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Why High Call Rates to Muslim Countries? 10


Leading Telecom News Magazine CONTENTS March, April 2008 At War with Youtube? 12
Mobilink Brings the Beauty 14
KHL gets Delivery Rights of Chinese Group 16
Telenor's Customer Wins a Crore 17
Abu Dhabi Group Invests in Georgia 18
Rural Punjab Remains Behind 20
PTCL Broadband Entertainment Portal 24
PTCL Reports Net loss of Rs 9.54 bn 25
A Humble Tribute to (Late) Bader ul Islam 26
ZRG Represents Pakistan 28
Mobile Social Networking 30

Cover Story: 48 Why Slowest Subscriber Growth?


Nanoparticles Could Improve Mobile Phone
45
46
Mr. Tom Slone, who is involved in the Is There Anyone Listening? 77
fraudulent activities and disgracing Can Apple Patent the Pinch? 79
not only Mr. Farukh Aslam (a share Will Cell Phones Save Books? 83
holder of TouchStone) but Pakistan's
image.
Cover Story:
TouchStone Issue 48
Threat for Investors… Disgrace for Pakistan

IT:
Online Hobbies 44
Computer Memory Vulnerable to Hacking 71
Goodbye to Early Web Icon 73
Using Technology in Teaching & Learning 81
EU Extends Net Safety Programme 85
Solution to IT Infrastructure Problems 87
Intel Announces Brand for Processor 88

Events:
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2008 22
CeBit is Marvelous 36
Buzz at Barcelona 40

Informative:
Coming Mobile 52
Current Mobile 54
Mobile Review 60
Motorola Rolls Out First ROKR for the Car 69

Abu Dhabi Group Invests Buzz at Barcelona | 16


Briefs:
in Georgia | 18 National 92
International 96

At War With Youtoube PTCL Broadband


6 12 Entertainment Portal | 24 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2008 | 22
Historic Move By PTCL
PTCL has made some interesting moves that the amazing community at Telecom
Grid Pakistan has been discussing.
PTCL announced very competitive tariff for broadband internet facilities for its
customers, with effect from March 1, 2008. The existing package of 256Kbps will
not be offered to new customers. Existing 256Kbps packages customers will be
upgraded to 512Kbps package, 512Kbps to 1Mbps and customers of 1Mbps will be
upgraded to 2Mbps. In our experience with PTCL Broadband, if you can choose to
look past the poor customer service and lack of support for small businesses (stat-
ic IPs etc.) the actual service quality is pretty good. Added to that a good price
point and this should be a very good choice for people whose phone lines can
support 2mbps connections etc.
Now they've announced the launch of a Broadband Entertainment Portal which
gives access to music, movies, sports and more free of cost to PTCL Broadband
subscribers.
PTCL Broadband Pakistan is now offering incredibly cost effective, constantly
available internet access as the internet access speed for existing subscribers has
been doubled while they are allowed unlimited downloads for the same amount
that they were previously paying. New subscribers will also be required to pay the
new tariff while the modem and DSL installation is completely free.
It seems like the company is picking up. PTCL is now the leader in consumer
broadband in Pakistan, leading the country into 21st century. PTCL is aware of the
fact that the customers need high speed and large download capacity to fully expe-
rience the Broadband Portal - the movies and music, sports coverage and religious
material. Thus, the Broadband Pakistan packages have been upgraded for the ben-
efit of all existing and new subscribers.
But there is still a dire need as for as customer care is concerned. PTCL must
take this issue seriously as it is important to keep loyal the customers with the
company. 

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Well Done, PTCL China Mobile New Campaign
It seems PTCL has a package of its own. I believe the China mobile has launched its new campaign and it is
charges of shifting one's telephone were quite nominal. good to see new investment in the country. I want to say that
However, I was mistaken. Recently I had to shift homes within nothing is perfect in this world and every thing has a room for
the same neighbourhood in fact and thought that transferring improvement. I am of the opinion that at the time of election
the telephone connection would be a straightforward affair: fill the last thing people care about is a new cellular company
out a form, deposit it at the exchange and hope to get the entrance, it was a great risk that company had taken but
transfer done within a reasonable period of time. I was wrong. received tremendous response, the reason being readership
The lineman flatly told me it would "take Rs 2,500" to do the and viewer ship increases during crucial days. To run the
needful and that try as I may nothing else would work. He was campaign during these days might be risky but again cam-
right after waiting for an inordinately wrong period of time I had paign has to be very incomparable in order to divert the atten-
to dish out the money. tion from political situation and it was incomparable specially
The phone was transferred by the next day. Truly a great Print. Believe me not only people from Advertising and
'pacakge' for the people Well done, PTCL. Marketing but from every field were talking about this Ad from
the day of election till now. Think why? Ad man or a Marketer
A subscriber, Karachi almost gives attention to the aesthetics of the Ad, not normal
person...I would say.

You Tube Ban Faizan, Islamabad

Blocking YouTube.com was a ridiculous decision on the part Pakistan Package


of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Denying the access
While launching Pakistan Package, PTCL activated it on all
to popular website to the whole nation because it had a few
landline connections with out seeking subscribers' opinion.
unwanted video clips is simply illogical. In other countries, such
As for as my personal experience is concerned, PTCL help
unreasonable acts could not be even bought of. Being a huge
line was always found busy whenever I tried to deactivate the
repository of video clips, YouTube.com must be accessible to
unwanted package. In the beginning, PTCL advertisements
the people.
said that the package had been introduced for a limited time
and that it would be made non-functional after March 1. But
Raziq Hussain, Wah
the date passed and the PTCL is still charging its helpless
customers Rs 199 per month for a facility they didn't request
Unreasonable Ban for.
I request PTCL authorities to concentrate on providing
quality service to their customers instead of making money by
It is always interesting to hear about the new kind of bans
introducing dubious calling packages.
the government imposes whenever confronted with difficult
problems.
Mian Asfandyar, Nowshera
In the recent past, the government banned different media
outlets and imposed Section 144 to avert lawyers' procession
and civil society congregations. Noise Pollution
More recently the Punjab government banned the use of I am writing to draw the attention of the authorities con-
cell phones in universities. It did discourage the students who cerned to the noise pollution caused by the diesel-run booster
regularly bunk their classes to talk to their friends on cell of a cellular company fixed in our locality. It makes a lot of
phones. Although it is a genuine problem that needs to be noise and routine life has become extremely miserable due to
addressed, the Punjab government's all-encompassing ban on its continuous shrillness. I don't want to move to another
cell-phone use on university campuses is absolutely unjustifi- place but the disturbance and noise pollution will, it seems,
able. Why should the ban be extended to every student when compel me to make this decision.
the problem is caused by only a handful of students? Will it not Recently, personnel of the authorities concerned visited the
be reasonable if the problem is addressed in a way that does- site and asked the company's officials not to run the booster
n't affect the common student on a university campus? The on a diesel-based generator. After this, they didn't use the
government should explore other possible solutions to a prob- generator for a few days but then fired it up again. Such irre-
lem before imposing all-encompassing bans. sponsible companies should be proceeded against in a court
of law for their irresponsible social behaviour.
Nosheen Haider, Lahore
Imran Anwar, Chaklala
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youth, which is 50 per cent of the population. The Telecom Deregulation Policy was
According to PTA, the current size of the announced in 2003 and since then Pakistan
country telecom market is 77 million sub- Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has made
scribers, 48 per cent tele-density with an annu- tremendous headway towards a free and fair
al growth rate of 100 per cent over the fiscal telecom market. The transparent implementa-
year 2006-2007. The contribution of telecom in tion of the Policy has not only brought in a siz-
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is placed at 35 able foreign investment but also gave a fresh
per cent of the total FDI and the sector is impetus to the economy of the country.
reported to make up 2 per cent of the gross The most interesting aspect in the present
domestic product (GDP). telecom scenario is that the end user is being
The industry has come a long way since its
lackluster debut in the nineties. For Mobilink,
he customers cost Rs 2.50 per minute
There is a need to do
T call to European countries including
France, Italy, Malta, Hungry, Finland,
Denmark, Cyprus, Belgium, Austria, Germany,
Ufone, Warid, Telenor and Paktel - the five
service providers in Pakistan - this has meant a
huge increase in research and development.
homework to reduce the
United Kingdom, Turkey, Romania, Portugal,
Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Rome
The stakes are high, with each service jostling
to entrench its position in an ever-expanding
tariff to the Muslim coun-
Canada and even in US. On the contrary, the market. Investment has been heavy in network
expansion, with million dollar deals being cut
tries. In this regard, the
cell phone service provider companies do not
heed to exercises to reduce the tariffs in with international companies. This is good news
for customers. A new world of competition in
government should
Muslim countries.
No doubt, the government-backed compa- pricing and technology has opened up, with a reduced the taxes on the
nies, PTCL and Ufone have introduced many number of value added services on offer,
good packages to their customers to facilitate in designed to lure a particular niche market. call rates to the Muslim
the telecom sector but pay no attention to Whether in the form of a chat club service for
reduce tariffs in Muslim countries. Same dilem- the young and trendy, or corporate club dis- countries so the customers
ma happens with the cell phone service count options, the wonders of the latest mobile
provider companies who do not heed to reduce phones can include options such as mobile would take more benefits
the tariffs like Mobilink, Warid, Telenor, Paktel, banking, fax and information services, internet
etc. access, instant updates, conference calling and to the development of the
The majority people earn their livelihood in mail.
the Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Abu Pakistan's large area and scattered popula- telecom sector in shape of
tion has not deterred cellular companies from
Dhabi, UAE, Muscat, Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Libya, their drive to reach maximum customers in the low call rates to the
rural areas.
Indonesia, Malaysia and many others Muslim
countries whose are not far from Europe and In the past when having a fixed telephone Muslim countries.
America. connection was taken as a privilege and a mark
Although, during the past eight years, the of superiority. The subscribers were used to benefited the most. The subscribers have now
total number of cellular phone subscribers in wait for long to get a landline telephone con- expanded number of operators to choose from,
the country had been 225,000 but now their nection and sometimes to no avail even after innovative telecom products at reduced rates
number has crossed the figure of 76.6 as com- years spent on waiting. The days when an aris- and good quality of service. Not only urban
piled by the Pakistan Telecommunication tocrat accompanied by a person with a large consumers but rural population is also getting
Authority (PTA). mobile set in his hand and it was not much benefits of this recent telecom boom in the
This scribe suggest to the high-officials of back in the past. Then telecommunication country which will continue to cast positive
the esteemed companies to take revolutionary advancement started taking place in the coun- impact in future not only on an individual's life
steps to decrease the tariff in Muslim countries try and geared up with the start of the new era. but also on national economy at large.
especially in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Abu Dhabi, The recent past has witnessed unprecedent- The need of the hour is that PTA should
etc. so that the middle and lower middle class ed growth in Pakistan telecom market as new direct to the PTCL and cell phone service
people contacted their love ones on cheap operators were allowed to enter and ring their provider companies to do homework to reduce
rates. The call rates are more than Rs 13 per own tones to attract potential buyers. Tariffs of the tariff to the Muslim countries. In this regard,
minute. cellular mobile phone have reduced whereas the government should reduced the taxes on
The cellular mobile density is expected to hit NWD call charges of PTCL have come down. the call rates to the Muslim countries so the
70-75 per cent after which there will be some Enormous employment openings were generat- customers would take more benefits to the
slowdown in the growth rate of the industry. In ed in the shape of direct hiring by telecom development of the telecom sector in shape of
2010, the cellular subscribers will go to 100 mil- operators. Huge foreign investment has poured low call rates to the Muslim countries. 

lion with the aggressive marketing of the cellu- in this sector as license and fees and expendi-
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As per a newsletter sent to its customer by a broadband internet service provider


stated that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (www.pta.gov.pk) has directed
all ISPs of the country to block access to www.youtube.com web site for containing
blasphemous web content/movies
he Government of Pakistan ordered the ble to bypass almost any sort of filtering mecha- ended up in the PTCL's black hole instead,

T country's 70 ISPs to block Pakistanis from


accessing Google's popular video website,
YouTube. Turkey and Thailand have in the past
nism, almost always ensuring that censorship, in
whatever capacity, only serves to attract more
attention and acclaim to material intended to be
resulting in a global outage of YouTube.
Round about the same time on Sunday when
YouTube access went down globally, the con-
also banned access to the site Pakistan's hidden away from this attention in the first place. tentious video in question had already been
attempts to block access to YouTube have been The fact that the powers-to-be here have not brought down by YouTube administration
blamed for an almost global blackout of the realised this failure of censorship is neither new, because of what the Google country representa-
video website. Internet users in the country were nor surprising. Despite the obvious counterpro- tive in Pakistan, Badar Khusnood, described as
once again exposed to the incompetence of the ductive nature of censorship, it has been prac- a "terms of use violation". Even more ironically
censors at the helm of the PTA when the tele- ticed through human history across the world at however, only a few hours later, Google officials
com regulator directed the country's seventy various levels. But what is indeed surprising is officially disclosed the reasons for the global out-
Internet Service Providers (ISP) to ban access to the dearth of technology at the disposal of age as erroneous routing information introduced
the popular video sharing website, YouTube. Pakistan's internet regulators. by a Pakistani network.
According to the official notice issued by the It seems that whenever some form of con- Free speech advocates, like the technology
Deputy Director Enforcement of the PTA, the tentious subject matter is available on a certain blogger Richard Stiennon, found it hard not to
ban was supposed to be enforced on a specific
URL, which featured a 04:58-minute-long trailer
from Dutch politician Geert Wilders' controver-
sial anti-Islam movie. However, since the major-
ity of Pakistani ISPs did not have the infrastruc-
ture available to enable URL-specific filtering,
the entire domain of YouTube was rendered
inaccessible to a large section of internet users
through out the country.
The notice did not specify the explicit reasons
behind the ban, merely describing YouTube as
an 'offensive website,' but an unnamed govern-
ment official told Agence France-Presse that an
inter-ministerial committee has decided to block
YouTube because it contained 'blasphemous
content, videos and documents.' But conspiracy
theorists alleged the ban was an attempt to
shove aside something else. "My understanding
is that the ban is due to the clips involving elec-
tion riggings" commented an enraged user in a
message posted on the Society against internet
censorship in Pakistan mailing list.
Such arguments are strengthened consider-
ably as one realises that the 'blasphemous'
Wilder's video had been on YouTube as early as
28th January. It is curious then, that the internet URL on the web, the only means they have to fil- revel in the irony of the turn of events. "A reli-
monitor only decided to issue such a delayed ter it by banning the entire domain of that web- gious state, Pakistan, identifies a content
ban notification almost a full month after the site, a course of action which has resulted in the provider, YouTube, as the source of blasphe-
video was first uploaded, and that too, in the previous blanket ban on Blogger and this pres- mous, seditious content and orders, King
immediate aftermath of the elections. Also worth ent outage of YouTube. As Wahaj-us-Siraj, the Canute style, that the internet tides be stopped"
pondering is the fact that the controversial convener of the Association of Pakistan Internet he wrote on his blog Threat Choas. "The first
Wilders' snippet was largely unheard of by Service Providers notes, the government may repercussion was that YouTube disappeared
Pakistani surfers until the ban came about, have its valid reasons for censoring the contro- from the internet for almost an hour. I suspect
whereas the election rigging videos, in sharp versial video, but they have to find a better way the second repercussion was that Pakistan's
contrast, had been doing the rounds in Pakistani of enforcing it. "If we continue blocking popular internet access crawled to a halt as all of a sud-
cyber circles. websites, people will stop using the internet" he den they were handling IP requests for one of
Whatever the real reason behind the ban told the BBC. the busiest sites in the world."
was, it seems to have proved counterproductive Not content at banning YouTube in just Fortunately, this did not happen, but had
in either case. As the Karachi blogger Sidrat Pakistan however, one service provider, namely Stiennon's guess been correct, the establish-
Asim notes, "Banning it in such a way is just the PTCL, decided that the best way to filter the ment itself would have ended up initiating a mas-
going to attract more attention to the blasphe- website was to re-rout the IP address block that sive Denial of Service attack on its own country!
mous video which would have otherwise gone YouTube's servers are into a 'black hole'. This Malicious intent or not, this certainly proves the
unnoticed"; the same, it seems, would apply to routing information escaped from the PTCL to its levels of competence of both the service
the rigging videos. main ISP PCCW in Hong Kong, which propagat- providers as well as the telecom regulators in
The internet by its very nature is very hard to ed the route to the rest of the world. So any Pakistan.
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censor, proxies and anonymisers make it possi- packets for YouTube from around the world Despite all that has happened, all internet
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are quite upset. They're screaming at ISPs


Internet and Telecom gurus are somewhat against this practice which can't do anything.
of blocking entire website rather than blocking only specific "The government has valid reason for that,
but they have to find a better way of doing it. If
content or page. On other hand, "Flare" learnt that Internet we continue blocking popular websites, people
will stop using the internet."
service providers in Pakistan do not carry the facility of block- Other countries that have temporarily
blocked access to YouTube include Turkey and
ing any specific URL (Web address) Thailand.
users whose ISPs rely on the Pakistan Internet malicious." YouTube is a video sharing website where
Exchange backbone, still cannot access IP hijacking involves taking over a web site's users can upload, view and share video clips.
YouTube at the time of writing. Only a handful of unique address by corrupting the internet's rout- YouTube was created in mid-February 2005. In
ISPs who rely on the TWA backbone can access ing tables, which direct the flow of data around October 2006, Google Inc. announced that it
YouTube on the whole (with only the controver- the world. had reached a deal to acquire the company for
sial video being banned). Pakistani internet Reports said Pakistan made the move US$1.65 billion in Google stock. Few statistics
users though have now grown accustomed to because YouTube content included Danish car- are publicly available regarding the number of
such clumsy errors on the part of telecom regu- toons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that videos on YouTube.
lating instuitions. But one wonders if this latest have outraged many. As of February 20, 2008, a YouTube search
embarrassing international faux pas will finally But one report said a trailer for a forthcoming for returns about 73,500,000 videos, and about
bring about a change in attitudes. film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which 2,750,000 user channels.
A leading net professional said the global portrays Islam in a negative way, was behind the This leads to a dark recollection of the blan-
outage was "probably a mistake". Pakistan ket blocking of the blogspot.com domain
ordered internet service providers to block the which rendered all blogs hosted on
site because of content deemed offensive to Blogspot inaccessible for the majority of
Islam. Pakistani users who didn't knew how to
Websites technology experts say that to utilize proxy servers and about bypassing
block Pakistan's citizens from accessing such restrictions.
YouTube it is believed Pakistan Telecom As per a newsletter sent to its cus-
"hijacked" the web server address of the popular tomer by a broadband internet service
video site. provider stated that Pakistan
Those details were then passed on to the Telecommunication Authority
country's internet service providers so that any- (www.pta.gov.pk) has directed all ISPs of
one in Pakistan attempting to go to YouTube was the country to block access to
instead re-directed to a different address. www.youtube.com web site for containing
But the details of the "hijack" were leaked out blasphemous web content/movies.
into the wider internet from PCCW and as a Internet and Telecom gurus are some-
result YouTube was mistakenly blocked by inter- what against this practice of blocking
net service providers around the world. entire website rather than blocking only
The block on the servers was lifted once ban. specific conetent or page. On other hand,
PCCW had been told of the issue by engineers "They (Pakistan Telecommunications "Flare" learnt that Internet service providers in
at YouTube. Users are quite upset. They're Authority) asked us to ban it immediately... and Pakistan do not carry the facility of blocking any
screaming at ISPs which can't do anything the order says the ban will continue until further specific URL (Web address).
Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the Association notice," said Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the There are also voices in the market that the
of Pakistan Internet Service Providers A leading Association of Pakistan Internet Service decision was taken due to some secret videos,
net professional told Flare: "This was probably a Providers. which were uploaded on youtube, revealing cer-
simple mistake by an engineer at Pakistan The government decision has caused uproar tain rigging incidents of February 18
Telecom. There's nothing to suggest this was in Pakistan, according to Wahaj-us-Siraj: "Users elections.

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Mobilink is creating aware-


ness within the masses
through envisioning a new
experience on television: a
unique 25 minutes travel pro-
gramme titled, Mobilink's
Journey through Pakistan.
Through depicting Pakistan in
its unabashed glory, the mes-
sage is loud and clear; in
times when people think that
Pakistan may not be the most
pleasant of places to explore,
it remains a country of great
natural beauty, rich cultural
heritage and humble people

Seeing is believing" and nowhere is this preserve cultural heritage within Pakistan. one is taken from the breathtakingly majestic

" more evident than when gazing upon the


splendor and beauty that is Pakistan.
Blessed with rich cultural heritage, nature's
Mobilink is creating great awareness within the
masses through envisioning a new experience
on television: a unique 25 minutes travel pro-
snow covered hills of Murree to the winding
inner alleys of Sukkur. Forgotten sights and
monuments of great historic value are once
bounty, and a unique geographical terrain that gramme titled, Mobilink's Journey through again introduced to us and the viewer is left in
beautifully juxtaposes the arid deserts of Thar Pakistan. Through depicting Pakistan in its awe of the splendour and diversity that is
with the snow capped peaks of K-2, it is unabashed glory, the message is loud and clear; Pakistan.
undoubtedly a country of many attractions and in times when people think that Pakistan may not Through this exclusive and interesting travel
experiences. be the most pleasant of places to explore, it show; Mobilink has taken its agenda as a corpo-
Indeed, one may even liken it to a symphony remains a country of great natural beauty, rich rate citizen to new heights by supporting the
of nature which has remained undiscovered till cultural heritage and humble people. local tourism industry and allowing the common
now, and all that is required is to venture out and
explore the natural beauty that this land has to
offer. Lakes, mountains, deserts and some of the
finest and rarest wildlife, all converge upon this
land and yet, ironically, it is ourselves, the peo-
ple of Pakistan that have forgotten the intoxicat-
ing beauty of our land. It is interesting to note
that many adventurers from both hemispheres
have been tempted by the promise of this land
and have traveled to this part of the world to wit-
ness its magnificence, warmth and hospitality.
A nation that is home to the "cradle of civiliza-
tion" has an obligation to preserve and promote
its unique heritage and natural beauty. One of
the most effective ways to achieve this is
through the promotion of tourism, which allows
for the creation of awareness, influx of foreign
exchange and the projection of a positive and
friendly image of the country. For a country like
Pakistan possessing all the right ingredients, all
that is required is a proactive leader to jump start
this process.
Through a strategic partnership with the Guided by explorer-director Wajahat Malik, man access to Pakistan's natural beauty and
Ministry of Tourism, the telecommunications viewers are privy to the different faces of architectural richness. It is now up to us to take
leader, Mobilink has taken on its agenda as a Pakistan as he travels in a Volkswagen van advantage of this opportunity and venture out of
corporate citizen of Pakistan and emerged at the which has been transformed into a mobile home. our homes to explore the diversity of experi-
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forefront of this initiative to promote tourism and It is fascinating to watch this unique journey as ences, sights and sounds that is, Pakistan. 
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Chief Executive Officer


KHL Usman Sheikh

onnect Holden Limited (KHL) has been

K granted exclusive distributorship rights to


the entire line of construction machinery
of a premier Chinese construction giant Foton
Lovol.
Foton Lovol, the premium Chinese group
which is among the worlds largest manufacturer
of construction machinery, agricultural machin-
ery and vehicles is now available in Pakistan, only benefits the
Powered by the country's leading service relations between
provider to the construction industry i.e. Konnect Pakistan and China, but is also an
Holden Limited (KHL). opportunity for our construction industry to lower Pakistan.
KHL has been granted exclusive distributor- their equipment costs substantially. The signing Usman Sheikh further said that it is really
ship rights to the entire line of construction of a deal is truly another feather in the glorious appreciating that the foreign investment is com-
machinery of this premier Chinese construction history of Sino-Pak relations. ing in the country and it is boosting our econo-
giant. This includes their Wheel Loaders, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KHL my.
Excavators, Rollers, Backhoe Loaders, Rotary Usman Sheikh told 'Flare' that this agreement is
Drilling Rigs, and Crawler Cranes This deal not a benchmark for the foreign investment in

he political instability and security prob-

T lems of the country disrupt the negotia-


tions between Instaphone and South
Korea Telecom. There were negotiations going
on between both the companies in November
2007 that Pakistan's 1st and smallest cellular
company by subscriber numbers, Instaphone
may have been sold to SK Telecom of South
Korea with management control and majority
shares. Now South Korea Telecom takes back
its decision to buy Instaphone.
Instaphone, which started its service back in
1990, hold 350,000 customers in Pakistan, oper-
ates using TDMA technology had faced lot of cri-
sis.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
cancelled the license of Instaphone on Jan 4, cit-
ing the country's first cellular company's failure of times in last few years, Instaphone that has country disrupted the talks and South Korea
to pay its outstanding dues. Instaphone, failed to 350,000 customers remaining on its network has Telecom refuses to buy Instaphone.
meet the payment schedule of $291 million for seen a gradual decrease in its popularity. PTA sources told 'Flare' that this is not a good
getting the operating license renewed for next A hope raised when there was a contract sign for the telecom sector of the country as the
15 years from 2005. signed between the two companies and it was foreign investment is not coming and people feel
Instaphone raised this issue of cancellation decided that South Korea Telecom will buy its 70 insecure to invest in Pakistan due to security
of their license n the court and then PTA took percent shares. There were negotiations for sale concerns. 
back its decision. of its 70 percent share to South Korea Telecom
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After having been bought and sold a couple when the worsening political situation in the
Flare Report Telecom

elenor announces winner of Rs. 1 crore.

T Mr. Zahid Iqbal Rana was announced a


winner. On the occasion, Executive Vice
President Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
Telenor Pakistan Irfan Wahab Khan congratulat-
ed the grand prize winner of Rs. 1 crore, Zahid
Iqbal Rana, an accountant at an entertainment
channel, and thanked him for putting his trust in
Telenor Pakistan. "Due to Telenor Pakistan's
customer focus, we have managed to become
the fastest growing telecom operator in the
country. It is because of the trust of our cus-
tomers that we have crossed 15 million subscrip-
tions within less than 3 years of operation," he
said.
A jubilant Zahid Iqbal Rana when asked said,
"I am extremely happy on winning this prize. At
first I didn't believe the good news, thinking it
was a hoax. When I realised it is true I thanked
Almighty for His kindness and also my parents Zahid Iqbal Rana, a winner of Rs. 1 crore is receiving cheque of Rs. 10 million from Telenor.
and family, without whose prayers and good
wishes there wouldn't be a prize. The first thing I prizes." He further added that these schemes from December 12, 2007 to January 11, 2008
would want to do with this prize is to take my are designed to provide benefits to Telenor also allowed multiple entries for those who
mother for Ummrah." He thanked Telenor Pakistan's subscribers at large and show the recharged their balances more than once.
Pakistan for sharing their success in Pakistan company's commitment to its clientele. Telenor ASA is an international provider of
with their subscribers. The scheme was launched following strong high quality telecommunications, data and
Commenting on the Scheme, Regional demand from customers who showed keen media communication services. It ranks as
Director Central-I Telenor Pakistan, Malik Faisal interest in previous Crorepati schemes. world's 7th largest mobile operator with a total of
Qayyum, said, "As the 4th campaign in the Customers were entered in the daily draw on a 143 million subscribers in its mobile operations.
Crorepati series, this was the biggest and the cumulative recharge of Rs. 50, and in the week- Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA
most successful with Rs. 15 million in prizes and ly and grand prize draw on a cumulative and adds on to its operations in Asia together
over 60 million entries for the bumper and grand recharge of Rs. 100. The scheme that lasted with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh. 

