would like to thank APNS for bestowing this great honor on me.” Now let’s review the background on why Ufone had to do all the drama for this very award. You may know that Ufone was heavily penalized by PTA with 150 million rupees, moreover, company fears further penalty from the authority over quality of service decision, which is pending as of now. Along with, Ufone’s chief is not feeling comfortable with Etisalat’s sword on his head all the times. Poor performance of marketing department, massive subscriber cut during last year, and what not. All these factors left Ufone on the verge of shock and virtual destruction, before time. Ufone’s strategist are doing everything to get back the lost glory, during which they carried total flawed policies such as lobbying for APNS award, in which they succeeded but ultimately lost the game on ethical grounds. Etisalat is closely eying the whole situation, they are well aware of the performance of Ufone’s management and obviously they are not happy. Inside sources have revealed that Etisalat is going to take very severe decisions very soon, such as removal of CEO, re-shuffle in top management including the CMO. It was further told that Etisalat, the parent company of Ufone is already looking for CEO’s replacement, which is likely to be announced very soon. If not found, Deputy CEO is going to be good candidate for the said position. In fact Etisalat had wisely injected the Deputy CEO slot to tackle such situations as it is now. It merits mentioning here that Saoud Abdulaziz Bin Hadef Al Shamsi was appointed Deputy CEO of Ufone back in October 2009, while Walid Irshaid became Group CEO of Ufone and PTCL back in November 2009. This reshuffle was to backup the current management of Ufone if it ever fails.
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Outsourcing watered by IT revolution
Companies in Pakistan are developing hardware and software at lower cost than our competitors. Our trained professional call centre operators are techno-literate individuals and undergo special language training courses to ensure that callers are unable to detect that they are talking to someone in another part of the world
ll over the globe, information technology (IT) is stretching its abilities and efficiencies in influencing organisations to relook their business processes for increasing productivity and reducing overall costs. This upswing in IT trends has given rise to the process of outsourcing non-core business practices to the business service providers (BSPs). The prospective outsourcing clients around the globe, particularly the U.S, are becoming increasingly choosy and major BPO (business process outsourcing) service providers such as India, Ireland and the Philippines are getting major share of revenue by providing the required services. According to research findings, the global ITES/IT Services market has grown from USD 1,184 billion in 2002 to USD 1,322 billion in 2003 and is expected to achieve a turnover of around USD 2,497 by 2008-09 and USD 33,991 billion by 2012. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) includes but not limited to accounting, order processing, insurance claim processing, procurement, different administrative and logistic functions and outsourcing through call centres. Pakistan is at the threshold of one of the greatest opportunities in the global BPO market. We have acquired virtually all of the pre-requisites for success ranging from low cost to government incentives and funding. The government is using all its resources to create the infrastructure required to jumpstart growth in the business process outsourcing sector so the BSPs could concentrate on marketing their services abroad and get due share in the international BPO market. In Pakistan BPO industry, although the growth in the fields of medical transcription, legal transcription, data capture and forms processing has not been substantial but in the last few years, there has been a major boom in outsourcing voice-based call centre work. Business Process Outsourcing Globalisation has not only broken the
traditional business boundaries across countries but also opened vast markets for companies. Enterprises are now looking to focus on a core set of competencies that have the greatest positive impact on their business models and are seeking new ways to streamline processes, realise further cost reductions and decrease time to market. One of the main outcomes of these trends has been the rise of business process outsourcing among leading companies to achieve significant growth and bottom line benefits.
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) includes but not limited to accounting, order processing, insurance claim processing, procurement, different administrative and logistic functions and outsourcing through call centres. Pakistan is at the threshold of one of the greatest opportunities in the global BPO market
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is the delegation of one or more business processes to an external entity that in turn owns, administers and manages the outsourced process based on defined and measurable performance criteria. Such back end functions may include anything that can be moved over the bandwidth and include services such as customer support through call centres, accounting, order processing, insurance claim processing, procurement or other logistic functions. On the other hand, offshore IT outsourcing is the relocation of activities, tasks and processes to entities in countries with lower overall operational cost in order to reduce the total cost of developing and maintaining IT software, systems
and infrastructure. One of the leading firms conducting research in the field of IT, Forrester Research, has referred to global outsourcing as the “trend of the decade” while Gartner Group refers to it as a “megatrend”. Outsourcing has demonstrable, quantifiable benefits. It gives companies access to state-of-the-art technology without the overheads and risks associated with developing in-house solutions. “Companies can save as much as 41 per cent in hidden costs by outsourcing” - U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Outsource-able Services There are a number of services/operations which can be outsourced. Services which are commonly outsourced include: Website Design & Development, Marketing Outsourcing, Graphic Design, Presentations & Multimedia Outsourcing, Programming, Software & Database Outsourcing, Game Design & Development Outsourcing, ERP & CRM Implementation Outsourcing, Networking, Hardware & Telephony Outsourcing, Writing, Editing & Translation Outsourcing, Business Consulting Outsourcing, Management Outsourcing, Finance & Accounting Outsourcing, Sales & Marketing Outsourcing, Admin Support (Legal, Medical, & Accounting) Outsourcing, Advertising & Broadcasting Outsourcing, Illustration & Art Outsourcing, Photography & Videography Outsourcing, Fashion & Interior Design Outsourcing and Legal Outsourcing. Analysis of BPO in Pakistan In Pakistan, BPO sector is trying its level best to get mature and there is a wide potential for growth in this field. Although we have not been successful in the fields of medical transcription, legal transcription, data capture and forms processing but in the last few years, there has been a major boom in outsourcing voice-based call centre work in Pakistan. These include both domestic and international call centres. The sector has provided jobs to a majority of youth with reasonable pays and commission. Incentives induced by Government The establishment of a reliable IT
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infrastructure and provisioning of an incentive package are instrumental in the development of local IT industry. The Government of Pakistan has provided several incentives to investors. Because of these incentives an increasing number of foreign IT companies have chosen Pakistan for their outsourcing operations. Some of the areas where Government is providing facilities to the private sector companies are:
competitive with little cost per month. All major software technology parks currently have huge capacity where the bandwidth prices have come down drastically over last five years for call centres. Satellite bandwidth is available for free as a backup to the fibre optic. Rooftop VSAT connections are now allowed to be full duplex. Obtaining licensing for operating an international call centre is free with the only requirement being a solid business plan and international client references. Many different modes of connectivity are available readily such as DCC (Digital Cross Connect), ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network), Fibre Optic, DSL, ADSL, and rooftop VSAT. In case of establishing a call centre in Pakistan, companies are more concerned with two issues related to infrastructure. These include: n Office Space n IP Connectivity Currently, some of the call centre operators are facing problems related to the shortage of appropriate office space for setting up new operations. To tackle this problem, government is developing new purpose-built Technology Parks. A new submarine optical fibre cable SEA-MEWE–IV is going to be operational soon which will further resolve downtime issue.
computer, interact with the exterior making or receiving calls to manage various services. In Pakistan, the access to call centres is normally through 0800 free phone numbers, hotels, reservations, medical prescription entries, insurance claims, data entries etc. The customer calls are routed to a call centre where trained agents respond to the inquiries of the customers. Call centres – categories There are many possible categories by which the market could be segmented. We can differentiate call centre operation by to its type of operation i.e., local or international; by its size or by its type of service. Following are the types of call centre by the virtue of type of operation: n International Call Centres n Domestic Call Centres By the virtue of size, following are the types of call centre: n Businesses with five to 100 staff n Second group involves companies that employ 100 or more individuals Third market segment represents the n currently operating outsourcing call centres with limited capacity, but with a higher demand, creating the need to further outsource projects to other call centres. With respect to type of services there are
Information Technology Parks with low rents, fibre optic connectivity, libraries and conference rooms Provision of funds for software companies to get ISO-9000 and CMM level certifications Foreign investors allowed 100 per cent ownership of equity in "Software Houses/Software Companies" Tax exemptions for IT companies till 2016 100 per cent repatriation of profits allowed to IT companies Nominal custom duties on import of IT related equipment The rate of depreciation on computer equipment is 30 per cent The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has allowed opening of Internet Merchant Accounts by banks Instant, reliable and high speed connectivity available Over 85 per cent of telecom infrastructure on fibre optic cables Pakistan is the first country in this region to establish DWDM telecom infrastructure Several cellular companies using digital transmission (GSM and TDMA) Redundant backup connectivity available through PTCL for call centres Infrastructure Pakistan offers state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure for establishing world class call centres. Our telecom infrastructure is 100 per cent digital and provides a robust backbone for providing mission critical services such as call centres. Fibre optic infrastructure, initially laid in the early 1990s, now accounts for well over 85 per cent of the backbone that supports international and national exchange of data. Currently more then 40 cities of Pakistan operate through fibre optic exchanges. Telephone density is on the increase and LL (local loop) sector is now open to private investors. The ISP (integrated service provider) sector has breathed a sigh of relief because of the opening up of broadband licenses. In metropolitan areas of Pakistan, broadband charges are
Forrester Research has referred to global outsourcing as the “trend of the decade” while Gartner Group refers to it as a “mega-trend”. Outsourcing has demonstrable, quantifiable benefits. It gives companies access to state-of-the-art technology without the overheads and risks associated with developing in-house solutions. “Companies can save as much as 41 per cent in hidden costs by outsourcing” - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
BPO through call centres A Call Centre is a sophisticated voice operations centre that provides a full range of high-volume, inbound or outbound call-handling services, including customer support, operator services, directory assistance, multilingual customer support, credit services, card services, inbound and outbound telemarketing, interactive voice response and web-based services. following types of call centre: n Inbound call centres n Outbound call centres It is pertinent to note that the cost of running a call centre in Pakistan is among the lowest in the region. Concluding the discussion IT professionals trained in a variety of disciplines from abroad and locally are applying their innovative ideas to maximize the benefit obtained from the information revolution. More and more international companies are seeking solutions from Pakistani professionals to remain competitive in the global economy. A well developed infrastructure, availability of skilled labour, software technology parks with nominal cost, and significant government incentives provide conducive environment for the development of the IT industry. Pakistan offers an unlimited supply of low-cost labour and state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure for establishing world-class call centres. Companies in Pakistan are developing hardware and software and lower cost than our competitors. Our trained professional call centre operators are techno-literate individuals and undergo special language training courses to ensure that callers are unable to detect that they are talking to someone in another part of the world. The most important reason why Pakistan is a potential market for outsourcing is the simplest one. It costs less, far less, to do business here, than anywhere else.
A call centre can be used for telemarketing, sales, customer support, or other business related activity. The call centre may contain a few or hundreds of agents who handle calls to relay business information. Call centre consists of a complex of telecommunication infrastructures, computer supports and human resources organised to manage effectively and efficiently the incoming and outgoing telephone calls of a given organisation. The activity of a call centre is performed chiefly by skilled operators who, using telephone and
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The order alleged Ufone has issued a single SIM out of millions. Determination said that one of illegal SIM sold by the company was used in a terrorism act in Lahore and the company also issued nearly 25,000 SIMs in a single day
akistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in a vide letter No. 14585/L&A/PTA/2010/889 on February 26, 2010 issued to Pakistan Telecom Mobile Limited (Ufone) through its Chief Executive Officer for violating the rules and regulations of the Authority against selling SIMs without following 789 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to their customers. The decision comprising of 17 pages concluded with a strict warning to Ufone to not to repeat the practice and a fine of Rs 150 million imposed which is highest amount of fine to any company ever in history of Pakistan and amount to be paid within one month of the issuance of the instant enforcement order. PTA asked telecom companies to block SIMs while comparing ownership data with NADRA’s records. Millions of SIMs had blocked but there remained millions other unregistered SIMs are still working. PTA then suggests of delivering SIMs at postal addresses, but the idea was turned down by cellular companies as the procedure was neither viable nor workable. In the section of "Contravention of clause 1.14 of the licence by issuing a SIM in violation of the directives/SOP" has given detail order. The report said Pakistan Telecom Mobile Limited (Ufone) which is maintaining telecommunication systems and providing telecommunication services in the country under licence No.PTA/CMT (4)/PTML dated August 31, 1998 issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, on 17 December, 2009 issued a show cause notice under section 23 of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act, 1996 for contravening the terms and conditions of the licence.
subscriber's documentation and activation of SIM after verification and communicated it to the licensee vide directive dated 30th January, 2009 for strict compliance and implementation by CMTOs including the licensee. The aforesaid procedure clearly describes each
4770183 without complying with the procedures given in the aforesaid SOP/directive required for activation of SIM by verifying the secret information. This act of issuing the SIM which did not match NADRA's data was taken not only a disregard to the Authority's aforesaid directives but also a threat to the national security measures taken by the Federal Government and to be implemented by the Authority. It was contravention of clause 1.14 of the licence by the licensee leading to issuance of the show cause notice dated 17th December, 2009 under section 23 of the Act requiring the licensee to remedy the contravention by disconnecting the aforesaid SIM including all other numbers issued without
There was thus no room or scope for such an omission by the call center agent in the case of activation of 0331-4770183
Under the terms and conditions of the licence, the licensee is obliged to comply with the provisions of the prevailing regulatory laws comprising the Act, all the rules and regulations made/framed/issued under the Act and the terms and conditions of the licence. Clause 1.14 of the terms and conditions of the licence require the licensee to comply with the requirements of national security as contained in Section 54 of the Act and in this regard shall comply with any directions given by the Authority issued from time to time, which would be binding on the licensee to implement. While performing its functions under the provision of the Act, the Authority pursuant to policy directive of the federal government, issued standard operating procedure for mobile
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and every step required to be taken prior to activation of SIM. Vide Para 10 (b) (3) and (4) of the aforesaid SOP the licensee was obliged to verify and activate the SIM if the information provided by the caller matches with the information received from NADRA and in case the information does not match, then the Call Center or CSC operator shall advise the caller to visit nearest Customer Service Center of the respective mobile company. The order further mentioned that it was brought in the notice of the Authority that the licensee has issued and activated a SIM No. 0331-
complying the aforesaid directions/SOP and to submit report within ten days of the issuance of the notice and to show cause in writing within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the notice and explain as to why an enforcement order under subsection (3) of section 23 of the Act may not be issued against it for the said violation. Licensee's compliance report: the licensee submitted its compliance report vide letter dated 29th December, 2009 which is reproduced in verbatim as under: "Re: show cause notice under section 23 of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act, 1996 without prejudice to the legal defence
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December and Ashura, which is regretted. It is also requested that there being no violation of para 10 of SOP on part of PTML, the SCN may kindly be withdrawn without any further action PTML shall submit its written response to the SCN in due course. Licensee's response to the notice: The licensee has submitted its response to the notice vide letter dated 15th January, 2010 which is reproduced in verbatim as under: "Re: show cause notice under section 23 of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act, 1996.