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he leading investment group Abu Dhabi "Another sphere of investment is

T Group has enterd Gorgia with huge invest-


ment in banking sector. New Director of
Standard Bank appointed on March 6 by Abu
in Telecommunications market
under the company name Warid
Telecom Georgia Ltd. More than 80
Dhabi Group, new owner of Georgian Bank, million dollars is expected to be
developed by Salford Capital, investment com- invested in this sector till the end of
pany associated with Boris Berezovski and Badri 2008. License for Wi Max frequency
Patarkatsihvili. was purchased 3 months ago for
Announcement on purchase of Standard more than 10 million dollars.
Bank by Abu Dhabi Group was announced on According to the plans of Dhabi
March 6, 2008. Bank PR department said new Group Georgia, Warid Telecom,
CEO of Standard Bank introduced to Georgian Georgia wireless internet and
media on March 7. enhanced telephony services will
Minister of Higher education and Science of cover the whole territory of Georgia
United Arab Emirates His Highness Nayan Bin by the end of current year.
Mubarak Al Nayan visited Tbilisi in February. His "Another activity of the company
Highness was invited by the President of will be hotel construction business.
Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili . The representatives of the group
His Higness is a founder and the chairman of are currently searching for a suit-
management board of Abu Dhabi Group, one of able place in Tbilisi central citz for
the largest investment groups in the Middle East. the construction of a five star hotel.
Mr. Bashir. A.Tahir, CEO of Dhabi group is also The budget of the project is intend-
ed to be over two hundred million
H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Education,
Abu Dhabi Group has United Arab Emirates.
dollars and will be spent during
three years.
The activities of the Dhabi Group
already invested in two would not be limited to the sectors
mentioned above, therefore the
sectors and has two proj- search for potentially viable projects
will continue.
ects in Georgia: One of Dhabi Group has been investing
for 40 years in The Middle East
them is JSC KOR Bank, Region and the countries of Asia and
Africa. The group currently owns
interests in several banks, insurance
Georgia which has received companies and telecommunications
business.
the operations license from "The value of the whole portfolio
of the group is above 10 billion dol-
National Bank of Georgia. lars. Except investing in Georgian
market, Abu Dhabi Group is seeking
Another sphere of invest- the possibility for investing in
Ukrainian and Azerbaijan markets",
company said.
ment is in Abu Dhabi Group is expected to
join the local mobile communications
Telecommunications mar- market of Georgia. Last week the
group announced about making an
ket under the company investment in
Telecommunications market under
the

name Warid Telecom the company name Warid Telecom


Georgia Ltd. More than USD 80 mil-
lion is expected to be invested in this
Georgia Ltd. More than 80 sector by the end of 2008. A license
for Wi Max frequency was pur-
million dollars is expected chased 3 months ago for more than
Mr. Bashir. A.Tahir, CEO of Abu Dhabi Group. USD 10 million. According to the
to be invested in this sector plans of Dhabi Group Georgia,
Warid Telecom, Georgia wireless
of them is JSC KOR Bank, Georgia which has
till the end of 2008 received the operations license from National
internet and enhanced telephony services will
cover the whole territory of Georgia by the end of
Bank of Georgia.
the current year, 2008. The company is not
"The first branch of JSC KOR bank should
a member of the visiting delegation from Abu excluding the possibility of expanding to the mo-
be operational in 6 months. 10 million dollars
Dhabi. bile communications market. 
have been paid as a capital requirement for this
Abu Dhabi Group has already invested in two
18 banking license", group representative said.
sectors and has up two projects in Georgia: One
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t least 66% villages in that about 3,026,982 fixed

A Pakistan do not have


access to the telecom
in this modern era of latest
line connections are operat-
ing across Punjab out of
which 2,303,006 were in
telecommunication, and this urban areas and 723,976
situation is a matter of great connections in rural areas in
concern for the government, FY 2005. Tele-density in
the Punjab Economic Report Punjab rose from 2.7 per-
2007 revealed. “Out of the cent in 2003 to 3.5 percent
48,268 villages in Pakistan, in 2005. The report also said
only 16,353 or 34 percent that in order to provide wire-
have telecom access, though there has been
tremendous growth in the country’s tele-density,
According to the Punjab less (WLL) services in remote and rural areas
where laying landlines is difficult, the PTA has
following the liberalization of the telecom sector. issued 76 licenses to 17 companies for provision
However, out of 13.67 percent total tele-density, Economic Report 2007, the of local loop services in Pakistan. So far, only
rural tele-density is as low as 1.26 percent,” the four have started commercial operations.
report disclosed. According to the Punjab Punjab has the highest tele- Currently, 128,792 (WLL) connections are pro-
Economic Report 2007, released by the Punjab vided by PTCL and Telecard in Punjab. At pres-
government a couple of weeks ago, the Punjab density in the country after ent, total WLL tele-density in Punjab stands at
has the highest tele-density in the country after 0.15 percent and is expected to increase in com-
Sindh. However, tele-density trend in its rural Sindh. However, tele-densi- ing years. The PTCL provides WLL services to
areas (e.g., in southern Punjab) is not very 78 cities and towns in Punjab. The report also
encouraging. According to the report, 41.5 per- ty trend in its rural areas is disclosed that currently there are 7,157,223 cel-
cent of the rural population in Punjab has tele- lular mobile phone subscribers in Punjab. The
com access, but this figure may be disputed as not very encouraging number of cellular subscribers in Punjab grew by
the definition of “rural” is not entirely clear nor is 86 percent in FY2005. Over 365 cities are cov-
definite the number of villages in Punjab. PTA is must explore the possibility of establishing com- ered by cellular operators in Pakistan, 200 of
making efforts to bridge the gap between rural munity-based telecasters, allowing telecom facil- which are in Punjab. New companies such as
and urban Punjab and a strategy has been ities to be shared instead of having dedicated Telenor and Warid are expanding their opera-
formed to address this issue. Private investment facilities. Such measures would help bridge the tions rapidly and it is expected that more cities
is required to ignite the development of informa-
tion and communication technology in rural
areas. “There is need to increase public-private
partnerships, create awareness among common
people, and encourage commercial banks to
introduce financial schemes for rural areas,” the
report said. Similarly, providing cross subsidies,
access deficit charges, and universal service
funds to operators working in rural areas are
other options for increasing rural tele-density in
Punjab. Rural tele-centres could also be
installed to improve tele-density, the report fur-
ther suggested.
In addition, the PTA is taking the necessary
steps to expand telecom facilities across under-
served and remote areas of Punjab. Under the
deregulation policy, a universal service obliga-
tion fund has been created to develop telecom
facilities in rural areas. This fund will be utilized
in consultation with the provincial governments.
Mobile operators have been allowed to establish
mobile PCOs in areas where fixed-line tele-
phone services are not available. Use of wire-
less technology (WLL) has facilitated the exten-
sion of telecom facilities to un-served areas. PTA digital divide, promote the
economy, and alleviate and towns will soon be covered by these compa-
In order to provide wireless (WLL) poverty. According to this nies. The Punjab’s payphone sector has grown
report, the government of rapidly in the last three years, creating employ-
services in remote and rural areas Punjab aims to improve the ment opportunities at the lowest level. Currently,
important sector of transport a total of 162,710 card payphones operate
where laying landlines is difficult, the and communication. The across the province. In order to provide telecom
Vision 2020 focuses on facilities to more remote areas, mobile operators
PTA has issued 76 licenses to 17 com- improving inter-city and are also allowed to establish mobile PCOs
urban transport, modernizing where fixed-line telephones are not available. So
panies for provision of local loop serv- road networks, and develop- far, a total of 25,332 wireless payphones have
been installed in Punjab. 
ices in Pakistan. So far, only four have ing mass transit networks for
mega-cities.
20 started commercial operations The report further said
Event Flare Report w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2008, the company's worldwide event dedicated to


enterprise customers, prospects, business partners, press and analysts; witnessed
more than 60 conference sessions, led by industry visionaries, expert analysts, part-
ners, customers and Alcatel-Lucent executives, where participants explored the
relationship of networks, people, processes and knowledge within a Dynamic
Enterprise
he Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2008, Executive Officer,

T held on February 20-21, 2008, observed


high numbers of industry analysts and the
international trade press positively receiving the
Alcatel-Lucent spoke
to the high energy
crowd about how the
Keynote address on The Dynamic Enterprise, company has
Alcatel-Lucent's vision for the enterprise net- addressed the uncer-
work. This vision is of an agile, mobile, knowl- tainties that the com-
edgeable and responsive environment where pany faced last year
Enterprise 2.0 applications and Alcatel-Lucent's and how it delivered
secure, always-on communication technologies on its commitment to
strengthen business relationships, simplify com- the Enterprise market.
munications, and improve enterprise perform- She stated that
ance. In a Dynamic Enterprise, the powerful col- throughout 2007,
lective knowledge generated through these Alcatel-Lucent
technologies is integrated with company net- increased its invest-
works, people and processes in real time to pro- ment in Enterprise
vide competitive differentiation. sales and marketing
Enterprise Forum was filled with major prod- and that key acquisi-
uct and customer win announcements and over tion in data and con-
60 conferences supporting The Dynamic tact centers had
Enterprise where customers, partners, and tech- rounded out its product
nology leaders shared their knowledge and cre- portfolio. Also by lever-
ated networking opportunities. aging the entire
The Alcatel-Lucent City and Partner Villages Alcatel-Lucent portfo-
also provided an opportunity for participants to lio, the company is
discover the latest solutions and cutting edge able to provide a
technologies through more than 60 demonstra- unique value to its cus-
tion stations. tomers.
Forum started off with a keynote session on Ms. Russo
"The Dynamic Enterprise". Pat Russo, Chief explained, "We live in
real-time with the reali-
ty of a dynamic envi-
ronment that impacts
every aspect of the
way we work and live.
Constant change
demands dramatically
and quickly transform
our organization, and
our individual and col-
lective relationships to
them to create value
and sustainable
advantage."
Attendees had a
choice of more than 60
conferences across
the two days of Forum
on specific areas of
interest, more than half
of these featured guest
speakers such as industry analysts, consultants, tion, mobility, contact centers, User Profiles, and
customers and partners; they spoke on variety of services.
22
topics such as security, convergence, collabora- The Alcatel-Lucent City, which was located in
w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Flare Report Event

selected by T-Systems for mid-market managed


services
 Italian Trade Commission deploys Alcatel-
Lucent VoIP network worldwide
 Swinton Insurance boosts competitive edge
with Alcatel-Lucent's IP telephony and contact
centre solutions
 Enterprises and distribution channels world-
wide benefit from expanded Alcatel-Lucent -
NCR services agreement
 ZON Multimédia selects Alcatel-Lucent and
Genesys to streamline and optimize its customer
service in Portugal
 Traders Classifieds selects Alcatel-Lucent
for national call center solution in Australia
 Alcatel-Lucent teams with HP to secure
Services Oriented Architectures (SOAs)
 Genesys Placed in Leaders Quadrant of
Zubair Ahmed Kasuri, Editor-in-Chief Flare, with other participants at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2008. Leading Analyst Firm's 2008 IVR and Enterprise
Voice Portals Report
the heart of the Forum, connected attendees  HP Helps Alcatel-Lucent Create State-of-
with the very best technology the communica- the-art Data Center
tions world has to offer. Users expressed their The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum, as always,
appreciation at being able to get to grips with the served as a wonderful source of information.
technology directly; they were able to push the Alcatel-Lucent announced T-Systems, the
buttons, touch the screens and see how all of it business customer unit of Deutsche Telekom,
works together. has selected its Business integrated
Alcatel-Lucent demonstrations were divided Communications Solution (BiCS) server as one
up into areas that address the various needs of of the platforms for its mid-market managed
specific market segments including: Small and voice services.
Medium Businesses, Mid-sized Enterprises, Alcatel-Lucent announced a product integra-
Large Enterprises, Industries, Service Providers tion that brings together the HP SOA Systinet
and Services with a special area set aside for governance software with Alcatel-Lucent's
Innovations. OmniAccess 8550 Web Services Gateway.
Industries addressed included Healthcare, The combined Alcatel-Lucent and HP solu-
Finance, Government, Hospitality, tion offers highly secure governance and regula-
Transportation, Education, Energy, tory compliance capabilities that let enterprises
Manufacturing, Retail, and Defense and fully benefit from SOA while mitigating potential
Security. security risks associated with traditional SOA
Also in the exhibition area is the Alcatel- deployments. This solution is a must for organi-
Lucent Partner Villages filled with Business zations that require adherence to strict informa-
Partners, Application Partners, and Alliance tion privacy legislation, in industries such as
Partners. The aisles were overflowing with visi- healthcare, government, finance, and education.
tors to the various partner displays. They dis- Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2008 was a
cussed the latest technologies, innovative appli- resounding success! This year's event drew over
cations and business services that add value to 7,400 visitors from more than 100 countries for a
Alcatel-Lucent solutions and to the business. two-day whirlwind of knowledge sharing, learn-
Major Announcements ing, networking, and opportunities! 
 Alcatel-Lucent BiCS voice platform was

Alcatel-Lucent helps Double Link


Between Asia and Europe
lcatel-Lucent announced that it will be landing points. Alcatel-Lucent had additional dense wavelength divi-

A upgrading the capacity of the South East


Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (Sea-
Me-We) 4 submarine cable system that con-
the turnkey responsibility of this
state-of-the-art network from design
to laying for segments 2, 3, and 4
sion multiplexing equipment
(DWDM), based on its 1620 Light
Manager. In addition, Alcatel-
nects numerous countries from Singapore to linking Mumbai to Marseilles, as well Lucent will upgrade the 1626 Light
France. With completion scheduled in 2009, this as the overall responsibility for the Manager-based terrestrial link con-
multi-million dollar second upgrade project will synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) necting Alexandria and Suez, and
double the existing trunk capacity of the system, end-to-end realization. Alcatel- the existing SDH equipment, the
going beyond the original design capacity, Lucent, and its co-contractor Fujitsu, Alcatel-Lucent 1678 Metro Core
enabling Sea-Me-We 4 to support the increased had supplied the initial Sea-Me-We Connect, for this extensive network.
broadband traffic requirements along the route. 4 network that started commercial operation in With more than 461,500 km of submarine
Owned and operated by 16 carriers, Sea-Me- the fourth quarter of 2005. The network's capac- cables laid across continents, Alcatel-Lucent has
We 4 spans nearly 20,000 km linking 14 coun- ity was subsequently tripled in the third quarter played a key role in the development and imple-
tries from France to Singapore via Italy, Algeria, of 2007. mentation of the most important submarine
Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel- cable networks in operation today. 
Emirates, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Lucent will upgrade the India-France submarine
Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia with 16 link by deploying, installing and commissioning 23
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TCL launched its Broadband movies and music, sports coverage and reli- provides matter across many main categories:

P Entertainment Portal and new packages


for its DSL subscribers, affirming its cus-
tomers that the access to the portal will be
gious material. Thus, the Broadband Pakistan
packages have been upgraded for the benefit of
all existing and new subscribers," he said.
Religion, Music, Sports, News, and Movies. It
has the latest music videos, movie previews,
short films, sports news and clips and more, all
absolutely free-of-cost exclusively for PTCL "PTCL Broadband Pakistan is now offering available for Broadband Pakistan subscribers.
Broadband Pakistan customers. incredibly cost effective, constantly available Broadband Pakistan, high-speed internet,
"The history is in the making as this is the first internet access as the internet access speed for with a high rate of data transmission that offers
Broadband Portal of the country which offers to existing subscribers has been doubled while extremely fast unlimited online internet time to
the subscribers a variety of professional media they are now allowed unlimited downloads for customers, is a stellar example of innovative
content including but not limited to mainstream the same amount that they were previously pay- services and packages offered by PTCL while
music (Urdu and English), movies, naats and ing. New subscribers will also be required to pay the PTCL Broadband Entertainment Portal is
sports," said Dr Sadiq Al Jadir, SEVP the new tariff while the modem and DSL installa- powered by Converge Technologies and pro-
Commercial at a press conference held at a tion is completely free," he said. vides a unique experience to the user.
local hotel in Islamabad. Broadband Pakistan offers DSL services with The broadband video market is the next fron-
Briefing the media about the salient features unmatched reliability, affordability and connectiv- tier on the web and broadband video is the next
of new portal. Ali Qadir Gillani SEVP, Zomma ity. Earlier, customers had the option of subscrib- generation of television. All the largest telecom-
Mohyuddin EVP Broadband and other PTCL offi-
cers were also present.
Jadir said the PTCL initiative would make the
country embrace the broadband economies of
the world.
"PTCL has invested $50 million to improve its
services for our valued customers. We are com-
peting the market and for the purpose we are
expanding our capacity," he said.
Jadir admitted that up gradation of the PTCL
helpline service was a serious challenge to the
repute of the institution and the company was
making efforts to improve the service.
He assured the journalists that the number of
faulty lines is being minimised and the PTCL is
making every step essential to make the compa-
ny a quality service provider.
"PTCL is aware of the fact that the customers
need high speed and large download capacity to
fully experience the Broadband Portal - the Senior Executive Vice President PTCL, Dr Sadiq Al Jabar addresses a press conference regarding the launching ceremony
of "PTCL Buzz" at a local hotel. Executive Vice President (External) Ali Qadir Gillani is also seen in the picture.

PTCL is aware of the fact ing to either the volume based (256Kbps, munications companies have a presence in this
that the customers need high 512Kbps) or unlimited access (1Mbps) pack-
ages, but now for the price of the 256Kbps pack-
market and the PTCL Broadband Portal is set to
emerge as a principal player in this context.
speed and large download age subscribers would get the 512Kbps service The ease of acquiring the service and main-
with unlimited downloads. taining the service has made PTCL the leader in
capacity to fully experience Similarly, the other packages of 512Kbps and consumer broadband services in Pakistan, lead-
the Broadband Portal - the 1Mb have been upgraded to 1Mb and 2Mb ing the country into the 21st century. Broadband
respectively without any increase in price. customer service is available twenty-four hours
movies and music, sports Under the new Pakistan Package, the cus- a day, seven days a week at 1236 with highly
coverage and religious tomers would have to pay Rs. 1,199 per month
for 512 Kbps unlimited service as compared to
trained and professional representatives. The
PTCL Broadband Pakistan connection can be
material. Thus, the the previous cost of Rs. 1,999. The subscribers ordered by simply calling 1236 or visiting the
would have to pay only Rs. 1,999 for 1024 Kbps PTCL website at www.ptcl.com.pk. 
Broadband Pakistan pack- unlimited service as compared to the previous
ages have been upgraded for amount of Rs. 4,999 per month while the cost for
2048 Kbps unlimited would be Rs. 4,999 per
the benefit of all existing and month.
The new PTCL Broadband Entertainment
24 new subscribers Portal is strictly about professional content and
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TCL announced results for the first half of cent on year. The major reason for the negative earnings in

P financial year 2008. The company posted


a net loss after tax of Rs 9.5 billion (Loss
per share Rs 1.87) against profit after tax of Rs
In addition, the revenues of the company also
experienced a decline of 11 percent and stood at
Rs 29 billion in 1 HFY08 as against Rs 32.7 bil-
the current period was the recognition of the
huge Voluntary Seperation Scheme (VSS) cost
as large number of employee opted out through
8.4 billion (EPS Rs 1.64) in first half of financial lion in 1 HFY07. the said scheme. However, analysts said the
year 2007 depicting a massive decline of 217%. Analyst opined that substantial decrease in restructuring would result in better earning in
In the second quarter of fiscal year 2008 the earnings was mainly driven by the declining future.
company posted a loss after tax of Rs 12.6 bil- fixed line revenues as consumers shifted from Analyst believe that operating coast includge
lion (Loss Per Share Rs 2.46) as against profit fixed line to more convenient wireless technolo- the huge amount of VSS combined with other
after tax of Rs 3.2 billon (EPS RS 0.63) in the gy and lower international incoming traffic termi- legacy provisions which is estimated to be
same period last year. nation rates. around Rs 20 billion to Rs 22 billion and Rs 1 bil-
Company's operating expenses jumped to Non-operating income, which decreased by lion to Rs 2 billion respectively. 
Rs 45.5 billion in the first half of FY08, as against Rs 439 billion year on year also contributed to
Rs22.6 billion in the first half of FY07 up 102 per- the negative earnings in 1HFY08.

he federal ombudsman has served a age misleading, perverse and an unjust practice, ly.

T show-cause notice to the PTCL chief


executive and asked him to explain the
delay in implementing its recommendations on a
falling within the definition of 'maladministration'
according to the President's Order No. 1 of
1983.
In fact, apart from the four countries, the rate
was only applicable to the other 12 countries
only if the calls were made from a landline to a
'misleading customer package'. Investigations into the case had been initiat- landline telephone, the statement said. Because
The ombudsman asked the PTCL chief to ed on the complaint of a citizen and the probe of this customers could be misled into using the
give reasons why legal proceedings for defiance revealed that advertisements appearing in the PTCL service at a much higher rate than it is
of the recommendations should not be initiated national press were designed and presented in a immediately obvious from the announcements
and the matter should not be referred to the manner that it did not transparently disclose the placed in newspapers.
President of Pakistan. full cost per minute for international calls. The ombudsman directed the PTCL to re-
A statement issued said Ombudsman Javed Although the advertised rate of Rs2 per advertise the package in public interest and
Sadiq Malik found a lack of transparency in the minute had been qualified by a small-sized print clearly indicate the countries to which calls
telephone company's package for customers indicating that it was valid for calls made from would be charged at Rs2 per minute when called
regarding the facility of making international calls landlines and mobile phones in only four coun- from landline and mobile phones, and those
to 16 countries around the world at Rs2 per tries, it was placed sideways and in a way that where the rate was applicable only if calls were
minute. The Wafaqi Mohtasib termed the pack- made it difficult for readers to spot it immediate- made from landline to landline phones. 

TCL offers a dedicated service to provide customers were not receiving their bills on time ment options through the ATM card and via inter-

P billing information to its valued sub-


scribers who can simply dial '1200' to
access instant billing information of the required
or at all due to incorrect addresses on their initial
application forms as a result of which they had to
visit the PTCL Customer Care Centres for dupli-
net banking.
Meanwhile the number of banks that accept
cash payment of PTCL bills is also steadily
PTCL service. cate bills. The '1200' service will eliminate the increasing. PTCL's valued customers can pay
This facility is part of an array of efforts by need for broadband and fixed line customers to their bills throughout the country at most of the
PTCL to make bill information and payments have duplicate bills issued. leading banks in their respective areas. The
convenient and effortless for the customer. With the introduction of this service, cus- Pakistan Post Office has also provided the PTCL
PTCL customers now have the flexibility to tomers no longer need to personally visit cus- bill payment facility at more than 3,000 branches
choose between dropping a cheque in a drop tomer service centers to find out what their bill across the country.
box at a location near them and sending their amounts are and the automated service is avail- Low call rates, speedy connectivity, superior
payments through mail at a nearby post office or able twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week voice quality and quality customer care are
making bill payments from their homes. to further facilitate the PTCL customers. PTCL some of the reasons why consumer confidence
With the '1200' service customers can now has also made arrangements with certain lead- in PTCL increases day by day. As Dr. Sadik Al-
find out what their current and outstanding bill ing banks of the country to allow its customers to Jadir, Senior Executive Vice President
amounts are and then pay them through the bill pay their PTCL bills through various electronic (Commercial) stated, "The Company has
payment cards which are available in a range of modes. At Muslim Commercial Bank Limited already introduced a variety of valued added
denominations. PTCL recently introduced the PTCL bills can be paid through the ATMs, services for its customers while a number of oth-
Bill Payment Cards, which enabled its cus- through the MCB Call Centre at 111-000-622 ers are in the pipeline. 
tomers to pay their phone bill from the conven- and via internet banking.
ience of their homes. PTCL realized that certain The Askari Commercial Bank also offers pay-

PTCL to Come to Customers for a Closer Contact


akistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) announced its plans The one-stop facility would also serve as a complaint centre the PTCL

P to set up customers' facilitation points in an effort to keep a closer


contact with its subscribers. The facilitation points, which would ini-
tially be launched for customers in Rawalpindi, would be a one-stop shop
staff would resolve problems like faulty phones, installation of telephones,
Wireless Local Loop, DSL, delivery of phone bills and excessive billing.
The customer facilitation programme, a one-day service, would com-
where subscribers would be able to place orders for various PTCL servic- mence at 10am on February 23 and continue till 5pm. The points would be
es, including new telephone connection, wireless (Vfone) and DSL broad- set up at two locations - the National Bank of Pakistan, Bank Road Saddar,
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band. and Satellite Town, Commercial Market. 
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Bader - My Brother,
My Mentor, My Role Model,
My Inspiration

adies and Gentlemen it is with great pleas- would have ever settled for. He wanted a job to cess. The fact that today the family comprises of

L ure that I invite my brother, my mentor, my


inspiration, my role model - Bader ul Islam
to speak on this occasion. This was the typical
get things going in his life and then take one step
after the other to keep surprising people. He
only worked in the spinning mill for couple of
doctor's, engineers, corporate leaders speaks
volumes of how he fulfilled his responsibility in
this role. While he helped the family succeed,
line I used when we were doing the farewell months and then with the help of a friend set up his own journey of progress continued unabated.
round for Bader in 1999. This was time when he (probably the second of its kind) a Computer Years after years he continued his march and
was transferred to head NCR West Africa region Training Institute in Karachi. This lasted for finally in 1989-90 he became the Country head
after serving as Country Manager for Pakistan sometime and then he got a job with a Wang dis- of NCR, a position he held for 9 consecutive
for almost 9 years. I was so proud and delighted tributor in Karachi. A shining career started. years with great success and innovation.
that I am taking over the reigns of NCR from a Bader always had the potential and was waiting I think it would be only fair for me to say that
man who was not just Bhaijaan to me, but who for the right break which he now got with sheer Bader was the founder of modern day NCR in
was my boss and the sole reason of how and perseverance and persistence. During this time Pakistan. He would always think out of box. He
why I landed in the corporate IT world. It was an he got married (in 1975) and found one of the would always want to be different. He knew that
incredible coincidence that in 2005 I again hand- finest lady (my beloved Bhabi) to walk shoulder differentiation in today's world is the key to suc-
ed back the reigns of NCR Pakistan to Bader, to shoulder to him in this march to progress. He cess and he would think and work tirelessly to
when I decided to jump ship and move to the left for Kuwait in 1977 to join Burrough (which position the organization as an innovator and a
Telecom world. subsequently merged to form Unisys) as an leader in the IT landscape. He gave so many
Bader left us when he was only 58, however, Account Manager and continued to ride the suc- new concepts to the IT industry of Pakistan that
the richness with which he passed his life, the cess ladder. In 1982 my family met with a major the entire industry subsequently followed his
commitment he had to whatever cause he opted tragedy when my father died. We were all very footsteps. From the approach of establishing
for, the way he handled pressure, the way he young and except for one of my sister (who is first of its kind NCR Education Center for stu-
climbed the ladder of success is simply a fairy younger to Bader) who was already married, all dents to learn IT, to establishing a Corporate
tale story. He passed a complete life. As tears other 6 brothers and sisters were studying. Development Centers for professionals, from ini-
roll down my eyes, I will make an attempt to live Bader was a family man with strong family tiating Self Service Banking concept in Pakistan
through some of those moments to motivate all values and bondings. He made one of the most to initiating the concept of Open Systems and
those who will read this humble tribute and to shocking decisions to abandon his rising and Industry standards, from organizing first of its
convince them that anyone with passion, hard- shining career with Burroughs and took the flight kind IT week in the country to initiating IT
work, adherence to right values, humility, focus, back home. For him to be closer to our mother Excellence Awards, from giving the concept of
family bondings can go places in life. Bader was and all young brothers and sisters was lot more developing a local self service application to
no ordinary man. He was no ordinary corporate important than the attraction of making money coming up with indigenous solutions which were
leader either. The story of his life is one that can and a career outside Pakistan. The family need- also adopted within NCR region - he was inno-
inspire anyone to take on bigger, higher, greater ed money; however, for him his presence was lot vation personified. Besides innovation, Bader's
challenges in life despite all the hurdles, uncer- more important. Bear in mind that he was only personal touch was almost unmatched.
tainties and unfairness of life. 33 when this happened. Not an age where you He was a man who gave new life to
Bader was a simple graduate. Even in the accept such a huge responsibility of becoming a Computer Society of Pakistan. He truly was
70's someone with a Bachelor's degree would lynchpin for the family and assume the role of a amongst the pioneer of IT industry of Pakistan
not get a half decent job. I remember fairly well father and a mentor. His faith that he is doing it and brought a new dimension to this industry.
that one time Bader was so disgruntled and frus- for all the right reasons and God will reward him I had a very very special relationship with
trated with life that he decided to take on the job with his blessing was close to being unbeliev- Bader. I grew up looking to him. All my brothers
of a labourer to do some digging work at able. Rewarded he was to the full. He got a job and sisters believe that we have been orphaned
Shahrah e Faisal in Karachi. Interestingly the with NCR and since then he never looked back. the second time in life. Such was his presence
day he was about to opt for this, he got a job of What made him so special to the entire family and aura for all of us.
a store keeper in a spinning mill which he opted was the role he assumed to be the father, to be
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for. However, this surely was not something he pillar to be the mentor to guide the family to suc- May God rest his soul in peace! (Amen). 
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RG International, the market leader in

Z Contact Center Technology in the country


recently participated at the world's pre-
mier financial technology event MEFTEC that
was held under the auspices of the Central
Bank of Bahrain.
The event consisted of an exhibition and a
conference that was attended by at least 200
CIOs and over 500 delegates from around the
globe. Visitors including CIOs and CTOs from
various financial institutes were impressed to
learn about the successful Contact Center envi-
ronments in Pakistan and gave excellent feed-
back about the deployment of latest solutions
and the utilization of advanced technology by
ZRG in Pakistan.
ZRG has been providing end-to-end interna-
tional contact center technologies from Intel
Corporation, USA since 1994. Due to the relia-
bility, advanced features and cost-effective
approach, Intel Contact Center technology has
become the most preferred choice among the
leading brands. tions have installed Intel Contact Center solu- Pakistan's IT capabilities. Such efforts are
Majority of the contact centers in the country tions. bound to benefit the country in the long run and
including Bank Alfalah, United Bank, Askari ZRG continues to engage in such interna- will result in increased software export earn-
Master Card and 15 other financial organiza- tional events to project an impressive image of ings. 

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t's no secret that online social networking Several months ago, the company's execu- This hot new service will soon be extended to

I communities have reached a near-legendary


level of success over the past few years, with
sites like MySpace, FaceBook, and Orkut
tive directory of segment marketing and spon-
sorships, David Garver, was quoted as saying
that Cingular will host as many social communi-
work on 90% of Cingular handset models, allow-
ing users to read and respond to their MySpace
email messages, write blog entries, and upload
attracting memberships in the tens of millions. photos onto their personal homepages, at a cost
Like it or not, the broadband-connected PC of just $2.95 per month.
has become one of chief communication plat- In terms of revenue potential, $2.95 per user
forms of modern times, as countless friendships, might not seem like much for the industry to get
love affairs, and lucrative business connections excited about, but Cingular and other wireless
are created each and every day on the world carriers have come up with a number of ways to
wide web. turn these services into cash.
The world wide web, however, no longer First and foremost, the availability of
exists solely on conventional computers, and is advanced wireless communication features will
becoming accessible from virtually anywhere, increase the mobile data bandwidth used by
even on the smallest of wireless devices. It subscribers, creating additional revenue for car-
seems inevitable, therefore, that social network- riers, and ultimately encouraging users to sign
ing, with its emphasis on instant, long distance up for unlimited data plans.
communication, will become a primarily mobile Mobile search and banner advertising are
phenomenon in the years to come. ties as possible in the future. "Will social network also expected to be important revenue genera-
This important paradigm shift seems to have applications be some of the biggest applications tors for businesses involved in the roll-out of
started in earnest over the past year, 2006, in Cingular sells? Yes," Garver insisted. mobile social networking, as big name advertis-
which America's largest wireless carriers all Since then, Cingular has worked hard to pro- ers begin to realize the value of promoting via
jumped on the social networking bandwagon, mote Rabble, a $3/month mobile communication the third screen.
rolling-out a variety of specialized mobile com- and information-sharing platform launched in Overall, it seems that strong all-round rev-
munication services. The largest U.S. carrier, partnership with San Diego-based Intercasting enue will be a natural long-term consequence for
Cingular Wireless, has embodied an especially Corp. More recently, the carrier has also whatever companies are best able to ride the
determined attitude to this important new mar- launched a fully functional version of MySpace growing wave of wireless social networking. Let
ket. for wireless devices. the race continue… 

ince the first photographic cell phones

S were launched in late 2000, the digital


camera has become an increasingly com-
mon accessory on mobile phones around the
world.
Camera phones allow users to snap pictures
on the spot then send them to friends, family,
and colleagues around the globe at the touch of
a button. This convenience has caught on big
time with consumers (not to mention carriers
who make money whenever photos are shared),
prompting handset makers to equip the majority
of new cellular devices with built-in digital cam-
eras.
The quality of cell phone cameras has also
grown exponentially over the past few years,
with a resolution of at least 2 megapixels now
coming standard with most converged smart-
phones and multimedia-enabled wireless
devices. Most of Nokia's N-Series multimedia
handsets, for example, come with either 2- or
3.2-megapixel cameras, with one higher end Later in the year, they took this one step further bilities.
model, the N95, boasting a 5-megapixel resolu- by releasing the SCH-B600, a compact camera In a matter of a few short years, our thirst for
tion. phone weighting just 173 grams and boasting a new gadgets and technological integration has
In 2006, South Korean cell phone maker, record-setting 10-megapixel resolution. turned the cellular camera from an obscure and
Samsung Electronics, made history by integrat- The joint venture, Sony Ericsson has been trivial accessory into a virtually ubiquitous fea-
ing high-quality cameras in some of its most another leading contender in the mobile imaging ture on new mobile devices. 

lightweight cell phones, proving that camera market, launching a number of high-quality cam-
phones need never been at all heavy or clunky. era phones, some of which come equipped with
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Pictorial

Microsoft researcher Patrick Baudisch demonstrates how "LucidTouch" technology allows users of touch-screen
devices such as GPS units or mobile phones to perform touch-screen operations from behind the device so their
actions do not block their view of the display during a demonstration at TechFest, Microsoft Corp.'s annual display
of experiemental technology, in Redmond, Wash.
Workers put up a picture of mobile phones for the upcoming CeBIT fair
inside a hall in Hanover March 1, 2008. The world's biggest IT fair CeBIT
opens its doors to the public.

Julian Andino, left, and Chrisellda Arellano examine Dell computers at Best Buy, in Atwater Village section of Los
Angeles. Dell is expected to release quarterly earnings.

An Indian daily wage labourer speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for
customers at a local market in Mumbai. India's Congress-led government
announced a budgetary proposal which provided huge debt relief for farm-
ers as it reached out to its traditional rural support base in possibly its
last budget before the next polls. The proposal offered a debt relief pack-
age for farmers of 600 billion rupees (15.05 billion USD) in the budget for
the year starting April 1. India's finance minister P.Chidambaram said he
was confident the economy would grow nearly nine percent in the current
Seized electronic equipment is seen during a police press conference in Hanover, northern Germany. Police and
fiscal year to March 2008, down from 9.6 percent the previous year due
customs officials investigating suspected patent violations seized mobile phones, navigation devices and other
34 to aggressive monetary tightening to curb inflation.
gadgets in raids at a technology fair in Germany.
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In order to bring the spotlight more on the concept of Green IT, the CeBIT is working with the
Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a group founded in 2007 with the participation of Microsoft,
Google, Intel, IBM and others. Its objectives are to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases
caused by the use of computers by 54 million tons annually

eBIT 2008 got off to an excellent start, at several hundred exhibition

C earning high satisfaction ratings from


visitors and exhibitors alike. The decid-
edly positive mood at the official opening cere-
stands, at the 'Green IT Village'
and in many forums throughout
the show. Other major areas of
mony, which was attended by a very distin- visitor interest included solu-
guished line-up of guests, continued throughout tions and applications for the
the first few days of the show. From the very business world, software as a
beginning CeBIT reaffirmed its claim to be the service, IT security, RFID for
No.1 meeting place for the crème de la crème companies in the SME sector,
of the international ICT industry. mobile Internet, mobile phone
CeBIT's new show layout was warmly wel- TV, navigation devices with
comed, by over 5,845 exhibitors from 77 coun- multifunctional applications,
tries, and visitor traffic has been non-stop. mini-notebooks at mini-prices,
New-look CeBIT has completely lived up to the wireless USB and above all the
expectations of visitors and show casers equal- A fair hostess presents a Samsung SGH-G 400 multimedia mobile phone with move towards more user-friend-
touchscreen at the CeBIT 2008 trade fair in Hanover.
ly. Exhibitors, this year, reported lively action at ly applications in the hardware
their stands. They made significantly more new new business contacts.' and software sector.
contacts, with lots of serious inquiries from Germany and France marked the start of Amid the sharp displays and booths offering
prospective buyers. CeBIT with the German-French ICT Summit,
CeBIT saw a positive response to the new
supporting program 'CeBIT Global
Conferences'. CeBIT has already decided to
carry on with this program next year and
extend it further. This feature of the show made
CeBIT an even more vital platform for the
knowledge-sharing and international know-how
transfer that visitors demand. Having this as an
integral part of the show really added value,
and made CeBIT an absolute must for the digi-
tal industry worldwide.
On the first three days of CeBIT, more than
700 city mayors and top municipal officials
were at the show to check out all the latest
trends in public administration at the 'Public
Sector Parc' display. Meanwhile 450 experts
from Germany's Volksbank and Raiffeisenbank
chains gave visitors a foretaste of the 'bank of From L to R: Premier of Lower Saxony Christian Wulff, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela
the future' in Hall 17. On Thursday senior deci- Merkel, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, President of Bitkom (German Association for Information
Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) August-Wilhelm Scheer, and CEO of US computer giant Microsoft Steve
sion-makers from the car industry were given a Ballmer pose for photographers prior to the official opening ceremony of the CeBIT 2008 trade fair at Hanover's Congress
special tour designed specifically for them, tak- Centre. France is this year's partner country of the CeBIT.

which takes the two countries into up the latest gadgets and gizmos at the CeBIT
a new era of high-tech coopera- trade and technology fair in Hanover, Germany,
tion. On the previous evening the agenda for the international industry gather-
CeBIT had been officially opened ing has given a nod to concerns about climate
by German Chancellor Dr. Angela debate worldwide. Many of the 5,845 exhibitors
Merkel and the French President from 77 countries are touting developments
Nicolas Sarkozy. The govern- such as servers that use less electricity, and
ments of both countries empha- data centers that don't emit any carbon dioxide.
sized their determination to devel- Highlights
op their cooperation further - not
AMD's new "Puma" mobile platform, des-
least in the whole area of ICT.
tined to compete with Intel's Centrino, was offi-
CeBIT gave a valuable impetus to
cially unveiled at CeBIT 2008. It's based around
the dialogue between Germany
a revamped processor design, codenamed
and France.
Griffin and making its debut in the new 65nm
A focal theme of the first few
Visitors test the new Asus Eee PC on the CeBIT computer fair in the northern days of the show was 'Green IT'. Turion X2 Ultra processor.
German town of Hanover. AMD also announced initial 45nm
Green issues are in evidence
"Shanghai" and "Deneb" Quad-Core processors
ing them to stands where they could learn everywhere at CeBIT. The need for greener
are running server and client operating sys-
36 technology is the subject of intense discussion
about issues relating to their work and make tems.
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Shoppers enter their grocery list items lifted off the shelves and then charging
onto a mobile phone. On enter- them to a nominated account.
ing a supermarket the phone Powerline Networking Prototype Capable of
downloads an inventory list and 400Mb/sec: Devolo is demonstrating a power-
an aisle map. Inside the super- line networking prototype capable of
market, the application 400Mb/sec. It allows devices to be connected
becomes an on-the-fly checkout to an ethernet network over the home's electri-
system, scanning in the price of cal wiring. Despite the 400Mb/sec tag, Devolv
German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses a "SonyEricsson" mobile phone as she
tours the CeBIT 2008 trade fair. admits that the real world throughput is likely to
be around 180Mb/sec.
Microsoft's Surface was demoed. Their 30in The TomTom GO 730 and GO 930 feature
touchscreen table allows people to move IQ routes technology which decides on the best
objects on the screen with their fingers. journey route using the average speed other
Sheraton's booking service was demoed; a users have achieved in the past, rather than
mock credit card was placed on the table. A simply looking at posted speed limits and road
number of options spiralled out of it, allowing types and "guessing", as was previously the
book-in information, local guides or hotel serv- case. TomTom says the information has been
ices. Tapping the hotel services button brings collected anonymously from millions of TomTom
up a jukebox with the screen filled with album users and covers 6.2 billion miles of roads.
covers, with songs once again selected with a PePWave was showing their new PolePoint
tap of the finger. Customers who want to buy Wi-Fi AP and Central Management System. It
the song can then place their Wi-Fi enabled consists of two core components, the PolePoint
MP3 player - such as Micrsoft's Zune, of course AP, featuring High transmit power (up to
- on to the Surface 400mW), virtual AP (16 SSIDs), QoS, and
Vodafone is trialling a new method of picture wide-temperature support coupled with their
search. The demonstrated system, called PePWave Central Management System
Otello, allows the user to take a picture of "any- (PCMS) - a web2.0 application hosted by
thing from an historical building to a CD cover", PePWave, that eliminates client software instal-
which will then "return information relevant to lation.
the picture to the phone." Vodafone is prepar- As at the time of going into press, CeBIT is
ing a trial with a German newspaper that will under its way, and there is lot to come in the
allow readers to find out further information latter half; we may cover that in upcoming
about certain articles - including audio and issue. 
video extras.
Supermarket shopper aide: Software maker
SAP was showing off a supermarket shopper People walk past the IBM exhibit during the first public day
aide that works through a mobile phone. at the CeBIT computer fair in the northern German town of
Hanover.

he main focus for Ericsson's activities experiences. They want to be able to create

T were Multimedia, Full Service Broadband


and Managed Services offering. Full
Service Broadband will make it possible to give
their own content, share it with others and
decide what to view and when to do it. Our
solutions will make this happen with full oper-
subscribers what they want - any broadband ator control over service roll-out and pay-
service on any device, anywhere. Our business ments.
builders showed tailored demonstrations prov- Managed Services will help you focus on
ing that the 3GPP track of HSPA evolution and the core business and strengthen subscriber
LTE is the most cost-effective way to offer relations. Stay in touch with subscriber needs
broadband everywhere and to anyone. and launch new services in just a few months.
Multimedia solutions make it easy to offer It doesn't really matter what the main chal-
TV anywhere, music downloads and sharing of lenges for your network operation are, be it leader in Managed Services and provides cost
pictures and video. Consumers want to be in cost reduction, network quality or access to efficient operations with predictable network
the "driver's seat" when it comes to multimedia new technologies. Ericsson is the industry performance.  37
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Indian models pose with mobile phones on a stand at The Mobile Asia 2008 exibition in New Delhi. The exhibi-
tion which is being held in the Indian capital, claims to be India's biggest consumer mobile event and hopes to
attract some 300,000 visitors over the course of the event.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a mobile phone she has been pho-
tographed with during her tour on the CeBIT computer fair in the northern
German town of Hanover.

Indian models pose with mobile phones on a stand at The Mobile Asia 2008 exibition in New Delhi.

Stephen Chen of Taiwanese company E-Lead presents a foldable laptop with


an integrated navigation system at the CeBIT 2008 trade fair.
A model displays the new navigation device 'TOMTOM Go 930 T' during first public day at the CeBIT computer
38 fair in the northern German town of Hanover.
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The portable phone is emerging as the central device in people's lives. Anand Parthasarathy was
at the cellular industry's biggest annual event, the Mobile World Congress, to catch its latest trends
At home, at work and at play, we will be in recognised brand names in the car navigation over a few cm and both have created mobile

" tune with our surroundings - and we will


adjust accordingly", says Olli-Pekka
Kallasvuo. "New services will touch time, place
business. But GPS-enabled phones, which have
been a costly niche item, may soon crash into
the mainstream. Why? Because semiconductor
phone solutions marrying NFC to cellular func-
tionality, creating a new and interesting device
category.
and location - and they will take our mobility into designers such as CSR, SiRF and NXP have Fuelled by compellingly priced chips like
a new realm of possibility. In the process, they succeeded in creating GPS system-on-a-chip these, handset makers have already begun
will redefine the Internet itself, free it from the solutions, squeezing all associated electronics offering GPS-enabled phones that have enabled
desktop, making it more personal, more context-
aware…. in the end, context is the key."
Kallasvuo is President and CEO of Nokia, the
Finnish player whose products straddle the
world of portable communications: four out of
every 10 phones sold worldwide is a Nokia (this
is more than the combined sales of the next
three top-selling brands). It is, therefore,
inevitable that Nokia's corporate vision of the
mobile world's direction, in some ways, sets the
agenda for the entire industry.
Agenda is one thing - implementation, anoth-
er. The GSM Association's Mobile World
Congress is the premier gathering of the cellular
phone business, attracting 1,300 players, over
55,000 visitors - and 230 company heads. And
this year's event held in Barcelona, Spain, in
mid-February, was proof enough that there were
many exciting and different roads (and not a few
unexplored byways) that the portable communi-
cations industry is taking to reach a common
destination.
Together, it seemed, governments and cor-
porates could deliver on the promise of connect-
ing the world's 5 billion people who remain
untouched by any kind of communication tech-
nology. Clockwise from top left: Using the Nokia 6210 Pedestrian Navigator to reach Barcelona's highest point; at fingertip: Video
After cameras and FM radios, it seemed, chip for mobile phone allows images to be blown up on a large screen. It had key contributions from nVidia engineers in
Hyderabad; SiRF Technology India's MD, Ashutosh Pande, shows, in Barcelona, a portable media player reference design
location sensors - mainly harnessing the Global fuelled by the SiRFprima location engine designed in India; Nokia's Vice-President, Alex Lambeck, holds up entry-level
Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation phones for India while a volunteer unveils versions of Spice's People's Phone.
network - would turn out to be the Next Big Thing
to go into the mobile phone in 2008. GPS navi- on a single slab of silicon while sharply reducing the service provider to add value by tying up with
gation is nothing new: Garmin, Nuvi and Tom are the power requirements. The result: adding GPS local map providers.
navigational functionality to a mobile phone adds In a canny exploitation of the mobile phone's
less than $3 to the cost. primary role as a personal device, Nokia used
At Barcelona, the Cambridge-UK-based CSR the Barcelona event to preview what it calls
demonstrated its e -(for enhanced)-GPS silicon, pedestrian navigation: putting GPS into an
a single chip that combines GPS with the com- upcoming handset, the 6210 Navigator, even
pany's traditional Bluetooth offering. Fuelled by while it optimised its Maps 2.0 offering for use by
technology from its Noida, India development a walker rather than a car driver.
base, SiRF unveiled its multifunction location The difference may seem small - it is, in fact,
platform, SiRFPrima combining 2D and 3D palpable and significant, as I found out when I
graphics, multimedia processing and compatibil- borrowed one of these new phones and used its
ity with both GPS and the upcoming European navigation features to locate and reach
Galileo system. Barcelona's highest point, the Miramar Hotel,
SiRF India's Managing Director, Ashutosh overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, from the
Pande, showed this writer a reference design for Congress venue in Placa Espanya. The 6210,
a portable media player with the SiRFPrima chip interestingly, adds a compass (in an electronic
that a few China-based original equipment man- avatar) to the GPS receiver. This is useful for a
ufacturers (OEMs) were currently turning into pedestrian, since the screen orients itself con-
products for release this year. The chip was also stantly as one zigzags over the road, guiding you
going into digital still and video cameras, Pande back to course, if you head in the wrong direc-
said, adding context and location to every photo tion. I did the return journey by TukTuk - the
or clip. name they give in Europe to the autorickshaw
The Philips-founded NXP showed the GNS that was brought over from the Netherlands
7560, claimed to be the smallest, lowest pow- especially for this event. The 6210 works equal-
ered GPS solution. NXP and Sony jointly devel- ly well in a vehicle - except that the software,
oped the Near Field Communication (NFC) tech- unless re-primed, will assume you are on foot
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nology, for contact-less information exchange and will ignore 'no entry' and other vehicular
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restrictions. even further into the 'connected' world, a consor-


GPS phones are likely to remain relatively tium consisting of Singapore phone maker
higher priced items to start with, with price tags Jurong Technologies and distributor Brightstar;
of $300 and more; but what about the 'bottom of German chip maker Infineon and Israeli mobile
the pyramid'? India is to the global mobile phone software provider Tjat Systems has come
market, what Nokia is to handsets, a giant. If the together to create the Sirius Smart Entry Phone
world buys 30 million new phones in a month, 7 (SEP), bringing the benefits of Net connectivity
million of them are sold in India. An interesting to the cost-conscious market. Tjat's Chief
bit of statistics published during the Congress by Product Officer, Oleg Golobrodsky, explained
Informa Telecoms and Media, UK, showed that that the browser-based client-less messaging
India is now the world's largest mobile phone solution will enable music and picture downloads
market, going by net additions every year for the first time in an under-$25 phone. If all
(China, Pakistan, Indonesia are the next three). these seemed to have India in their sights,
Significantly, India is the world's only market that Indian innovation seemed to traverse the a hand-held phone. Visual computing specialist
is expected to notch up more mobile sales (esti- reverse path to global markets: Shyam Telecom nVidia showed what it called "the world's lowest
mated at 89.83 million) in 2008 compared to is now a regular presence at such events, with a power, high-definition computer-on-a-chip." The
APX 2500, which allows 3-D and HD TV and
After cameras and FM radios, it seemed, location sensors would turn video on Windows Mobile phones, saw 'signifi-
cant development work' at the company's
out to be the Next Big Thing to go into the mobile phone Hyderabad campus, says the Product PR
Manager, Varun Dubey. I saw a clip from an
2007. That is because penetration is still only steady market for its signal enhancement offer- nVidia-fuelled mobile phone retain stunning
around 17 per cent and there is lot more room ings. Bharti Telesoft, strengthened by its recent video quality even when projected on a 36-inch
for growth. acquisition of mobile instant message specialist LCD screen.
That makes aggressively-priced entry-level Jataayu, had a string of offerings that helped And in the undeclared race with WiMAX,
phones an important category for handset mak- networks make the transition from 2G to 3G and mobile players such as Ericsson demonstrated
ers looking to sell in these high-growth coun- beyond in a painless manner. Indiagames and the next step beyond 3G and HSPA (high speed
tries. The single chip phone solution is old news its global arm IG Fun tied up shortly before packet access): the LTE or Long Term Evolution.
now and has been used by mobile manufactur- Barcelona with Canadian Magmic, to bring This has download speeds of a typical 100
ers to address the mass market in India with Rs games based on the hit Anglo-US serial, 'The MBPS and a maximum of 300 MBPS, though
2,000 handsets. Office', to a world audience. Ericsson has successfully achieved 160 MBPS.
At Barcelona, Nokia unveiled two new entry- FlyTxt, a UK player with strong development Which emboldened a writer in the daily Mobile
level phones targeting India - the 2600 camera- muscle based in India, used the Congress to Congress bulletin to ask: WiMAX: Catching on -
FM radio phone priced at Rs 3,499 and the 1209 expand the reach of its slate of mobile marketing or False Dawn?
bringing colour for the first time to an entry-level and advertising solutions under the Neon brand. A billion mobile phones were sold in 2007. A
offering at Rs 1,800. And Airtel - whose founder-chairman Sunil Bharti million are sold everyday worldwide. Twenty
They were not alone in aiming for the broad Mittal was honoured with the GSMA Chairman's years after 15 telecom operators came together
base of first-time users: One of the surprises at Award - saw its mobile billing and recharge solu- in Copenhagen to create a global standard for
the Congress was the huge glitzy presence of tion, created by the Bangalore-based mChek, portable cellular telephony, the goal of a mobile
Spice Telecom, an operator whose map in India recognised as the world's 'Best Billing and planet is still some years away.
covers just two States: Karnataka and Punjab. In Customer Care Solution'. But in Barcelona this month, it seemed a
Barcelona, Spice launched the People's Phone, Elsewhere, the Congress was the launching doable goal.
a radically simplified India-designed product that pad for many of tomorrow's exciting mobile The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
dispenses with a screen for those who just want extensions: Dolby Labs launched Dolby Mobile, saw a number of new buzzwords bandied about
- at least some of them likely to fuel tomorrow's
telecom trends. Here is a help list for those who
want to appear well cued in matters mobile:
Voice Dialling (also known as Voice to
Screen). Text messages will soon be spoken,
says Steve Chambers, President of Nuance.
You will soon be able to say 'Search Web' to
open a phone browser and then say your search
term. Voice Dialling will be welcomed by car
owners who can now dial a number by the
owner's name, speaking it out, and never touch
the keypad.
Geo tagging: Taking a photo with your cam-
era phone, then having the GPS receiver 'tag'
where on earth you took it.
V2IP Voice plus Video on Internet Protocol;
interactive two-way real-time multimedia on the
phone ('VOIP is so 'yesterday'. Now I have
Mobile broadband was high on the agenda at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. V2IP'."
On-device Portal; A browser resident on your
to talk and send text messages. An interesting 'surround sound on the move' with high frequen- mobile. Companies such as Surf Kitchen are
variant of this $20 device is one with a Braille cy enhancers and a mono to stereo converter for making this happen, caching a lot of content to
keyboard for the visually challenged. The market handsets so that the mobile TV experience had reduce online time.
for Spice, says its Chairman, Dr B.K. Modi, is the sound quality of a theatre. '3-Screens': A new jargon for the large econ-
from Iraq to Indonesia. Also in the TV arena, Alcatel-Lucent with omy size on your wall; the medium size on your
Same market might also lap up the other handset maker Sagem and satellite operators desktop and the small size on your phone - all
Spice offering: the Movie Phone with a 2.8 inch such as Eutelsat, demonstrated the first ever sharing the same digital content.
screen; 3.5 hours of video content storable on a transmission in the S band of satellite mobile TV Tridget: A device that is dependent on the
tiny disk, and a TV-out connection to view the using the Digital Video Broadcast DVB-SH stan- network for all its data as well as its controls. The
contents on a larger screen, if required. And to dard. Channels like CNBC, Nicleodeon and Apple iPod is the archetype tridget. 
help entry-level users move up the value chain Canal 300 could be seen, direct via satellite, on 41
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Pictorial

Franco Vairani, a PhD student in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, looks over models of the City Car, a collapsible, electric, battery powered car he
designed for his thesis at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A man tests glasses made by a Danish company Mobintech that connect to the phone,
which when worn by a viewer give the impression of watching a 30-inch (76-centimetre)
television at a distance of two metres at the Mobile world congress in Barcelona.

A member of the media displays an example of a picture of Mas Selamat Kastari being sent out to
members of the public on their mobile phones by telecommunications comapanies to its subscribers
as part of a nationwide manhunt effort in Singapore.

An Afghan man works on a computer at an Internet Café in the city of Kandahar province,
Afghanistan. In an Internet age, al-Qaida prizes geek jihadis as much as would-be suicide bombers A GPS phone called the Nuvifone by US-based manufacturer Garmin on show at the Mobile
and gunmen. World Congress in Barcelona. The biggest handset manufacturers and GPS (global posi-
42 tioning system) specialists have begun building handsets with personal navigation soft-
ware, planning routes and guiding pedestrians with detailed digital maps.
IT Flare Report w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k

Finding a hobby is a great way to spend time, to be creative, and to exercise your brain.
Some hobbies are a great way to relax after a hectic day. The web is a useful resource
either to find a new hobby or expand your knowledge with a current one. Here are several
sites that might inspire you to find a hobby

Radio Operators Knitters is www.audubon.org.