Proceedings under section 23 of the Act could not be initiated for violation of the SOP in respect of mobile subscribers' documentation and antecedent’s verification
In the SCN, PTML has been asked to show cause and explain as to why an enforcement order under sub-section (3) of section 23 of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Reorganisation) Act, 1996 may not be issued against PTML for allegedly disregarding and not complying with the Authority's directives/instructions/orders contained in para 10 of the "SOP on mobile subscribers' documentation and activation of
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and stance to be taken in respect of the allegations mentioned in the SCN, the following is submitted for your kind consideration as regards PTML's fulfillment of the requirements prior to issuance of a number connection to subscribers, particularly regarding the issuance and activation of number 0331-4770183: Please note that PTML has been fulfilling all requirements in respect of verification of subscriber's antecedents from NADRA as per the procedure detailed in the SOP. The "789" regime as contained in the SOP is being successfully implemented and PTML is adhering to it in order to ensure that each number is issued and activated to an identified person by employing the means and methodology prescribed in the SOP. PTML has not issued any SIM connection without following the procedure under the "789" regime laid out in the SOP and in case any information provided by the intending subscriber does not match with the information provided by NADRA as per para 10 of the SOP, the same is withheld from activation 4. The number 0331-
4770183 was issued completely following the "789" regime prescribed in the SOP Please note that the aforesaid number (3314770183) has now been disconnected with effect from 24 December 2009. The process of disconnection was, however, already underway even prior to receipt of the captioned SCN from PTA. This was being done pursuant to PTA's SOP on cleaning of old data i.e. the "668" regime, issued vide letter No. 1528/2009/Enf/PTA dated 17th September, 2009 (including subsequent amendments thereto). A complaint was filed with PTML on 7th December, 2009 and the said number was disowned As per the SOP containing the "668" regime, the said connection had to be disconnected within seventeen (17) days of the lodging of complaint, which has accordingly been achieved in timely manner. The foregoing is for information and may kindly be treated as the compliance report sought vide the captioned SCN Please do note that the slight delay in submitting this report has been caused due to intervening holidays of 25th
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SIMs after verification" issued by the Authority vide letter No.15-9/2009/Enf/PTA Dated 30 January, 2009 ("SOP "), in particular, the steps to be taken before activation of number under the "789" regime stipulated in the said para 10 of the SOP. Needless to mention that, the SOP has purportedly been issued under the legal mandate of federal government's policy directive on January 24, 2008. ("GOP's Policy Directive)”. However, the SOP was issued beyond the mandate given by GOP's Policy Directive by shifting from pre-activated SIMs to non active SIMs and from
issuance and activation of number 0331-4770183. c) As informed vide the compliance report submitted earlier, the said number stands disconnected with effect from 24th December, 2009 pursuant to PTA's SOP on 'Cleaning of Old Data i.e. the "668" regime, issued vide letter No.15-2812009/Enf/PTA dated September 7, 2009 (including subsequent amendments thereto). d) The process of disconnection was already underway under the 668 regime prior to receipt of the SCN pursuant to a complaint made to PTML on 7th December, 2009 whereby the said number was disowned. e) Please note that as per the SOP containing the "668" regime, the said connection had to be
and conditions of the licence, which could form basis for initiating proceedings under section 23 of the Act. 4. All SOPs thus far issued in respect of mobile Subscribers' documentation and antecedent’s verification could not be termed or treated as a provision of the Act, a provision of the rules made there under or a term or condition of PTML's licence. 5. In fact, PTA has yet to frame regulations as directed by the Federal Government in sub-section
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off-line verification to online verification, the validity and legality whereof along with the scheme governing sale of SIMs under the said regime, already stands challenged by PTML along with the cellular industry before the Honourable Lahore High Court at Lahore in FAGs filed against an earlier determination/enforcement order of the Authority dated 6th July, 2009. Without prejudice to the legal and factual stance of PTML outlined earlier in the aforesaid litigation and the various communications with the Authority on the subject as well as now in the instant communication, the following may please be noted in this regard. I. To start with, we wish to bring to the kind notice of the Authority that PTML has fulfilled the
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blocked on seventeenth (17) day of the lodging of complaint (if subscriber's antecedents are not obtained and verified within the stipulated time), which was also observed in the instant matter; hence, the disconnection made effective on 24th December, 2009. 3. It would, therefore, be appreciated that the allegations contained in the SCN regarding PTML's non-compliance with para 10 of the SOP are liable to be withdrawn together with the SCN without any adverse to PTML. 4. As always in the past, PTML being a responsible corporate citizen arid a participant in the growth and development of the telecom industry in Pakistan, extends its assurance to keep making good faith efforts to cooperate in all concerted efforts of the industry; hence, the continued good faith cooperation for implementation of the "789" regime. 5. It may nonetheless kindly be appreciated that given the realities on ground, PTML cannot be held responsible for any misuse of a number/connection after its activation as per the "789" regime. It is beyond reasonable control of a CMTO know beforehand and accordingly restrict or prevent a subscriber from using his/her number/connection for unlawful purposes. Apart from the foregoing, please note that the SCN should not have been issued to as there is not sufficient legal basis therefore. Following submissions may kindly inter alia in this regard: A. SCN cannot be issued for violation of the SOP 1. Proceedings under section 23 of the Act could not be initiated for violation of the SOP in respect of mobile subscribers' documentation and antecedent’s verification. 2. Section 23 of the Act does not cite violation or contravention of anything in the nature of an SOP as a ground for invoking the said provision of the Act. 3. It is only the contravention of the provisions of the Act, the rules made there under or the terms
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(I) of section 8 of GOP's Policy Directive However, even if framed, the regulations alone do not afford basis for invoking the provisions of section 23 of the Act as Contravention of "regulation, is not an actionable incident mentioned therein. At present though, no regulations have been framed despite the express requirement of GOP's Policy Directive. 6. This is, however, without prejudice to the fact that assuming (though without conceding) that verification of mobile subscribers' antecedents is a matter of "national security ", only rules under section 57(2) (ag) could be made in this regard and not regulations. Admittedly, no
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requirements of para 10 of the SOP i.e. the "789" regime. 2. A “compliance report dated 29” December, 2008 has already been submitted to the Authority which evidences PTML's compliance with the "789" regime. The following may additionally be noted: a) Without any distinction to a specific number, the procedure as laid down in para 10 of the SOP has been adopted by PTML, especially the requirements in respect of verification of subscribers' antecedents from NADRA under the "789" regime. b) The same procedure was followed in the
rules have been made by the Federal Government under the said provision of dale. 7. Needless to slate that GOP's Policy Directive is not issued under section 8(2) (a) of the Act which allows Federal Government to issue policy directive regarding the conditions on which licences for telecommunication, services should be granted As such, it was never intended to make the SOP or any obligation therein to be a condition of PTML's or, for that matter, any CMTO's licence. B. Penal actions can not be taken (or violation of the SOP) 8. It is an established and well-settled principle of law that to penalise someone for violation of an
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obligation. a. the obligation must be clearly defined; b. it must have binding legal force; and c. the penalty for its violation must also be clearly and lawfully prescribed 9. The SOPs and obligations of CMTOs contained therein have throughout been undergoing improvements and changes both with practical experiences gained during the process as well as the different technologies and technical solutions employed/experimented. 10. The verification of mobile subscribers' antecedents was, to start with, not the area of concern either for PTA or the CMTOs, nor is it required to be so under the scheme of the Act. It was on concerned agencies' requirement that the
statutory instrument to any better. 16. As such, in any case, an SOP would legally merely be a guideline and would not afford necessary legal basis for penalising a CMTO for any alleged violation of the SOP under section 23 of the Act. C. SOP not covered bit GOP's Policy Directive 17. The purported legal basis for issuance of the SOP is GOP's Policy Directive. 18. GOP's Policy Directive undeniably relates to the mobile subscribers' antecedent verification in the scenario of pre-activated SIMs. It does not contemplate nor provide for verification of SIMs in a regime where SIMs are only to be activated post verification from NADRA. 19. This has been clearly acknowledged by PTA in its written submissions before the august Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1 IRC No. 2843/2007 when in response to a written suggestion made by Mr. Rana Shahid Pervaiz,
SOPs were put in place and revised from time to time as aforesaid. 11. The purpose was lo cater for the ground realities and to balance the growth of the industry and interest of users of mobile telecommunication services - something protected by the Act, with concerns of law enforcing agencies - something that was extraneous to the purposes of the Act. 12. The legal backing for SOP was not clear and was in fact absent. In these circumstances, PTML had been throughout cooperating with PTA in good faith to help achieve the purposes of the SOP and in the absence of a clear legal mandate for the SOP and given the practical ground realities, it was not expected to incur any liability for any alleged violation of the SOP by its franchisees or retailers. Hence, even when GOP's Policy Directive came, it did not provide for any penal consequence for CMTOs. 13. With changing SOPs, no clearly spelt
The record of the call reveals that the call centre agent did follow the SOP and asked the necessary questions as per para 10 of the SOP
DSP Cantt, Rawalpindi, before the august Supreme Court seeking sale of only deactivated SIMs, it was categorically stated by PTA that "sale of deactivated SIMs is not contemplated by the Federal Government's policy directive on the subject, which is presumed to be aware of any security/law and order concerns related to sale of activated SIMs. 20. It was further stated by the Authority before the Supreme Court that "Sale of deactivated SIMS also raises a serious issue of hampering the growth of mobile phone industry". 21. Given the above stance taken by PTA before the august Supreme Court, the SOP being essentially a procedure for sale of inactive/deactivated SIMs and activation thereof after verification, it would not be covered by GOP's Policy Directive and, as such, unless afresh policy directive is issued by the Federal Government in line with the SOP, it would be without the legal cover and backing that it purports to have. 22. Being admittedly deficient in legal backing/support by GOP's Policy Directive which is purportedly its sale, legal basis, the SOP cannot be legally made basis for invoking any penal provisions or proceedings under the law. The SCN may, therefore, be withdrawn without any further action. D. Absence of any penal action against CMTOs in GOP's Policy Directive 23. GOP's Policy Directive, which is purportedly the only legal basis for issuance of the SOP (or both the old and the new one), does not provide for nor contemplate any action against CAITOs for the violation of any SOP, 24. Section (9) of GOP's Policy Directive is very clear in this regard which only penalises the concerned franchisee and retailer of the CMTO and not the CMTO. 25. No other penal consequence is provided for the CMTOs in GOP's Policy Directive in respect of SOP's violation. 26. It is only in paragraph 20.b of the SOP,
purportedly made in pursuance of GOP's Policy Directive that PTA has on its own provided for "legal action under the provisions of the Act" as one of the actions to be taken in case of noncompliance with the SOP besides the action of permanently sealing the concerned franchisee. 27. To that extent, being in derogation of GOP's Policy Directive (which is binding on PTA as per section 8(1) of the Act) and exceeding its mandate thereunder, paragraph 20.b. of the SOP is to be disregarded. 28. Resultantly, the SCN against PTML may kindly be withdrawn since it should not have been issued to PTML in the first place as per the mandate of GOP's Policy Directive. E. GOP's Policy directive not in line with section 8(2) (c) of the Act 29. GOP's Policy Directive has purportedly been issued under section 8(2)(c) of the Act which allows the Federal Government to issue policy directives to the Authority in respect of "requirements of national security and of relationships between Pakistan and the Government of any other country or territory
binding obligation with categorically stated penal consequences existed at anytime which could provide the basis for proceeding against PTML under section 23 of the Act. 14. Besides foregoing, all SOPs relating to mobile subscribers’ antecedents verification are, by the nature, non-statutory instruments/notifications. 15. The fact that an SOP is made pursuant to a governmental policy directive issued under section 8 of the Act (like GOP's Policy Directive) does not elevate its status from that of a non-
outside Pakistan and other States or territories outside Pakistan". 30. "National security" is not defined in the Act although it has been used at two other places in the Act in sections 54(1) and 57(2)(ag) thereof "National security" has to be thus properly interpreted. 31. In plain English, this would mean security of the nation. At one place in section 54(1) of the Act, the overall context in which the phrase "national security" has been used seems to be the same i.e. security of the nation or state. 32. Somewhat akin to this understanding, Article 260 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 defines "security of Pakistan" in terms of "safety, welfare, stability and integrity of Pakistan and also of each part of Pakistan" but excludes public safety. 33. A "National Security Council" is mentioned to be established under section 3 of the National Security Council Act, 2004 "to serve as a forum for consultation on matters of national security including the sovereignty, integrity, defence, security of the State and crisis management". 34. Given the state or national level
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implications of a security issue, it remains arguable whether the verification of mobile subscribers' antecedents is a matter of "national security" or not. 35. The preamble of GOP's Policy Directive clearly mentions the purpose of the antecedent verification i.e. to act as an aid in investigation of crimes. 36. Undeniably, as a mode of communication
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like any other, mobile phones can be expectedly used by criminals. However, this alone should not make it a matter of such high significance as to qualify as a matter of national security. 37. GOP's Policy Directive does not specify any specific category of crimes at a scale that could affect or threaten national security, which could justify issuance of a policy directive under section 8 (2)(c) of the Act. 38. Moreover, GOP's Policy Directive has been only approved by the concerned Federal Minister as evident from the last sentence of the said document. 39. Under the Rules of Business, 1973, approval of a policy by the Minister, instead of the Prime Minister, signifies that it has not been treated as an "important policy decision" 40. Sub-rules (i) and (5) of rule 5 of the Rules of Business, 1973 in this regard state as under: 41. Having not been treated as an important policy decision, it could be assumed that the GOP's Policy Directive was not important enough to qualify as a matter or requirement of "national security" as per section 8(2)(c) of the Act. 42. Moreover, there is no evidence if the matter of mobile subscribers' antecedents’ verification was ever taken up by the National Security Council established for this very purpose under the National Security Council Act, 2004 as aforesaid. 43. Since it is arguable if GOP's Policy Directive could even be validly issued under section (2)(c) of the Act which it purportedly invokes, it does not offer sufficient and sound legal footing for PTA to issue any SOP pursuant thereto, let aside penalising CMTOs for an alleged violation of such SOP. The SCN should, therefore, be withdrawn. F. GOP's Policy directive not in line with
section 57(2) (ag) of the Act 44. In sub-section (1) of section 8 of GOP's Policy Directive, the Federal Government has directed PTA to devise "regulations" for the implementation of GOP's Policy Directive. 45. On the other hand, section 57(2)(ag) of the Act specifically empowers the Federal Government itself to make "rules" for "enforcing national security measures in the telecommunication sector". 46. It is a well-settled legal proposition that when law prescribes something to be done in a particular manner, it must be done in that prescribed manner and doing it in any other manner would not be valid nor upheld by the courts of law. 47. Federal Government's direction in section 8(1) of GOP's Policy Directive to PTA to frame regulations would amount to abdicating its own rule-making powers, which is not permissible under the law. 48. Therefore, assuming for the sake of argument that verification of mobile subscribers' antecedents does constitute a matter of "national security", only rules under section 57(2)(ag) could be made in this regard and not regulations. 49. To that extent, GOP's Policy Directive is in direct conflict with, and ultra vires, of the parent/primary legislation i.e. the Act, in particular, section 57(2)(ag) thereof. 50. In this view of the matter and the fact that no rules have been made by the Federal Government till date, the GOP's Policy Directive and any SOP made pursuant thereto do not afford sufficient legal grounds for penalizing anyone for a violation thereof. In view of the foregoing, in particular PTML's good faith cooperation and compliance with "789" regime and submissions at paras A to D above, it is respectfully requested that the SCN may kindly be withdrawn without any further action thereon. Without prejudice to the foregoing request, we may mention that PTML's submissions made at paras A to D above were also raised in response to an earlier SCN but the same were not taken up nor disposed off in an earlier determination/enforcement order of the Authority dated 6th July, 2009, which as aforesaid now stands challenged in FAOs filed by the Cellular industry before the Honourable Lahore High Court on inter alia the same grounds contained in paras A to D above. The Authority could either take up these submissions/grounds by disposing them off now or, more desirably, showing defence to the Honourable Lahore High Court, postponed further proceedings in the captioned SCN till the disposal on merits of the said litigation by the Honourable Lahore High Court. As regards the submissions pertaining to GOP's Policy Directive mentioned at paras E and F above (also raised by PTML in response to an earlier SCN), PTML understands that the same were not entertained by the Authority in a previous determination/enforcement order dated 6th July, 2009, on the ground the Authority was bound by governmental directives issued under the Act. The same grounds have also been agitated before the Honourable Lahore High Court by PTML along with the Cellular Industry in their FAOs against the aforesaid determination/enforcement order dated 6th July, 2009 wherein the very vires of GOP's Policy Directive and the SOPs issued thereunder have been assailed While the Honourable High Court seized the matter, here is no bar on the Authority
if, on account of fundamental nature of these objections going to the very root of the legality/vires of the GOP's Policy Directive, brings the same to the notice of Federal Government for appropriate corrective action (as deemed fit and necessary by the Federal Government). The same is accordingly requested for by PTML in the interest of justice and legal propriety. Please note that the aforesaid request is being made under Article 4 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 whereby PTML and, in fact, the whole Cellular Industry has the Constitutional right to be treated in accordance with law, from which the GOP's Policy Directive and the SOP both derogated. For convenience of
reference, Article 4 of the Constitution is reproduced below: "4. Right of individuals to be dealt with in accordance with law, etc. (1) To enjoy the protection of law and to be treated in accordance with law is the inalienable right of every citizen, wherever he may be, and of every other person for the time being within Pakistan. (2) In particular. a. no action detrimental to the life, liberty, body, reputation or property of any person shall be taken except in accordance with law; b. no person shall be prevented from or be hindered in doing that which is not prohibited by law; and c. no person shall be compelled to do that which the 1 awl' does not require him to do." [Emphasis added] Needless to mention that the Cellular Industry's fundamental right of freedom of business is directly affected by a strict implementation of the GOP's Policy Directive and the SOP and any penal action without a sound and sufficient legal basis against any CMTO would run afoul of Article 18 of the Constitution which guarantees Freedom of business to all and sundry. PTML looks forward to a favourable outcome and, as always, to continued good faith mutual cooperation in implementation of SOP for the larger good. " 1.9. Licensee's 2nd response to the notice: In
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its 2nd response dated 4th February, 2010 to the notice and in continuation of the licensee's earlier response, the licensee submitted as under: "Re: Show Cause Notice under section 23 of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act. 1996 In the aforesaid reply (reply dated 15th January, 10), we have informed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ("the Authority") that, without prejudice to the legal and factual stance taken by PTML regarding penal consequences of non-compliance with the "SOP on Mobile Subscribers' Documentation and Activation of SIMS After Verification'" dated 30th January, 2009 ("SOP",), PTML has been following in good faith and for larger good the instructions/directions contained in para 10 of the SOP, in particular, the steps to be taken before activation of a SIM/number under the "789" regime as stipulated in the said para of the SOP. PTML wants to add some supplemental information to the already submitted reply before the Authority regarding the facts which later earn into its knowledge. With absolute good faith and sincerity, following is brought to the kind notice of the Authority: 1. PTML has further inquired internally and found a mistake on part of the call center agent working in the "789" call center handling the call made for verification from 0331-4770183. 2. The record of the call reveals that the call center agent did follow the SOP and asked the necessary questions as per para 10 of the SOP. To be precise, he asked about CN1C Number, customer's name, mother's name, place of birth and father's name. It was in view of this that PTML took the stance earlier that the SOP had been complied with since all necessary questions had been asked by the call center agent further more than just 2 or 3 questions as stipulated in para 10 of SOP). 3. While the caller correctly answered all other questions, his answer to the question regarding mother's name did not match with the information provided by NADRA. 4. For what appears to be sheer negligence on part of the call center agent, this was not noticed by him and verification and activation process was completed without referring the caller to Customer Service Centre as required by para 10 of SOP. 5. This was only discovered after PTML had-sent its earlier reply to the SCN, which is 'deeply regretted Transcript of the recorded call has been prepared and is being attached for convenience of reference by the Authority. 6. Clear standing instructions exist and training
7. Disciplinary action has, therefore, been taken against the concerned call center agent. Copy of his suspension letter is enclosed while an HR committee is investigating his case to decide the final outcome which may also lead to his
against the delinquent person. 11. Copies of most recent Notices containing appropriate instructions/warning to the agents handling "789" calls are enclosed herewith. 12. Since inception of "789" regime, PTML has
termination from service. 8. We would like to point out here that PTML has adopted the policy of "Zero Tolerance" in respect of non-compliance with the "789" regime as contained in para 10 of the SOP and the concerned employees of PTML are well-acquainted with this policy.