Long before the internet was created, the Knitting is having a revival right now, there Gardeners
amateur radio network was the way people from are several magazines on the topic. If you have Most of us have a back yard or a deck we can
all over the world could connect. Amateur radio forgotten how to knit and want to take up the put a few flower pots on. Perhaps you would like
operators created vast social networks by talking hobby again there are several websites that will a few more indoor plants. It is relaxing to plant
long distances to other radio enthusiasts, mak- give you illustrated instructions and lots of free something green and watch it grow. At the web-
ing distant friends and exchanging calling cards. projects that are easy to start like www.learn- site www.garden.org you can find the zone you
It is this linkage of radio enthusiasts that is ready toknit.com/ or www.craftown.com. live in and all types of advice and resources to
to help communication flow in case of a disaster Bird Watchers find plants that do well in your zone plus get
or weather emergency. The National Association All of us enjoy getting out in the country to ideas about adding more greenery to your life.
for Amateur Radio has an informative website breath the fresh air; adding bird watching to this Whatever your interest or hobby is, you will
with lots of news and information, plus info on
getting started or finding a chapter in your area:
www.arrl.org.
Collectors
Are you a collector? Perhaps it is toy trains or
salt shakers; maybe it is baseball cards or
matchbox cars, fishing lures or old postcards.
Collectors.org is a great website to get collecting
information. The primary purpose is to provide
free information for collecting clubs, collectors
and the antiques, art and collectibles industry:
collectors.org.
Quilters activity might be a fun. To get started all you be able to find information about it and more on
This is a great site for a quilter. If you need need is a small pair of inexpensive binoculars for the internet. The Web is a great source of infor-
some ideas, or perhaps you are looking for a just those times you see something interesting mation, instruction and inspiration for both find-
new block pattern, this is a no-frills site with hun- fly by through the back yard or on a hike. When ing a new hobby or enhancing an existing one.
dreds of free block patterns and directions. I visit you are driving it is fun to stop, look at the view And who knows; you might find a social network
here often to get inspiration and new ideas: and try to find a few birds flying about. There are or create your own blog, make new friends, start
www.quilterscache.com. lots of great sites, books and even software for a group, or share your knowledge with others
your PDA to carry with you, a good place to start along the way. 

ore than a third of mobile phone owners in the Chinese market, owners of Sony Ericsson

M in China - the largest mobile market -


use their handsets to listen to music,
more than in Britain or the United States, a study
handsets were a driving force in using mobile
media. M:Metrics said global handset brands
such as Motorola , Nokia and Samsung signifi-
showed. cantly surpassed native brands such as China
Music Mobile in terms of being used to get mobile con-
Some 34.8 percent reported they listened to tent.
mobile music every month compared with 20 China is expected to issue 3G licenses
percent in Spain, 18.9 percent in Britain and 5.7 before the Olympics this year, but some predict
percent in the United States, according to licenses will not be handed out until 2009, as
M:Metrics, a research firm that monitors mobile Photo Sharing kinks in its homegrown 3G standard, TD-
media usage. M:Metrics was founded in 2004. It Over 30 percent in Italy, Spain and Britain SCDMA, are smoothed out.
collects data from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, use their phones to send or receive photos and Young Users
the United Kingdom and the United States. The videos, and only half as many do so in China. Just like in the European and US markets,
study surveyed 5,163 Chinese mobile sub- Users in the United States lead the poll in 18-34 year-olds are the biggest consumers of
scribers aged 13-54 via telephone in seven email usage with 11.6 percent compared with mobile content in China, accounting for 64.6 per-
major cities of the country. Compared with users nine percent in Spain and Britain, but only 2.5 cent of those who accessed news and informa-
in the United States and Europe, Chinese con- percent in China. The firm also found that while tion via their mobile browser,
sumers use their phones much less to check on some 30 percent of those polled owned Nokia M:Metrics said. 
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their email or to send photos and videos. handsets, giving the company a substantial lead
w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Telecom

he latest figures from the Pakistani tele- Pakistan's total net additions in January with has been extraordinary: it has managed to more

T coms regulator show that the mobile mar-


ket in Pakistan grew to 78.74m customers
at the end of January. The figure for monthly net
754k, over double the next best figure of 374k,
recorded by China Mobile subsidiary Paktel.
In terms of proportionate growth, however,
than double its subscriber base since the end of
October, from 1.06m to 2.36m. November's fig-
ure of 721k new connections - a staggering
additions of 1.86m was 17% down on the Paktel was by far the fastest growing in January 68.2% monthly growth rate - was particularly
January 2007 total, and also represented the impressive, and pushed national net additions
second lowest figure for two years, the lowest over 3m for the first time since the start of
being the 1.52m recorded last October. monthly reporting in June 2005. The sixth oper-
Mobilink continues to dominate the market ator in Pakistan is Pakcom, which had 0.32m
with 30.89m customers at the end of January, customers at the end of January, which has had
but it has lost market share in every month since its licence revoked by the national regulator PTA
February 2006 and January's 0.6pp fall saw it hit Pakistan as a result of its failure to keep up with
39.2%, its lowest percentage since 2002. licence payments.
Pakistan Telecom Mobile (U-Fone) remained in Despite November's bumper crop, growth
second place with 16.44m customers at the end seems to be slowing in Pakistan. The fourth
of January. However, in the last 6 months quarter of 2007 saw a 9.8% growth rate, the low-
Telenor Pakistan has narrowed the deficit con- est since Q2 03 and the tenth successive
siderably, from 3.5m at the end of July to just decline in quarterly growth. Moreover, annual
over 1m at the end of January. growth of 58.7% was less than half the 123.8%
In terms of market share, January saw recorded in 2006. With penetration at 45.0% at
Telenor just 1.4pp behind at 19.5%, compared to the end of 2007, there is plenty of potential for
a 5.8pp gap at the same point in 2007. In fact, further growth, but it seems unlikely that 2008
Telenor was in fourth place behind Warid in will be able to match the 28.44m new connec-
January 2007; a year later, Telenor had 15.35m with an 18.9% increase in customer numbers. tions recorded in 2007. 
to Warid's 13.38m. Telenor took 40.6% of Paktel's performance in the past three months

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esearchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic ed the wafer. This change was much higher than with Rensselaer Materials Science and

R Institute have demonstrated that liquids


embedded with nanoparticles show
enhanced performance and stability when
that observed in liquids without the nanoparticles
when tested under the same conditions.
"You use the same electrical field, but you get
Engineering
Ramanath.
Professor Ganapathiraman

"At first, we were curious to see what would


exposed to electric fields. The finding could lead more change in shape with the nanofluid. We happen if we introduced charged nanostructures
to new types of miniature camera lenses, cell know the nanoparticles are critical in this - such as the ones we synthesize for exploring
phone displays, and other microscale fluidic process because without them the effect is much new cooling strategies in nanodevices - to the
devices. process of liquid wetting. But what started as a
"This study may open up a new vista for single, one-off experiment has now mush-
using nanofluids in microscale and nanoscale roomed into an exciting new research topic and
actuator device applications," said Theodorian expanded the scope of our collaboration,"
Borca-Tasciuc, a professor of mechanical engi- Ramanath said.
neering at Rensselaer, who led the research The research article, titled "Electrowetting on
project. dielectric-actuation of microdroplets of aqueous
The contact angle of a droplet of nanofluid solution changes
The manipulation of small volumes of liquid is when exposed to an electric field.
bismuth telluride nanoparticle suspensions,"
critical for fluidic digital display devices, optical was published in a recent issue of the journal
devices, and microelectromechanical systems less strong," Borca-Tasciuc said. Nanotechnology.
(MEMS) such as lab-on-chip analysis systems. The ability to easily change the contact angle Along with Borca-Tasciuc and Ramanath, co-
Most research into such systems has been con- of droplets of nanofluids has potential applica- authors of the paper include Rensselaer post-
ducted with regular liquids, but not nanofluids, tions for efficiently moving liquids in microsys- doctoral research associate Arup Purkayastha,
which are liquids embedded with different tems, creating new methods of focusing lenses and graduate student Raj K. Dash.
nanoparticles. Nanofluids have been shown to in miniature cameras, or cooling computer chips. The research was funded in part by the
exhibit some attractive properties, including Borca-Tasciuc also envisions the research National Science Foundation and the New York
enhanced heat transfer and capillary properties, enabling new fully integrated micro- and State Foundation for Science, Technology and
as compared with regular, or pure, liquids. nanoscale heat transfer systems that will not Innovation through the Interconnect Focus
Borca-Tasciuc's team placed droplets of require a pump. "Our proof of concept really Center. 
water-based solutions containing bismuth tel- opens up many new exciting possibilities," he
luride nanoparticles onto a Teflon-coated silicon said.
wafer. When an electric field was applied to the Borca-Tasciuc said his investigations into
droplet, the researchers observed a strong nanofluids are driven by sheer curiosity, and fos-
change in the angle at which the droplet contact- tered by a strong interdisciplinary collaboration

nce a feature of computers only, the hard Surveys show that in October 2006, just 2 they plan to do with so much storage capacity,

O disk drive (HDD) is turning up these days


as the memory of devices as diverse as
mobile phones and digital video players.
per cent of external disk drives had a capacity of
500 gigabytes or more. In October 2007, that fig-
ure had risen to 33 percent.
but buy on the principle that you can never have
too much memory.
Consumers who have tried home video
The reason is not hard to find: price. Sales of hard disk drives continue to gain, recording often get hooked and want to upgrade.
Enormous hard drives holding 500 gigabytes and their capacity continues to far outstrip flash Once families have squabbled over how to
(GB) of data can be bought at consumer elec- use 12 or 15 hours of disk space to record
tronics marts for little more than 100 dollars net, TV programmes, they see nothing odd
meaning a gigabyte of storage only costs 20 to about buying 100 or 200 hours of memory.
50 cents. Small-format drives are also a common
Juergen Rakow, proprietor of Fukato, a feature on many new products such as digi-
German importer and packager of computer tal audio players on display at the CeBIT
products including TFT flat-screen displays, said trade show from March 4 to 9 in Hanover,
at a briefing: "Ten years ago, I thought computer Germany. The first hard drives showed up in
hard drives would be almost dead within a mobile phones made by Samsung and
decade. Nokia in 2005.
"But it hasn't turned out that way at all. You're These very tiny drives, sealed against
now seeing them in sat-nav devices in cars and dust, are barely bigger than a postage
installed in TV sets to record TV shows." stamp.
Rakow, who argues that consumers have an A microdrive is less than 43 millimetres
insatiable urge to collect and save things, has long, and the so-called 0.85-inch drive is just
begun marketing external disk drives, the book- drives, the semiconductor-based electronic stor- 32 millimetres long. Like their larger cousins,
sized modules that can be plugged into a desk- age devices that have often been billed as the they can save video, audio, photographs or plain
top or laptop computer to extend its storage way of the future. office files. 
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capacity. Many shoppers may not know exactly what
Cover Story Zubair Ahmed Kasuri w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k

iracles of network world are evaluating tor of TouchStone Pakistan, holds twenty percent

M new features of internet with each pass-


ing day. World's e-commerce industry
values almost 700 billion US dollars annually out
shares in TouchStone America. Along with Mr.
Farukh Aslam there are nine stakeholders includ-
ing Tom Slone that share TouchStone America's
TouchStone Communication
(Private) Limited is one out of
of which call centre industry shares over 50 bil- ownership. almost 70 operating call cen-
lion US dollars with 30% growth rate each year. Dispute between Farukh Aslam and Tom
Growing economies are putting their finest Slone began last year when Slone tried to ters in Pakistan. Incorporated
efforts to emerge as major locations for IT remove Mr. Farukh Aslam from his director's
enabled businesses such as call centers, cus-
in year 2003 and more than
tomer support centers. A country like Pakistan, 600 permanent employees
has its best chance to outplay others, particular-
ly with the present resources that are most suit- TouchStone was successfully
able for outsourcing industry such as lower input
costs, reasonably good telecom and internet serving European and US
infrastructure, trained English-speaking work-
force and a favorable time zone differential vis-a-
clients since its inception, until
vis the US. Mr. Tom Slone, an American
Despite of all these supporting features we
may find plenty of examples where the BPO citizen and also happens to be
organizations in Pakistan are either closed or
soon they will be closed due to various reasons. the Chairman and CEO of
TouchStone Communication (Private) Limited
is one out of almost 70 operating call centers in
TouchStone Communication
Pakistan. Incorporated in year 2003 and more announced the closure of the
than 600 permanent employees TouchStone was
successfully serving European and US clients company to its employees and
since its inception, until Mr. Tom Slone, an Mr. Tom Slone, who is involved in the fraudu-
American citizen and also happens to be the lent activities and disgracing not only Mr. clients abroad. This situation
Chairman and CEO of TouchStone Farukh Aslam (a share holder of TouchStone)
Communication announced the closure of the but Pakistan's image. will defiantly do the negative
company to its employees and clients abroad. with call centre industry and
This situation will defiantly do the negative with position. Slone also wanted to acquire Aslam's
call centre industry and make it face heavy dam- shares in order to retain the position of majority make it face heavy damages in
ages in terms of economy and image as well. stake holder.
TouchStone Communication Pakistan is a After an intensive journalistic investigation, terms of economy and image
subsidiary of TouchStone Communication II, LLC Flare found few secret documents that revealed
America. Mr. FarukhAslam, who is also the direc- Tom's high level government contacts, and the
as well
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Farukh Aslam. The workforce was being


threatened by Tom Slone at last saw a black
day when they were disallowed to enter com-
pany office. Mr. Slone feared that these
employees were loyal with the company and
its legitimate owner, Mr. Farukh Aslam.
While speaking with an IT analyst he said
that this decision by Tom Slone is a direct hit
on the labor's rights and the economy of the
country, particularly when employees were
dismissed without clearing their dues.
Khizar Iqbal, one of the victims told 'Flare'
that he was stopped at company's main gate
by the armed persons, who didn't allow him to
enter his office. On inquiring, the armed peo-
ple told him to leave the premises and do not
claim or shout for anything, including the
salary. He said that he had a very good repute
in the company, and he was not liable to any
misdeed carried out during job. He further
said that Mr. Tom Slone is accused of 1.6mil-
lion Rs. which were allocated for the welfare
of the employees.
There are other 32 such miserable families
who are facing this merciless stance by Tom
Slone. Other employees, said that this brutal
attitude will not be tolerated and they will use
their reserved right to contact labor court. They
told that the Tom Slone took over the company's
management for his personal greed. They said
that he was leading the company without any
rules or regulation. Dismissed employees
revealed that Tom Slone took away about 1.6
million rupees that were in provident fund
account.
Such dismissals are threatening the sense of
security in TouchStone Communication.
After kicking off 32 employees and dodging
the legitimate owners of the company, Tom
Slone seemed not contented with his efforts, as
he propagated against Pakistan in US news-
papers.
Tom Slone, who reaped the extensive bene-
and his guards fits of Pakistan's supporting features for out-
from the premises of sourcing businesses for over 5 years, changed
TouchStone Communication" (the person who is his views about our beloved country and the peo-
way he utilized director of the company and holds twenty per- ple and businesses.
them in order to remove Farukh cent shares as well.) In another paragraph Mr. Barry Schlacter a Jewish friend of Tom Slone,
Aslam from the company, and took over the con- Slone demanded "Freeze the bank account of who has visited Pakistan as well reports for a US
trol of call centre. In fact Tom Slone threatened DBL, Farukh's personal computer business", it Paper named as "Star Telegram" used anti-
Pakistan's Government that he will shout against merits mentioning here that DBL is not owned by
the law and order situation of the country in the Mr. Farukh Aslam, and rather he paid this money Dispute between Farukh Aslam
west if his demands were not fulfilled. to close the liabilities of 3 million PKR.
In a letter written to President Pervez It seems Tom succeeded in blackmailing the and Tom Slone began last year
Musharraf, dated December 30, 2007, Mr. Tom high level staff in Islamabad police and the
Slone dictated "We will call our more than 20 Government. Afterwards he thanked them all in a when Slone tried to remove Mr.
U.S. and U.K. clients informing them that law and letter dated January 02, 2008, he states
order conditions in Pakistan make it impossible "Islamabad police force worked tirelessly and
Farukh Aslam from his direc-
to continue Operations". Mr. Slone wrote these with particular skill", this shows the changing tor's position. Slone also want-
words about the country from where he earned words of a person who just wanted to remove Mr.
millions of dollars. In the same letter he said "We Farukh Aslam from the company to retain his ed to acquire Aslam's shares in
will meet our approximately 600 employees and shares. Slone thanked many government offi-
notify them that their jobs will be permanently cials by their names including, Shahid Nadeem order to retain the position of
lost" Balouch (DIG), Syed Kaleem Imam (SSP),
Not only this, Mr. Slone tried his every possi- Zubair Sheikh (DSP), Munawar Khan who is in
majority stake holder.
ble source to remove Mr. Farukh Aslam from his elite commando's force. Employees of the call centre
position of Director of the company. In a letter All these letters demonstrate the govern-
dated November 23, 2007 written to Chairman ment's high level involvement in the case without have expressed their deep
Senate and the President, with a reference of a hearing the Farukh Aslam's stance.
friend of Mohammad Mian Soomro, Mr. Slone Demonstrating favoritism, Tom soon kicked concern and displeasure on
demanded "Physically remove of Farukh Aslam off 32 employees who shouted the loyalty for
the situation
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Tom soon kicked off 32


employees who shouted
the loyalty for Farukh
Aslam. The workforce was
being threatened by Tom
Slone at last saw a black
day when they were disal-
lowed to enter company
office. He feared that
these employees were
loyal with its legitimate
owner, Mr. Farukh Aslam
Mr. Aslam said that Tom, who is himself an
cerned authorities who are employee of TouchStone, is not lawful to carry
not helping him to rescue out such a closure of the company. This may be
his personal investment the only scenario available in history when an
and the future of hundred employee removed director from his position
of employees.
Farukh said that Tom
Slone, who has high level
contacts in Pakistan gov-
ernment, is utilizing his
contacts to make fake
documents in order to
restrain the legitimate
stakeholders from act-
ing or taking any deci-
sion in the company.
Mr. Farukh further
said that Mr. Tom
Slone is not only
playing with the
future of TouchStone instead of following his directions. He is defiant-
employees but also the economy ly bypassing the rules by using his high level
of Pakistan. Along with, his deeds will certainly contacts in the government.
The pieces of writings are the extract of do a negative role with the image of outsourcing Documents reveals that Tom is nor the direc-
Mr. Farukh Aslam’s letter to President of Pakistan industry in Pakistan. More than 20 clients in tor neither stakes holder in the company.
to seek justice as he is a stake holder of Mr. Tom Slone is not only playing with the
TouchStone. future of TouchStone employees but also the
Few secret documents economy of Pakistan. Along with, his deeds will
Pakistan words like "Pakistan's complicated and
often corrupt, local business environment" and revealed how Tom utilized the certainly do a negative role with the image of
another place he writes "Slone described as 20 outsourcing industry in Pakistan.
stinky goatherders". Most of these were compa-
high level government con- Tom, who is himself an employee of
TouchStone, is not lawful to carry out such a clo-
ny employees such as our janitors, teaboys, tacts in order to remove sure of a company. This may be the only sce-
guards and drivers.
Tom Slone, Jewish by religion, is showing his Farukh Aslam from the compa- nario available in history when an employee
removed director from his position instead of fol-
deep hatred for the Pakistan community, which ny, and took over the control of lowing his directions. He is defiantly bypassing
is clearly reflected in up-given lines published in
recent week. Tom is using his ill-resources in US call centre. In fact Tom Slone the rules by using his high level contacts in the
government.
media to spread detest against Pakistan. Tom
Slone who had been earning millions of dollars
threatened Pakistan's Employees of the call centre have expressed
from Pakistan is now accusing them of corrupt Government that he will shout their deep concern and displeasure on the situa-
tion. They were of a view that Government
nature, just to spread hatred.
Mr. Farukh Aslam, the director of the compa-
against the law and order situ- should stop this closure in order to keep the for-
eign investment coming into the country. They
ny and major stake holder told "Flare" that he ation of the country in the west further said that their future is on high risk, and
had written a letter to President of Pakistan, Ms.
Anne W. Patterson, US Ambassador in if his demands were not ful- Tom will be only responsible.
It is clear that a Mr. Tom Slone is trying hard
Islamabad, IG Police, and other SECP officials, filled to dismiss his Pakistani partner and take full con-
informing them the situation Tom has created.
Farukh Aslam was of the view that none of the trol of the company. Now, it is duty of our govern-
offices mentioned above did any justice rather, United States and UK are being informed by Tom ment to take necessary action and solve this dis-
they helped Tom in looting by selling many of the that TouchStone Pakistan can not operate due to pute which is not only a threat to foreign invest-
company assets. He voiced against the con- security reasons in the country. ment but also disgrace for the country. 

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Informative

Nokia N96 Nokia 6124 Classic


Size Size
Dimensions 103 x 55 x 18 mm, 92 cc, Weight 125g Dimensions 105 x 46 x 15 mm, 66cc,
Display Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches, Downloadable wall-
Ringtones papers, screensavers
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), Monophonic, True Tones, MP3, Ringtones
Customization, Download, Vibration Yes Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, AAC, Customization Download
Memory Vibration Yes
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records Memory
Detailed, max 30 days, Card slot microSD (TransFlash), 16 GB internal Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records
memory, 128MB RAM, 256MB storage memory Detailed, max 30 days, Card slot microSD (TransFlash), 35 MB of user mem-
Data ory, 64 MB SDRAM, 128 MB ROM , ARM 11, 369 MHz CPU,
GPRS Class 32, 107 / 64.2 kbps, HSCSD Yes, EDGE Class 32, 296 kbps; Data
DTM Class 11, 177 kbps, 3G, HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPRS Class 11, HSCSD Yes, 43.2 kbps, EDGE Class 32, 296 / 177.6 kbits
UPnP technology Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port Yes, USB Yes, 3G HSDPA, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No
v2.0 microUSB USB Yes, miniUSB
Features Features
OS Symbian OS 9.3, S60 rel. 3.2, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant OS Symbian OS v9.2, S60 rel. 3.1, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant
Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS reader, Games Messaging Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Games Yes + Downloadable
Downloadable, Colors Black, Camera 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss Colors BlackWhite, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video, flash; secondary
optics, autofocus, video(VGA 30fps), flash; secondary VGA videocall camera videocall camera, Video calling, Java MIDP 2.0, FM stereo radio, Push to talk
Built-in GPS receiver, A-GPS function, DVB-H TV broadcast receiver, Dual MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player, Office applications (Excel, PDF, Powerpoint, Word,
slide design, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA player, 3.5 mm Zip), Voice memo, T9, Calculator, Built-in handsfree
audio output jack, TV out, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Organizer, Office doc- Battery
ument viewer, T9, Push to talk , Voice dial/memo, Built-in handsfree Standard battery, Li-Ion
Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh (BL-5F), Stand-by Up to 220h, Talk time Design: 7.3
Up to 3 h 40 min Features: 6.8
Design: 8.0 Performance: 7.4

Nokia N78
Size
Dimensions 113 x 49 x 15.1 mm, 76.5 cc, Weight 101.8g
Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches, Downloadable
themes
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization Download, Vibration
Yes, Stereo speakers,
Memory
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records
Detailed, max 30 days, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash), hotswap, 70 MB
internal memory, 96 MB SDRAM memory, ARM 11 369 MHz processor
Data
GPRS Class 11, 118.4 kbits, HSCSD Yes, EDGE Class 32, 296 / 177.6
kbits, 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Features
OS Symbian OS, S60 rel. 3.2, Messaging, SMS, MMS, Email, Instant
Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds, Games
Yes + Java downloadable, Colors Black, Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pix-
els, autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, video(VGA 15fps), flash; secondary CIF
videocall camera, Built-in GPS receiver, A-GPS support, Java MIDP 2.0
MP3/M4A/AAC/eAAC+/WMA player, Stereo FM radio, FM transmitter
3.5 mm audio output jack, Push to Talk, Voice command/dial, PIM includ-
ing calendar, to-do list and printing, Document viewer, T9, Photo/video edi-
tor, Integrated handsfree Japan's electronics giant Sony employee demonstrates the smart card reader Felica Port and a mobile
Battery
phone handset containing IC chip, enable it to pay for video on demand service at the IC card exhibi-
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-6F), Stand-by Up to 320h, Talk
time tion in Tokyo. Sony introduced various application to use on the company's smart card Felica.

Nokia E51 Camera-free Samsung F400


Size Size
Dimensions 114.8 x 46 x 12 mm, 61cc, Weight 100g Dimensions 103 x 48 x 16.9 mm
Display Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches, Five-way scroll key Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches, Dual slide design
Downloadable themes Ringtones
Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes, Memory Memory
Phonebook, Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall, Call records Phonebook 1000 entries, Photo call, Call records, 30 dialed, 30 received, 30
Detailed, max 30 days, Card slot microSD (TransFlash), hotswap, 130 MB user missed calls, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash), 24 MB embedded memory
data memory, 96 MB SDRAM memory, ARM 11 369 MHz processor Data
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE Class 10,
GPRS Class 32, HSCSD Yes, EDGE Class 32, 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN 236.8 kbps, 3G, HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Wi-Fi 802.11g, VoIP over WLAN, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
Yes, USB Yes, v2.0 miniUSB Features
Features Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games
OS Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Yes + downloadable, Camera 3 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, video, Java MIDP 2.0
Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Games Downloadable, Colors MP3/AAC/eACC/WMA player, Music recognition, FM radio with RDS, T9
Black, Silver, Camera No, Push to talk, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3/AAC/video player Picture editing, Organizer, Built-in handsfree
FM radio, Document viewer, T9, Voice command/memo, PIM including calendar, Battery
to-do list, Integrated handsfree, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email, Exchange mail Standard battery, Li-Ion
Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1070 mAh ( BP-6MT), Stand-by Up to 310h, Talk time Design: 9.0
Up to 4 h 20 min Features: 8.8
Performance: 8.7
Design: 7.3
Features: 7.4
Performance: 7.4

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Samsung U900 Soul Samsung G810


Size Size
Dimensions 105 x 49.5 x 12.9 mm, Dimensions 103 x 52.9 x 17.9 mm,
Display Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches, Navigation panel Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches
Ringtones Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes
Memory Memory
Phonebook Yes, Photocall, Call records 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls Phonebook Yes, Photocall, Call records, 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls
Card slot, microSD (TransFlash) Card slot, microSD (TransFlash), 130 MB shared memory, 330 MHz ARM1136
Data processor (TI OMAP 2430 chipset)
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE No, 3G HSDPA, Data
7.2 Mbps, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE Class 10, 236.8
v2.0 kbps, 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with
Features A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds Features
Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Silver, Camera 5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, autofo- OS Symbian OS v9.2, Series 60 rel. 3.0, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser
cus, image stabiliser, video(QVGA), flash, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3/AAC/eACC+/WMA WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS reader, Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Titan
player Grey, Camera 5 MP, 2560?1920 pixels, autofocus, video(VGA), xenon flash, 3x
FM radio with RDS, T9, Picture editing, Organizer, Built-in handsfree optical zoom, Built-in GPS receiver, Navigon GPS navigation software
Battery Camera images geo-tagging, Camera face detection, Java MIDP 2.0,
Standard battery, Li-Ion MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+/WMA player, Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio output jack
T9, Bluetooth printing, Document viewer, Built-in handsfree, Voice memo, TV out
Design: 8.4 Battery
Features: 8.2 Standard battery, Li-Ion
Performance: 8.3
Design: 8.7
Features: 8.7
Performance: 8.7

Samsung i200
Size
Dimensions 116.7 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm,
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors (65K effective), Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.3 inches
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook In internal memory, Photocall, Call records 20 dialed, 20received,
20 missed calls, Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE Yes, 3G
HSDPA, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB
Yes, v2.0
Features
OS Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0, Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email,
Instant Messaging, Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (PocketIE), Games Yes
Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video, Java MIDP 2.0,
MP3/WMA/AAC/MPEG4 player, Mobile printing, T9, Organizer, Voice com-
mand, Voice memo
Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion

Design: 8.3
Features: 8.0
Performance: 8.2
Indian attendants on a stand at The Mobile Asia 2008 exhibition in New Delhi. The exhibi-
tion which is being held in the Indian capital, claims to be India's biggest consumer mobile
event and hopes to attract some 300,000 visitors over the course of the event,

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Sony Ericsson G900


Size
Size
Dimensions 106 x 49 x 13 mm, Weight 99g
Dimensions 110 x 53 x 16.7mm, Weight 145g
Display
Display
Type TFT touchscreen, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches
Type TFT touchscreen, 65K colors, Size 800 x 480 pixels, 3 inches
Wallpapers, screensavers
Full QWERTY keyboard, Optical joystick navigation
Ringtones
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Composer, download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Memory
Phonebook 1000 x 20 fields, Photo call, Call records, 30 received,
Phonebook 1000x20 fields, Photo call, Call records, 30 received, Card slot
Card slot, Memory Stick Micro (M2), 160 MB internal memory
microSD (TransFlash), 400 MB internal memory, 128MB RAM, 256MB storage
Data
memory, Qualcomm MSM7200 528MHz processor
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE
Data
No, 3G Yes, 384 kbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE Yes, 3G
with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0,
HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Features
Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
OS Symbian OS, UIQ, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email,
Features
Instant Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/HTML (Opera), RSS reader
OS Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Messaging SMS, MMS, Email,
Games Yes , Colors Dark Red, Dark Brown, Camera, 5 MP,2592?1944
Instant Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/HTML (IE), RSS feeds, Games Yes +
pixels, autofocus, image stabiliser, video, flash; secondary videocall
downloadable, Colors Solid Black, Steel Silver, Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536
camera,Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio with RDS MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player,
pixels, autofocus, video(VGA@30fps), flash; secondary videocall camera
Handwriting recognition, StickyNotes, TrackID music recognition,
Built-in GPS receiver, A-GPS function, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio with RDS
Business card scanner, Picture editor/blogging, Document reader/edi-
MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player, Motion sensor (with UI auto-rotate), TrackID music
tor, Organiser, Stopwatch, Built-in handsfree, Voice memo/dial
recognition, Picture editor/blogging, Organiser, T9, Built-in handsfree, Voice
Battery
memo/dial
Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh (BST-33), Stand-by Up to 380h
Battery
Talk time Up to 12h
Standard battery, Li-Po, 1500 mAh
Design: 8.5
Design: 8.6
Features: 8.4
Features: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Performance: 8.6