This act of issuing the SIM which did not match NADRA's data was taken not only a disregard to the Authority's aforesaid directives but also a threat to the national security measures taken by the Federal Government and to be implemented by the Authority
9. PTML has already issued strict instructions in very clear and unequivocal terms to the agents handling calls made to 789 for activation to faithfully follow para 10 of the SOP without any negligence or slothfulness on their part.
is also imparted to all agents at PTML handling calls for activation through 789 to comply with para 10 of SOP. There was thus no room or scope for such an omission by the call center agent in the case of activation of 0331-4770183.
10. In the particular context of instant case, PTML has issued a general warning to all concerned that non-compliance with para 10 of the SOP, whether intentional or negligent, shall not be tolerated and shall entail serious disciplinary action
been making its best efforts to faithfully implement the "789" regime. PTML wants to reassure the Authority that for the larger good, despite not being legally obligated to do so, PTML shall continue to implement the "789" regime as effectively as possible. 13. In this regard, as stated earlier, PTML has taken appropriate measures to avoid similar incidents in future. 14. It is nonetheless pointed out that isolated incidents (like the instant case) are not reflective of PTML's commitment and efforts to follow the SOP. Statistically, this is not a representative sampling of PTML's performance where millions of calls to 789 have already been successfully handled by PTML's agents in the respective call centres. 15. Although measures are and will always be taken at PTML's end to uphold faithful implementation of the SOP (like trainings, etc), human error and failings may still come in the way deserving to be dealt with accordingly on a case by case basis. PTML may kindly, therefore, not be judged on the basis of an isolated occurrence. 16. Taking this opportunity and with a view to limiting the scope for mistakes, PTML would request that the Authority may kindly elaborate clarify the following regarding para 10 of the SOP: a. What should be the minimum number of questions asked? b. Whether one or both of secret questions be asked? (Note: In the instant case, both were asked. However, had only place of birth been asked, there would have been no discrepancy or mismatch of data and SIM activation would have been in full compliance with para 10 of the SOP). c. How can objectivity be brought to the standard of "satisfaction" of a call center agent as envisaged by para 10(b) (3) of the SOP? (Note: In the instant case', the call center agent's subjective "satisfaction" on one of the secret question's answer being correct i. e. place of birth, might have prompted him to proceed further in the instant case thereby defeating the purpose of verification.) d. What should be the order / sequence of questions to be asked in terms of their preference? e. Should caller be asked to call back if a question is answered incorrectly, please clarify in case of a secret question and otherwise? f. Secret questions need to be clearly identified in the SOP. g. Any other clarification that the Authority may deem necessary. 17. PTML is currently following a practice that it
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considers best serves the purpose of verification through the "789" regime (Please see the contents of PTML's internal communication to call center agents vide Notice dated 30th January, 2010), Nonetheless, the language of para 10 of SOP also affords scope for a different interpretation. The Authority may kindly look into the matter to ensure more objective compliance with the SOP in future also avoiding similar incidents in future. PTML trusts that the Authority shall take a holistic view of the matter and shall not let an isolated incident overwhelm its judgment regarding the overall efforts and performance of PTML in implementing para 10 of the SOP. The instant letter
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may kindly be accepted as further compliance with the SCN to the satisfaction of the Authority. " 1.10. The Hearing: On the licensee's request, the hearing scheduled for 2nd February, 2010 was later adjourned to 9th February, 2010. On the said date the licensee appeared before the Authority through Mr. Abdul Aziz Khan, CEO, Mr. Naveed K Butt, VP CS&RA, SM Irfan, Hamid Bashir Alvi along with legal counsel Mr. Afnan Karim Kundi, ASC, and Misbahul Mustafa, Advocate. 1.11. The learned counsel representing the licensee, regretted the aforesaid contraventions and admitted that the aforesaid number was activated mistakenly by one of its Call Center's agent and reiterated the points submitted earlier in its response dated 4th February, 2010 and also elaborated on the points raised in its reply dated 15th January, 2010, particularly on the validity of Policy Directive on the subject issue. 1.12. The licensee maintained that it is issuing about 25,000 connections per day and is trying to minimize the chances of mistake. It pointed out that the call center's agent has asked, in actual, four questions whereas in the procedure it is provided two/three questions. As per the response, the subscriber had answered three questions correctly, and the call center agent, therefore, was satisfied and activated the SIM. such mistakes. It highlighted that there is need for some clarifications regarding of the secret questions and the standard of satisfaction in this regard. 1.13. During the hearing the fact of the SIM having been used in the tragic incident of terrorism at Lahore by those abetting and facilitating the heinous crime which resulted in the loss of many invaluable lives was also brought in the knowledge of the licensee. However, the licensee was already aware of the said fact and termed the said incident and use of the SIM in it as the most unfortunate occurrence.
Findings of the Authority 1.12. The contents of the licensee's reply to the SCN dated 4th February, 2010 carries an unambiguous admission of violating the SOP in activating the SIM in question, by the licensee, which in effect is contravention of clause 1.14 of the licence providing a justifiable cause for invoking the provisions of section 23 of the Act by issuing the notice. 1.13. The licensee 2nd reply also shows that the Authority's concern was taken for granted at the first stage and the show cause notice was responded to with denial of the violation without proper inquiry, and when proper (further) inquiry was carried out, the mistake/violation was found to have been committed. This further inquiry was in fact should have been conducted earlier at the first stage. 1.14. Next important point is that mere asking the required questions is not following the SOP. Receiving correct answers to the questions is equal part of SOP. Hence, without receiving correct answers to the questions asked cannot be termed as following the SOP. 1.15. The number of questions asked is immaterial. What has to be seen is whether the questions asked have been answered correctly. The SOP, therefore, cannot be said to have been followed by any stretch of imagination. Receiving correct answers to all other questions except one tantamount to receiving "no correct answers", hence, activation of connection on such incorrect information is clear violation of the SOP. 1.16. The statement of the licensee that show cause notice cannot be issued for violation of the SOP is misplaced. The SOP is in the nature of direction/instructions of the Authority• which has been issued pursuant to para 8 of the Policy Directive issued by the Federal Government for implementation by all Cellular Mobile Operators.
concern for the Federal Government as well as for the Authority that any slight deviation from the given procedure cannot be ignored or tolerated. Taking a very serious notice of issuance of a single SIM in violation of the SOP at a time where about 25,000 SIMs are issued a day (as stated by the licensee) may be taken, by many, as a matter of tightening the noose unnecessarily. However, it may be noted that the matter of grave concern for the Federal Government as well as the Authority is not the possible human error out of which the activation of a particular SIM may skip the procedure but it is the risk to the national security and law and order which such a slight deviation, in appearance, may always carry with itself. 2.2 Fact of the SIM having been used in the fateful incident of terrorism at Lahore, admittedly issued by the licensee in violation of SOP, speak volumes of the concerns of the Federal Government as well as the Authority on the issue. 2.3 Deviation from the given procedure i.e. the SOP/PTA's directives/directives of the FederalGovernment, in this regard, therefore, cannot be taken lightly even if it is found to have been taken with regard to a single SIM out of millions. 2.4 However, since the licensee has admitted the contravention and has thus extended a helping hand to the Authority in establishing the contravention of the terms and conditions of the licence, a lenient view is taken in the matter by imposing a fine of Rs.150, 000,000/- (rupees one hundred and fifty million only) to be paid by the licensee within one month from the date of issuance of the instant enforcement order. 2.5 In case of the licensee's failure to deposit the aforesaid amount in the aforesaid period, the same shall be recovered through all permissible means including filing of recovery petition under section 30 of the Act.
Under the terms and conditions of the licence, the licensee is obliged to comply with the provisions of the prevailing regulatory laws comprising the Act, all the rules and regulations made/framed/issued under the Act and the terms and conditions of the licence
The licensee is obliged vide clause 1.14 of the license to comply with such directions of the Authority, and non-compliance of aforesaid directions amounts to contravention of clause 1.14 of the licence, hence, action under section 23 of the Act can be initiated. 1.17. Moreover, mere non-promulgation of regulations on the subject does not curtail the powers of the Authority to enforce the policy directive through SoP/instructions and its powers to issue show cause notice due to violation of its instructions. The Federal Government is competent to issue Policy Directive under Section 8(2) (c) or to frame rules under section 57 (2)(ag) of the Act on the subject. 1.18.The points raised by the licensee that (i) SOP's Policy directive is not in line with section 8(2)(c) of the Act, and (ii) GOP's Policy directive is not in line with section 57 (2)(ag) of the Act are irrelevant to the subject show cause notice. The Federal Government has issued Policy Directive under 8(2)( c) of the Act which the Authority is bound to implement. 2. Order of the Authority: 2.1 The matter of streamlining the process of issuance of SIMs by CMTOs is of such a great Chairman, PTA, Dr Mohammad Yaseen, S. Nasrul Karim A. Ghaznavi, Member, Finance and Dr Khawar Siddique Khokhar, Member, Technical has signed on the decision on 26th February, 2010. Earlier, Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) had issued show cause notice to Ufone violating Competition Ordinance in its advertisements (Uwon). While, PTA has issued show cause notice to initiate proceedings against M/s Ufone, based on the results of the Quality of Service (QoS) Survey conducted recently by the Authority. The proceedings may lead towards the appointment of an Administrator or levy of fine up to Rs.350 millions and also suspension or termination of licence under section 23 of Pakistan Telecom (Re-organisation) Act 1996. PTA reliable sources disclosed that the Authority will soon notice to Ufone for its poor quality service. The recently tragic blast in Lahore, in which 14 people were killed and over 60 injured including 8 women in a suicide car bombing, which took place near the FIA and the Special Investigation Unit building in Model Town. The investigation is under way and the SIM used in the attack issued by Ufone will be reveal after the completion of inquiry.
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Nokia X6 16GB
Nokia has officially launched the 16GB model of the Nokia X6. The terminal, called Nokia X6 16GB is a simplified version of his older brother. The only difference with this is that it reduces the internal memory of 32GB to 16GB, which is still a good figure, and which dispenses with the Comes With Music service (online music forever). Apart from the welcome screen capacitive, reaching a respectable 3.2 inches, the X6 has HSDPA 3G connectivity with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a 5 megapixel camera with Karl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash, Nokia X6 16GB should be similar to the original phone, thus featuring a 360 x 640 pixels capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, GPS, TV out, 5MP Carl Zeiss camera, and probably free navigation, too. The Nokia X6 16GB comes in four colors, including all black, all white, white with pink highlights and white with yellow highlights. According to official announcement, the Nokia X6 16GB will be available this quarter. Unfortunately, the pricing of the Nokia X6 16GB was not announced at this time.
Samsung Ch@t B3410W
As the name suggests, the Samsung Ch@t B3410W is a dedicated mobile phone for messaging. Therefore, Samsung has integrated SNS applications for all social networks like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc. in the phone. It is aimed at the medium range of the mobile phone users that can take the advantage of dual benefits of touch screen interface and QWERTY keyboard. In fact, a wide range of mobile phones are getting introduced that includes both touch screen and QWERTY functionalities. Some good examples would be Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini PRO. The mobile phone company recently announced the launch of Ch@t B3410W and its expected release time is not yet disclosed. It is a small and cute model, which should find its place in the market. However, Samsung must maintain a reasonable price tag. Samsung Ch@t B3410W is a smart phone for the mid range users. It features some really exciting applications and widgets for that proper memory support is essential. If the memory back up is not up to the mark, then the widgets and applications will not have any use for the users. The consumers are expanding their memory feature so that they can enjoy more storage space. Other important specifications of the mobile phone are Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, MP4/H.263/H.264 player, downloadable games, Google Search, etc. Overall, it is a decent phone with decent features according to its affordable price.
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LG GS500 Cookie Plus
LG has made the official announcement of the GS500 Cookie Plus, the successor to the original Cookie that released in the fourth quarter of 2008. When the trend of churning out excellent touch screen mobile phones is hot in the market like Samsung S5620 Monte or the LG's very own LG GT350, it is to be seen how fast GS500 Cookie Plus make its mark. What's new in the Cookie Plus that its predecessor lacks? It comes with a latest graphical user interface, which will effectively focus on the connectivity of social networking. On the home screen itself, one can find the widget of Facebook, along with Flickr, Twitter, and many other social networks. In addition to that, the mobile phone brings in an MMS feature called Editable Screenshot. LG Cookie Plus is supportive of both 2G and 3G networks. In case of 2G, it supports the quad band GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900; while with 3G, it brings HSDPA 900/ 2100. Good memory features are always a big advantage to the users of mobile phones. That is the reason every smart phone pack reasonable good memory option so that the excellent and latest applications can be used to their fullest. For example- there is no point in purchasing a mobile phone that comes with good gaming features, if the phone does not have to enough space to store sufficient games. From the features and the specifications of the mobile phone it seems clear that LG GS500 Cookie Plus has the potential to successfully carry forward the legacy of the original Cookie. We have to wait to see the response of the handset.
Motorola XT720 MOTOROI
When an incomplete 2009/10 Motorola roadmap was released three months ago, everyone thought of Motorola Sholes Tablet. But now, the codename has transformed into MOTOROI. Motorola has now upgraded its Motorola XT701 to a new edition of China Telecom’s exclusive XT720 MOTOROI. Motorola XT701 was brought up in the month of December 2010. According to the leaked specifications, the MOTOROI or Motorola XT720 comes with 3.7” touch screen display which has a capacity of displaying 16M color, and a resolution of 480 x 854 p. The model also has a 3.5mm audio jack, runs on Android OS 2.0, a GPS receiver and also features Wi-Fi support and UMTS facility. MOTOROI does not have a hardware keyboard and is presently marketed by Korea Telecom Stores. Extra hardware features of Motorola XT720 is it has an onboard memory of 8GB, also houses an auto focus camera with 8 megapixel resolution which has a Xenon flash along with video recording facility of capacity 720p. MOTOROI also has an HDMI port that is used in transferring the recorded video files to other devices. Using the pinch gestures, you can even zoom in and out since the tablet supports Multi-touch facility. The system comes along with an onscreen 3.4 alphanumeric keypad, half QWERTY keypad with handwriting recognition and a QWERTY keypad. Users can watch TV and also can listen to radio through their tablet because of the South Korean T-DMB wireless technology. Motorola XT720 dimensions 115.96 x 61 x 10.9 mm and weighs somewhere around 140 gms. The tablet’s dedicated website allows users to get a short MOTOROI demonstration. The tablet is going to hit the Korea Telecom’s Stores all over the country in coming days but Motorola has kept its price unknown.
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HTC HD mini
Comes degan 600MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, and GPS features. HTC HD Mini is rumored to be using operating system Windows Mobile 6.5 and will be implemented during lauch event WMC 2010. The phone will be the first Windows Mobile device equipped with a 3.2-inch HVGA screen, FM radio, audio jack plug 3.5 mm, G-sensor, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi and runs on quad-band GSM / EDGE dual -band HSPA. In addition, the event will also be on display device HTC TouchFLO 3D (or HTC Sense), which is equipped with a 1300 mAh battery and a microSD slot for adding storage capacity, which according to rumors of this device will be known as the Touch Diamond 3. The HTC HD Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen more bigger than HTC Smart, and it runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with HTC’s Sense user interface, and it is powered by a Qualcomm 600MHz processor. Another features of HTC HD Mini like 5 megapixel auto focus camera, 384MB RAM, a 512MB ROM, a microSD memory card slot with up to 32GB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, microUSB, 3.5mm headphone connector, and a 1200 mAh battery. The HTC HD mini is supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 MHz networks. Dimensions of HTC HD mini are 103.8×57.5×11.7 mm and weight is 110g. It will be available in April 2010.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini proves small also can be powerful. Matching with its size, the set is equally lightweight. The set runs on Android 1.6 as such the speed of response is strikingly admirable. It isn’t a handset with QWERTY keyboard as its cousin x10-mini-pro has. Prominently, XPERIA X10 Mini has the features of 2.55 inches QVGA screen and a 5MP camera. There is another distinct feature called Timescape to let the assembly of calls, texts and entire range of social networking alerts together, so that nothing is amiss for an ardently socialising user. The cute little Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini comes in several colours like red, pink, black, lime, silver and pearl white. All of these are the conventional colours that the users are familiar with. It is possible that when in hand, the sets are found to possess more a brilliance than what users have seen so far. Though small, XPERIA X10 Mini is enabled for 2G and 3G networks with usual support of the quad band GSM and tri band HSDPA. It is there to excel in networking with these well tested supports. The browsing speed should be good due to connectivity supported with Class 10 GPRS and EDGE rated at the performance speed of 48 kbps and 236.8 kbps. Just as conventional, this set has got the features of Bluetooth and USB for data exchange. The feature of the camera is big on the cute XPERIA X10 Mini. The 50MP camera is capable of taking shots at 2560 x 1920 pixels to have a quality snaps. It is supported with LED flash and auto focus features, besides the geo tagging facility. Video recording facility is of course present to make the camera up to date in all the departments of photography.
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This compact mobile phone comes with a useful dual SIM function allowing the user to enjoy two SIM cards in their mobile phone. The LG GX200 has a lightweight designed casing & comes with many useful communication features. Its main entertainment & media features include a built in music player, FM radio with RDS support & radio recording function, 1.3 megapixel digital camera & a video player. The GX200 has a simple yet user friendly casing with a bar shaped form plus it has an easy to access & control keypad. The LG GX200 measures 10.9cm tall by 4.8cm wide by 1.3cm deep which makes it a pocket friendly mobile phone. It has a two inch TFT screen which supports a 144 pixel by 176 pixel viewing display & it displays up to sixty five thousand colours. Its 1.3 megapixel camera supports both still image capturing & video recording. The camera lens is on the back of the casing & the user can store their images & recordings on their phone for viewing at a later time. The images captured can also be sent to others via the messaging services or transferred to other devices for storage & viewing. The GX200 has a built in speaker & microphone which means the user can take a call over the speakers, leaving the user hands free whilst on their call. The built in phone book supports a photo caller identification feature & the user can store up to five hundred contacts at any one time in their phone book. The LG GX200 supports MMS, email & SMS messaging services which gives the user the freedom to communicating using the best service to suit their needs. The GX200 has a dual SIM card option & both SIM cards supports quad band network coverage which include GSM 900, 1800 & 1900 networks. There is a built in Internet browser which allows the user to access the Internet for information & services as well as simply enjoy a surf for pleasure.
Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition
Nokia announced the Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition cell phone that continues the legacy of one of the company’s most successful products, the Nokia 6700 classic. Featuring stainless steel covers with real gold plating of 18 carats the Nokia Classic Gold Edition is destined to turn heads, and bring a touch of desired exclusivity with an appealing price of 370 Euro, before taxes and subsidies. The new Nokia 6700 Classic Gold Edition will become available in select markets during the first quarter of 2010. The Nokia 6700 Classic Gold Edition handset has enviably beautiful surfaces, luxurious materials and precisely crafted parts. A full metal keymat and living wallpapers created exclusively for the Nokia Classic Gold Edition complete the luxe finish. With its 5 megapixel digital camera and high speed data access that allows easy upload of digital photos and video to various on-line communities, the Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition mobile phone makes an outstanding sharing experience. The Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition handset is delivered with matching cell phone accessories, a natural leather carrying case and strap, and the 8GB microSD flash memory card included in-box has plenty of room for storing pictures, videos or favourite music. As soon as we receive a Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an in-depth Nokia 6700 classic Gold review.
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Nokia 2600 Classic
Dimension 109.6x46.7x12 mm, Weight 73.2 g Memory 10MB user memory (Phonebook 1000 entries, 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0, GPRS, EDGE Display Size 128 x 160 pixels Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML Colors Black, Orange, Blue, Beige Entertainment Stereo FM radio, Games Camera VGA, 640x480 pixMessaging SMS, els, video, MP3 MMS, Email Battery Talk time up to 6h, Stand-by up to 580 h
Dimension 106.5x45.4x12.7 mm Weight 74g Memory 20 MB Built-in (500 PhoneBook entries, 200 sms memory + SIM msg), Connectivity Bluetooth, USB, GPRS Class 10 (48 kbps) Display Size 128 x160 pixels, 1.77 inch Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML Colors Light Gray, Charcoal Gray, Pure White, Lavender Pink, Ice Blue Entertainment FM Radio & recording, MP3/eAAC+/WMA player, Games Camera VGA, Voice memo, Organizer Ring Tones 64 Polyphonic, MP3 Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Battery Talk time up to 7 h, Standby up to 400h
Dimension 105.2x45.6x13.9 mm Weight 72 g Memory 4 MB Built-in + microSD Card Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0, USB, GPRS Class 10 (48 kbps), Display Size 128 x 160 pixels, Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML Colors Silver Entertainment FM Radio, MP3/AAC/AAC+ Player, MPEG4 video player, Games Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, Video, Ring Tones Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS Battery Talk time up to 4h, Stand-by up to 100h
Nokia 5030 XpressRadio
Dimension 108x45x15 mm, Weight 82 g Memory 8 MB Buitlt-in, 1000 Phonebook entries + 250 SMS Connectivity Display Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches Display Colour TFT, 65K colors Features Colors Red, Graphite Entertainment Stereo FM Radio with built-in antenna, Games Other Features Dedicated radio keys, 5way navigation key, Flashlight, Speakerphone, Voice memo Ring Tones Downloadable Polyphonic, MP3, video tones Battery Talk time up to 10h, Stand-by up to 524h, FM radio playback time up to 24h
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Dimension 108.5x45.7x15.6 mm, Weight 87 g Memory 9 MB internal memory + Extendable (microSD TransFlash) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0 Infrared, USB, GPRS Class 10 (48 kbps), HSCSD, EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps) Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML E n t e r t a i n m e n t MP3/MP4/AAC/AAC+/H.264/WMA media player, FM stereo radio, Games (builtin + Downloadable), Downloadable wallpapers, screensavers, Camera 1.3 MP 1280 x 1024 , pixels, video(QCIF) Ring Tones Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, AAC Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Battery Talk time up to 4h, Stand-by up to 370h
Dimension 109x46x12.8 mm Weight 107 g Memory 40 MB shared (30 MB available) + microSD Memory Card (up to 8GB) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP USB, GPRS , Class 10 (48 kbps), EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps), 3G (384 kbps) Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Colors Titan Silver, Grayish Brown, Charcoal Gray, Noir Black, Rose Pink, Lilac Violet Entertainment Mobile Blogging, FM radio with RDS, MP3/AAC/eACC+/WMA/WAV player, MPEG4/3gp player, Games (built-in + downloadable) Camera 2 MP , 1600x1200 pixels, flash, video (2nd QCIF camera for Videocalls) Ring Tones 64 Polyphonic, Midi, MP3 Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Battery Talk time up to 3.4 hrs, Stand-by up to 307 hr
Dimension 97x47.3x14.9 mm Weight 86 g Memory 15 MB Built-in + microSD Card (supports up to 8GB) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0, USB, GPRS Class 10 (48 kbps), HSCSD, EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps) Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML (Openwave 6.2.3) Colors Black Entertainment FM radio with RDS, FM recording, MP3 player, Video Player, Games (built-in + downloadable) Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, Video (QCIF 15fps, MPEG4 H.263) Ring Tones Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Battery Talk time up to 7h, Stand-by up to 340 h
Sony Ericsson W200i
Dimension 101x44x18 mm Weight 85 g Memory 27 MB internal memory + Extendable (Memory Stick Micro M2) Connectivity Infrared, USB, Class 10 (48 kbps), HSCSD, Display Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches Display Colour UBC, 65K colors Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, feeds HTML(NetFront), RSS Entertainment FM radio with RDS, Walkman Media Player 1.0, Picture editor, Games (Builtin + downloadable), Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, video Ring Tones Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, AAC Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging Battery Talk time up to 7h, Stand-by up to 360 h
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Samsung S3653 Corby
Dimension 103x56.5x12.4 mm Weight 90 g Memory 90 MB Built-in + microSD Card (Supports up to 8 GB) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP USB, GPRS , Class 10 (48 kbps), HSCSD, EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps) Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Colors Jamaican Yellow, Cupid Pink, Minimal White, & Festival Orange, 2 Fashion Jackets Entertainment radio with RDS, Stereo FM MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player, Find Music recognition service, H.263/H.264/MP4/WMV player, Games Camera 2 MP 1600x1200 pix, els, Smile detection, Video (QVGA 15fps), 2X Digital Zoom MP3 Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Battery Talk time up to 3h 40 min, Stand-by up to 500h
Dimension 103.8x44.7x 9.9 mm, Weight 71 g Memory 30 MB internal memory + Micro SD memory slot up to 4 GB Connectivity Bluetooth, USB, GPRS Class 32, EDGE Class 32 (177 kbits), HSCSD Display Size 240 x 320 pixels, 31.5 x 41.5 mm Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera mini) Entertainment Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3/MP4/AAC/eAAc/WMA player, 3.5 mm AV jack, Nokia sensor, Nokia mobile search, Games (Snake II, Music Guess, Towerbloxx + downloadable) Camera 2 MP 1600x1200 , pixels, video(QCIF) Ring Tones Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, MP4, WMA, AAC, video tones Battery Talk time up to 5h 20 min, Stand-by up to 300 h
Nokia 7310 Supernova
Dimension 106.5x45.4x12 mm, Weight 83 g Memory 32 MB internal + microSD card (supports up to 4GB) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP USB, GPRS , Class 32 (88 kbps), EDGE (296 kbits), Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML Colors Steel Blue, Wasabi Green, Candy Pink, Mushroom Silver, Plum Jam, Electric Blue, Yellow Mellow Entertainment Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA player, MPEG-4 player, TV-out Camera 2 MP , 1600x1200 pixels, video (QCIF@15fps) Other Features Xpress-on covers with 3D textured designs, Built-in handsfree, Macromedia Flash Lite 2.1 Ring Tones Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3 Battery Talk time Up to 4 h, Stand-by Up to 300 h
Sony Ericsson W595
Dimension 100x47x14 mm Weight 104 g Memory 40 MB shared + Memory Stick Micro M2 Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP USB, , GPRS Class 10 (48 kbps), HSCSD, EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps), 3G (HSDPA 3.6 Mbps) Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (NetFront ) Colors Jungle Grey, Lava Black, Cosmopolitan White, Active Blue Entertainment Walkman player, FM radio with RDS, Shake control, TrackID music recognition, SensMe, Games (builtin + downloadable) Camera 3.15 MP , 2048x1536 pixels, video (QVGA 15fps); secondary videocall camera Battery Talk time Up to 9 h, Stand-by Up to 385 h
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Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
Size 104x49x13 mm, Weight 107 g Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 360x640 pixels, 2.9 inches, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Handwriting recognition, 3.5 mm audio jack Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records Detailed, max 30 days, Data GPRS Class 32 EDGEClass 32, WLAN WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB, Camera Primary 3.15 MP 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, , Features OS Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5 CPU ARM 11 434 MHz processor, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds, Colors Red on black, Blue on white, Grey on black, Pink on white, Yellow on white, Java Yes, MIDP 2.1 WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player, Battery Stand-by up to 336h, Talk time up to 5h
Samsung S7350 Ultra s
Size 109x50.3x12.6 mm, Weight 110 g Display Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 400 pixels, 2.6 inches, Sound Alert types, Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3, Memory Phonebook 1000 contacts, Photo call, Call records 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP USB , Yes, v2.0, Camera Primary, 5 MP , 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, Features Geotagging, face detection, smile shot, image stabilization, wide dynamic range, Video Yes, 720x480@30fps, QVGA slowmotion and 720x480 fast-motion Secondary Yes, Colors Silver, Battery Stand-by 350h (2G) / 400 h (3G) Talk time 6h 30 min (2G) / 4h
Motorola RAZR2 V9
Dimension 103x53x13.3mm Weight 125 g Memory 45 MB internal memory + Extendable with Memory Card Connectivity Bluetooth V2.0 with A2DP USB, GPRS , Class 10 (48 kbps), EDGE Class 12, 3G (HSDPA 3.6 Mbps) Display Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches, 2nd external 2 inches display (240 x 320 pixels) with contextual touch interaction Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera 8) Entertainment Video calling and download, MP3/AAC/AAC+ Camera 2 MP , player, Games 1600x1200 pixels, video(QCIF) Other Features Built-in handsfree, Voice memo Ring Tones Polyphonic, MP3 Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Instant Messaging Battery Talk time Up to 3 h 30 min, Stand-by Up to 260 h
Dimension 109x58x 17.6 mm Weight 126 g Memory 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM, 200 Mhz processor, Memory Card (SD Slot) Connectivity Bluetooth v2.0, USB, GPRS Class 10 (48 kbps), EDGE Class 10 (236.8 kbps), Display Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches Display Colour TFT touchscreen, 65K colors Features Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (PocketIE) Entertainment Windows Pocket Media Player. Games, MP3/AAC player, Video/audio album Camera 2 MP 1600x1200 pixels, video , Ring Tones Polyphonic, MP3 Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging Battery Talk Time up to 5h, Standby Time up to 200h
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Size Dimensions 112x46x12.3 mm, Weight 89.3 g Display Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches, Sound Alert types, Vibration, MP3 Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records Detailed, max 30 days, Card slot, microSD, up to 16GB, 2GB included Data GPRS Class 32, EDGE Class 32, 3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB Camera Primary, 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Video Yes, VGA@15fps VGA videocall camera Features OS Symbian OS v9.3, Series 60 rel. 3.2, Messaging SMS, AMS, MMS, Email, Push EMail, IM, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Colors White, Warm Grey, GPS Yes, with AGPS; Ovi Maps 3.0, Java Yes, MIDP 2.0, player, MP4/H.264/H.263 MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMV player, Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, MySpace apps Battery Stand-by up to 630h (2G) / up to 670 h (3G) Talk time up to 12h (2G) / up to 5 h (3G)
Samsung I8520 Beam
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches Scratch-resistant surface, Sound Alert types Vibration, Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack, Digital Natural Sound Engine Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall, Call records Yes Internal 16 GB storage, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, Camera Primary, 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Features OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), CPU 800 MHz processor, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS, Games Yes Colors Black, GPS Yes, with A-GPS support Java Yes, MIDP 2.0, Social networking integration with live updates, Built-in WVGA projector, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk integration, Battery Stand-by Up to 630 h (2G) / Up to 530 h (3G) Talk time Up to 14 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 20 min (3G)
Samsung S8500 Wave
Size Dimensions 118x56x10.9 mm, Weight 118 g Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.3 inches Multi-touch input method, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Scratch-resistant surface, Smart unlock, Sound Alert types, Vibration, MP3 ringtones, Speakerphone Yes, Digital Natural Sound Engine Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall, Call records Yes, Internal 2GB / 8GB, Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, Features OS Bada OS, CPU ARM Cortex A8 1GHz, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, Palringo IM, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM recording Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Black, GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, Java Yes, MIDP 2.0, Digital compass, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/Xvid/DivX player
Size Dimensions 116.8x60x12.4 mm, Weight 130 g Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors Size 320x480 pixels, 3.1 inches, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets, Touchpad, Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones, Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call, Call records, Practically unlimited, Internal 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB, 2GB included Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 48 kbps, EDGE Class 12, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, Camera Primary, 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Features OS Android OS, 1.5 (Cupcake), CPU Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz Processor Messaging, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM Browser HTML, Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS, Games Downloadable, Colors Black, White, Licorice, Purple, GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, MP4/H.263/H.264 player, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk Document viewer Battery Stand-by Up to 500 h (2G) / Up to 450 h (3G)
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Sony Ericsson Aspen
Size Dimensions 117x60x12.5mm, Weight 130 g Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 320x240pixels, 2.4 inches, QWERTY keyboard, XPERIA Panels, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Sound Alert types Vibration, Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records Practically unlimited, Internal 100 MB storage, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash), up to 16GB, 4GB included, Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA; HSUPA WLAN Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels Features OS Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional, Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM Browser WAP 2.0/HTML (IE), RSS feeds, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Colors Iconic Black, White Silver, GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, Java Yes, MIDP 2.0, Google Maps Latitude, Skype, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter apps MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, Eco friendly materials, SEMC Greenheart Panel Battery Stand-by up to 450h (2G) / up to 600h (3G) Talk time up to 10h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)
Display Type TFT touchscreen, Size 480 x 1024 pixels, 4.8 inches, S-Class UI, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate Sound Alert types, Vibration, MP3 ringtones Speakerphone Yes Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 5.76 Mbps WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth Yes, USB Yes, Camera Primary, 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Video Yes, Secondary Video call camera Features OS MeeGo OS, CPU Intel Atom (Pineview, 45nm), Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser xHTML, HTML, Games Yes, Colors Grey, GPS Yes, with A-GPS support Java, MP4/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player, Organizer, Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
LG KH5200 Andro-1
Size Dimensions 109x54x15.9mm, Weight 139g Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.0 inches, QWERTY keyboard, Accelerometer sensor for UI autorotate, Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones, Speakerphone Yes, 3.5 mm audio jack Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries, Photocall, Call records Practically unlimited Internal 170 MB, Card slot microSD, up to 32GB Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB, Camera Primary 5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Features OS Android OS, Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS, Games Yes, incl. motionbased + downloadable, Colors Black, GPS Yes, A-GPS, Java Yes, MIDP 2.0, SNS Widgets, Social networking integration with live updates, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player MP4/DviX/WMV/H.263/H.264 player, Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Organizer, Photo/video editor, Voice memo
Size Dimensions 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm, Weight 135g Display Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches, Multi-touch input method, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off Optical trackball, WAV ringtones, Speakerphone Yes, 3.5 mm audio jack, Dolby Mobile sound enhancement Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records Practically unlimited, Internal 576 MB RAM; 512 MB ROM, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB, Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP, USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x Features OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Browser HTML, Stereo FM radio with RDS Colors Black, GPS Yes, with A-GPS support Java Via third party application, Digital compass Dedicated search key, MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA9 player, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9/DivX player Facebook, Flickr, Twitter applications Battery Stand-by up to 340h (2G) / up to 360h (3G) Talk time up to 6h 40 min (2G) / up to 6h 30 min (3G)
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HTC Touch Diamond
Elegance and Innovation Re-defining the perception of advanced mobile phones… the HTC Touch Diamond™ signals a giant leap forward in combining hi-tech prowess with intuitive usability and exhilarating design.HTC Touch Diamond™ Features a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen housed within a stunning formation of brushed metal and flawless faceted edges, the HTC Touch Diamond is as beautiful to behold as it is to use.