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Nokia 2626
Nokia 2310 Rs. 3,850
Rs. 3,450 Size
Dimensions 104 x 43 x 18 mm, 71cc, Weight 91g
Size Display
Dimensions 105.4 x 43.9 x 19.1mm, Weight 85g Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size128 x 128 pixels, 27 x
Display 27 mm, 4-way navy key, Screensavers, themes and
Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size 96 x 68 pixels, 4 lines wallpapers
Themes, wallpapers, screensavers Ringtones
Ringtones Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization
Type Polyphonic, Customization Download, order Download, Vibration Yes
now, Vibration Yes Memory
Memory Phonebook 300 entries, Call records 20 dialed, 20
Phonebook 200 entries, Call records, 10 dialed, 10 received, 20 missed calls, Card slot No 2 MB user
received, 10 missed calls, Card slot No, 4 MB memory
shared memory Features
Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Browser WAP
Messaging SMS, Browser, Games 3 - Nature Park, 2.0/xHTML, Games Phantom Spider, Glamour Pinball
Snake Xenia, Bounce, Colors Red, Blue, White + downloadable, order now, Colors Fiery Red, Spatial
Languages Most major European and Asian, Camera Blue, Energetic Copper, WhiteNavy, Languages Major
No, FM radio, T9, Calculator, Stopwatch, Built-in, European and Asia-Pacific languages, Camera No
handsfree, Picture messaging FM radio, Java MIDP 2.0, T9, Calendar, Calculator
Battery with currency converter, Clothing and shoe size con-
Standard battery, Li-Ion 970 mAh (BL-5C) verter, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree
Stand-by Up to 400h, Talk time Up to 6h Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion 970 mAh (BL-5C)
The Nokia 2310 is a sharp looking mobile Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 3h
phone in a beautifully compact casing. The phone
comes in a choice of three colours which allows the Nokia 2626 is a colourful phone, keeping up with
user to choose the overall look of their new mobile the users in the emerging markets. It is available in
phone. The colours include crisp white, vibrant quite ambitious colours of Fiery Red and Spatial Blue,
orange & bright turquoise. The handset is light & and to go with the trend, it has a FM Radio for music
compact which measures 105.4 x 43.9 x 19.05 mm & on the go. The phone is constructed out of three dif-
weighs 85 grams. ferent plastic materials, with the inset made of tinted
glass, having mirror coating on the front.
Design: 6.8
Features: 6.4 Design: 5.0
Performance: 6.6 Features: 7.6
Performance: 5.0

Samsung C130
Rs. 2,800
Size
Dimensions 102.4 x 45.4 x 14.8mm, Weight 75g
Display
Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size 128 x 128 pixels, 1.5inch
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (16 channels), Customization, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 500 entries, Call records 30 dialed, 30 received,
30 missed calls, Card slot No, 1.8 MB shared memory
Data
T-101 Melody GPRS Class 8 (4+1 slots), 32 - 40 kbps
Features
Rs. 2,399 Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP 1.2.1, Games
Yes, order now, Colors Orange, Pink, Silver, Blue, Camera
Call Restriction. No, Java MIDP 2.0, T9, Organiser, To Do list, Built-in hands-
FM Radio with Speakers Phone. free, Voice memo
Built in MP3 & MP4 Player Battery
Time synchronisation. Standard battery, Li-Ion 750 mAh
300 Message Memory. Stand-by Up to 445h, Talk time Up to 5 h20 min
250 Phone book entry.
Volume Menu. This super slim mobile phone boasts a refined and
65k Colour Display. sophisticated design, setting it apart from its competitors.
Multiple Languages. The cool black phone is accented by white silver edging,
180 Min talk time. which subdivides the monitor and the menu keypad from the
numeric keypad, creating a trompe l'oeuil effect that makes
the SGH-C130 look more like a slide-up phone than a bar-
type.

Design: 7.8
Features: 6.8
Performance: 7.0

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Nokia 6080 Samsung Z150


Rs. 5,450 Rs. 6,800
Size Size
Dimensions 105.4 x 44.3 x 18.6mm, Weight 91g Dimensions 118 x 47 x 9.8mm, Weight 77g
Display Display
Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels, 1.9 inch
Downloadable wallpapers, screensavers Ringtones
Ringtones Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization
Type Polyphonic (24 channels), MP3, Monophonic, True Download, order now, Vibration Yes
Tones, Customization Download, order now, Vibration Memory
Yes Phonebook 1000 entries, Call records, 20 dialed, 20
Memory received, 20 missed calls, 50 MB shared memory
Phonebook Yes, Photo call, Call records 20 dialed, 20 Data
received, 20 missed calls, Card slot No, 4.3 MB of user GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, 3G Yes, 384
memory kbps, Bluetooth Yes, v1.1, USB Yes, v1.1
Data Features
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
Yes, 43.2 kbps, EDGE Class 6, 177.6 kbps, USB Yes, Games Yes + downloadable, order now, Colors Black
Pop-Port Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, video(QCIF); secondary VGA
Features video call camera, Java MIDP 2.0, Video telephony &
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, streaming, MP3/AAC/AAC+ player, T9, Organiser, Currency
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + Downloadable, converter, To do list, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree
order now, Colors Black, Gold, Camera VGA, 640x480 pix- Battery
els, video (subQCif), Java MIDP 2.0, FM stereo radio Stand-by Up to 270h, Talk time Up to 2 h50 min
Push to talk, Video player, Voice memo, Voice command
T9, Calendar, Calculator, Built-in handsfree The ultra slim 9.8mm thick Samsung Z150 is a wel-
Battery come entry into the mid-priced 3G phone market. The phone
Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 3h30 min has an easy to use interface and a solid set of features - all
for a very competitive price.
The Nokia 6080 is a updated version of the Nokia
6070. It's an entry-level camera phone with a smart, sim- Design: 8.0
ple design. The features of this phone includes a basic Features: 7.6
camera and video recorder, a stereo FM radio and user's Performance: 8.0
memory of 4.3 Mbytes.

Design: 5.5
Features: 5.2
Performance: 5.3

LG KG200
Motorola W220 Rs. 5,200
Rs. 4,500
Size
Size
Dimensions 100 x 46 x 15mm, Weight 89g
Dimensions 95 x 46 x 16.7 mm, 74cc, Weight 93g
Display
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels
Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size 128 x 128 pixels, 28 x 28
Downloadable wallpapers
mm, Screensavers and wallpapers, Downloadable wallpa-
Ringtones
pers
Type Polyphonic (64 channels)
Ringtones
Memory
Type Polyphonic (32 channels), MP3-like, Customization
Phonebook 500 entries, Call records 10 dialed, 10
Composer, Download, order now, Vibration Yes
received, 10 missed calls, Card slot microSD
Memory
(TransFlash), 60 MB shared memory
Phonebook 600 entries, Call records 10 dialed, 10
Data
received, 10 missed calls, 500 KB user memory
GPRS Class 8 (4+1 slots), 32 - 40 kbps, USB Yes
250 short messages
Features
Data
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
GPRS Class 8 (4+1 slots), 32 - 40 kbps
Games Yes, order now, Colors Black, Camera 1.3 MP,
Features
1280 x 1024 pixels, video, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3 player
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
FM radio, T9, Organiser, Voice memo
Games Yes - Football, Rebels, Crazy, Camera No
Battery
FM radio, MIDI/SP-MIDI/AMR/iMelody player, T9
Stand-by Up to 250h, Talk time Up to 3h
Calendar, Calculator, Currency converter,
Battery
LG KG 200 offers high resolution camera, MP 3
Standard battery, Li-Ion 880 mAh
players, FM Radio and expandable memory.
Stand-by Up to 290h, Talk time Up to 8h
Design: 7.8
The Motorola W220 is a neat & stylish clamshell
Features: 7.8
mobile phone which offers the user all the day to day fea-
Performance: 7.9
ture they require. The phone comes in a black & silver
coloured casing which measures 95 x 46 x 16.7 mm. The
clamshell designed handset is coated mainly in plastic
which feels good to hold & weighs 93 grams which is a
good weight for the user to carry around & manage.

Design: 7.4
Features: 6.2
Performance: 6.5

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Nokia E62 LG KG195


Rs. 12,700 Rs. 5,600
Size Size
Dimensions 117 x 69.7 x 14 mm, 108cc, Weight 144g Dimensions 100 x 45 x 12.4 mm, Weight 69.9g
Display Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 320 x 240 pixels, 58 x 45 Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches
mm Downloadable wallpapers
QWERTY keyboard, Five-way scroll key, Ringtones
Ringtones Type Polyphonic (64 channels)
Type Polyphonic, Monophonic, MP3, True Tones Memory
Customization Download, Vibration Yes Phonebook 500 entries, Call records 10 dialed, 10 received,
Memory 10 missed calls, Card slot microSD (TransFlash), 64 MB
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, shared memory
Photocall, Call records Detailed, max 30 days Data
Card slot miniSD, hotswap, buy memory, 80 MB shared GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, Bluetooth
memory, 32 MB SDRAM, ARM 9 235 MHz processor Yes, v1.2 with A2DP, USB Yes, v1.1
Data Features
GPRS Class 11, HSCSD No, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML,
kbps Games
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0, Infrared port Yes, USB Yes, Yes, order now, Colors Black, White, Camera VGA, 640x480
miniUSB pixels, video, FM radio, Scheduled FM recorder,
Features MPEG4/MP3 player
OS Symbian OS 9.1, Series 60 UI, Messaging SMS, Java MIDP 2.0, T9, Organiser, Voice memo
MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser WAP Battery
2.0/xHTML, HTML Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 3h
Games Java downloadable, order now, Colors Silver,
Camera No, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player Full Time Masti, Non Stop Fun with LG KG 195. The
Office applications, T9, Voice command/memo phone features all multimedia and music options, with quite
PIM including calendar, to-do list and printing, Integrated a room for songs and pictures in memory. Standby battery
handsfree time is reported up to 300 hours and talk time of over 3
Battery hours.
Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh (BP-5L)
Stand-by Up to 330h, Talk time Up to 6h Design: 7.7
Features: 7.8
Nokia E62 is poised to become a top handheld. Performance: 7.8
The E62's keyboard is big, with square, rubbery,
responsive keys. You'll find a power button near the
top of the handset and volume and voice-record but-
tons on the device's side. Unfortunately, there's no
camera or visible memory card slot.

Design: 7.5
Features: 7.7
Performance: 7.7

Sony Ericsson W200


Rs. 5,650
Size
MOTO SLVR L9 Dimensions 101 x 44 x 18 mm, Weight 85g
Rs. 10,400 Display
Type UBC, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches
Wallpapers, screensavers
Size: Ringtones
Dimensions 49 x 113.5 x 11.5 mm, Weight 96g Type Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, AAC
Display: Memory
176 x 220 mm, 1.9" 262K colors TFT Phonebook Yes, Photo call, Call records 30 received, dialed and
Ringtones: missed calls, Card slot Memory Stick Micro (M2), 27 MB internal
Type: Polyphonic MP3 memory
Memory: Data
20 MB User, Up to 2GB of removable storage GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD Yes,
Data: Infrared port Yes, USB Yes
EDGE Class 10, GPRS Class 10, GSM Features
Features: Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser
2 megapixel with x8 digital zoom, Clock, Alarm, Calculator, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML(NetFront), RSS feeds, Games
Video capture and playback with sound Yes + downloadable, order now, Colors Rythm Black, Pulse White,
Battery: Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, video, Java MIDP 2.0
Talk Time: up to 400 mins FM radio with RDS, Walkman Media Player 1.0, T9, Image viewer
Standby Time: up to 350 hours Picture editor, Organiser, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree
Battery
L9 has integrated music player with stereo Bluetooth Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 7h
wireless technology' allows to freely enjoy music wirelessly
on the go. It is powered by GPRS and EDGE class 10 With stamina for up to 18 hours of music listening, the
technology providing quick downloads and easy informa- W200a can store up to 37 full length tracks (or about four albums).
tion exchanges enabling users to share pictures, videos For sharing music with friends, a 128 MB Memory Stick Micro (M2)
and music with family and friends seamlessly. L9 also pro- card lets users do this in an instant. With memory cards up to 1
vides a rich visual entertainment experience via a 2.0 GB available, each card will hold up to 255 full-length tracks.
mega-pixel camera with 8x digital zoom, video capture with
4x zoom and full screen landscape playback. Design: 7.7
Features: 7.4
Performance: 7.5

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Sony Ericsson K770


Rs. 14,700
Size
Dimensions 105 x 47 x 14.5 mm, Weight 95g
RAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition
Display Rs. 39,500
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 1.9 inches
Wallpapers, screensavers Size
Ringtones Dimensions 53 x 103 x 12.05mm
Type Polyphonic (72 channels), MP3, Customization Display
Composer, download, Vibration Yes Large 2.0" QVGA (320 x 240) 262K color external display with
Memory contextual touch interaction 2.2" QVGA (320 x 240) internal
Phonebook 1000 entries, up to 2500 numbers, Photo call display, 262K color
Call records 30 received, dialed and missed calls, Card slot Ringtones
Memory Stick Micro (M2), 256 MB card included, 16 MB Type: Polyphonic MP3
internal memory Memory
Data 2GB of on-board memory with a storage capacity of up to
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD 1000 songs
Yes, EDGE No, 3G Yes, 384 kbps, WLAN No, Bluetooth Data
Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0 MicroUSB 2.0 high speed, GSM Quad, EDGE Class 12,
Features GPRS Class 12
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser Features
WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML(NetFront), RSS feeds, Games 2.0 MP camera with 8X digital zoom, Windows Media Player
Yes + downloadable, order now, Colors Truffle Brown, Ultra 11, Pre-loaded games, HTML Opera Mobile Browser 8.5,
Violet, Sandy Beige, Henna Bronze, Soft Black, Camera MotoSync™ - Over the air synchronisation of Email,
3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, video, LED flash, Phonebook and Calendar
secondary VGA videocall camera, Java MIDP 2.0 Battery:
RDS FM radio, MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player, TrackID music Talk Time: approximately 250 - 450 mins
recognition, BestPic, T9, Image viewer, Picture editor Standby Time: approximately 200 - 300 hrs
Picture blogging, Organiser, Built-in handsfree, Voice
memo/dial, Stopwatch RAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition is a stunning blend of cutting-
Battery edge technology and bold, sophisticated details that is the
Standard battery, Li-Po 930 mAh (BST-38) pinnacle of ultra-premium cool. This special edition of the
Stand-by Up to 400h, Talk time Up to 10h RAZR2 has gone "lux" with 18k and 24k gold plated accents
standing out against a luminous, black slate, vacuum metal
Sony Ericsson K770: The Sony Ericsson K770 is fun finish. With a soft-touch back, embossed with a snakeskin
and this is due not only to the good keypad, but also to the effect, the device even feels luxurious in the hand.
phone's quick reactions. The K770, as well as the older
Sony Ericsson models, allows you to easily update the soft-
ware online, through the Sony Ericsson Update Service.

Design: 8.2
Features: 8.0
Performance: 8.2

LG KE970 Shine
Rs.14,800

Size
Dimensions 99.8x50.6x13.8 mm, Weight 119g Samsung D880 Duos
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inch- Rs. 21,700
es, Mirror effect screen, full metal body, Downloadable
wallpapers Size
Rintones Dimensions 104 x 51 x 18.9 mm, Weight 113g
Type Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, Customization Display
Download, Vibration Yes Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.3 inches
Memory Ringtones
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization Download,
50 dialed, 50 received, 50 missed calls, Card slot order now, Vibration Yes
microSD (TransFlash), buy memory, 50 MB internal Memory
memory, 300 text messages Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records 30 received,
Data dialed and missed calls, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash), buy
GPRS Yes, HSCSD No, EDGE Yes, 3G No, WLAN No memory
Bluetooth Yes, v1.2 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Data
Yes GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE
Features Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Browser WAP A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + download, Colors Silver, Features
Titanium Black, Gold, Pink, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
pixels, autofocus, video(QCIF), flash, Java MIDP 2.0 Games Yes, order now, Colors Black, Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536
MP3/AAC++/3GP/MPEG4 player, T9, Organiser pixels, autofocus, video, flash, Dual SIM, Java MIDP 2.0,
Voice memo, Document viewer (.ppt, .doc, .pdf, .xls, .txt) MP3/AAC+/MPEG4 player, FM radio, Business card reader applica-
Battery tion, Document viewer, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree, TV out
Stand-by Up to 280h, Talk time Up to 3h
Samsung D880 DuoS slider can work with two SIM cards
Because of its metal frame, the LG KE970 Shine is from different operators or support two phone numbers from the
nicely weighted, but a lot heavier and a tad longer and same operator. Both cards in Samsung SGH-D880 can work simul-
wider than the Chocolate. However, surprisingly it is taneously to make and receive calls, send/receive SMS messages.
1.5mm thinner than its colleague and makes for a trim The user also can easily select which card to use for mobile brows-
and compact proposition. The spring-assisted slider ing, e-mail and other multimedia services.
action is very slick, while the etched keypad is respon-
sive. Design: 7.4
Features: 7.7
Design: 6.2 Performance: 7.5
Features: 5.8
Performance: 6.0

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Samsung G800 Nokia 7900 Prism


Rs. 26,300 Rs. 26,500
Size Size
Dimensions 101 x 51.1 x 18.8 mm, Weight 134g Dimensions 112 x 45 x 11.3 mm, 55 cc, Weight 101g
Display Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches Type OLED, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches
Ringtones Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization
Download, order now, Vibration Yes Download, Vibration Yes
Memory Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Call records 30 dialed, 30 received, Phonebook Yes, Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20
30 missed calls, Card slot microSD (TransFlash), buy memory missed calls, Card slot No, 1GB internal memory
160 MB internal memory Data
Data GPRS Class 32, 107 kbps HSCSD Yes, EDGE Class 32, 296
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No kbps, 3G Yes, 384 kbps, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps, WLAN No Infrared port No, USB Yes, microUSB
Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0 Features
Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + downloadable, order now, Colors Black,
HTML, RSS reader, Games Yes + downloadable, order now Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video(QCIF), flash
Colors Titan Grey, Camera 5 MP, 2560?1920 pixels, autofo- Java MIDP 2.0, UPnP technology, MP3/AAC/eAAC+/WMA
cus, video, xenon flash, 3x optical zoom, Java MIDP 2.0 player, T9, Calendar, Calculator, Built-in handsfree, Voice
MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+/WMA player, Stereo FM radio memo, Living wallpaper, Configurable keypad backlighting
Face Detection, T9, Bluetooth printing, Document viewer color
(Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF), Built-in handsfree, Voice Battery
memo, TV out Standard battery, Li-Ion 850 mAh (BL-6P)
Battery Stand-by Up to 240h, Talk time Up to 3h
Standard battery, Li-Ion, Stand-by Up to 220h, Talk time Up to
3 h 20 min Nokia 7900 Prism will impress you with its aluminum
housing, one that is even slimmer and cleaner as a design.
The world's first phone to offer a 5 megapixel camera Undoubtedly, the model has been targeted at younger users,
with optical zoom, the G800 sets the benchmark for camera who are looking for something stylish yet extravagant rather
phones. It's also a beautifully designed slide phone that's fully than the conservative trend in models such as 8600 Luna and
equipped with an MP3 player, FM radio, accelerated 3G the 8800 series.
(HSDPA), 160 Mbytes of internal memory plus a memory card
slot, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Design: 6.7
Features: 6.3
Design: 8.4 Performance: 6.4
Features: 8.2
Performance: 8.2

Sony Ericsson W960


Rs. 36,500
MOTORAZR2 V9: Size
Dimensions 109 x 55 x 16 mm, Weight 119g
Rs. 24,500 Display
Size Type TFT touchscreen, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels,
Dimensions: 103 x 53 x 13.3 mm, Weight: 125 g 2.6 inches, Handwriting recognition, Wallpapers, screensavers
Display Ringtones
TFT, 256K colors, 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches, Second Type Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, AAC, Customization
external 256K colors, 2 inches display (240 x 320 pix- Composer, download, order now, Vibration Yes
els) with contextual touch interaction Memory
Ringtones Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Type: Polyphonic MP3 Call records, Practically unlimited, Card slot No, 8 GB shared
Memory memory for storage, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB flash memory (96
3.5G edition with 4GB expandable memory MB reserved for OS + 160 MB user memory)
Data Data
MicroUSB v2.0 high speed, 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No
EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 10, Integrated Stereo EDGE No, 3G Yes, 384 kbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b, Bluetooth
Bluetooth wireless technology with A2DP and AVRCP Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
profiles. Features
Features OS Symbian OS v9.1, UIQ 3.0, Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS,
2.0 mega pixel camera, Windows Media Player 11, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML,
Pre-loaded games, WAP 2.0/xHTML, MotoSync™ - HTML(Opera 8.0), RSS reader, Games Yes + downloadable,
Over the air synchronisation of Email, Phonebook and order now, Colors Vinyl Black, Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536
Calendar, Java MIDP 2.0. pixels, autofocus, video(QVGA 15fps), flash; secondary VGA
Battery videocall camera, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio with RDS
Talk Time: approximately 210 min Walkman Touch player, TrackID music recognition, T9
Standby Time: approximately 260 hour Image viewer, Picture/document editor, Organiser, Voice
memo, Built-in handsfree
A remarkably sleek and well-designed flip phone, Battery
this latest version of the RAZR2 bears that certain Standard battery, Li-Po 900 mAh (BST-33)
"wow" factor and comes in a glossy mahogany sheen Stand-by Up to 370h, Talk time Up to 9h
that shines both inside and out. It offers a satisfying
mix of classic features alongside new and innovative A potent combination of slim UMTS phone and high per-
functions like V9 is enabled for Motorola's "MotoSync," formance media player, the Sony Ericsson W960 Walkman
which can synchronize mobile email, phonebook and phone packs enough punch for up to 8,000 songs and
calendar to the personal computer and "See What I includes a Walkman player for finger-touch navigation around
See," which lets users to stream live video images to playlists on the large screen. The 2.6" display serves as an
other wireless customers during a call. excellent viewfinder for a 3.2 megapixel camera and as a
widescreen for watching video in TV quality.

Design: 8.4
Features: 8.4
Performance: 8.4

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Samsung SGH-i640
A follow-up device to the recent i620, the Samsung i640 is an
HSDPA capable 3.5G slider phone with an unusual 320 x 240
pixel display.
A quick tour around the specifications on the SGH-i640 show
that this is a capable
enough device, but it is very much just a rehash of last year's
model and the competition has moved on. The 2.4" wide aspect
QVGA display is pretty good. Surprisingly the i640 lacks WiFi, and
unlike much of the competition, the i640 also suffers from a pretty
basic camera, lacks GPS and it doesn't come with a touchscreen.
On the other hand, there is a practical QWERTY keyboard and
the Samsung i640 runs Windows Mobile 6. So, it seems obvious
that Samsung are pitching the SGH-i640 against BlackBerry
handhelds and other messaging devices, rather than aiming this
at the consumer market.
Internal memory is stated to be 141MB and this is expandable
with microSD cards. As with many Samsung devices, the i640 is
tri-band GSM only with 2100 MHz WCDMA for 3G and 3.5G sup-
port. Physically, the i640 measures 95 x 61 x 16mm and weighs
126 grams.
The SGHi-i640's battery life has been quoted as a maximum
of 6 hours with up to 15 days standby, although it's not clear if
that is on 3G or GSM. The 1200 mAH battery should be sufficient-
ly beefy to keep the i640 running for quite a while. 

Nokia 6650
The 6650 is a rare clamshell phone from Nokia with HSDPA (3G broadband) and GPS
(satellite navigation) support. It's also notable for being another occasion where Nokia have
recycled the name of an older handset.
One immediately obvious thing to even a casual observer is that the Nokia 6650 very
closely resembles the Motorola RAZR range. The flat keypad, slim profile and even the "kick"
under the number keys are all characteristic of Motorola handsets, but it's not the first time
that Nokia have made a RAZR-like phone - the disastrous Nokia N76 was another example.
The Nokia 6650 is a pretty interesting device in its own right. The inclusion of A-GPS
(Assisted GPS) is unusual in a clamshell phone, and on top of that the 6650 has HSDPA high-
speed data giving download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps.
Inside is a 2.2" 240 x 320 pixel display, with a smaller display on the outside with dedicated
media keys. The Nokia 6650 has a microSD slot, FM radio and Bluetooth.
The camera is a fairly basic 2 megapixel unit, but it does come with a flash. Nokia has not
specified the size, weight and battery life at the time of going to press.
Announced way back in September 2002 and shipping in 2003, the Nokia 6650 was
Nokia's first attempt at a 3G handset. Despite its large size and 141 gram weight, the original
6650 only managed a 128 x 160 pixel display, didn't come with expandable memory or an
MP3 player, but it did have Bluetooth.
The original Nokia 6650 is a very rare handset where most major carriers started rolling out
their 3G network in 2004-5, by which time the 6650 was already obsolete. The first popular
Nokia 3G phones were the Nokia 6630 and the unusual Nokia 7600. In other words, it is pret-
ty unlikely that you will buy the original 6650 by mistake.. indeed, it is probably something of a
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Motorola W181
The Motorola W181 is basically the W161 with a colour screen and more con-
ventional looking keypad. Again, this is almost exactly the same as last year's
Motorola W180 apart from some cosmetic details.
W181 demonstrated an impressive talk time despite it having a colour display.
The W181 also has more internal memory for storing text messages and the like.
The W181 is slated for release during the first quarter of 2008.
The Motorola W181's intuitive user interface, large color display and sleek key-
pad deliver an enjoyable navigation and viewing experience. Built-in FM radio and
one key access to SMS, including storage for tons of texts and contacts, rounds
out the feature set, while a long battery life allows plenty of standby time and talk
time between charges.
Cut out the noise and focus on the call. Motorola's CrystalTalk technology
enables a natural phone conversation, even in noisy environments. By separating
voice from background and wind noise, CrystalTalk helps enhance the user's voice
and channels pure, clear audio directly into the user's ear.
Tune into your favorite stations on the built-in FM radio, and personalize calls
with 20 preloaded 32-channel polyphonic ringtones and 15 standard alert ring-
tones. For even more customization, access more than 40 additional downloadable
iMelody ringtones. 

Sony Ericsson G900


Sony Ericsson G900 can easily give you an impression that its an ordinary Sony
Ericsson phone, but in fact the Sony Ericsson G900 is a touchscreen Symbian smart-
phones, designed to bring touchscreen technology into the mainstream.
The Sony Ericsson G900 is a 3G device with WiFi, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus
and a photo light, a 2.4" 320 x 240 pixel touchscreen display, 160MB of internal memory
with Memory Stick Micro support, and because it is a Symbian smartphone, then users can
add their own applications.
What exactly can you do with the touchscreen on the G900? Well, Sony Ericsson say
that you can select menu items, scribble notes, and surf the web. G900 also have handwrit-
ing recognition. In other words, it is a fully featured smartphone, like the Sony Ericsson P1i..
just in a more everyday package.
G900 has comes with FM radio, multimedia player, stereo Bluetooth, the Opera web
browser, document editors and an email client. Don't expect to see the same applications
that you find in other Sony Ericsson phones - the software is completely different under-
neath, and not all "traditional" Sony Ericsson applications have been ported across.
On GSM, the talktime of both handsets is a truly remarkable 12 hours, dropping to a rea-
sonable 4 hours on 3G. Standby time is around 15 days, and the Sony Ericsson G900 can
manage up to 2.5 hours of video calls.
What is remarkable about this handset is just how. Sony Ericsson have fitted perfectly
ordinary and very practical mobile phone with a touchscreen while rivals Nokia are still
dithering about. Perhaps touch will be the killer application during 2008.. and if it is, then
Sony Ericsson has a head start. 