Sony Ericsson Satio Idou
Widescreen Wonder with Magic Touch(Idou) Get set for entertainment beyond your most colorful dreams. Sony Ericsson Satio combines incredible technology & style & comes with a 12.1 megapixel camera. Talk with pictures. Tap directly into your favorite music and movies using the unique touch panels of Sony Ericsson Satio. Use the amazing touchscreen camera feature to focus and make every photo first class with Sony Ericsson Satio.
Samsung i8000 Omnia II
All-in-one. Redefined. Ultra Brilliant 3.7" AMOLED Display of Samsung i8000 Omnia II provides unmatched luminescence & vivid eye catching colors with crystal-clarity. Samsung i8000 Omnia II has got the brightest display even in direct sunlight. Touch-Optimized User Interface of Samsung i8000 Omnia II provides an optimal user experience, moreover Samsung i8000 Omnia II's 5MP camera with dual power LED takes stunning photos. All in all Samsung i8000 Omnia II is a powerfull multimedia beast.
Designed for Email Manage your business and personal life with the Nokia E75. Type quickly with the side slide design, check email on the fly and browse the internet on your Nokia E75 in your free time. Boost your work with the full keyboard of Nokia E75, contact your colleagues and friends with easy messaging. With Nokia E75, Enjoy your entertainment, browse the web, travel with Nokia Maps and download music and videos.
BlackBerry Bold 9000
Be Bold Accept no substitutes. The BlackBerry® Bold™ 900 smartphone embodies elegant design – without sacrificing the features or functionality you expect from a premium smartphone. BlackBerry Bold 900 connects you, helping you stay on top of your day. With BlackBerry® Bold™ 900 camera and video recording, you can capture and share the moment with just a few clicks. BlackBerry® Bold™ 900 - The BlackBerry Experience: No Compromises Above prices are subject to change as per market
Apple Iphone 3GS 32GB
iPhone 3GS -Meet the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet. iPhone 3GS features video recording, Voice Control, up to 32GB of storage, & more. The first thing you’ll notice about iPhone 3GS is how quickly you can launch apps. Webpages render in a fraction of time, & you can view email attachments faster. On iPhone 3GS improved performance & updated 3D graphics deliver an incredible gaming experience, too. In fact, everything you do on iPhone 3GS is up to 2x faster & more responsive than iPhone 3G.
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Low Range Mobile
Display: Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches, Themes and wallpapers Sound: Alert types Vibration, Speakerphone Yes, 2.5 mm audio jack Memory: Phonebook 500 entries, Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls ,Up to 250 SMS Internal Memory 8MB Features: Messaging SMS, Radio FM radio, dedicated key Flashlight, T9, Organizer Battery Stand-by up to 624h, Talk time up to 8h
Display: Display Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size 128 x 128 pixels, 1.52 inches Ringtones: Ringtones Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Vibration Yes Memory: Phonebook 500 entries, Call records 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls, 2 MB built-in memory Data: GPRS Class 10, 32 - 48 kbps USB Yes Features: SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, FM radio, Playback, MP3 player, Mobile Tracker Built-in handsfree Battery Stand-by up to 400 hours, Talk time up to 5 hours
Display: Display Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, Themes and wallpapers, Vibration Yes Memory: Memory Phonebook Yes, up to 1000 entries Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls Features: Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, video, Calendar, Calculator, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree, English-Chinese dictionary Battery: Stand-by Up to 424 h, Talk time Up to 7 h 40 min
Display CSTN, 65K colors, Size 128 x 128 pixels, 1.5 inches, Sound Alert types Vibration; Ringtones Speakerphone Yes Memory Memory Phonebook 500 entries, Photo call Call records 10 dialed, 10 received, 10 missed calls, Internal 1 MB, Card slot microSD, up to 4GB Data USB Yes, v2.0, Camera Primary VGA, 640x480 Features Messaging SMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Radio FM radio; built-in FM antenna, MP3 player, Battery Stand-by Up to 440 h, Talk time Up to 6 h 30 min
Dimension 114x43x14 mm, Weight 85 g Memory: 70 KB user memory (750 SMS messages, 500 Phonebook numbers) Connectivity: USB 1.1 for Charging only, Display Size 128 x 128 pixels Display Colour CSTN, 65K colors Features: Colors Black Entertainment FM radio, iTap, Games (3 pre-loaded) Other Features Built-in handsfree, Currency converter Ring Tones Polyphonic (32 channels), (20 preloaded) Messaging SMS, handsfree Battery Stand-by Up to 465 h, Talk time Up to 9 h 50 min
Dimension: 106x47x15.5 mm, Weight 96 g Memory: 500 phonebook entries + 300 SMS (30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls) Connectivity: USB Display Size 128 x 128 pixels, 1.52 inches Display Colour CSTN, 65K colors Features: Colors Grey Entertainment FM radio, MP3 player, Games Other Features Speakerphone, Voice memo, Organizer Ring Tones Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 Messaging SMS, MMS Battery Talk Time Up to 8.8 h, Standby Up to 500 h
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Sony Vaio VGN-NW320
Sony Vaio VPCCW17FX/W
A great value in a gracefully slim 15.5 inch notebook. With the power of an Intel Dual Core CPU, loads of RAM, and multimedia capabilities, its the perfect PC for multitasking all you want. The extra-wide 15.5 inch (1366x768) LCD allows for an optimal viewing experience. Specifications Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Processor: Type Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed 2.2 GHz Processor L2 Cache 2 MB Processor Model T6600 RAM: Capacity 4 GB RAM Type DDR 2 RAM Slots 2 Hard Disk Capacity 320 GB HDD RPM 5400 HDD Interface SATA Chipset Intel 945GM
A strong and powerful 14 inch (diag.) notebook that meets your computing needs and lets you enjoy web surfing and multimedia entertainment. Thin and light, with dedicated NVIDIA graphics and HDMI out, you can do more in style. Specifications Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed 2.2 GHz Processor L2 Cache 2 MB Processor Model T6600 RAM Capacity 4 GB RAM Type DDR3 RAM Slots 2 Hard Disk Capacity 500 GB HDD RPM 5400 HDD Interface SATA Chipset Intel 945PM
Acer Aspire 5740-333G32MN
Dell Inspiron 1464 (i3-330M)
Get the sure ticket to high-def cinematic fun and powerful mobile performance With the Aspire 5740, riveting action, realistic audio and rich visuals play like a true theater. And, complementing the brilliant performance is the dazzling glow of Acers Gemstone notebook design sure to capture attention wherever you go Specifications Operating System Linux Processor Type Intel Core i3 Processor Speed 2.13 GHz Processor L2 Cache 3 MB Processor Model i3-330M RAM Capacity 3 GB RAM Type DDR3 RAM Slots 2 Hard Disk Capacity 320 GB HDD RPM 5400 HDD Interface SATA
Fun just got a whole new look. The Inspiron14 laptop is more refined from its streamlined thin and light design down to its powerful features. Specifications Operating System Dos Processor Type Intel Core i3 Processor Speed 2.13 GHz Processor L2 Cache 3 MB Processor Model i3-330M RAM Capacity 2 GB RAM Type DDR3 RAM Slots 2 Hard Disk Capacity 250 GB HDD RPM 5400 HDD Interface SATA Chipset Info n/a
HP Pavilion dv4-2154ca
Compaq Presario CQ61-300sv
Cutting-edge design meets powerful entertainment in our HP Pavilion dv4t Entertainment Notebook series. This lightweight, 14.1" (diagonal) mobile machine is perfect for TV shows, photos, movies, and music. Specifications Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Processor Type Intel Core i3 Processor Speed 2.13 GHz Processor L2 Cache 3 MB Processor Model i3330M RAM Capacity 4 GB RAM Type DDR3 RAM Slots 2 Hard Disk Capacity 500 GB HDD RPM 5400 HDD Interface SATA Chipset Info n/a 64
The 15.6-inch Compaq Presario CQ61-300 puts the versatility and productivity of notebook computing within your reach Specifications Operating System Dos Processor Type Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor Speed 2.16 GHz Processor L2 Cache 1 MB Processor Model T4300 RAM Capacity 2 GB RAM Type DDR 2 RAM Slots 2 Hard Disk Capacity 250 GB HDD RPM 5400 HDD Interface SATA Chipset Info n/a
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Apple iMac 21.5-inch
HP Compaq dx2390
Apple introduced the first iMac more than a decade ago. And the design philosophy remains the same: an all-in-one computer that as powerful as it is beautiful. Specifications Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
Practical and stylish: Newly designed with real metal surfaces and glossy finishes, the HP Compaq dx2390 desktop PC is meant to be shown off, not hidden. Specifications Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Processor 2.93GHz / 1066MHz FSB, L2 Cache 3MB Memory 1GB PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) Hard Drive HP 320GB SATA 7200 RPM Optical Drive DVD RW SATA 16X SuperMulti Graphics Intel G31 Express Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
Dell Vostro 220MT
Acer Veriton M670G
The Veriton M670G is your green PC packed with the latest technologies. The latest CPU, chipset and management technology, provides enhanced security and manageability for office networks. With Acer Veriton ControlCenter, Acer Client Manager and TPM-based security, this desktop is a musthave for today business needs. Specifications Processor & Chipset Intel Core 2 Quad Desktop Processor Q8400 (2.66GHz) 4MB L2 Cache / 1333MHz FSB Intel Q45 Express chipset with ICH10DO Hard Drive 320GB Hard Disk SATA 7200 RPM System memory 2 x DDR3 800MHz / 1066MHz Dual channel SDRAM
Dell Vostro desktop solutions are designed exclusively with features to simplify the technology challenges of small business. Vostro delivers reliable performance backed by exceptional Dell support all at a great value. Specifications Free DOS Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 (3.0 GHz) L2 Cache 6MB / 1333MHz FSB 2GB PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) 250GB SATA Hard Drive. DVD RW SATA 16X SuperMulti Intel G45 Express x 4500 HD Graphics
HP Compaq dx7500 (FN839AV)
For Internet-centric consumers, young professionals and families looking for a stylish, energy-efficient desktop PC at an affordable price, the Compaq CQ2000 delivers essential functionality and easy-to-use features. Specifications Processor Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz 1 MB L2 Cache 533MHz FSB Chipset Intel 945GC Express Memory Memory Installed 1 GB Maximum allowed 2 GB (1 x 2 GB) Hard drive 250GB SATA 7200 rpm, Optical Drive DVD ROM (SATA) Video Graphics: Integrated on motherboard (see motherboard and chipset)
The HP Compaq dx7500 series is designed for out-of the box productivity without compromising performance. Get right to work with your choice of the latest proven technology and pre-installed operating system Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 (2.93GHz) Cache external 3 MB L2 cache Processor front side bus 1066 MHz Front Side Bus Chipset Intel G45 Express Memory Standard memory 1 GB Memory type PC2-6400 DDR2 800 MHz Maximum memory 8GB DDR2-Synch DRAM Internal drives Internal drives 250GB Hard disk drive speed 7200 rpm Storage controller SATA 3.0Gb/s SATA DVD+/-RW 16X SuperMulti
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PTCL to introduce 'Life Line' bouquet soon
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has been preparing for offering a bouquet of services in the coming days that it had already launched for corporate consumers so far. The bouquet that would be called the ‘Life Line’ would include security, entertainment, infotainment, and high DSL Internet, Naveed Saeed said. PTCL has already renovated 50 per cent of the end to end (exchange to user) network while completion of this project would ensure state-of-the-art quality service. Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP Commercial), PTCL Naveed Saeed has said during an interview. He said that the company has been meeting the PTA’s key performance indicators (KPI) especially with reference to the quality of service. “The primary network that is from the exchange to the main cabinets is already on the optic fibre lines while the secondary network onward up to the end user was still on copper wire”, he said. He added, “For the renovation of the secondary network the PTCL has been opting for the latest technology called the ONU (optical network unit)”. He mentioned that the ONU was a stand-alone unit and it requires high power battery.
Ufone UTalk gives live news feed on phone
Ufone launched live news feed to keep customers aware of every happening in and out of Pakistan when it happens. Ufone users can now listen to news simply by dialing 7774 from Ufone. This is the first of its kind offer given by any telecom operator in Pakistan and shows great initiative and a meaningful move from Ufone to keep their valued customers ahead of everyone else. Akbar Khan Chief Marketing Officer, Ufone said, ”Evolution within telecom is sure to come from the many value added initiatives that have already and continue to be offered to our valued customers and is the key to stand out within the stiff competition in the telecom industry”. “Ufone has raised the bar and will ensure this agility works out best for the customer. We always have and always will live up to the promise to bring a smile to our customers by giving them the best services in the industry”, he added.
Telenor introduces easypaisa Mobile Account
Telenor has introduced another service for its subscribers called "easypaisa Mobile Account". Telenor subscribers will now be able to pay bills, transfer money and use many more services from their own mobile phones, anytime, anywhere. Easypaisa Mobile Account is virtual bank account and work like a normal bank account. This service is available only for existing and new Telenor subscribers. Account can be opened from any Telenor sales and service center, Telenor franchise or at all Tameer Bank branches. Mobile Account has no minimum balance requirements and account opening is instant. Once an easypaisa Mobile Account is opened, users can go to any of the thousands of easypaisa shops in Pakistan to 'deposit cash' into or 'withdraw cash' from their easypaisa Mobile Account. Any person with a Telenor SIM who wants to have an instant access to their Bank Account or who wants to have the freedom to send money to or receive money from other people, or pay utility bills from their own mobile phone at any time can use easypaisa Mobile Account. Customers with a Telenor SIM will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the largest banking network with thousands of cash deposit/withdrawal points in Pakistan which are open at late working hours and also on the weekends.
Managing your number with WSS
Since Telenor launched web self-service (WSS) for both its prepaid and postpaid customers. It has given limited features to prepaid customers but now Telenor have added many new features for prepaid customers, which were not available before. Now both djuice and Telenor Talkshawk customers would get benefits. This is amazing free service giving ease and control to the customers to view and change their connection information online.
Jazz SMS plus offer launched
Mobilink announced a new SMS offer allowing Jazz customers to send unlimited text messages to all networks midnight to noon. Striving to deliver quality of service and meeting customer needs par excellence, Mobilink Jazz has launched yet another unique offer at a very nominal price of Rs 1.99 (taxes apply). Jazz SMS Plus is a subscription based offer launched by Pakistan’s favorite prepaid cellular brand keeping in view the growing trend of sending text messages amongst the subscribers and is in line with the company’s efforts to bring the best value to the consumer. SMS is fastly becoming a preferred mode of communication amongst Jazz customers with a manifold increase in SMS users in the year 2009 as compared to 2008. A study last year by PC World ranked Pakistan fourth in global SMS usage and the the largest text messaging growth in Asia Pacific. To avail Mobilink Jazz SMS Plus offer, customers can type *106*1# and then press send.
Warid Minute Package welcome
The subscribers praised the Minute Package introduced by Warid Telecom. The subscribers showed satisfaction on the package and hoped that the package definitely benefits the users. Warid’s Minute Package offers most economical per minute rate of Rs. 1.20 per minute on any mobile network and landline number nationwide, so customers enjoy the best network quality on flat rate and talk your heart out! And that’s not all! You can also add two friends & family numbers of your choice (one off-net and one on-net) on which you can enjoy calls at an unbelievable flat rate of Rs. 1/min! Meanwhile, Warid brings extension to its mobile number portability (MNP) process by introducing an exclusive MNP help-line number 0321-321321-1, which can be dialed by any mobile or landline number. Other network users can dial this number, and they will be provided thorough personalised consultancy and support regarding the process of porting-in, its prerequisites and details of packages and tariffs, along with special MNP offerings.
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Samsung AC offers protection from Swine-Flu
Samsung Electronics Company Limited has introduced Micro Plasma Ionizer (Mpi) technology in the latest line of air-conditioners named “The Samsung Crystal” series. This new technology eliminates 99.9% of the H1N1 (Swine flu) virus from the environment where the Samsung crystal air conditioners are in operation. Swine flu is a highly fatal disease that can spread through coughing, sneezing or even talking. The World Health Organization (WTO) has declared Swine flu as a possible Pandemic (Global Epidemic). The effectiveness of Mpi technology against Swine Flu has been tested and duly acknowledged by the Chung nam National University, Seoul, South Korea and Samsung’s research engineers. Thus, Samsung has successfully developed an air conditioner that creates an H1N1-free environment inside your home and office. It is the first air conditioner to use Bacteria-eradication (VirusDoctor) technology to ensure healthy breathing. The Crystal air conditioners act as the first line of defence against deadly viruses like SARS and Swine flu within your home. Moreover, the new range of Samsung AC is highperformance, energy-efficient, Eco-Friendly machines, that use the latest cooling technology. The Category Head of Samsung Home Appliances in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Baber Ali Kazmi said, “Samsung has a strong commitment to create a higher Quality-of-Life and Health for customers and their families. This commitment has led to the creation of the Micro Plasma Ionizer (Mpi) technology. With the Samsung Crystal you can ensure your family’s protection from dreadful viral and bacterial diseases. Samsung also leads the way in protecting the environment and Saving Energy. So, now you don’t have to sacrifice performance for an energy efficient air conditioner, as the Crystal AC saves up to 50% on energy consumption”. Samsung’s “Good sleep II” feature is another distinction of Crystal AC, which has been developed after conducting a comprehensive sleep study. The precise temperature control system built into this AC, automatically adjusts the ideal temperature and humidity in the room to allow complete comfort during the three main stages of sleep. The Smart Saver mode saves another 30.8% of energy, while the Superfine Silver Filter and Air-Purification System improve indoor air quality.
Dell notebooks catch the Shan Foods participates in Dubai global village event eye of consumers
Karachi: Dell and Intel Pakistan, both of the leading brands in computing, held an event at Park Towers, Karachi. Dell presented the latest high-performance Notebooks at this flashy event to the audience, who swarmed at the presentation desk, where famous VJs were cheerfully engaged in attending the excited crowd. Dino, the VJ from MTV and Naveen Waqar from Aag-TV were endorsing the Dell-inspiron and Dell-studio series of Notebooks. The Dell-inspiron mini became the center of attraction due to its revolutionary capabilities, compact size and a wide array of colors like pretty-pink, obsidian-black, cherryred, passion-purple and many more. A vast range of consumers from tweeters, professionals, students, stylish men/women on the move and high-end customers were seen exploring innovative Notebooks enthusiastically. Customers could also seek technical advice from Dell’s experts present there, while a grand lucky draw also offered chances to win a free notebook or LCD screen. Marketing Manager for Marketing Manager Dell Consumer Pakistan, Consumer and SMB at Dell Pakistan, Nubla Iftikhar closely observing Dell Inspiron 1440 at Dell’s promotional event held in Nubla Iftikhar said: “Dell today is Karachi. delivering beauty, form and function. The customer is exposed to an entirely different universe when using a Dell”. “Dell’s extensive portfolio of consumer laptops, desktops and the net book, powered by Intel, are designed to simplify the overall computing experience”, she said. Dell delivers truly exclusive digital experiences enriched by Intel Core microprocessors, providing all the bandwidth needed for nextgeneration, hi-tech applications. Dubai: Shan Foods Private Limited is a leading food products company in Pakistan, which appeared as a prominent participant in the “Global Village” Event held in Dubai. Shan Foods (Pvt) Ltd participated actively, featuring its wide array of tasteful products, showcased in a sizeable and attractive pavilion. Large crowds gathered around Pakistani pavilions, especially Shan foods, which received an overwhelming response from the public. Shan Foods (Pvt) Ltd exports massive volumes of high quality spices, pickles, desserts and aged-basmati rice to Europe, USA, Middle East and other quality conscious markets. The recently launched range of Shan Oriental Recipes was also displayed at the event, The visitors beautiwhich received exceptional fully designedshopping at the Shan Food stallin Dubai. at Global Village Food Festival admiration from thousands of participants. These Oriental recipes create an exotic culinary experience for the consumers with delicious oriental food-treats. Shan foods’ commitment to create “just perfect” authentic tastes of traditional Biryani, and many other recipes, was appreciated by international buyers. The Founder and Chairman of Shan Foods Pvt. Ltd. Sikandar Sultan expressed, “Pakistan has a distinct variety of tasteful food delicacies, which we presented at the Global Village event in Dubai. Our presentation at the festival also reflected the Hospitality of the Pakistani people. The participants at the event appreciated the “just perfect” quality of Shan Food products and acknowledged our Research-Based product developments and Decades of service. Such refinement in quality has enabled our products to lead the way in over 56 countries around the globe, both in terms of sales volume and authentic taste. Being at this event was a great experience for Shan foods”. The Colourful Global Village event featured a variety of products, brands and Services, including food items from various international producers. The participants acknowledged the importance of such events for promoting the taste of eastern dishes and creating cross-cultural harmony. The grand event featured many special offers and discounted prices for inducing trial of various products. Shan foods’ participation in this exhibition also helped in presenting a softer image of Pakistan as a global supplier and producer of quality food items.
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Mobilink launches SMS service to fight against polio
Mobilink has reiterated its commitment to eradicate polio from the country by launching an SMS based service to assist the Polio Control Cell (PCC) in tracking missed areas and children. Through this SMS service, Mobilink subscribers were able to report areas and children where the polio immunisation teams have not reached. Users were able to call the teams to their doorstep by typing POLIO and sending the text to ‘7654’ from the 17 th to 19th of February. The sender contacted by the Polio Control Cell to ensure that the respective health authorities immunize the missed children. Initiated by Mobilink under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) umbrella, the SMS was a free service and no charges applied for sending messages to the 7654 within hours of the launch of the service, thousand of Mobilink users contacted the PCC for immunisation Addressing media at the polio control cell, Federal Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin made special mention of Mobilink’s 7654 service to assist the Polio Control Cell. The Minister personally tested the Mobilink 7654 service on the spot and expressed his satisfaction upon receiving instant confirmation SMS indicating on behalf of PCC. Mobilink’s role was also acknowledged by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani at the launch of the first 2010 anti-polio campaign held at the PM House. “In the current round, the country’s largest mobile operator Mobilink, is helping us track and reach missed children. Now parents can send a text message reporting missed areas for children to the national polio control cell and a polio team will be dispatched to their homes within one hour,” Gilani said. “We need to replicate the spirit of volunteerism exhibited in the anti polio drive and areas as well. This is an excellent model of collaboration at a national scale between different organizations, however, diverse in fighting a common enemy - disease and disability,” Gilani added.
Children are the future of PIA: Salman Azhar
Children are the future PIA travelers, customers and employees. Its a united mission of passion and protection by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to develop pride, selfesteem and love for Pakistan and PIA which is a vital component of PIA CSR said, Capt. Salman Azhar Deputy Chairman PIA CSR / General Manager Corporate Safety and Quality Assurance at the Nature Carnival organised by WWF Pakistan. “PIA CSR is taking one step forward by connecting people and reaching minds of the future generation. In fact, CSR is making part of its business plan to cultivate the young generation into future travelers of PIA”, he said. CSR is now a new catchword, whereas PIA as a corporation has been involved towards social responsibility for more than 40 years. Al-Shifa Trust, Medical, Scouts, Emergency Response Planning (ERP), PIA Training Centre (PTC)., etc, are some of the examples said Capt. Salman. He added, “The national airline is committed to preserving and
Dell consumer adds a zing to Lahore Fashion Week
Dell the leading provider of consumer notebooks expressed its commitment to creativity, design and style by joining the colourful activities and fashion ceremonies of the Lahore Fashion Week 2010. Dell’s incredibly smart and high-performance notebooks were creatively featured on the catwalk by stunningly attired models during the high-end fashion extravaganza. Pakistan Fashion Week hit the ramps in Lahore recently as passion and creative energy drove all the prominent designers and models to participate in the events. More than 30 prominent Pakistani designers showcased a variety of casual and formal outfits, western wear, jackets and accessories. The Fashion Week 2010 was organised by the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC), which plans to make it a permanent fixture in the country’s social and business calendars. Nubla Iftikhar, Marketing Manager for Dell Consumer and SMB said: “Dell Consumer and Fashion are intricately woven together and, therefore, Dell is proud to be associated with fashion-icon Munib A model presents Dell notebook during the Lahore Fashion Week Nawaz and the Lahore Fashion Week. Dell Consumer Notebooks are a form of self-expression. With a vivid color palette to express one’s personal style, Dell Inspiron and Studio notebooks make a statement. It is a canvas for people to say a little something about themselves." Dell notebooks were showcased during a fashion show featuring the famous designer Munib Nawaz who presented his Men’s wear Collection. The fashion week was a huge success giving a much-needed fillip to the local fashion design industry. Celebrities including Ali Zafar, Mommar Rana, Iman Ali, Ather Shahzad also attended the event, with the glamorous fashion fraternity coming to support the fashion week, which culminated as a signature fashion event of the country.
Deputy Chairman PIA CSR, Capt Salman Azhar, District Manager Mansoor A. Mela. Capt. Mohsin Khan along with the winners of essay competition at the PIA stall at nature carnival by WWF Pakistan at Lahore.
protecting the environment and PIA is an active participant of European emission trading scheme which has been launched under the Kyoto protocol for reducing carbon emissions to control global warming”. PIA stall at the WWF nature carnival on the grounds of Ali Institute was a spectacular site with slide shows. Banners/brochures with promotional material related to new routes / frequencies/businesses. PIA scouts / airhostesses briefed visitors on different PIA activities. PIA also conducted an essay competition and the winner was given two tickets for Dubai along with spot gifts for the participants. The winning essay will also be published in the PIA Magazine ‘Humsafar’ with photograph. The PIA quiz / MCQ winners were given two PIA domestic tickets and spot gifts for the participants. PIA Caps, PIA T. shirts and key chains were presented to visitors and treated with PIA flight lunch, snacks and refreshments. PIA District Manager Mansoor. A. Mela, Manager ERP, PIA Scouts, Sales Promotion Officers, representatives of flight safety and food services, IT representatives, PIA CSR representatives and public relations were also present on the occasion. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is driven by the highest standards of corporate governance and social responsibility. As a public sector organisation and a business leader, it believes in building strong relationships with customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which it operates. PIA has institutionalised the practice of good governance by establishing a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. The Committee provides a platform to evaluate, update, and recommend best practices as PIA continues on its mission to adhere to business ethics and stamp out corruption. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is woven into the fabric of daily operations at PIA.
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PTCL launches Re 1 minute simple, affordable package
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) in its endeavour to provide quality services at affordable prices to its subscribers has again introduced an amazing Tariff for its wire line subscribers which would enable the subscribers to call anywhere in Pakistan at Rs.1 per minute to any PTCL landline and Vfone. Not only this, customers are also offered the service of conference call free of cost valid up to Dec 31st-2010 starting from March 1st, 2010. The new tariff is based on the unique position of PTCL in the telecom market as the only fixed line operator with nationwide presence and being the largest and fully integrated network of Pakistan with the aim to give more and more advantage to customers towards whom PTCL always has its obligation to respond to their needs and with the aim to enhance usage of on-net calls. EVP Consumer Services Aasif Inam said that this offer reinforces PTCL image as a customer oriented organization and the offer has been initiated keeping in mind the grass root reach of PTCL in terms of its customer base and thus making the use of PTCL landline more accessible and affordable for its subscribers. SEVP Commercial Naveed Saeed regarded this offer as a step further in PTCL commitment to connect our customers through high quality communication network at the most affordable rates. PTCL, the largest telecommunication service provider in Pakistan is committed to develop and deliver world class telecom solutions, products and services, creating value for its customers and striving to meet their expectations.
PIA not hike in Umrah fares
Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Umrah fares are not at all higher than the regular fares to Jeddah from Karachi and upcountry, PIA spokesperson categorically said in a press release issued recently in Lahore. He said PIA fares for Umrah are competitive with airlines operating direct flights on the same route from Pakistan. This statement was made in response to the issue raised by a section of print and electronic media regarding hike in Umrah fares. He added that PIA has also started Revenue Management System (RMS) to Jeddah flights. This was being practiced by PIA on its other domestic and international destinations. The Revenue Management System is followed by the entire Global Aviation Industry. This system offers multiple fares in each cabin, offering cheaper fare for passengers purchasing tickets in advance with the spirit “Earlier You Buy, Cheaper You Fly”. He further said that due to a typical nature of this segment of the market, two types of fares have been introduced, one for Umrah pilgrims and other for regular traffic (travelling on visit visa). Umrah fares are comparatively cheaper than regular fares. It may be noted that fare structure of any market is based upon the competitive scenario and the fare thus offered by PIA are purely market based. “It has always been our endeavor as the National Carrier to offer competitive and market based fares to our valued passengers coupled with a choice of a flexible and convenient schedule. This is despite the challenge of operating in a highly competitive scenario,” he concluded. Moreover, employment visa holding passengers are travelling on One-Way Fare which is not applicable for Umrah passengers as Umrah passengers have to buy round-trip ticket.
Automated port ops can change destiny of country: PCA
President Pakistan Computers Association (PCA) Munawar Iqbal said deep sea port in Gwadar has the potential to become the main trade hub for this area. This brilliantly planned project having radically distinctive economic and strategic importance can change the destiny of Pakistan. He said Gwadar is located only 180 nautical miles from the Strait of Hormuz through which 40 per cent of world's oil passes. "The port thus emerge as the key shipping hub in the area providing mass trade to Central Asian Republics as well as across Pakistan and China," he said. He further said that large ports with huge cargo handling capacities can attract business community if efficient, modern and transparent customs services are also made available. "The efficiency, transparency and speed that has become available to Customs today through the Automated Customs system of PaCCS, was the only logically solution for Gwadar," said Munawar Iqbal. He said that traditional systems would make cargo wait for days pending clearance, which will hamper development of this great project. "Serious choking of the port may take place if modern, electronic and automated systems were not used," he warned adding that authorities should consider rolling out PaCCS beyond Karachi to as many customs stations as possible to enhance trade facilitation and to boost revenue collection. He said restricting the benefits of PaCCS to only the port at Karachi was unfair to the traders of other areas of the country, he observed. Karachi port has transformed a once sleepy fishing village to a mega polis and we hope that Gwadar port will directly and indirectly bring lots of wealth, trade and infrastructure advancement to the area which has been traditionally left behind in development. Munawar Iqbal said that the multi-billionrupee projects of Gwadar port and Rs 7.5 billion Gwadar Airport should be connected to the rest of the country through world class network and roads. "These facilities should be fully automated
so that importers as well as exporters can carry out business activities successfully and with peace of mind. He said that capacity of 4,300-acre Gwadar airport should be increased to handle 1.5 million passengers and 70,000 tons of cargo a year. Business community hope that political leadership will use their acumen to pacify negative feelings among some locals to get maximum advantage of the project, said Iqbal.
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Microsoft offers browser choices to Europeans
icrosoft is to ask millions of users across Europe if they want to use a web browser other than its own. Windows users will be offered the choice as part of a deal Microsoft struck with the European Commission. The agreement resolves a long-running case in which the software giant was accused of abusing its market position. A pop-up window will prompt people to choose and install one of 12 different browsers or let them stick with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Install options The browser choice software will be delivered from Monday as part of the Windows Update system Microsoft usually uses to distribute security patches. Although the update has been prepared for Windows XP, Vista and 7, not all users will see it. It will not pop up in front of those who already run a different default browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Chrome. Users guaranteed to see it are those that have Internet Explorer (IE) set as their default browser and have taken the option to let
Windows automatically download and install updates. Those that have this option turned off will be prompted to download, install and run the software. Those that have automatic updates turned off can go to the Windows Update site and run a "Check For Updates" to get it. When it runs, the software will present users with a window that says in bold text "An important choice to make: your browser". It also asks people to ensure they are connected to the internet. Once the "Ok" button is clicked, they will see a screen that lists the 12 browsers available. The Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer browsers are randomly ordered on the first section of this screen. Another seven browsers, namely Sleipnir, Green Browser, Maxthon, Avant, Flock, Kmeleon, and Slim, will be randomly ordered on the rest of the screen. They can be viewed by scrolling sideways. Below each listing will be a button giving more information. Another button lets users install one of the browsers. Alternatively, users can opt to ignore the selection and make a choice later. If they do this a shortcut icon will appear on the Windows desktop that gives access to the browser choice window at any time. The choice screen will keep appearing until a
user has made a choice. Anyone wanting to stick with IE will be prompted to upgrade to the latest version. Microsoft said that Windows 7 users who have fixed or "pinned" IE to their taskbar will have it unpinned by the update. Right clicking the icon for any browser will let users pin that program to the taskbar. It is not yet clear what effect the browser choice will have on Internet Explorer's market share. Although exact estimates are hard to find, web stats firm Net Applications said IE is used by 62 per cent market share. Its closest rival is Firefox at 24 per cent. Some fear the browser choice system will confuse people. Already some who have been confronted with the choice screen have been worried that their machine has been taken over or fallen victim to a virus.
Nokia starts new phone line with C5 model
okia unveiled a new C5 smartphone model, hoping to benefit from a booming demand for cheap smartphones and from rising consumer appetite for mobile social networking. The C5 handset will be one of the cheapest smartphones from Nokia, selling for US$183, excluding taxes and subsidies and hitting the shelves next quarter. "It is products like this that will grow Nokia market share in the smartphone segment and help them to increase their average sale prices," said John Strand, chief of telecoms consultancy Strand Consult. Volumes on the smartphone market are seen surging in 2010, with some analysts forecasting up to 50 per cent growth, as handset vendors are pushing advanced features, once exclusive to pricey top-end models, into cheaper and cheaper phones. Nokia continues to lead the global smartphone market with an around 40 per cent market share, but it has lost ground to Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry. The Finnish firm is in the midst of a massive revamp of its smartphone offering and has said in 2010 almost all of its smartphones would have a touch screen, a full keyboard or both, compared with less than half in 2009. After introducing the C series - focused on personal social networking - Nokia has four smartphone product families. The E series phones are for business users, X series for youth and
Skype comes to Nokia smartphones
Mobile phone giant Nokia has said, now its smartphone users could make free calls as it teamed up with Internet phone pioneer. Through Skype hundreds of millions of Symbian-based mobile users could make free calls."
music, and N series for the most advanced models. It plans to use the new names across its smartphone offering. Nokia has historically flooded the market with phone models little different from each other, with additional confusion arising from their four digit names, which have been hard to differentiate for consumers. However, the new naming of X series phones may also create confusion as Sony Ericsson has used the name for few years - X1 and X2 smartphones are from Sony Ericsson, while Nokia has launched the X3 model. Sony Ericsson's new flagship device is the X10, while Nokia is also widely expected to launch an X10 cellphone.