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Nokia N96
Advanced multimedia computer optimized for entertainment
Mobile World Congress 2008, Barcelona, Spain Finland - Nokia unveiled the
Nokia N96, a multimedia computer truly optimized for video and TV. With a
large 2.8" screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and support for high-quality
videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an excit-
ing new chapter in mobile media. The Nokia N96 multimedia computer is
expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated sales
price of approximately 550 euros, before subsidies or taxes.
"In 2007, the Nokia N95 became an icon of convergence of Internet and
mobility. With over 7 million units sold to date, the N95 has changed the way
people use their mobile device. The Nokia N96 we introduced today builds on
the success of N95, further enhancing the experience," says Jonas Geust, who
oversees Nokia's Explore category. "Through the power of the Internet, video
and TV are becoming even more prevalent in people's lives. With its large,
bright screen, and a range of high-speed connectivity options and the enhanced
Nokia Video Center, the new Nokia N96 is a personal window to entertainment."
Accessing internet videos is quick and simple. The Nokia N96 supports com-
mon video formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video,
making favorite videos easy to view. Transferring and accessing videos is even
faster with the high-speed USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support.
In select markets, the integrated DVB-H receiver offers live broadcast TV with
an automatically updating program guide. The massive memory can store up to
40 hours of video content. The storage capacity of the Nokia N96 can even be
further expanded with an optional microSD card, such as the new Nokia 8GB
microSDHC Card MU-43 which increases the available memory of the Nokia
N96 to a total of 24 GB. For added convenience, the Nokia N96 features a
'kickstand' on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.
The Nokia Video Center offers one place to discover and access a variety of
mobile content ranging from movie trailers and comedy to news from world-
leading content brands such as YouTube, Reuters, and Sony Pictures. The cat-
alogue of internet video feeds is continually expanded with more regional and
country specific content.
For a superb music experience, the Nokia N96 features media keys, a 3.5
mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. The Nokia Maps
application offers richer maps with urban details and satellite views and has
upgrade options such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-
guided car navigation.
The Nokia N96 boasts a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, flash
and video light. It allows DVD-like quality video capture at 30 frames per sec-
ond. Further, with the integrated A-GPS, consumers can now 'geotag' their pic-
tures with location data and share them with their online communities.
The Nokia N96 naturally supports the Ovi family of Nokia internet services,
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Samsung F400 (SGH-F400)


Is the Samsung F400 just another glossy looking Samsung slider phone? Not exactly,
because the Samsung SGH-F400 incorporates technology from Bang & Olufsen and has a
dual-slide arrangement that reveals a loudspeaker for optimum music playback.
There' is a lot more to the F400 than its musical capabilities, but as they set the handset
apart then it will be worth looking at them first. One immediately obvious feature is the large
stereo speaker that slides up from the top of the handset, in a similar manner to the
Samsung Serenata and the Samsung i450. This means that the SGH-F400 should be loud
enough to actually hear your music tracks or the FM radio properly.
The sound system uses Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower amplification system, it also comes
with music recognition, a comprehensive audio library function, Samsung's Digital Natural
Sound Engine and other music related goodies. The SGH-F400 takes a standard 3.5mm
headphone plug, and it also comes with an FM radio with RDS.
There's more to the Samsung F400 than just music. This is an HSDPA capable 3.5G
device with a maximum download speed of 3.6 Mbps. The F400 also supports GPRS and
EDGE data, plus 2100 MHz UMTS and tri-band GSM.
On the back of the Samsung F300 is a 3 megapixel CMOS camera. The 2.2 inch 240 x
320 pixel TFT display is semi-concealed behind the F400's glossy surface. Overall, this is an
attractive looking handset, but it isn't terribly distinctive. The B&O labelling on the SGH-F400
is very discrete.
The Samsung SGH-F400 measures 103 x 48 x 17mm, and it supports USB 2.0 and
Bluetooth 2.0. There's a microSD slot to the left of the keypad, although Samsung have not
stated the maximum capacity that the F400 can take. 

Trend T-786i Dual Sim GSM


Trend mobiles were the first in introducing the dual SIM mechanism
that allowed a person to hold two different SIMs in one mobile phone.
Trend is their brand which markets imported cell phones in the local
market. It has now come up with the simplest and yet the most loaded
of the mobile phones. It is called the, Trend Perfect Dual Sim, T-786i is
available in Bar shape with keypad and touch screen facility.
The features of T-786i are startling. Its basic edge is that a user can
retain different network operators’ SIMs in one cell phone and can
receive calls in both. It is a complete multimedia cell phone with 2
mega pixel camera, which has an audio and video
recorders and players as well. The USB data cable
allows the user a unique facility of ‘Plug N Play’.
Attach the cable with your computer and view what
you have recorded. There is no need of any software
or driver installation unlike other cell phones. Trend T-786i having
Bluetooth connectivity, GPRS and MMS. Trend
mobiles offers an unmatched Deluxe Package
along with the set which includes a free-of-cost
Bluetooth Device, 256 MB memory card, hands
free, USB port, Desktop charger, 2 extra batter-
ies and In-Car charger and a Trendy pouch to carry your cell phone in
style.
The Trend T-786i is a fashion conscious handset, which has a good
and attractive size of LCD and gives solid and quality feel when in use.
Mobile phone holds another edge to other cell phones in the market. It
has the style, it has the attractive look and it has all that you require in
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Sony Ericsson W980i


On the outside of the W980i's glossy case are some black-on-black multimedia
keys with just a hint of orange. Open the handset up, there's yet more black.
Except someone appears to have stuck some buttons out of a lift in where the key-
pad should be. All the keys are round, which is completely at odds with the other-
wise quite wedgy design.
There's a nifty transparent part of the case that shows the "W" logo on the
inside. It's not really a fashion phone though - the Sony Ericsson W980i is a
Walkman branded music phone with a lot to offer.
Inside the W980i is a huge 8GB of internal memory, although this is not
expandable. It's a HSDPA 3.5G device which means that it is capable of high-
speed music downloads. The W980i supports stereo Bluetooth, and it may come
with a pair of stereo wired headphones in the box. Because it is a Walkman phone,
it comes with an enhanced music player plus a set of tools to help you transfer
tracks from CD via a PC.
In addition to the W980i's music player, there's an FM radio with RDS. There is
also an FM transmitter - so you can interface the W980i with a car stereo or hi-fi
system without using wires.
On the outside is a 3.2 megapixel camera, although the digital photography
capabilities are not as good as a Cyber-shot phone. Inside is a 2.2" 240 x 320
pixel display, with a smaller 176 x 176 pixel panel on the outside along with the
external media control keys.
The Sony Ericsson W980i also has a web browser, email client, shake control
and a number of other features. 

Samsung F480 (SGH-F480)


The Samsung F480 is closely related to the Samsung F490, and is a 3.5G capable
touchscreen phone with a 5 megapixel camera. Competing more with the LG Viewty
than the Apple iPhone, the SGH-F480 looks like a promising device.
Touchscreen phones has all the rage at the moment, and Samsung have created
quite a few in the past year.. and they seem to be getting pretty good at it now.
This is a 3.5G capable device supporting HSDPA high speed data downloads of up
to 7.2 Mbps. It also supports standard 3G (UMTS), GPRS and EDGE data, however
the Samsung F480 does not support WiFi. The display is a large 2.8" 240 x 320 pixel
panel, and on the back is a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. The F480's
camera also features video and image stabilisation, has a slow motion function and
built-in video editor.
There is, of course, a multimedia player capable of playing back a variety of video
and audio files. The Samsung F480 also comes with a FM radio with RDS. There's a
microSD slot for memory expansion, and the SGH-F480 has Bluetooth 2.0 and USB
2.0 connectivity. In addition, there is built-in blogging support, an email client and web
browser.
It's a relatively compact device at 96 x 55 x 12mm and just 91 grams in weight,
which is impressive when you consider the number of features that the F480 includes.
Samsung haven't given any guidance on battery life though, and we suspect that the
F480 will make a tradeoff here. There appears to be an optional cover for the F480,
and this will increase size and weight somewhat. 

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Sony Ericsson Z770i


A combination of fashion accessory and business phone, the Sony Ericsson Z770i isn't quite one
thing or another. This is an HSDPA capable phone, meaning that the Z770i is a 3.5G device capable
of high-speed internet access. Although web access on a mobile phone is not usually much fun, the
Z770i comes with the NetFront web browser which attempts to bring a more PC-like environment to
the mobile phone platform.
The Z770i has a 2.2" 240 x 320 pixel display, Bluetooth 2.0, a USB connection, microSD expand-
able memory, an FM radio, MP3 player, a two megapixel camera and an impressively long battery life
that might well appeal to corporate customers. The Z770i also supports push email from Microsoft
Exchange servers.
There are three colour combinations, Vogue Red, Graphite Black, Exquisite Golden. The silvery
coloured handset in the pictures is actually Vogue Red, so it is hard to judge just what the other
devices look like.
We mentioned battery life, and for a 3G phone it is pretty good. Talktime is a maximum of 4 hours,
and if you are only using the Z770i on GSM then this increases to 8.5 hours. Standby time is around
14 days.
It's a very stylish looking device, and at 91 grams and 93 x 48 x 16mm in size the Z770i is pretty
compact for a 3.5G phone. While it is certainly the case that the Z770i looks as good on the inside as
it does on the outside, it is likely that some people would prefer a more traditional arrangement.
Sony Ericsson say that the Z770i should be available during Q2 2008, but did not give any guid-
ance on pricing. 

Sony Ericsson T303


Sony Ericsson T303 is a very compact device, it has a long battery life and it looks
good. But the specification reads like a handset from a few years ago.
The Sony Ericsson T303 has a basic 128 x 160 pixel TFT display, a 1.3 megapixel
camera, Bluetooth and an FM radio. Overall size is 83 x 47 x 15mm and the T303
weighs 93 grams.
Bizarrely, the Sony Ericsson T303 comes with a multimedia player, but just 8MB of
non-expandable memory. More usefully, the FM radio comes with TrackID to help identi-
fy the song that is playing.
Talktime is an impressive 9 hours, with up to 16 days standby time, significantly bet-
ter than other phones in the same range. There will be three variants, the T303a is a
850 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM variant for North America, the T303c is a 900 / 1800 / 1900
MHz version for China and the T303 is a 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz version for the rest of
the world (in previous Sony Ericsson naming conventions, this would have been the
T303i).
It's an attractive looking phone, but a very basic one - so price will be a key issue.
Sony Ericsson have not said how much the T303 is going to cost, but we would say that
anything more than 4,000 would be expensive for this device. The T303 should be avail-
able from mid 2008. 

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w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Informative

With the introduction of the RAZR, Motorola created the first culturally iconic phone, revolutionizing the way the world views the mobile
device. In the years since the RAZR's launch, Motorola has released a string of V3 variations, including the (and its garish golden ), the
and the HSDPA . While each sported a slightly enhanced specs list, the sameness of the form factor and lack of interface updates made us
wonder if Motorola was resting on its design laurels.
Finally RAZR, the most distinctive single mobile phone design in the industry’s short history moved into its next generation with RAZR2
in 2007. Far from being another update, the sequel is a whole different kind of RAZR, with rounder edges, shiny surfaces and somehow a
thinner silhouette. RAZR2 evolves the critically important brand into a next-generation device with a host of cutting-edge features such as
CrystalTalk technology which automatically adjusts audio to ensure clear calls even in a noisy environment. It is sleeker, stronger and an
even smarter consumer experience.

RAZR2 FAMILY:
Confident and strong, this next-generation RAZR™ takes thin to the next level by packing it with a new, richer multimedia experience. The
RAZR2 family's three new handsets introduced in the markets of Pakistan are V8, V8 Luxury Edition and V9. Though all three models--the V8,
Luxury V8 and V9--sport identical super-slim silhouettes, there are two main differences as far as specs are concerned. Both V8s are quadband GSM handsets
while the V9 is 3G HSDPA. The V8 have 512 MB and V8 Luxury have 2GB of non-expandable memory instead of the V9's 45MB-plus-microSD-slot combo.
Some versions of RAZR2 run Linux/Java, giving Motorola entry to the next generation of mobile architecture.
In the RAZR2 group they have gone in for call attention to the manufacturer's grade; aluminum has been kept in the dark in merit of stainless
metal, with void steel front finish. Dissimilar from the unique RAZR family, here a procurer will face nothing else but a seamless housing
with no slits or nicks on the obverse cover at all.
In provisos of sizes, there is some attractive reflect that a procurer should better emphasize: various, evaluating closed RAZR and RAZR2
say that the second has a greater dimension. This slanted sensitivity is due to lesser size and such apparatus like mammoth outer display; this
is what is possessed by the RAZR2 handsets.

RAZR2 V8:
First one to make an eye-catching appearance in the market was RAZR2 V8 with its large and colorful external screen and awesome
features. Everyone’s attention was diverted to this sleek, shiny and thin clamshell phone because of its incredible advertisement
which basically highlighted the sharpness and new features of the phone.
It combines the entire music, browsing, imaging and email experience with super fast connections, a large interactive external
screen, and an intuitive user interface with a customizable main menu all in one package.
RAZR2 V8 LUXURY EDITION:
The RAZR 2 V8 has just left the starting gates and Motorola started pushing a special edition version of the new hotness that is the
RAZR2 Luxury. The signature RAZR2 form factor has been re-imagined and reconfigured in the most luxurious materials - bathed in
gold and clothed in snake-like skin.
Apart from being stunning, bold and sophisticated in design, it also includes a full suite of features and accessories for conscious
consumers seeking a glamorous design. It is the ultimate gift for the techno-gadget lover who has to have everything. It is also a
high style, luxury phone for those who demand fashion and care about style and exclusivity. So, if you really consider style and
rareness while purchasing a phone, then this is your phone.

RAZR2 V9:
The latest incarnation of RAZR handsets to make an appearance in the market is RAZR2 V9.
Motorola offers its newest mixture of high fashion and high functionality in the V9. A remarkably
sleek and well-designed flip phone, this latest version of the RAZR2 bears that
certain "wow" factor and comes in a glossy mahogany sheen that shines both
inside and out.
Motorola's RAZR2 V9 offers a satisfying mix of classic features alongside new
and innovative functions like V9 is enabled for Motorola's "MotoSync," which
can synchronize mobile email, phonebook and calendar to the personal computer
and "See What I See," which lets users to stream live video images to other wireless
customers during a call.
SIMILAR FEATURES:
The RAZR2 handsets sport a two-pronged display with huge oblique. The two
displays have a resolution 240x320 pixels and display up to 262 K colors. At
that the exterior screen has a size of 2 inches from curve to curve and the oblique
of the interior has a size of 2.2 inches. You can access via the external screen is
the ability to read text messages, which is very useful if you don't want to open
the clamshell. RAZR2 provides an unmatched music experience, USB 2.0 high
speed for fast music file transfers, Windows Media Player® 11 synchronization
for simple music management and a music touch screen on the external display
for effortless control.
After the procession of clonish V3 variants over the last few years, the new RAZR is a pleasing
sequel, and should invigorate interest in what is now a hallmark franchise for Motorola. The
original RAZR's success was largely due to the fact that it looked completely different to all
the other phones cluttering the market; whippet-thin clamshells are now readily available,
but the RAZR2 should still capture the hearts of those who fell for the V3 as well
as enticing newcomers. Motorola's three-phone RAZR2 line-up is giving forward-
thinking mobile phone consumers another reason to look into the high-
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w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Telecom

With the new MOTOROKR™ T505, Drivers simply Clip, Tune and Go to Enjoy Wireless, Hands-Free
Connectivity and Music
otorola, Inc. revolutionised hands-free Turkey and Pakistan, Motorola. "We're excited to

M driving with the launch of the


MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth® In-Car
Speakerphone and Digital FM Transmitter, its
introduce a portable, music-optimised ROKR to
the car to enhance the mobile experience while
consumers are on the road."
first road-ready, music-oriented ROKR accesso- The T505 also features StationFinder™, a
ry and the latest addition to its portfolio of in-car breakthrough technology that announces where
solutions. The MOTOROKR T505 enables con- the best FM connection can be found on the
sumers to connect a compatible Bluetooth user's car radio. When calls come in, the T505
enabled phone¹ to the car sound system and automatically mutes the music and audibly
enjoy hands-free calling and their own personal announces the Caller-ID², so drivers can keep
music collection in outstanding stereo sound. their eyes on the road. Cutting-edge echo and
The T505 is extremely portable and requires noise reduction technology and a built-in micro-
no wires or installation. Drivers simply clip the phone and 2-watt speaker also ensure that driv-
device to a car's visor and pair the T505 using ers have outstanding sound throughout their
Motorola's EasyPair™ technology to a compati- take their calls over the car stereo. And when the ride.
ble Bluetooth device. When the T505 is connect- ride's over, the T505 can be easily unhooked Motorola, a global leader in the Bluetooth
ed to a stereo Bluetooth phone, such as a and taken to another car for the next trip. accessories market, offers a selection of
MOTORAZR² or MOTOROKR Z6, or an MP3 "Today's drivers demand convenience and portable and fixed automotive-focused Bluetooth
player, calls and music are streamed wirelessly connectivity without missing a beat of what's solutions for drivers including speakerphones,
with the perfectly-tuned clarity and wide-ranging important to them - their calls and their music," headsets and other accessories.
volume of a car stereo. Drivers with standard said Patrick Mulligan, Area Director, Mobile
Bluetooth phones can use the T505 to make and Devices, Motorola Middle East, North Africa,

Motorola Universal Bluetooth® Headset H375


Motorola H375 combines essential functionality and ease of use with style and comfort. Simple
buttons for power, calls and volume streamline the experience.
Features work together to create the most streamlined wireless experience. Easy Pair™ technol-
ogy helps simplify connecting to compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. Dedicated on/off and call but-
tons get you talking with just one press. Battery check feature clearly shows when it's time to recharge.
Motorola's expertise in Bluetooth® enabled headsets plus intensive research in ergonomics com-
bine to create TrueComfort™. The best speaker, ear bud and ear hook designs we have created to
date. Enjoy exceptional fit, and the audio quality that comes with closer placement to the ear.
H375 is no exception, delivering smart style at an affordable price! Free your hands and enjoy the
convenience. Using H375, you will feel as good as the time you switched to a cordless phone at home.
Forget the wires.
QuickSpecs
 Quickly take calls at the push of a button
 See your remaining talk time with a simple battery check
 TrueComfort™ helps provide a comfortable and secure fit
 Talk Time: approximately 6 hours
 Standby Time: approximately 200 hours - 8 days
 Weight 14g
 Class 2 Bluetooth wireless technology offers a wireless connection up to 10 meters (33 feet)
away*
 Connector: Mini USB (EMU)
 Universal Compatibility Tested to work with over 200 compatible Bluetooth enabled phones from
more than 15 brands such as Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson, and LG.

Sony Ericsson MBS100 - Portable Bluetooth™ Speaker


Your music is unique to you, so listen to it wirelessly through a unique speaker.
High quality audio no matter where you want to listen to your music.
Love the design? You'll love how easy it is to take with you, too. The built-in
rechargeable battery means it's ready to roll when you are. Listen to the latest down-
load to your phone wirelessly, or the music collection on your computer, through the
MBS-100 using the 3.5 mm input port
Features
 Bluetooth™ technology - 2.0
 Install in seconds
 Sizes 100.0 x 100.0 x 100.0 mm 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches
 Range up to 10 metres
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 Available colours -Black
w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Research

ant to break into a computers encrypt- week by researchers from Princeton,

W ed hard drive? Just blast the machineís


memory chip with a burst of cold air.
That's the conclusion of new research out of
the Electronic Frontier Foundation
digital rights group, and Wind River
Systems software company.
Princeton University demonstrating a novel, low- "Ultimately, it might become neces-
tech way hackers can access even the most sary to treat DRAM as un-trusted,
well-protected computers, provided they have and to avoid storing sensitive confi-
physical access to the machines. dential data there, but this will not be
The Princeton report shows how encryption, feasible until architectures are
long considered a vital shield against hacker changed to give software a safe
attacks, can be defeated by manipulating the place to keep its keys."
way memory chips work. The researchers say Researchers have known since
the ease of their attack raises fears about the the 1970s that cooled DRAM chips
security of laptop computers increasingly used can retain their contents long after
to store sensitive information, from personal power to them is extinguished, but
banking data, to company trade secrets, to the researchers said they believe
national security documents. their study is the first security paper
Freezing a dynamic random access memory, to focus on the phenomenon. The attacks even work when the DRAM chip is
or DRAM chip, the most common type of mem- National security agencies may also have been removed and transferred to a machine set up by
ory chip in personal computers, causes it to aware that the types of breaches outlined in the the hacker. Special programs were then used to
retain data for minutes or even hours after the study are possible, the researchers said, but correct errors in the recovered memory contents
machine loses power, the report found. That added they weren't able to find evidence of that and reconstruct the keys used for encryption.
data includes the keys to unlock encryption. in any publications. The researchers said their results suggest
Without freezing, the chip loses its contents with- The attacks were carried out by spraying an that 'this faith in the strength of disk encryption
in seconds. upside-down canister of multipurpose duster may be misplaced,' arguing that a moderately
Hackers can steal information stored in mem- spray directly onto the memory chips, freezing skilled attacker can bypass many widely used
ory by rebooting the compromised machine with them to minus 50 degrees Celsius, about minus encryption products - including BitLocker with
a simple program designed to copy the memory 60 Fahrenheit. some versions of Windows Vista; Apple's
contents - before the computer has a chance to One challenge faced by the researchers was FileVault; open-source TrueCrypt; and dm-crypt
purge sensitive data, according to the report. the threat that booting the system will automati- - if a laptop is stolen while it is powered on or
Laptops left in hibernation or sleep mode, or cally overwrite some parts of the memory. To suspended.
simply not turned off at all, are the most vulner- make sure the contents were retained, they used "The use of encryption is not, by itself, neces-
able to the new type of attack. small, special-purpose programs known as sarily an adequate defense, and data in stolen
"These risks imply that disk encryption on memory-imaging tools, which can be loaded laptops may be compromised even when
laptops may do less good than widely believed," over a network connection or a USB device, to encryption is used," the researchers said.
according to the report, which was published this save images captured from the memory chip.

omputer power will match the intelligence of human beings within

C the next 20 years because of the accelerating speed at which tech-


nology is advancing, according to a leading scientific "futurologist".
There will be 32 times more technical progress during the next half
century than there was in the entire 20th century, and one of the outcomes
is that artificial intelligence could be on a par with human intellect by the
2020s, says American computer guru Ray Kurzweil.
Machines will rapidly overtake humans in their intellectual abilities and
will soon be able to solve some of the most intractable problems of the
21st century, said Kurzweil, one of 18 maverick thinkers chosen to identi-
fy the greatest technological challenges facing humanity.
Kurzweil is considered one of the most radical figures in the field of
technological prediction. He is a pioneer in various fields of computing,
such as optical character recognition - the technology behind CDs - and
automatic speech recognition by machine.
His address to the American Association for the Advancement of
Science portrayed a future where machine intelligence will far surpass that Computing has come a long way since the first time a computer beat a reigning world champion at
of the human brain. chess, in Garry Kasparov's 1996 contest agianst IBM super computer Deep Blue.
Although the brain cannot match computers in terms of the straight But Kurzweil is one of several computer scientists who believe that
storage and retrieval of information, it has an unrivalled capacity of asso- computers are well on the way to creating a "post-human" world where a
ciating different strands of information, to look ahead and plan, as well as second, intelligent entity exists alongside people. 
performing the imaginative creativity that is at the heart of human exis-
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Etihad Airways has hosted a joint “Product Orientation” workshop with Abacus Distribution for their trade partners in
Islamabad, to brief them about the exciting new changes ongoing with the airline and update them about latest the
Etihad facts and figures. Picture shows the officials from Etihad Airways Islamabad team and Abacus Distributions
along with the Travel Agents from region.

HYDERABAD: A student busy with her cell phone while attending the
Convocation 2007 of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.

HYDERABAD: Vice Chancellor Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput giving away the certificates among the successful stu-
dents during the Convocation 2007 of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a Lancia car is hung
on the wall at the 78th Geneva International Auto Show in Geneva on the
media day. More than 260 car manufacturers from 30 nations and regions
take part in the 11-day motor show opened on March 6.
Regional Manager for South Asia Cambridge International Examination, William Bickerdike giving away the best stu-
72 dents certificate during award distribution ceremony as Pakistani students achieve the best examination results in the
world and Cambridge rewards high-achieving students at Brilliance in Pakistan Awards.
w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Flare Report
IT

A web browser that gave many people their first experience of the web is set to disappear

etscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, is making the internet "a relevant mass market

N no longer supported after 1 March 2008,


the company has said. In the mid-1990s,
as the commercial web began to take off, the
phenomenon".
"Netscape had a critical role in taking all of
these zeros and ones - this very academic and
browser was used by more than 90% of people technical environment - and giving it a graphical
online. user interface where an average person could
Its market share has since slipped to just come online and consume information,".
0.6% as other browsers such as Microsoft's "During its halcyon days it really felt like the
Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox have eroded internet and Netscape were really the same
its user base. thing," he said.
The company recommends that users Other companies capitalised on Netscape's
upgrade their browser to either Firefox or Flock, success, notably Microsoft, which began to bun- Baker.
dle IE with its Windows operating systems. Flock describes itself as "the social web
Although this led to legal wrangles over browser" and allows people to see feeds from
anti-competitive behaviour, IE now dominates community websites, such as Flickr and
the browser landscape with an 80% market Facebook, and post to blogs without having to
share. navigate to the page.
"There are lots of ways that people are
As a result, Netscape became unviable engaging in having a conversation and Flock is
"While internal groups within AOL have very focused on making that as effortless and
invested a great deal of time and energy in convenient as possible," said Mr Hardin.
attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these However, not all Netscape users are happy
efforts have not been successful in gaining about having to change browser. "I'm sad. Flock
market share from Microsoft's Internet still needs improvement and I am not happy with
which are both built on the same underlying Explorer," said Tom Drapeau on the Netscape Firefox's interface. I'm [an] orphan!" read one
technologies as Navigator. blog last year, when the demise of the browser post on the Netscape blog.
"I think we represent the hope that was of was first announced.
Netscape," Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Netscape users have been shown a mes-
Foundation which coordinates development of sage alerting them to the end of support for the
Firefox, told media. browser.
"We have picked up many of the things that It then suggests users upgrade to either
Netscape launched but we've taken them further Flock or Firefox. Firefox is the main competitor
in terms of openness and public participation." to IE, particularly in Europe where it has a 28%
Ms Baker was one of the first employees at market share, according to some statistics.
Netscape in 1994. Netscape was created by The open source browser's development is
Marc Andreessen who as a student had co- coordinated by the Mozilla foundation, set up by
authored Mosaic, the first popular web browser. Netscape staff made redundant in 2003.
His company Netscape Communications It has had more than 500 million downloads Others who posted comments on the blog
Corporation released the first version in 1994. worldwide and in countries such as Finland it is predicted the browser will make a return.
According to Shawn Hardin, President and CEO the most popular browser. "Netscape is a wonderful browser, and it will
of Flock, Netscape played an important role in "Competition is what brings quality," said Ms be so in the future," read one. 