"Symbian will allow Nokia smartphone users worldwide to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)," Nokia said in a joint-statement with Skype. Nokia has faced rising competition in the smartphone market. Industry observers have said that the outdated Symbian operating system, which drives most of its smartphones, is one of the reasons many consumers prefer Apple's iPhone or Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry, which are easier to use.
President Asif Ali Zardari presses the button for the 5th draw of Benazir Income Support Programme in Quetta.
A group photograph of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani with the ambassador of different countries of European Union at Governor House in Peshawar.
PML leader Ch Pervaiz Elahi condolences with Shaikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan on the sad demise of his father Shaikh Mubarak bin Mohammed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah offering fateha with Council General of Abu Dhabi Sohail Mattar Saeed H. Al-Katai on demise of late Sheikh Mubarak Bin Muhammad Al-Nahyan at Council General of Abu Dhabi.
Leader of Business Community S.M. Muneer Ahmed presenting a shield to Interior Minister Senator A. Rehman Malik during a reception in his honour by CPLC & Businessmen in Karachi.
Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan presenting souvenir to Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fahmida Mirza during 16th Speakers conference at Punjab Assembly in Lahore.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira distributing certificates among the participants during the concluding session of “Strategic Communication, Public and Cultural Diplomacy” training workshop at Information Services Academy, Islamabad.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Syed Samsam Ali Shah Bukhari being granted lifetime membership of Okara Press Club in Okara.
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Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao welcoming her Pakistani Counterpart Salman Bashir before the Indo-Pak Secretary Level Talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh Ms. Sharmela Farooqi giving interview in Karachi.
Participants receiving certificates during distribution ceremony on the concluding of training workshop organized by Hasso Group in Rawalpindi.
Women Rangers patrolling in the National Hockey Stadium to avert any untoward incident before the beginning of the match of DG Rangers Gold Cup Women Hockey Championship 2010 in Lahore.
Spectators capturing the moments during polo match between Guard Rice/Newage and Pakistan Air Force Polo teams during the National Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2010 in Lahore.
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President Asif Ali Zardari presents the Best Business Performance Award 2007-2008 to CEO, Midas (Pvt) Limited, Inaam Akbar during the 19th & 20th APNS Awards Ceremony held in Islamabad.
First lady Fauzia Gilani stands with the members of Women Chamber of Commerce at a hi-tea on Women's Day function, Islamabad.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Telecom Division, 4 Brothers Group, Mohammad Nadeem Qureshi, signs the MoU during the Board of Investment visit to Turkey headed by Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
VJ Dino and VJ Naveen showcasing Dell Inspiron and Inspiron-Mini at the Dell Promotional event held recently at Park Towers, Karachi.
Mr. Tauseef Khan Country Head (X Connect) receiving shield from singer Jawad Ahmed on the Occasion of Annual ICAS School Carnival & Music Night. Event was sponsor by Asus.
Islamabad: NADRA staffers registering and preparing the NID Cards of the participants of National Youth Conference
Uzma Aijaz Haroon, wife of MD PIA, inaugurates the Baby Daycare Centre for the children of female PIA employees at airlines head office in Karachi.
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VC Fatima Jinnah Women University Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan giving away Parveen Shakir award to a student during a function at National Library in Islamabad.
A lady spectator talking on her cell phone while watching the cricket match between Multan and Lodhran cricket teams.
PU VC Dr Mujhaid Kamran presenting award shield to the best essay writer of Hailey College Sports and Cultural Mela in Lahore.
Students participating in different games during Sports and Culture Festival 2010 organised by Superior College in Faisalabad.
Students capturing the moments through their cell phones during Annual Sports Day of Kinnaird College in Lahore.
Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia giving a cheque to the winner of the competition in SZABIST in Islamabad.
Female students from Balochistan take keen interest in the displayed artworks in an special exhibition during their visit to the Govt College University in Lahore.
Karachi: Adeel Hashmi, Communication Manager, Nokia Pakistan and Afghanistan (L) presenting Nokia N86 camera phone to the winner Imran Shah of Nokia N86 Click it! Competition.
Utku Yazan, Country Manager Turkish Airlines and Rafiq Rangoonwala, CEO Cupola Group signing an agreement of joint promotion in Karachi.
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Indian film stars John Abraham (L), Genelia D'souza (C) and Abhay Deol (R) pose with LG mobiles during a function in New Delhi.
A woman gives a phone call as she walks past a TAV advertisement at Skopje "Alexander The Great" airport. Turkey's TAV Airports Holding took over management of two airports in Macedonia.
South Korean models promote a 3D high-definition television using light-emitting diodes at the main office of Samsung Electronics in Seoul.
Danielle Warby checks her facebook site on a computer in Sydney . Warby is one the large number of Australian web users who are at the forefront of the social networking craze, posting, poking and Twittering nearly seven hours a month -- more than the United States, Britain or Japan.
An Afghan national cricketer speaks to his family on the phone as his team arrives at Kabul Airport.
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A model displays smartphones with Google's mobile operating system Android during its first launch in Jakarta.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks on a mobile phone during a hearing at the Supreme Administrative Court in Kiev.
Hostess Julia presents a LG GD880 Mini smartphone at the LG Electronics stand at the CeBit 2010 exhibition, the world's biggest high-tech fair in Hanover.
A Sanyo employee displays the world's first 6-microphone portable digital recorder, the "Xacti sound recorder ICR-PS605" in Tokyo.
A model displays Japanese camera maker Nikon's new digital camera, the "Coolpix P100", at a preview in Tokyo.
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A Muslim woman speaks on a mobile phone as devotees attend a mass prayer at Silang Monas park to mark the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) birthday in Jakarta.
A Sony employee displays the world's smallest and lightest water, shock, and dust-proof digital camera "Cybershot TX5", equipped with a 10.6 mega-pixel CMOS image sensor and a 4.43 - 17.7mm / F3.5 - 4.6 zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 100mm in 35mm camera, on its stylish body in Tokyo.
A woman uses her mobile phone for a self-portrait as people make their way along the Great Wall of China at Badaling north of Beijing following a night of snowfall.
A reporter photographs an installation of new Bloom Energy servers called the "Bloom Box" at the eBay headquarters San Jose, California. Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley start up, introduced the "Bloom Box", a solid oxide fuel cell device that can generate electricity at a cost of 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour using natural gas.
Two women walking past a T-Mobile and an Orange mobile phone shop in Liverpool. France Telecom's Orange and Deutsche Telekomowned T-Mobile have had their UK merger approved by the European Union.
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CeBIT 2010, World’s biggest high-tech fair, Hanover, Germany
Vistors check out Microsoft's Dynamic IT stand.
A fair hostess poses for photographers with an E-Reader DR-900 from Asus.
An exhibitor presents cristal decorated computer mouses by Swarovski.
A Vodafone employee tests a "Smart Metering" presentation.
An exhibitor presents the "Cinemizer Plus", a pair of video glasses produced by Carl Zeiss, which, when connected to a smartphone or iPod, gives the viewer the impression of watching a screen of 115 centimeters.
Visitors look at the football-playing robots.
An exhibitor uses a smartphone to control a washing machine by HydraGyzer energy management system.
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Telenor connects remote areas, CEO USF inaugurates
Chief Executive Officer opportunities that enable unserved and underserved (CEO) Universal Service mobile connectivity to the population of the country Fund (USF) Parvez Iftikhar has inaugurated the first of 28 planned sites in the remote areas of Sindh. At the occasion, Iftikhar appreciated Telenor Pakistan’s initiative to leverage Nokia-Siemens Networks off grid solution to offer telecom services to communication deprived areas. “We are extremely pleased with the progress CEO USF Parvez Iftikhar inaugurates the site, CTO, Telenor Pakistan Khalid Gulf thus far and look forward to Shehzad and Sub–Regional Head, in thePakistan NSN, Veqar-ul-Islam are also seen picture. and that to using a renewable energy solution,” he added. “Telenor Pakistan continues to work towards our commitment to extend the power of telecommunications to the remotest corners of the country,” said Khalid Shehzad, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan. “Living up to this promise, however, necessitated some out of the box thinking. The off grid site solution from Nokia-Siemens Networks provided the answer that we were looking for and now because of this incredible opportunity, thousands are enjoying mobile connectivity” he added. Universal Service Fund (USF) and Telenor Pakistan entered in the contract to provide basic telephony and data services in unserved areas of Mirpurkhas Sindh in 2009.
KHL sponsors “The Producers”
Islamabad: In a short span of time, Konnect Holden Private Limited (KHL) has established itself as the leading service and solution provider in Pakistan. When it comes to telecom sector, KHL provides specialised construction, power and infrastructure development. With an unparalleled reputation for top-notch quality, exceptional reliability and dedicated resources, it has also gained a foothold globally, handling projects from Oman to China, and alliances with international companies, said press release.KHL endeavours to extend its support and participation by sponsoring in a number of extracurricular activities emphasising on the up built and exploration the young talent. After the successful sponsorship’s of ‘ Adams Family’ , ‘Chicago’ last year, KHL again sponsored ‘The Producers’; a Musical Theatre Play on 1st March, 2010 at PNCA. The play was attended by the pioneers in Telecom and Infrastructure Development. KHL also extended the invitation to all its customers and partners to be part of that event night.KHL has always marked its presence by also participating in International conferences and events. KHL participated in ITCN Asia 2009, one of the biggest IT & Telecom extravaganzas of Pakistan, where most significant brands of the world were showcased. Keeping up the tradition; KHL will also participates in the upcoming GITEX 2010 in UAE.
Orascom Telecom may acquire microfinance bank
members including the former CEO Mobilink Zohair Khaliq is currently in Pakistan to look this deal. In this regard the first round of talk between the Orascom people and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was already held while the company has seriously been looking to acquire the microfinance bank in order to improve the mobile commerce services. The team of Orascom has been looking into legal matters, regulations and other issues concerned in this regard.
Lahore: Orascom Telecom, parent organisation of Pakistan’s leading cellular company, is in talks to acquire a microfinance bank in order to enter the financial business and strengthen its appearance in the country. A delegation of Orascom Zong has introduced new comprising almost seven package to its customers ‘Achi SIM’. The customers can avail 300 free minutes for first year and use 25 minutes per month along with free value added services as one free ringtone, one free dialtune, one free wallpaper.
Zong introduces ‘Achi Sim’
PTA awards medals to best IT researchers
Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) awarded gold medals with cash prizes to 12 students of various distinguished educational institutes for the best research projects on IT and Telecom for the year 2009. Secretary Cabinet Division, Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, presented gold medals to the winners of the competition during a ceremony with Chairman PTA Dr Mohammed Yaseen presiding over the moot. Members (Finance) PTA, Syed Nasrul Karim Ghaznavi, and Member (Technical) PTA, Dr Khawar Siddique Khokhar were also present on the occasion. The event was attended by faculty members of the universities, parents of the award winning researchers and representatives of the industry. On the basis of highest obtained marks for research projects were selected for the award of Rs 50,000 each and gold medals for the 12 participants of these projects. Addressing the ceremony, Secretary Cabinet Division Abdul Rauf Chaudhry said that PTA has
Secretary Cabinet Division distributing medals and certificates among the successful participants of different projects arranged by PTA.
taken this initiative proactively which should be appreciated and followed by the whole telecom industry especially by the operators to take maximum advantage from the research work of these young scholars. Chairman PTA said that as reflected from the telecom indicators, growth in the telecom sector has been immense in the recent past years. Similarly education sector has also shown tremendous growth in terms of adding an increased number of educational and professional institutions, development of faculty and students' enrollments whereas growth in research on IT & Telecom in Pakistan has not been proportionate, he added.
NWFP Assembly passes resolution ban on night package
Peshawar: Following the resolution passed in Punjab Assembly, NWFP Assembly has also passed a resolution to put immediate ban on late night calling packages. In fact they went even further and demanded ban on SMS packages too. Some may term the SMS part little harsh, but night packages are not seen well by many eyes. By the way, Punjab Assembly passed a similar resolution; however, mobile companies are still offering night packages with full glory.
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Warid appoints Muneer Farooqui as new CEO
Lahore: Warid Telecom Private Limited, the country's 3rd largest cellular operator, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Muneer Farooqui as company's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Prior to the appointment he served as Chief Executive Officer of Warid Bangladesh. He has almost 20 years experience in telecom industry of Pakistan and abroad. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Warid wish him great success." International, Bashir A. New CEO Warid Tahir has said: "We are pleased to appoint Muneer Farooqui as Warid Telecom's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is a talented and seasoned professional and his unparalleled leadership expertise and extensive experience will enable Warid Pakistan to reach new heights. We have some great expansion plans and, New CEO Warid Telecom on behalf of the Board, I Muneer Farooqui warmly welcome him and Pakistan, Muneer Farooqui has said, "I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to contribute towards Warid Pakistan's progress. In less than 5 years, Warid family has grown over 18 million customers with a substantial market share of almost 20 percent. Certainly it is tremendous progress and I seriously think that Pakistan's cellular market has a lot of potential”. “I believe quality of service and customer care are the two important areas where we can get competitive edge. I am confident and determined that Warid Pakistan is fully positioned to set excellence benchmarks for the market." He said. Farooqui started his professional journey in the telecommunication arena in 1993 and served in various capacities till 2004.
HP introduces cost savings, energy savings printers for SMBs
Lahore: HP announced its comprehensive suite of printing solutions and programmes to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) obtain more value from their IT investments in this challenging economic climate. Aimed at helping SMBs urgently address increasing budgetary pressures, the new suite of printing solutions and programmes enables SMBs to drive down printing costs and to reduce energy use, leverage print management tools to further reduce costs and renew their printer fleet. Dramatically drive down business costs with the new HP Officejet Pro series OJ Pro 8500 AiO and OJ Pro 8000 which deliver up to 50 per cent cost-per-page (CPP) and energy savings compared to laser printers (1, 2, 3). The new printers can improve business productivity for a
wi-tribe receives Platinum recognition
Islamabad: wi-tribe has announced its recognition by ACCA Pakistan, as an approved employer at the Platinum level entailing Professional and Trainee Development. Under this programme wi-tribe will receive a tailored package of services designed to help attract, develop and retain high caliber accounting and finance professionals. ACCA will provide account management support for the development and retention of wi-tribe’s finance professionals with the assistance of a dedicated resource. Other benefits will
lower price than a color laser. In addition, Instant-on Technology found in HP LaserJet devices provides up to 50 per cent energy use over traditional fusing.
include participation opportunity in ACCA events and publications at national and international level and cutting-edge research in this field. “We are thrilled to be recognised by the ACCA for
our efforts to train and empower our workforce. The programme will greatly benefit our financial departments and help witribe move into the future,” said Sami Hinedi, wi-tribe Group CEO.
Nokia-Siemens, LG achieve record LTE data speed
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and LG Electronics have achieved a Long Term Evolution (LTE) downlink data transfer rate of 100 megabits per second (Mbps), the maximum speed for a Class 3 LTE terminal. In LTE, user equipment is categorised into classes based on its potential uplink and downlink data rates. Class 3 terminals are expected to be the first widely used commercial LTE terminals when they are launched later in 2010.
All solutions under PTCL One Stop Shop
Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) has set up One Stop Shops (OSS) to make customer’s access easier and convenient. These shops offers one window operations i.e. a host of products and services which include order booking for PSTN, broadband, Smart TV; sale and support for wireless local loop and EVO wireless broadband; billing services; general inquiries; information services and complaint handling. There are 129 shops setup at different strategic locations in many cities and towns across Pakistan. One Stop Shops are handled by dedicated staff of 700 welltrained customer services representatives and Supervisors to facilitate our customers. These OSS shops are also provided with upgraded and unmatched modern ambiance along with the state of art IT systems in place to provide unmatched services to the PTCL consumers. Our customer services representatives at the OSS are provided with regular and periodic trainings on products and services to keep them up-to-date. They are also provided with current information on all the new promos and offerings for better customer handlings. Soft skills training are also regularly provided so that our representatives always present a friendly and courteous to handle customers from varying backgrounds and different walks of lives. SEVP Commercial Naveed Saeed marked the setup of these shops a milestone in the way of PTCL becoming a more customeroriented organisation. He said this step indicates PTCL commitment to provide our consumers with products and services within their reach, being offered from a platform of highest quality. EVP Customer Care Jamil A. Khawaja said a special focus has been on the training of the staff to ensure courteous and friendly behaviour. Our prime focus is to make our team fully equipped to handle any query about PTCL products and services and capable to handle customers from all walks of life.