Google Seals Acquisition of DoubleClick


oogle said it had completed its acquisition of Internet ad firm The deal had fueled concerns that it could pose privacy risks by giv-

G DoubleClick, a move that gives a boost to the Internet search


leader in the rapidly growing online advertising sector. "We are
thrilled that our acquisition of DoubleClick has closed," said Google chair-
ing the Internet giant unprecedented access to personal data.
But regulators on both sides of the Atlantic said they did not take into
account the impact on privacy because they are legally required to focus
man and chief executive Eric Schmidt in a statement hours after on competition.
European antitrust regulators cleared the deal. DoubleClick is one of the largest players in online advertising and
"Google now has the leading display ad platform, uses various techniques to help companies
which will enable us to rapidly bring to market advances target their ads to specific Internet users.
in technology and infrastructure that will dramatically In a practice common in the industry,
improve the effectiveness, measurability and perform- DoubleClick installs software bits referred to
ance of digital media for publishers, advertisers and as "cookies" on Internet users' computers to
agencies, while improving the relevance of advertising track pages they view.
for users." Google meanwhile stores its users'
The European Commission said an investigation search terms in a way that can identify them
opened in November 2007 concluded that the transaction "would be through their Internet Protocol address.
unlikely to have harmful effects on consumers." That followed approval Privacy advocates fear that Google and DoubleClick would be able to
by US regulators last year. merge their expansive databases in a way that allows the company to fur-
Google ended a bidding war with Microsoft in April 2007 by agreeing ther track people's Internet activities. 
to pay 3.1 billion dollars (2.0 billion euros) to add DoubleClick to its
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A man looks at Samsung flat screen LCD televisions on display at the Singapore IT Show.

Fair hostess Kerstin Koch-Weger presents a Toshiba M 700 laptop with a


rotatable display at the CeBIT 2008 trade fair in Hanover on March 3, 2008.

A woman presents an Anatomic Symbolic Mapper Engine (ASME) from IBM Healthcare, at the IBM exhibit at the
CeBIT fair in Hanover. According to IBM, the technology allows doctors to click with the computer mouse on a
particular part of the avatar "body" to trigger a search of medical records to retrieve relevant information.

An employee of the Peruvian Ministry of Education presents the first batch of


computers bought to the foundation "One Laptop Per Child" (OLPC), in Lima. An artist's impression dated from November 2007 and provided by the European Space Agency ESA shows the
The foundation' s aim is to provide all the poor children of the world of com- European Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV "Jules Verne" advancing to the International Space Station ISS, in
puter science access. These computers will be handed to children in the rural background, in an orbit over planet Earth. A European Ariane-5 rocket lifted off from French Guyanaon a mission
areas of Peru in the beginning of 2008. 75
to bring oxygen, food, water and equipment to the international space station.
w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Flare Report Telecom

Cell phones, which are usually used in the civilized world as tools of
communication, have been transformed into micro-cinema houses in
Pakistan which run adult stuff at very low costs

ew months back I got a chance to inter-

F view Shahid Afridi. A day before the inter-


view I went to the Regal Electronic Market
of Karachi to purchase an audio recording
device. While looking for the recorder, we
passed through the city's largest cell phone mar-
ket. It was almost 9 p.m. but still very noisy and
crowded there. Many people were infusing their
cell-phones with ring-tones, some were trying to
fill the bellies of their handsets with cheap songs
and some were selling used sets to buy newer
ones. At one shop, as I was peeking at different
things and colorful gadgets, I saw some porno-
graphic material in a cell phone. I was shocked
to see something like that in a public place. As I
noticed things more closely I saw that every Pakistani pedestrians use cellular telephones as they walk past a showcase displaying different phone models at a shop in
Islamabad. The telecom sector has contributed strongly to the country's national economic growth, currently constituting some 2
other shop was busy in transferring such materi- per cent of GDP, which is expected to rise to 3 per cent in the next three to four years.
al into the sets. Cell phones, which are usually
used in the civilized world as tools of communi- These days everyone carries 3 to 4 sim cards youngsters. You can notice it yourself how many
cation, have been transformed into micro-cine- firstly because they are absolutely cheap and children own their own mobile set. Are we get-
ma houses in Pakistan which run adult stuff at secondly because it is easy to give everyone its ting the whole point? Are we thinking what this
very low costs. I noticed that most of the cus- due share by having 3 to 4 different numbers. trend can do to our young generation?
tomers in those shops were very young people, We feel elated when we
mostly in their teens. see a new package offered
Then I recalled how one of my friends once by any telecommunication
showed his cell phone to us which was filled with company. We feel irritated
same material. He told me that his mobile has a when we see that telecom-
memory card of 20 GB and that made it possible munication sector does not
for him to carry several 45 to 50 minutes' length provide enough employ-
films in it. I asked him from where he got all that ment chances because it is
stuff and he laughed at the stupidity of my ques- not labor intensive industry
tion. He told me sheepishly that Saddar is the but do we ask question
best market for such stuff at very nominal rates. what this trend of money
But it was the set that ranged around 15000 to making is doing to the ten-
20000 PK Rupees and that is not affordable at der and impressionable
all for our youngsters to carry such expensive minds?
appliances. But those who cannot get access to I also need to ask one
such things are doing number of other things very relevant question
with their cell-phones. here. What is the role of
I have been teaching from number of years in teachers and parents in all
one capacity or other so I have interacted with A lady capturing the moments through her cell phone during National Songs Competition this? We see bigger cam-
students from primary classes to Masters Level. on the occasion of 60th years of celebrations of PBC.
paigns for the eradication
And believe me no one is safe from this mafia Then due to cheaper packages of mobile com- of polio, hepatitis and other physical illnesses
which is ruining the minds of our youngsters. panies which costs nothing more than few hun- but what is our role to prevent this soul-killing
dred rupees they epidemic? Providing each and every facility to
talk to each other our children is our goal irrespective of what it can
whole nights. I def- do to their future on the hindsight. I usually
initely don't under- involve parents when it comes to the use of inter-
stand how they net and cell-phones but parents generally reply
manage to pay that no, no my kid is very naive; he does not feel
attention to the like doing such vulgar things. Then I feel tempt-
school and college ed to ask that whether their kid is not human who
classes in the is not immune from the attacks of evil which
morning. Carrying never let any opportunity go by easily to annihi-
5 to 6 inches' long late us, humans. I just want to know is there any-
mobile sets switch- one listening because out there is a jungle and
ing it to the vibra- especially responsible and good parenting
tion mode hiding becomes a weapon to survive. 
from the eyes of
Two youngsters taking snaps through their cell phones of their friends while sitting in the replica of a
elders at the hous-
traditional boat during the last week of Waahdi Mela organized by Punjab Institute of Language, Art es is a piece of
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and Culture held at Al-Hamra Cultural Complex. cake for our
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s pinching proprietary? We may find out in the the notebook industry with its touchpad technol-

I coming months as many companies, inspired


by the success of Apple's iPhone, release
their own multitouch-enabled laptops, smart-
ogy, is working on its own set of universal touch
gestures that it hopes will become a standard.
These gestures include scrolling by making a cir-
Patent experts stressed
that the patent office can
phones and tablets. In doing so, these compa- cular motion, moving pictures or documents with take four or more years to
nies -- including RIM, Nokia and Synaptics -- a flip of the finger, and zooming in or out by mak-
may run afoul of multitouch patent applications ing, yes, a pinching gesture. grant patents, and Apple is
recently filed by Apple. "My guess would be that 80 to 90 percent of
"If Apple's patents are granted, the company consumer notebooks will have these new multi-
far from certain to win
could absolutely stop others from using similar
technology," says Raj Abhyanker, a patent
gestures by the end of the year," says Mark
Vena, vice president of Synaptics' PC business
these patents. Indeed,
lawyer who used to write patent applications for unit. other companies, including
Apple. "They'd also be in an especially good Years before the iPhone and iPod Touch
position to stop others from including certain fea- were introduced, Apple began quietly filing BenQ-Siemens and Nokia,
tures. Apple could stop [their use] not only on
mobile devices but also desktops."
detailed patents pertaining to the technology and
user interface of its capacitive multitouch inter-
have also filed patent
Patent experts stressed that the patent office face on the iPhone. The company is thought to applications on a series of
can take four or more years to grant patents, and have secured much of its multitouch and gestur-
Apple is far from certain to win these patents. ing technology by acquiring a company called gestures and touch appli-
Indeed, other companies, including BenQ- FingerWorks. Its founders, Wayne Westerman
Siemens and Nokia, have also filed patent appli- and John Elias, have continued working for cations for multitouch
cations on a series of gestures and touch appli-
cations for multitouch devices. However, with
Apple and filing multitouch patents. As far back
as 2004, Apple had begun filing applications for
devices
more than 200 patent claims for the iPhone multipoint touchscreens and gestures connected
alone, including several multitouch-related to those touchscreens, including the pinch as its own brand of multitouch technologies, Apple's
patent applications, Apple is clearly seeking to well as other important usability features. All pending patents could spell trouble.
control as much of the multitouch world as it can. together, there are around 200 patents filed for At a basic level, winning a patent requires the
Multitouch technology itself is far from being the iPhone alone. development of "a new and useful process,
an Apple invention. Jeff Han wowed the crowd at This week, Apple filed yet another multitouch machine or a composition of matter," according
TED in 2006 with a demo of his multitouch patent, this time for an advanced multitouch ges- to the patent code. But there are other factors
research, and Bill Gates demo'd Microsoft's turing-control panel to be used in conjunction that weigh heavily in awarding a patent.
Surface Table in early 2007, months before the with Mac OS X. Popularity often becomes a component in
iPhone was released. Even Apple CEO Steve For companies like Synaptics, which is trying awarding some patents. There have also been
Jobs reportedly used Microsoft's work with tablet to bring the rest of the industry up to speed with cases where patents were awarded to compa-
PCs as the jumping-off point for iPhone develop- nies who came up with novel uses or implemen-
ment. tations for older technologies.
However, the iPhone is arguably the first Multitouch may not be new, but "using the
mainstream gadget to successfully implement a pinching motion where the zoom is relative to
set of concrete touch gestures and link them to the space between the users fingers … meets
specific functions. Pinching zooms in and out. the base requirement for patentability," accord-
Double tapping initiates a "smart zoom" that ing to Peterman.
hones in on a particular area of the screen. William James, an attorney with Van Pelt, Yi
What's more, iPhone and iPod Touch users are & James, which counts Apple among its clients,
now familiar with these gestures and their agrees. "The technological pieces don't have to
effects, and will expect to see other multitouch be new to be able to patent an interface like
devices work the same way. that," he says. "It helps, but a new application of
"It seems that Apple could win patent claims existing technology will sometimes suffice."
where they are directed toward a touchscreen While it would be hard to patent a simple
user device," says Chad Peterman, an expert on flicking motion, the pinch in particular raises a
patent and antitrust litigation and an attorney at red flag for some patent experts, who say that
Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler. While a ges- Apple could claim infringement if it is eventually
ture like "the pinch" in and of itself is not awarded the patent.
patentable, if you connect that motion to a spe- Indeed, all indications are that the company
cific function on a popular device, it is possible to is very serious about this technology. On the
argue that other devices using the same tech- same day the iPhone launched, Apple even
nique are infringing, Peterman says. applied for a trademark in a Far East intellectual
If Apple's patent applications are successful, property office for the term "multi-touch." Yet it
other manufacturers may have no choice but to appears that the company is not trying to patent
implement multitouch gestures of their own. The the entire multitouch concept, but rather trying to
upshot: You might pinch to zoom on your phone, protect certain uses of it -- specifically the meth-
swirl your finger around to zoom on your note- ods to interpret gestures, and in some cases, the
book, and triple-tap to zoom on the web-brows- gestures themselves. Whether Apple succeeds
ing remote control in your home theater. in that attempt is still uncertain. 
That's an outcome many in the industry
would like to avoid. Synaptics, a company that
by most estimates supplies 65 to 70 percent of 79
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umans have been teaching and learning

H by technology since Socrates first com-


plained about it in the 4th century BCE
Phaedrus. Now that we are into the second
Learning and teaching practices have drawn on larger
cultural transformations and affordances enabled by
decade of the Web and the Internet's second
generation, we have seen a wide range of prac-
cyberculture. We have seen a wide range of practices
tices emerge for teaching and learning with tech- emerge for teaching and learning with technology
nology. As technologies have proliferated and
developed, teachers have developed and some network, have supplemented other class (WebBoard, Caucus), e-mail, instant messen-
shared techniques and projects through net- materials. Lectures in transcription or sound ger, groupware, and course management sys-
works and institutions. In this cyberspatial milieu, files, video clips of chemical processes, molecu- tems (CMSes, Blackboard, WebCT, Moodle,
students have been guinea pigs and innovators, lar animations, fly-bys through historical struc- Sakai) have supported threaded and unthreaded
taking classes, experiencing projects, helping tures all have in common several features. By conversations among students both geographi-
teachers and staff support instructors teach, being accessible outside of class time, they can cally copresent and dispersed. Web 2.0 tech-
graduating as alumni, and sometimes returning
as staff.
Learning and teaching practices have drawn
on larger cultural transformations and affor-
dances enabled by cyberculture. For example,
the enormous explosion in popularly generated
Web content from personal home pages to
Amazon book reviews has demonstrated the
viability of Sir Tim Berners-Lee's invention for
creative expression, leading to millions of pages be experienced on a student's schedule. That nologies have enabled different discussion
created by students and instructors. experience can partake of many digital features forms, such as distributed conversations (blogs),
The decades-long successes of discussion that differ from some of the analogue world, such conversations embedded within documents
groups (Usenet through Google Groups) and e- as repeatability (replaying a video), scrubbing (wikis), and threads attached to "social objects"
mail have shown the utility of asynchronous con- (rerunning a difficult passage in a new lan- (Flickr).
versation, which was rapidly incorporated into guage), segmentation (focusing on one page These conversations have sometimes been
class discussions. The ease of creating presen- from a site), and transferability (a phrase copied distinguished by their temporal nature, asyn-
tations in PowerPoint, combined with their vast from CD-ROM text into e-mail to instructor). chronous (discussion boards, blogs) versus syn-
popularity in the business and governmental Instructors can partake of the digital medium's chronous (chat, Second Life, IM). Discussions in
worlds, has led to vast numbers of multimedia fluidity, reiterating and tweaking objects over both forms have connected members of a class
slideshows in the hands of teachers and stu- time. to each other, students to instructors, and stu-
dents. The sheer size and accessibility of cyber- The social nature of this media experience dents with learners elsewhere.
culture has trans- has been under- Both of these themes constitute a continuum
formed teaching appreciated until of sociability and objects, with most digital learn-
and doing recently. We ing occurring with some combination of both. For
research at every inherit many example, a discussion thread may begin with a
educational level. assumptions reference to an online reading, or constitute
Several factors that individuals responses to a Flickr image. The continuum may
combine to make experience map onto nondigital materials and venues, as
exploring this items in isola-
techno-pedagog- tion, derived
ical record diffi- from other media
cult. One is the (film, TV,
tradition of class- games), linguis-
room privacy, tic habits ("You
which can cloak are talking on
projects and dis- the phone!"
cussion. rather than "You
Another is the are talking with
difficulty of sharing information across campus your friend"), and schools of technological criti-
populations. Public anxieties about technology, cism arguing that machines separate, rather
fueled by media stories and, occasionally, politi- than connect, people. Networked computing has
cians, play a role in sapping discourse. More proven, in fact, to be quite the opposite-a social when a digital object sparks a classroom face-to-
recently, the tendency to publish course content enabler. The Internet has linked people from the face discussion, or watching a play provokes
to venues closed to the public further clouds the beginning, to the extent that the relatively recent blog posts followed by comments. Moreover,
field. Nevertheless, enough work has surfaced term "social software" purports to restore some projects may scale up from individual cases
and been discussed that a set of teaching princi- of the Internet's original intention. Even more along this continuum, into hybrid learning class-
ples or themes can be identified, thanks largely recently, the rise of massively multiplayer online es, virtual departments (NITLE's Sunoikisis, for
to the collaborative ethos of the educational gaming has returned the social nature of net- example), and discussion between classes in
technology profession. We can also distinguish worked computing to popular discussion. time and space. 
practices, projects, and services by types of In education, this social nature has been one
computer-mediated communication. of the major virtues of digital technologies.
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Learning materials published to the Web, or Discussion boards (Usenet, PHPBB) and fora
IDEAS Workshop
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omputerworld, a recent essay in The

C New Yorker called "Twilight of the


Books: What will life be like if people
stop reading?" tracks a long decline in the pop-
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs recently criticized Amazon's
Kindle e-book reader by saying that "It doesn't matter
ularity of reading books in the U.S. since at
least 1937. how good or bad the product is; the fact is that people
Worse, according to the essay: "Americans
are losing not just the will to read but even the don't read anymore."
ability. According to the Department of
Education, between 1992 and 2003 the aver- vation of leisure" and the "triumph of triviality."
age adult's skill in reading prose slipped one In other words, technology in general has
point on a 500-point scale, and the proportion caused our culture to evolve into one in which
who were proficient -- capable of such tasks as long-form books can't compete for our attention
"comparing viewpoints in two editorials" -- against the onslaught of Internet celebrity gos-
declined from 15% to 13." sip, YouTube videos and iPod music.
To me, even more alarming than the loss of Much of the world is following America down
reading skill -- and probably related to it -- is the literary toilet. But one interesting exception
that many young people have lost interest in is, of all places, Japan.
books.
Why Japanese kids love books
Why American kids hate books? Half of Japan's top 10 best-selling books
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs recently criti- last year -- half! -- started out as cell phone-
cized Amazon's Kindle e-book reader by saying based books, according to the New York Times.
that "It doesn't matter how good or bad the The books-on-phones genre started when a
product is; the fact is that people don't read home-page-making web site company realized
anymore." He went on to say that "Forty per- that people in Japan were writing serialized
cent of the people in the U.S. read one book or novels on their blogs, and figured out how to
less last year." (It turns out that the correct autocreate cell phone-based novels from the
number is 27%, not 40%, but Jobs does have a blog entries.
point.) Apple CEO Steve Jobs The popularity of these blog novels on cell
I think, I understand why Jobs has come to phones sparked huge interest among readers
believe that the book-buying public isn't worth as popular even though most are free, and in writing such novels. Last month, the site
serving. Apple does a great job making all hardly anyone buys audiobooks for their iPods. passed the 1 million novel mark.
kinds of media available through iTunes -- not If people won't even listen to written works, why Some of these amateur writers become so
just music, movies and TV shows, but podcasts would they actually read them? famous on the cell phone medium that the big
and audiobooks sold through Audible.com. Much of the world is following America down publishing houses seek them out and offer
(We'll see how long the Audible.com relation- the literary toilet. But one interesting exception lucrative deals for print versions. The No. 5
ship lasts now that Amazon has purchased the is, of all places, Japan. In an essay in The best-selling print book in Japan last year,
company.) And guess what? The music sells American Thinker, writer Lawrence Murray according to the Times, was written first on a
like crazy, and TV show and movie sales are warns of a "new Dark Age" brought about by a cell phone by a girl during her senior year in
growing fast. Meanwhile, podcasts aren't nearly combination of information overload, the "passi- high school. 

orph, a joint nanotechnology concept, together."

M developed by Nokia Research Center


(NRC) and the UK's University of
Cambridge - has been put on show at The
The partnership between Nokia and the
University of Cambridge was announced in
March, 2007 - an agreement to work together
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. on an extensive and long term programme of
Morph is a concept that demonstrates how joint research projects. NRC has established a
future mobile devices might be stretchable and research facility at the University's West
flexible, allowing the user to transform their Cambridge site and collaborates with several
mobile device into radically different shapes. It departments - initially the Nanoscience Center
demonstrates the ultimate functionality that and Electrical Division of the Engineering
nanotechnology might be capable of delivering: Department - on projects that, to begin with, are
flexible materials, transparent electronics and centered on nanotechnology.
self-cleaning surfaces. Dr. Bob Iannucci, Chief University of Cambridge and University Director Elements of Morph might be available to
Technology Officer, Nokia, commented: "Nokia of Nokia-Cambridge collaboration added: integrate into handheld devices within 7 years,
Research Center is looking at ways to reinvent "Developing the Morph concept with Nokia has though initially only at the high-end. However,
the form and function of mobile devices; the provided us with a focus that is both artistically nanotechnology may one day lead to low cost
Morph concept shows what might be possible". inspirational but, more importantly, sets the manufacturing solutions, and offers the possibil-
Mark Welland, Head of the Department of technology agenda for our joint nanoscience ity of integrating complex functionality at a low
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Engineering's Nanoscience Group at the research that will stimulate our future work price. 
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he European Commission is spending 55m euros (£42m) on mak-

T ing the net a safer place for children. The money will be spent over
four years on educational efforts and ways to protect children from
inappropriate content and cyber bullying.
T
his is an interesting new approach for providing Internet access to
remote areas which lack infrastructure. The idea is to send bal-
loons which soar 20 miles into the stratosphere, each carrying a
shoebox-size payload of electronics that acts like a mini cellphone
It will also research the ways that children use the net on computers
"tower" covering thousands of square miles below. WSJ reports that
and other devices such as mobile phones. The broad-based project will
Google is partnering with Space Data, the company behind the balloon
build on the Safer Internet Programme the EU began in 2000.
idea, and may even buy it.
"As more and more European children and adolescents use online
Hinterland is the part of a country where only few people live and
technologies at home or at school, they, their parents and their teachers
where the infrastructure is underdeveloped. In the context of third world
need to be informed about the opportunities and risks they face," said
countries entire provinces are hinterlands.
Jose Barroso, EC president in a statement.
Maintaining a telecom system based on gas-filled bladders floating in
The original Safer Internet Programme produced materials for schools
the sky requires some creativity. The inexpensive balloons are good for
and youth groups and coordinated the
only 24 hours or so before ultimately bursting in the thin air of the upper
annual Safer Internet Day. The extend-
atmosphere. The electronic gear they carry, encased in a small
ed project, which will run from 2009-
Styrofoam box, then drifts gently back to earth on tiny parachutes.
2013, will continue this work but add
Google believes balloons like these could radically change the eco-
some more concrete objectives.
nomics of offering cellphone and Internet services in out-of-the-way
These will include the creation of
areas, according to people familiar with its thinking. The company is
national contact points to report illegal
among the registered bidders for a big chunk of radio spectrum at a gov-
content and attempts at grooming; giv-
ernment auction currently under way in Washington.
ing support to groups to which parents
While the balloons are cheap and disposable at $50 a pop, the trans-
and children can turn for advice about
ceivers they carry are worth about $1,500. Once a transceiver is released
safe net use, and the establishment of
from its balloon to parachute back to earth, there's no way to predict
a forum where best practice can be shared and debated.
where it will land. So Space Data has hired 20 hobbyists with GPS
In a separate development, net experts at Harvard University will
devices to track them down.
spend 12 months studying how children can avoid unwanted attention
Recovery missions can get intense. Workers have had to pluck trans-
when using the web.
ceivers out of trees in Louisiana, rappel down rocky cliffs in Arizona,
Run by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard the
trudge through swamps and kayak across ponds. Space Data pays them
Internet Safety Technical Task Force will aim to research and recommend
$100 per transceiver recovered.
practices that sites can adopt to make themselves safer places for chil-
"These things can fall anywhere," says Chip Kyner of San Antonio,
dren.
who once hiked seven miles before finding the transmitter he was look-
The impetus for the task force came out of an agreement social net-
ing for. The final mile was in pitch darkness.
work site MySpace reached with every US state attorney general, except
"It wasn't worth the $100," he says, "but it's a neat story. 
Texas. 

AMD beats Intel in Quad-Core


ecent tests by Neal Nelson, an inde- Neal Nelson's Power Efficiency Benchmark rect," Nelson continued, "I am so certain that I

R pendent computer performance expert,


show that while some Quad-Core Intel
Xeon based servers delivered up to 14 percent
which is a client server test where up to 500
world wide web users from 32 separate comput-
ers submit individual transactions to a server
have begun to offer my customers a money
back guarantee if their real world experiences
do not agree with my benchmark data."
higher throughput, similarly configured Quad- running the Apache2 web server software, the The Nelson test results should not be con-
Core AMD Opteron based servers consumed MySQL relational database and Novell's SUSE fused with power usage test results from the
up to 41 percent less power. The test servers Linux Enterprise Server operating system. Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
used 1 GB memory modules at 4, 8 and 16 The benchmark has a complex multi-user (SPEC). The SPEC Power test has a single
gigabyte main memory sizes. client machine feeding batches of 1,000 trans-
"By themselves the Intel processor chips actions to a small number of Java based appli-
may use less power, but all current Intel Xeon cation programs.
servers require the use of Fully Buffered mem- The SPEC Power test has a small memory
ory modules. These FB-memory modules footprint, a low volume of context switches, sim-
appear to consume more power than the DDR- ple network traffic and it performs no physical
II memory modules used by the AMD based disk I/O. The SPEC test was created by a com-
servers. The result is that in many cases an load with a large memory footprint, a high vol- mittee of computer vendor employees and
Opteron based server actually uses less total ume of context switches, significant network SPEC offers no guarantee that their numbers
power than a Xeon based server," observed traffic and substantial amounts of physical disk will correlate to a customer's real world experi-
Neal Nelson, designer of the test. I/O. ences. 
These new test results were collected with "I am certain that these test results are cor- 85
Kashif Ahmed IT

Solution to
IT Infrastructure Problems
rejoined on demand to meet the changing needs of monolithic systems and fragmented

Advances in clustered of businesses.


It has increased momentum as the enterprise IT
resources, grid computing achieves a balance
between the benefits of holistic resource man-

computing power, faster architecture of choice. Forrester Research agement and flexible independent resource con-
reports that 37 percent of enterprises are pilot- trol. IT resources managed in a grid include:

networks, and shared stor- ing, rolling out, or have implemented some form Infrastructure - the hardware and software that
of grid computing. IDC identifies grid computing create a data storage and programme execution
environment;
age are placing the bene- as the fifth generation of computing, after Client-
Server and Multi-tier. Leading businesses, such Applications - the programme logic and flow that

fits of grid computing


as Dell and the Chicago Stock Exchange have define specific business processes;
begun deploying enterprise grids. Information - the meanings inherent in all differ-
What is Oracle Grid?
within reach of even the At the highest level, the central idea of grid com-
ent types of data used to conduct business.
What are the challenges faced by Grid comput-
most cost-conscious busi- puting is computing as a utility. By that, we mean
that you shouldn't care where your data resides,
ing providers in Pakistan / Sage west?
There are some challenges but not insurmount-
nesses today. When or what computer processes your request. You
should be able to request information or compu-
able ones. For one thing, the concept is revolu-
tionary and as we saw in past paradigm shifts,
deployed on Linux and tation and have it delivered - as much as you
want, and whenever you want. This is analo-
this one will require an adoption curve. There is
an increased demand suggesting that the initial
powered by Oracle, IT gous to the way electric utilities work, in that you
don't know where the generator is, or how the
organisations can now electric grid is wired, you just ask for electricity,
and you get it. The goal is to make computing a

build dynamic industry-


utility, a commodity, and ubiquitous.
From the "server side", or behind the scenes,
standard grid systems the grid is about resource allocation, information
sharing, and high availability. Resource alloca-
well suited to meet the rap- tion ensures that all those that need or request
resources are getting what they need, that

idly shifting needs of resources are not standing idle while requests
are going unserviced. Information sharing

twenty first century busi-


makes sure that the information users and appli-
cations need is available where and when it is

ness
needed. High availability features guarantee all
the data and computation is always there, just
like a utility company always provides electric
power.
Oracle resonates with the grid. The ideas of grid

Y
ou're a financial services company. At the computing are aligned with capabilities and tech-
end of the quarter, when you're process- nologies Oracle has been developing for years.
ing your clients' reports, you'd like to The company provides substantial grid comput-
focus most of your processing power there. Four ing technology, available today that can help
weeks later, when you're analysing returns from you capitalise on the grid.
a big marketing campaign, you'd like to shift that Benefits of grid computing
power to your data warehouse. So how would
The best thing about the grid is that it is unstop-
you reallocate your processing resources? Most acceptance level has been crossed. Second is
pable. IT systems designed and implemented in
likely, you wouldn't. Each database server that there are a plethora of messages from dif-
the grid style deliver a higher quality of service,
would be outfitted for its respective peak load, ferent vendors that are reaching the same audi-
at a lower cost, with greater flexibility. Higher
with one running hot while the other runs cold. ences. So it takes time for them to sift through
quality of service results from having no single
Easy to say but hard to do - until now. Advances point of failure, a powerful security infrastruc- the messages and decide on what is best for
in clustered computing power, faster networks, ture, and centralised, policy-driven manage- them. The customers are increasingly receptive
and shared storage are placing the benefits of ment. Lower costs derive from increasing the uti- to the message of software-based grids as they
grid computing within reach of even the most lisation of resources and dramatically reducing see the logic of simplification, standardisation
cost-conscious businesses today. When management and maintenance costs. Rather and consolidation that Oracle promotes as
deployed on Linux and powered by Oracle, than dedicating a stack of software and hard- being the most appealing. Third is that of skills in
information technology (IT) organisations can ware to a specific task, all resources are pooled the market to implement grid solutions. As with
now build dynamic industry-standard grid sys- and allocated on demand, which eliminates other new ideas, the industry takes some time to
tems well suited to meet the rapidly shifting underutilised capacity and redundant capabili- develop the optimum level of skills required. Ora-
needs of 21st century business. ties. cle is working with its partners to increase their
What is Grid? Grid computing defined skill levels on grid computing to accelerate the
Grid computing is a new IT architecture that pro- It treats collections of similar IT resources holis- adoption rates in the industry. n
duces more resilient and lower cost enterprise tically as a single pool, while exploiting the dis-
information systems. With grid computing, tinct nature of individual resources within the
groups of independent, modular hardware and pool. To address simultaneously the problems
software components can be connected and
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Intel's Smallest Processor Built Using World's Smallest Transistors, Designed for
New Internet Devices, Low-Cost PCs
he Intel® Atom™ processor will be the Atom processor die -- the tiny slivers of silicon world's smallest transistors," said Intel Executive

T name for a new family of low-power


processors designed specifically for
Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and a new class
packed with 47 million transistors each -- would
fit in an area the size of an American penny.
These new chips, previously codenamed
Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing
Officer Sean Maloney. "This small wonder is a
fundamental new shift in design, small yet pow-
of simple and affordable Internet-centric comput- Silverthorne and Diamondville, will be manufac- erful enough to enable a big Internet experience
ers arriving later this year. Together, these new tured on Intel's industry-leading 45nm process on these new devices. We believe it will unleash
market segments represent a significant new new innovation across the industry."
opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel With personal computing increasingly going
silicon using the Intel Atom processor as the mobile and the computer industry rapidly devel-
foundation. The company also announced the oping new classes of products to connect the
Intel® Centrino® Atom™ processor technology next billion people to the Internet, the Intel Atom
for MID platforms, consisting of multiple chips processor offers customers the unique ability to
that enable the best Internet experience in a innovate around the new low-power design. In
pocketable device. addition to the MID opportunity, Intel believes the
The Intel Atom processor is based on an demand for a new category of low-cost, Internet-
entirely new microarchitecture designed specifi- centric mobile computing devices dubbed "net-
cally for small devices and low power, while books" and basic Internet-centric desktop PCs
maintaining the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo instruction dubbed "nettops," will grow substantially over
set compatibility consumers are accustomed to with hi-k metal gate technology. The chips have the next several years. The Intel Atom processor
when using a standard PC and the Internet. The a thermal design power (TDP) specification in is perfectly suited to meet these new market
design also includes support for multiple threads 0.6-2.5 watt range and scale to 1.8GHz speeds segments.
for better performance and increased system depending on customer need. By comparison, Intel said the Intel Atom processor also has
responsiveness. All of this on a chip that meas- today's mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo proces- potential for future revenue opportunities in con-
ures less than 25 mm², making it Intel's smallest sors have a TDP in the 35-watt range. sumer electronic devices, embedded applica-
and lowest power processor yet.* Up to 11 Intel "This is our smallest processor built with the tions and thin clients. 