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KHL signs 2G to 3G swap project with NSN
Islamabad: Along with successful OFC turnkey project completions with various telecom companies KHL has now signed yet another contract with NokiaSiemens Network. This project would require swapping equipment from 2G to 3G on telco sites. 3G or 3rd Generation is a family of standards for mobile telecommunications defined by the International Telecommunication Union, which includes UMTS, CDMA2000 and WiMAX. Services include wide-area wireless voice telephone, video calls, and wireless data, all in a mobile environment. Compared to 2G and 2.5G services, 3G allows simultaneous use of speech and data services and higher data rates. As the world moves forward embracing technology one step further, KHL follows suite in pursuit of perfection while Linking places…. Linking people.
Taimur joins M.Com
Taimur Ali Khan has He pursued in at his higher Sydney been appointed Regional education Director Lahore, M.Com Studies performed his duty Business
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Karachi: Directorate of and FBR has
Private Limited. Earlier, he International College of
as Business, Australia. During Intelligence Group Account Director for his degree Taimur got Investigation
Evernew Concepts (Pvt) intrigued by the concept of counterfeited worth of Ltd. “Marketing”. Therefore, he million of rupees mobile He is one of the most came back to Pakistan and phones and laptops. FBR team raided the inspiring figures of the engaged in his ambitions of Jinnah advertising world amidst by ending up doing an MBA limit the chaotic situation he in Marketing from National International Airport and slowly and gradually made College force to be reckoned with. Economics. of a name for himself, as a Administration Business recovered more than 60 & handsets and 18 latest laptops.
PM media cell operate GMail account
A local television showed and disclosed an email sent from PM cell. The email address was mentioned as firstname.lastname@example.org. It is really shocking and astonishing that the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has not official mailing address and government official channel is using GMail account. What is going on here? Thought it was
some kind of a mistake so I just search the email address and I found the exact email address. Exact Match!!. Check it out for yourself here http://asiapacfic.ifj.org/en/ articles/appeal-to-goverment-
When we have all official IT infrastructures to help the cause then why do they use the GMail account? When we have Electronic Government Directorate to enhance the efficiency of the government, then why do we have GMail account for official purpose? When we have official email addresses backed by government own IT infrastructure, then why do we keep our mails on public servers? When there is petty amount of tax-payers money going to the pockets of providers of securing government communication, then why do we rely on freely available email address?
President directs ban on used computers
President Asif Ali Zardari has directed to the Ministry of Information and Technology to prepare a draft summery for a ban on the import of used computers.
Mobilink recognises for marketing excellence
Lahore: VP Marketing, Mobilink, Bilal Munir Sheikh, receives Marketing Excellence Award from MD, EFU Insurance Saifuddin Zoomkawala.
The importers of branded computers have hailed the decision but importers of used computers vendor/seller lamented the decision and said the prices go high by four times at least and out of reach to the poor people.
Mobilink has been recognised for Marketing Excellence by the Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP). The MAP Marketing Excellence Award for 2009 has been conferred to Vice-
President Marketing Mobilink Bilal Munir Sheikh for outstanding performance in the field of marketing and management and for making a significant difference in the Organisation’s standing in the Corporate Sector.
Sony opens its 3rd outlet
Karachi: Sony Pakistan has opened its 3rd Sony world flagship outlet at Defence Karachi. This is the 9th Sony World outlets in Pakistan. At the inauguration ceremony "Scratch and Win" scheme was also launched where the customers were given a chance to try their luck and win Sony products. The ceremony was inaugurated by Country Head Sony Pakistan, Mr Mukaida. Others guests present at the opening were Manzoor Khan, Director Pan Pacific Electronics, Zaher Ahmad, National Sales Manager Pakistan, and Khalid Saeed, Marketing Head Pakistan.
NSN regains No. 2 position in vendor rankings
According the report of Dell’Oro is well trusted industry analyst and source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries. Nokia Siemens Networks has regained number two position in vendor rankings for mobile network infrastructure market in the Dell'Oro Q4 Mobility Report 2009 Nokia Siemens Networks reclaimed the position backed by 10 new 3G contracts won in Q4 2009. The overall picture in the mobile network gear market: 1. Sony Ericsson (35 per cent market share) helped by an acquisition of assets of bankrupt Nortel 2. Nokia Siemens Networks (21 per cent market share) 3. Huawei (20 per cent market share) Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications solutions suppliers in the world. Nokia Siemens Networks was created as the result of a joint venture between Siemens AG's COM division (minus its Enterprise business unit) and Nokia's Network Business Group.
Cricketer Mohammad Asif launches website
Lahore: Fast bowler Mohammad Asif has launched his own official website
He launched his personal website for his fans worldwide, which taken so many months to get completed.
Country Head Sony Pakistan, Mr Mukaida, Director Pan Pacific, Manzoor Khan inaugurated the Sony outlet in Karachi.
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ederal Minister for Postal Service, Israrullah Zehri has said that Pakistan Post plans to set up more than 700 new post offices at the union council level across the country has been submitted to the Establishment Division. He added that 60 new vehicles have been purchased to update the Post Office transport fleet, which is used for transportation of mail and cash shipment. Zehri said three new postal circles also established in Hyderabad, Multan and Rawalpindi to strengthen the administrative setup. "Keeping in view the requirement of Balochistan, 49 post offices have been established by transferring 120 posts from other circles," he said. He said the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) was launched in December 2008 to provide cash assistance to the low-income groups affected during the last three years due to high inflation. "It aims at disbursing the amount through money orders to deserving women in all the provinces, FATA, Azad Kashmir, Northern Areas and
Islamabad," he added. The Minister said the task entrusted to the Pakistan Post by the government was being accomplished well. Out of 7,479,522 money orders for Rs. 25.7 billion, money orders of Rs. 24.3 billion have been successfully delivered to the beneficiaries at their doorsteps. He said the Pakistan Post, being a service provider, trying to improve quality of its service. Notable achievements were to establish countrywide Express Post Service, Time Sensitive Mail, computerisation and automation of postal locations to provide track and trace facility to masses, cash assistance to low-income groups through money orders in BISP and Punjab Food Support Scheme. "Better arrangement and service to the customers regarding in bound Western Union remittances and disbursement of micro finance loans, better facilities for 1.3 million pensioners, promotion of Saving Schemes, facility of depositing, utility bills are other services being provided by the
post offices," he added. He said under a progressive policy, Pakistan Post has been transformed into a modern and fully computerised organisation to compete with the private couriers. The Minister said that the Ministry has set up 25 smart and small centers throughout the country for efficient service to masses. The centers are fully operational, adding that another 100 such centers are being planned. "Web-enabled tracking and monitoring system has been developed and implemented for the scheme and an amount of Rs. 9.8 billion disbursed among the families below the poverty line," he added. He said that in order to extend the micro finance facility at the grassroots level scheme was launched in partnership with the First Micro Finance Bank, adding that the loan size was upto the limit of Rs 15,000 per village council. As many as 52,010 loans amounting to Rs. 708.188 million have been disbursed to village councils. "During 2008-09 about 1000 vacant posts were filled by direct recruitment after observing all prescribed formalities" he added. An initial allocation of Rs.100 million has been made to the Pakistan Postal Service (PPS) in the current financial year. Talking to news agencies about the overall performance of Pakistan Post, Minister for Postal Service Israrullah Zehri said that Pakistan Post has prepared an Express programme for the first time in the country and the institution was considered for allocation under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
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Microsoft uses law to cripple hacker spam network
San Francisco: Microsoft combined technology with an "extraordinary" legal maneuver to cripple a massive network of hacked computers that had been flooding the Internet with spam. The software titan's Digital Crime Unit got clearance from a US judge to virtually sever the cyber criminals' command computers from hundreds of thousands of machines world-wide infected with a Waledac virus said recently. "We decided the best tactic would be to literally build a wall between the botherder, the command computer, and all of the other
computers effectively cutting the umbilical cord," said Microsoft attorney Richard Boscovich.
Microsoft got a US judge to grant an ex parte temporary restraining order that let the firm erect the cyber blockade without warning bot-herders, masters of the "botnet." "It was of crucial importance that when we went out to sever the connection between the bot herder and the bots, that severing had to be done without him knowing," said Boscovich, who works in the digital crime unit. Hackers typically infect computers with malicious codes by tricking owners into clicking on booby-trapped email messages or Internet links that plant viruses.
Etisalat launches operations in Sri Lanka
UAE operator Etisalat has launched its operations in Colombo, Sri Lanka after its acquisition of the Tigo mobile firm, targeting 1 million customers by the end of the year. Etisalat acquired a 100 percent stake in Tigo Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular, for an enterprise value of USD 207 million. Etisalat is expected to bring in HSPA+ on the network, with a connectivity speed of 28 Mbps, on par with the company's operations worldwide, Etisalat chief technical officer Sanath Pilapitiya expressed in media briefing held in Colombo. Within one year, the company will be rolling out 1,500 2G base stations and 500 3G base stations island wide, Etisalat Lanka CEO Dumindra Ratnayaka told the media. This is set to take place in all the major towns in the country. Etisalat launched its coverage in Jaffna during the mini Infotel exhibitions scheduled recently.
Users Creating 50 million 'tweets' a day
Washington: Twitter users are creating 50 million of messages of 140 characters or less each per day, the micro-blogging service said on February 22. 5,000 "tweets" per day in 2007, 300,000 per day in 2008 and 2.5 million per day in 2009. "Tweets grew 1,400 percent last year to 35 million per day," Weil said. "Today, we are seeing 50 million tweets per day that's an average of 600 tweets per second." Weil said the 50-million figures do not include messages from accounts identified as spam. The number of actual "tweets" delivered is far higher because many messages are delivered to multiple accounts, he added.
Google acquires 10 billion songs downloaded photo-editing from Apple's iTunes site Picnik
Google has acquired Picnik, an online photo-editing service. Picnik allows users to crop, touch up and add effects to photos from the web browser, without downloading software. Users can import photos from other sites such as Facebook, Picasa or Flickr and then save edited photos in the cloud. Google said the service would continue as normal, as it works on integration with other Google services. No financial details were released. Picnik said it has around 20 employees and receives "millions" of visitors to its site each month. Washington: The 10 billionth song was downloaded from Apple's iTunes on February 24, seven years after the launch of the online store which provided a lifeline to the struggling music industry. "10 billion songs downloaded from iTunes. And counting," read an online counter at the Apple website. The California Company behind the iPod, iPhone and Macintosh computer had promised a 10,000-dollar iTunes gift card to the person who downloaded the 10-billionth song. To mark million adults, do not have home broadband because they lack the digital skills while 19 percent, or 15 million adults, said they do not have home broadband because the Internet is not relevant to their lives. Some 40 percent of lowincome Americans, those with annual household incomes of 20,000 dollars or less, have home broadband, compared with 91 percent of the landmark download, Apple provided a list of the all-time top songs on iTunes. The iTunes Music Store was launched in 2003 at a time
Kevin Weil, a member of Twitter's analytics team, said in a blog post that Twitter users were writing
when the music industry was struggling with digital piracy and plummeting album sales.
US one-third population don’t have broadband at Home
Washington: Some 93 million Americans, one-third of the US population, do not have high-speed Internet connections at home, according to a survey released on February 23. The National Broadband Plan Consumer Survey by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that 78 percent of adult Americans are Internet users, connecting to the Web from home or elsewhere. Eighty million adults and 13 million children over the age of five do not have home broadband, according to the survey of over 5,000 adult Americans conducted in October and November. Six percent of adult Americans are still using dialup connections. The survey was conducted ahead of the National Broadband Plan which the FCC is to deliver to the US Congress by March 17 outlining how to extend affordable world-class broadband service to the entire United States. "We need to tackle the challenge of connecting 93 million Americans to our broadband future," FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. "In the 21st century, a digital divide is an opportunity divide," he said. "To bolster American competitiveness abroad and create the jobs of the future here at home, we need to make sure that all Americans have the skills and means to fully participate in the digital economy." The survey identified affordability, digital literacy and relevance as the three main barriers to wider adoption of broadband. Thirty-six percent of nonbroadband adopters, or 28 million adults, said they do not have home broadband because the monthly fee is too expensive. On average, Americans pay 41 dollars a month for broadband service. Twenty-two percent, or 17
Senior citizens trailed the national average with just 35 percent of those over the age of 65 reporting broadband service at home. In other findings, 56 percent said there is too much pornography and offensive material online while 39 percent said it is too easy for personal information to be stolen. Besides Internet use, the survey also found that 86 percent of Americans have a cellphone, 86 percent have either cable or satellite television at home and 79 percent have either a desktop or a laptop computer at home. The Consumer Survey interviewed 5,005 adult Americans and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 those in homes earning more percentage points. than 75,000 dollars a year.
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Airtel considers stake sale to repay loans for Zain deal
Indian operator Bharti Airtel held out the possibility of issuing fresh shares or divesting its holding in telecommunication infrastructure companies to lighten the burden of debt it must assume to fund its planned acquisition of most of the African operations of Zain. Top executives at Airtel told analysts in a conference, that the purchase would be funded by medium-term debt, loans with a maturity period between one and ten years, which will then be repaid with money generated from operations as well as a likely equity issue. A final deal is expected to be clinched by end-April or mid-May. Akhil Gupta, group deputy CEO and MD of Bharti Enterprises said that the company will use a combination of free cash flow and equity to repay debt. There is a possibility to raise more equity at Airtel or Bharti Infratel level, but it
has not taken any decision at both revenue market share this point, he added. and EBITDA margins. Bharti group CEO Sunil Mittal attempted to convince the sceptics and sought support from stakeholders for an acquisition that would make Bharti the world's seventh-largest mobile phone operator by subscribers. At the end of Sunil Mittal, Bharti Airtel Ltd December, Bharti's net debt Chairman was just 0.1 times its equity He also added that there and it had cash reserves of will be an impact on earnings about INR 76 billion. Besides in the short to medium term. the likely acquisition of Zain Airtel joint MD Manoj Kohli in Africa, the company needs said that within a year or so money to acquire a 3G of the takeover, the company licence and operate the should be able to improve service.
MTS cuts 3G handset prices by 20%
Russian mobile operator MTS announced that it has cut prices of handsets supporting 3G by up to 20 per cent at its retail outlets. The 20 per cent discount is valid for subscribers purchasing handsets from RUB 2,790 by 30 April. A 10 per cent discount is offered on cheaper phones. The operator estimates that 13 per cent of handsets used in Russia support 3G. MTS operates 3G networks in 65 cities across the country.
Touchscreen device sales to grow 97%
The worldwide market for touchscreen mobile devices will surpass 362.7 million units in this year, up to 96.8 percent from 2009 sales of 184.3 million units, according to a study by Gartner. By 2013, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 58 percent of all mobile device sales worldwide and more than 80 percent in developed markets such as North America and Western Europe. With mobile phone vendors now focused on integrating touch technologies, many are now going a step further and beginning to deliver user interfaces that are truly optimised for touch input. They are also increasing their software skills to deliver deeper integration of touch UIs with the underlying platform, rather than software overlays. From a sales volume perspective, Asia/Pacific is the leading region for touchscreen mobile devices. In this year, touchscreen mobile device sales in Asia/Pacific are projected to surpass 129.1 million units, accounting for 35.6 percent of the global market. By comparison, Western Europe and North America are expected to account for 26.8 percent and 24.4 percent of global touchscreen mobile device sales. Looking at penetration of touch devices as part of overall sales in their regions, however, Western Europe leads the way with 49 percent, followed by North America at 46.65 percent.
Orange Jordan launches 3G network
Orange Jordan has launched its 3G+ network, expecting that some two million Jordanians will be covered by the service by the summer of this year. The 3G services will be offered in the market in three phases, Orange Jordan's CEO Nayla Khawam said during the launch in Amman. Under the first phase, the services will initially cover west Amman, Irbid and Zarqa, while in April the network coverage will expand to cover the entire capital. Orange also plans to cover Aqaba with 3G services by late April.
Over 71 million Europeans use mobile phones for internet access
Over 71 million Europeans use their mobile phones to access the internet in a typical week. Europeans spend almost an hour a day and 6.4 hours per week going online via their mobile, according to a study by the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA). Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of 16-24 year olds and 21 per cent of 25-34 year olds access mobile internet services, spending 7.2 and 6.6 hours on it respectively each week. The internet continues to prove a popular source of entertainment with one quarter of Europeans (25 per cent) gaming or listening to the radio online (25 per cent), and one third watching films, TV or video clips online (32
Internet access is basic right worldwide
Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a survey conducted by GlobeScan. The survey found that 87 per cent of internet users felt internet access should be the "fundamental right of all people. “More than 70 per cent of non-users felt that they should have access to the net. Overall, almost 79 per cent of those questioned said they
either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the description of the internet as a fundamental right, whether they currently had access or not. Countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Turkey most strongly support the idea of net access as a right, the survey found. The survey shows that opinions concerning government oversight of some aspects of the internet are not the same everywhere.
YouTube turns on captions on videos
YouTube is adding captions to millions of Internet videos. The feature unveiled expands upon speechrecognition technology that YouTube began using to make captions available on a limited number of videos late last year. YouTube’s audience will be able to request captions at the press of a button. Video producers will also be able to download the automated captions and improve upon them. For now, YouTube’s captioning tool will only work on videos with English
audio, although there are plans to include more languages. The English audio, however, can be translated into 50 different languages. YouTube, owned by Google, is the Web’s most popular video site. Its users upload about 28,800 hours of videos each day.
per cent) at least once a month. Of the overall users of internet-enabled handsets, nearly 49 per cent claim to receive video clips, websites or images on their mobile and 80 percent said that they pass on the content they receive.
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