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w w w. f l a r e . c o m . p k Pictorial

Models present the world premier of the Peugeot 308 Touring wagon, at the Melbourne Motor Show.
The car, which joins the newly released 308 range, can be ordered in a seven-seat configuration and
has a panoramic glass roof.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) shows bioscience pro-
fessor Kim Tae-Kook. The KAIST held a meeting of its research truth committee to
investigate Kim's allegedly fraudulent work which is said to have paved the way for
developing methods to detect and kill cancer cells selectively without damaging
normal cells, and materials that can prevent cell ageing and extend human life.

The new Volkswagen Passat CC is shown during the press day at the 78th Geneva International Motor
Show in Geneva, Switzerland.

University of Cincinnati students throw desktop computers from the top of a park-
Visitors take pictures of an angel shark using their mobile phone as it passes above them during the ing garage on the campus the university. The release of 29 computers from the
public opening of The Manila Ocean Park, the country's first oceanarium, in Manila, Philippines. fourth floor of the University Avenue Garage was part of a leap year celebration.
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Pictorial

The logo of Google, seen on the front door of the new Google Engineering center in Zurich, Switzerland.

South Korean Yi So-yeon poses in Seoul in this undated photo. The Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology said at a news conference that Yi will
replace Ko San as the country's choice to fly on a Russian Soyuz capsule to
the International Space Station in early April.

Japan's safety goods maker Tanizawa employee displays a prototype model of a mobile utility helmet "U-met",
equipped with a QVGA mobile camera, a GPS device, a LED light and a headset at the Security Show in Tokyo.

South Korean models show Japan's camera giant Olympus' new SLR (single
lens reflex) digital camera "E-420" during an unveiling event in Seoul. The E-
420 model equipped with a 10 mega-pixel sensor and a 2.7-inch LCD weighs
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Chairman PTA Confirms Participation at TeleCON'2008 in April


The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has growth of the telecommunication sector to the future econom-
confirmed the participation of Major-Gen (R) Shahzada ic and social development of Pakistan.
Alam Malik, Chairman PTA at TeleCON'2008 - the 2-day Mr. Menin Rodrigues President & CEO of the SHAM-
Global Telecommunication Congress being held on April ROCK Group while expressing his appreciation of the partic-
29-30, 2008 at the Karachi Sheraton Hotel. ipation of PTA at "TeleCON 2008 said, "We are delighted to
Pakistan's first 2-Day Global Telecommunication have received the recognition and support of PTA and look
Congress with a special emphasis on Challenges & forward to the participation of all key players in the industry at
Opportunities in the new era of digitalized and wireless the Congress. Pakistan is at the crossroads of an economic
environment has already attracted the attention of prolific challenge and I am sure the telecom sector will be the critical
international and Pakistani speakers from the telecom factor in assessing the confidence of investors in the immi-
industry, including delegates both from the business, tech- nent future."
nical, academia and information-technology sectors. He hoped that the 2008 Global Telecommunication
The 2-Day congress organized by SHAMROCK Major-Gen (R) Shahzada Alam Congress would bring together top names from both govern-
Malik, Chairman PTA.
Conferences International is expected to draw large-scale ment and industry to share their local and international per-
participation from leading telecom companies, profession- spectives, particularly the technologies of the future and
als and technical educational institutions and vendor-organizations explore the extensive range of growth and investment opportunities in
directly or indirectly involved in the telecommunication sector. The focus this growing and innovative market. 
of the conference will be to highlight the significance and technological

Si3 & Faysal Bank Sign HCM Deal


ystem Innovation Private Ltd (Si3) and Security Officer, Faysal Bank. "The bank looks operational excellence. "I am confident that our

S Faysal Bank Limited have signed an


agreement according to which Si3 would
deploy global best practices Human Capital
forward to a seamless integration of the HRMS
modules with its financials through professional
expertise and customization provided by Si3".
partner, Si3, will fulfill its obligation to Faysal
Bank by bringing the project in on time while
maintaining high quality" she added.
Management (HCM) Application at Faysal Bank Samina Rizwan, Regional Director, Oracle Commenting on Si3's role, Amer Mubbusher,
Limited. SAGE West said that "The increasingly compet- Country Head Si3 Pakistan, said "The people at
Faysal Bank Limited has embarked upon a itive banking landscape alongwith shortage of Si3 are seasoned IT professionals, held in high
project to implement Oracle Human Capital skilled resources in the country is arguably the regard by the customer community as well as
Management in the bank. Si3 will be performing most profound challenge that the financial indus- the Alliance community and known for their proj-
the role of application implementer and shall pro- try faces today". Oracle's objective is to partner ect management of complex engagements. I am
vide the implementation resources, thus the with its cus- confident that we can bring their delivery capa-
overall project management will be done by Si3. tomers to bilities to the fore to delight Faysal Bank with a
Commenting on the agreement, President & understand best of breed HCM system and make Si3's ERP
CEO of Si3 Amer Hashmi said that Si3 is delight- their business implementation business one of the most
ed to be selected as the lead integrator for ERP needs and respected in Pakistan."
(Enterprise Resource Planning) application address key Seemin Shafi, Head of Human Resources at
deployment services. challenges. In Faysal Bank was of the view that "The Oracle
"Faysal Bank is very excited about the this spirit, HRMS will enable the bank to adopt global best
automation and centralization of its Oracle Oracle HRMS will help Faysal Bank achieve a practices in HR and provide the MIS required to
based HR services that are about to be imple- 360-degree view of employees, manage their address policy issues to make Faysal Bank an
mented by Si3 in Pakistan." said Mansoor growth, service them effectively and through employer of first choice for banking profession-
Ahmed, Head of PMO & Chief Information their contribution, further improve service and als." 

A new Product by Ufone


Ufone recently launched a revolutionary new product calling it 'Ur
Number' through this service, customers will be able to translate their
names, nicks, email ids or any word that they associate with themselves,
into a mobile phone number.
This service stands as a landmark creating a new wave which is set to
replace the demand for golden and other unique numbers that are popular
amongst existing customers. For example instead of asking for a number
such as 033-1234567, customers can now walk in and look up numbers
such as 0333 iani005.
This will be translated into 0333-2663007 respectively, where every let-
ter corresponds to a number on your phones keypad.
Set to cause a very high interest amongst a very diverse target base this
will be a very new and unique way of telling your number to some one so
that they remember it. The rest is left to imagination of a customer.
Ufone is an Etslate Group Company and is Pakistan's leading cellular
operator with a customer base of more than 16m.
Ufone service scattered in all the major cities, towns, villages and teh-
sail headquarters. The company employs more than 300 franchises and 25
company-owned customer service centers along with a distribution net The Federal IT Minister Dr. Abdullah Riar visited New Horizons Pakistan, leading IT train-
work of 150,000 outlets across Pakistan.  ing facility recently. Seen in the picture is the honourable minister with representatives
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Telenor Ranked 'World's Best by Sustainability Yearbook 2008'


Telenor was ranked World's Best Mobile Telecom worldwide.
Company by sustainability yearbook 2008, one of the The indexes rank companies worldwide based on their
world's most recognized and insightful publications on cor- performance according to economic, environmental and
porate sustainability. social criteria.
The sustainability Yearbook assesses and documents Telenor was also awarded two new titles for the Mobile
the Sustainability performance of more than 1000 compa- Telecom sector. The Sector Leader award identifying the
nies from 57 specific sectors based on a wide range of eco- company best prepared to seize the opportunities and man-
nomic, environmental and social criteria. age the risk, deriving from sector-specific economic, envi-
The company already ranks number one on the presti- ronmental and social developments, and sector Mover
gious Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) in mobile award for proportionally improving sustainability perform-
telecommunication ahead of 13 leading mobile operators ance the most since last year. 

Sangoma Expands Distribution Channel


Sangoma Technologies Corporation, the premi- As an 'Empowered by Sangoma' channel part-
um provider of PC-based telephony hardware and ner, Convergence is authorized to sell Sangoma
software products for proprietary and open source hardware, and will be kept up to date directly by
based networking and telephony solutions, Sangoma regarding new developments that can
announced that they have partnered with Convergence, a provider of benefit their customers. Convergence will provide a valuable sales chan-
open source networking solutions for core telephony and switching appli- nel and first line of support for local call centers, long distance and local
cations, to expand distribution of Sangoma's premium telephony and data loop telephony customers and enterprises, voice over packet providers,
cards throughout Pakistan and the Middle East. Convergence offers cus- and internet telephony service providers throughout the region. Sangoma
tomers custom development of open source telephony and networking customers purchasing through the Convergence sales channel will still
solutions, as well as professional consultation, product placement, train- receive Sangoma's industry-leading warranty, money back guarantee,
ing, proposal development and response to emerging demands in com- and Sangoma's renowned free technical support.
munication technologies. "Convergence has been active in helping us drive the development of
"Convergence is proud to have been selected to help strengthen our Signaling Media Gateway, and we look forward to bringing this revo-
Sangoma's market position in Pakistan and the Middle East," said Wasim lutionary product line to emerging telecom customers in the Pakistan and
Baig, Principal Consultant for Convergence. "Since 2002, customers Middle Eastern region," said Nenad Corbic, Chief Software Engineer for
have been wowed by the quality, engineering level support, innovation, Sangoma. "Strong telephony and data network experience makes
reliability and performance that both companies have repeatedly demon- Convergence a particularly well-suited organization to help us develop
strated in building and supporting open source telephony systems across and mature local markets within this region." 
the region."

People Take Interest in PTCL Facilitation Point


The daylong customers' facilitation point was a very successful show, point. He said they were interested in getting new telephone connection,
a spokesman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company said in a wireless local loop, digital subscribers' line, broadband student package,
press release. etc.
He said customers showed keen interest in the PTCL services and The spokesman said the other aim of the one-stop shop was to
products. The programme was launched for customers of Islamabad receive complaints from customers and resolve their problems regarding
areas but people from far-flung areas of the twin cities also visited the telecom services. 

Lady officials brief about the newly launched "PTCL BUZZ" a broadband entertainment por- Girls takes information about the jobs during a Job Fair at Jinah Convention Center
tal during the launching ceremony held at a local hotel.
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An Outstanding Professional
Taimur Ali Khan is one of the most inspiring figures of the great endeavour in every progressive activity he under took.
advertising world today. He pursued his higher education in Be it various trips to international or national projects, forums or
Business Studies from the land of the down under's Sydney workshops, he impressed many by his nag for details and
International College of Business, Australia. During his sharp thinking towards category discovery, strategy, research,
degree Taimur got intrigued by the concept of "Marketing". consumer know-how, branding and competitive communica-
Therefore, he came back to Pakistan and engaged in his tion. Gracing him with the opportunity to become a Group
ambitions by ending up doing an MBA in Marketing from Account Director for Evernew Concepts (Pvt.) Ltd. where he
National College of Business Administration & Economics. still pursues greater challenges, by taking his company places
Orient McCann-Erickson was the first company to recog- and leaping towards foreign shores like India for international
nise his true potential and spirit for advertising; landing him projects.
his first job as a Senior Client Executive in the year 2000. By
the grace of Allah and shear hard work he was short listed by To summarize Taimur Ali Khan's impressive career in a nut-
JWT Lahore as a Client Service Manager. But his energy and zest for shell he has worked for a complete melange of impressive clientele,
achieving more spread across the town like rapid fire. He grew as a pro- namely Nestle', Tetra Pak, Haleeb Foods, Mitchell's, Thuraya, Stiefel, Care
fessional by leaps and bounds. Convincing an organization like Interflow International, Dabur India, WorldCall, and many more - Making him a liv-
Communications (Pvt.) Ltd., to take him on board as an aspiring Group ing example of one of the most promising professionals across Pakistan,
Client Service Manager. Taimur realised that it was just the beginning of a for times to come… 

Mr. Sarshar Ali, Brand Manager Canon is giving Face of the Month award to a contestant. A model is posing for a shot in Karachi.

Computer Course for Adiala Jail Inmates Ends


District and Sessions Judge Rawalpindi Khadim Hussain has appreci- The course is part of the Khubaib Foundation's efforts to encourage
ated the efforts of Khubaib Foundation for the welfare of inmates of Adiala prisoners to change their lives and make them respectable citizens of the
Jail, Rawalpindi, says a press release issued here. society. For this purpose, the foundation has initiated a number of pro-
He stated this while addressing certificate distribution ceremony after grammes for prisoners.
the conclusion of computer course organised by Khubaib Foundation at Praising the work of Khubaib Foundation, Khadim Hussain said, "Such
Adiala Jail recently. Superintendent Jail Tariq Mahmood Babar Khan and efforts will not only support the prisoners but it will also have a positive
Media Advisor Khubaib Foundation Naeem Khaliq Dad were also present impact over the society as a whole," he said. 
on the occasion.

'$50bn Global Trade Prospects for Pakistan'


A $50 billion industry with 30% per annum growth rate linked with $700 ment in the country and could help to an instinct control unemployment,
billion E-commerce trade world wide is available for Pakistan, said which is rapidly increasing every year.
Abdullah Butt, President, Association of Call Centre Operators (ACCO) For any international call centre operations, the nerve is telecom link
Pakistan. and in Pakistan the weakest support one has is the telecom link and the
Currently there are 70 call centres operating in the country and still cost of the utility is so high that the more you use the more you pay. The
there is so much business available internationally, that even if 100 call process of import is very cumbersome and expensive, he added.
centres each of 100 seats are working in Pakistan, still there will be more Visa constraints on international employees and investors; security
business coming in, he said. issues; a very heavy bureaucratic approach towards the industry; lack of
Butt said, despite supporting this industry the government has never mass awareness of this industry by government and private media; no
taken serious steps to promote this industry, which can bring huge invest- training subsidisation. 

IT has Great Potential for Pakistan, says Wasim


Senator Wasim Sajjad, Chancellor Foundation for Advancement of the convocation. Medals were awarded to graduates for their excellent
Science and Technology (FAST) University and leader of the House in the academic performance. A total number of 25 medals were awarded that
Senate has said that information and communication technology is a included eight gold medals, eight silver medals, and nine bronze medals.
source of strength as some South Asian countries earn billions of dollars The students who received medals in recognition of their academic
from Information Technology but Pakistan is earning only $10-15 million performance are: Muhammad Umair Aftab, Chaudhary Hasan Afzal, Bilal
from it annually. Yousaf, Owais Ali, Syed Aftab Hayat, Ms Sonya Tahir, Zeeshan Hussain,
Addressing the 11th Convocation of National University of Computer Farhan Hafeez Mughal, Ms Eizza Bilal, Faisal Iqbal, Attique Dawood, Syed
and Emerging Sciences, (NUCES-FAST) as the chief guest he said that Owais Ahmad, Ms Merai Syed, Taha Hussain Lughmani, Ammar Hassan,
such education in the field of technology will result in poverty alleviation in Muhammad Usman Shahid, Amina Nawaz Cheema, Ms Farheen Shahid,
the long run, as more jobs will be created. Ms Saira Viqar, Ms Hina Anwar Khan, Muhammad Sanaullah, Fahad
Degrees were awarded to 381 graduate and postgraduate candidates Maqbool, Ms Sana Bilal, Ms Faiza Parwez, and Ayyaz Hussain. 
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Mobilink Gets Recognition at Mobile World Congress


Mobilink, the country's market leader in cellular commu- with "more than 65 million people using mobile phones
nications with more than 300 million customers and part of each day in Pakistan, the country is much wired together".
Orascom Telecom, relieved premium recognition at the Special recognitions was earned by Mobilink for its CSR
Mobile World Congress (MWC) which concluded in efforts in the country when in the international media report-
Barcelona last month. ed, It was just one of a number of example at the congress,
The company contribution in Pakistan's economic and the largest of its kind., on how the mobile technology sec-
social growth and for bringing Pakistanis together was high- tor is contributing know-how and resources to improve
lighted by the international media at this event. lives, particularly in rural regions of developing countries,
The mobile phone industry in Pakistan has grown exponentially and both philanthropically and for business reasons. 

PTA Expects Further Growth in Telecom Investment


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is expecting that total fixed number portability and symmetric termination rate framework should
investments would grow to Rs 393 billion whereas total revenue will reach also be developed to increase the fixed (wire/wireless) density.
Rs 387 billion by 2010 in telecom sector. Under the vision, the Authority made projections for different telecom
According to PTA's vision 2010, prepared to further develop the sec- indicators including potential telecom market, subscriber growth and
tor, the mobile penetration is expected to grow up to 57 percent and in this investment.
regard activation charges and withholding tax levied on telecom services With consolidation of the market, new international players in the
are required to be further reduced to increase the potential market. There WiMAX Broadband Market will replace small ISPs and local WiMAX oper-
is a potential of 3 to 5 million broadband customers. ation, PTA therefore plans to further facilitate mergers & acquisitions and
It says since WiMAX and VoIP can create another revolution in make more spectrums available for wireless operations. 
Pakistan, a legal framework of SIP/VOIP is also required. Accordingly

Canon in Dawn All About Lifestyles Exhibition


Canon made a significant impact in the recently ended Dawn All About
lifestyles exhibition held at the Expo Centre in Karachi. All Canon prod-
ucts including the Digital Compact Cameras, the DSLRs, the
Camcorders, printers and scanners & projectors were on display. New
models of the Digital Compact Cameras were on display. In the Power
Shot genre the G9, S5 IS, SX100 IS, A 720 IS & A 650 IS were the ones
most discussed apart from the huge line-up of the Power Shot series. In
the IXUS series new models such as the IXUS 960 IS & the 850 IS were
the mostly commented upon with their extra ordinary features. In the
DSLR segment the EOS 40D was widely looked upon apart from the up-
coming entry level EOS 450D. Also on display was the huge line-up of
Canon printers including the LaserJet(s), multifunction(s) and the ever
popular photo-printers.
The activities at the Canon stall included live photo sessions of fami-
lies, kids and portraitures with the added feature of live printing via the Mr. Khursheed Abbas, GM - MBM, The authorized distributor of Canon along with
Selphy photo-compact printers; the tag line behind the Selphy printers is Mr. Kazuto Ogawa, The President of Canon Singapore during the annual Gala event in
to "Make Someone happy". So people were coming in flocks and having Singapore in Jan 2008, MBM received the Achievement recognition in sales and brand
themselves shot with the Canon digital cameras and getting the end development in Pakistan last year.
result in the form of a hard copy of their memories of the expo centre. which was held at the Canon stall. Finally on the third day "Face of the
Secondly, Canon was on the look-out for a "Face of the month" model month award was given to an individual. 

Mobilink Offers In-flights Mobile Phone Service


Mobilink has unveiled yet another landmark Mobile OnAir enables passengers to use their
achievement by being the only operator in Pakistan GSM mobile phones and smart phones, such as
to offer in-flight mobile phone service onboard inter- Blackberry, during flights - after takeoff and before
national flights. Partnering with OnAir, Mobilink landing. The service supports voice communications
offers GSM network onboard aircraft, allowing pas- and text messaging, as well as General Packet
sengers to not only use their mobile phones for mak- Radio Services (GPRS). Mobile On Air works like a
ing and receiving calls and text messages, but also roaming service on ground. It is billed by the passen-
enabling them to send and receive data over GPRS. ger's home mobile operator. To use the service, pas-
Air France has become the first airline in the sengers with an international roaming subscription
world to offer this service on international flights. simply switch on their mobile phones on a Mobile
Using the Mobile OnAir system, Mobilink sub- OnAir-equipped aircraft. When a mobile phone is
scribers traveling onboard one of the Airbus A318 aircraft operating on logged on to On Air's network, the display will show "OnAir" and the pas-
European routes can avail SMS and MMS services, exchange emails and senger can start to use their phone as normal. Mobilink promises to main-
browse the web using any phone with Internet access. Customers will be tain its technology leadership and customer satisfaction by offering more
able to make and receive phone calls in the second phase of the trial peri- state-of-the-art services in the near future.
od, as the service is being regulated to maintain passengers' comfort and
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Indian Govt. Gives 22 More Telecom Licences


The Indian government issued 22 more telecom licences to new play- B K Modi-led Spice Telecom also got licence for Delhi, officials said.
ers, including Tata Teleservices and Shyam Telelink, but may stop giving In all, 120 new licenses would be issued and the process may be com-
more in Rajasthan, Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh, pleted this month, they added.
Shyam Telelink has been given licences for two circles in Mumbai and On the next step to allocate spectrum (radio frequency), the officials
Madhya Pradesh and may get for other circles as well, senior officials in remained non-committal saying a final decision is yet to be taken. In any
the Department of Telecom told media. case, they have to apply for the air waves first, they said.
With the issuance of 22 new licences, the total number of new Meanwhile, some of the new players have already initiated discus-
licences has gone to 88 in India. Besides Shyam, Tata Teleservices also sions with the equipment manufacturers to start setting up network in
bagged licences for the remaining circles of Jammu and Kashmir, North- their respective circles so that services could be started as soon as the
East and Assam while the Loop Telecom got for nine circles. spectrum was allocated. 

Warid Telecom Reduces Call Charges in Uganda


The telecom price battle is on, with callers emerging because of the high charges on calls to other networks.
winners as operators struggle for subscriber supremacy in The lower tariffs are seen as baits to attract more cus-
Uganda. Callers can now pay as little as Shs249 to call tomers from other networks that earlier lowered their rates
from Warid telecom's network to any other network. to Shs320 (MTN and UTL) following the entry of Warid into
This follows a 33 per cent reduction in the telecom the market.
operator's charges for its subscribers calling other net- "This is a 33 per cent drop compared to our launch
works to Shs299 from Shs449 (peak time) and to Shs249 price which was Shs449 (peak)," Ms Wanjohji said. She
from Shs349 (off peak). added that Warid's Friends and Family profile also attracts
The new rates have previously been a reserve for only subscribers on a 50 per cent discount. Warid customers also have an opportunity to call
the Warid network. Ms Miriam Wanjohji - the Warid Marketing Manager their five preferred friends at Shs149 (peak time) and Shs124 (off peak).
Corporate Brand, said the new rates are meant to give the company's A Warid SIM card costs Shs3,000 and comes preloaded with 50 free
customers extra leeway to communicate. Short Messaging Services (SMS) to any network and Shs1,000 free air-
"We have lowered our rates to other networks to give our customers time. For messages, Warid says only delivered SMS are charged. 
more freedom to talk," she said in a press release. A mini-survey by Daily
Monitor revealed that many people were reluctant to join the network

Jaxtr Gives VoIP Users Something to Talk About


After a wildly successful beta launch in terms of reach out and make a more personal connection with
user numbers, VoIP (define) provider Jaxtr launched its potential customers.
official 1.0 release. During its 11-month beta period, Forrester Research analyst Jeremiah Owyang
Jaxtr said it attracted over 10 million users to its serv- thinks the service will have niche appeal and that most
ice. consumers will be wary of talking to complete
A key element of the official launch is café jaxtr, a strangers. "A phone call is on a level that's so person-
website where users of the phone service can find al and time consuming, I can see this working more
each other online and new people to talk to. with people who already have an existing relationship,"
"When we launched Jaxtr last March, we said we're Owyang told.
a social communications company. We saw this as an "But it could work for specific situations or a need
emergent market," Jaxtr CEO Konstantin Guericke told media at his com- someone has to, for example, talk to someone knowledgeable in a spe-
pany's headquarters. Guericke has solid experience in social networks, cific area," he added. He also notes there are many other places to chat
as he is also a co-founder of LinkedIn. on the Web even if it's not audio.
But, he also is quick to say café jaxtr is meant to complement, not To date, Jaxtr has seen most of its growth outside the United States
replace social networks. He calls café jaxtr a "talk network" versus social where demand for low-cost and free alternatives to traditional long dis-
networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace which are relatively silent tance charges is highest. Guericke said about 15 percent of Jaxtr's users
if not as interactive. are in the U.S., the second highest region to India at 17 percent. The
Users can list photos of themselves and interests at café jaxtr and United Kingdom and China are the third and fourth highest areas of Jaxtr
things they like to talk about. They can then use the Jaxtr service to call use, respectively.
someone or some thing they're interested in. However, user's contact info "Since we let you make international calls for free, we want to high-
is not listed by default, they have to proactively enter information to make light café jaxtr's global dimension," said Guericke. Thinking back to an
themselves available should they choose to be. exchange program he was involved in high school, the German-born
In a demonstration of the service, café jaxtr pages had several ads for Guericke mused services like this might aid the cause of world peace.
dating services and Guericke said that will likely be a big area of interest. "Maybe if we have more one-to-one exchanges we'd be less likely to
But, he also expects the site to be popular for certain professional seg- bomb the country we're talking to," he said. 
ments, such as real estate agents and recruiters who want to be able to

Mobile Phones Remain Silent in Parts of Helmand


The mobile phone companies in Afghanistan are seemed to have (AIP).
bowed down before Taliban threat and the phone connections of Afghan Taliban had asked the mobile phone companies three days back to
Wirless Communication Company (AWCC) and Roshan remained silent switch off signals at night as American were observing phone calls to
in several areas of Halmand late night on Feb 28. ascertain the destination of the caller.
Signals of AWCC and Roshan remained off in our areas while were Though there was no reaction by mobile phone companies, it appears
also off in Musa Qala and Sangin districts, a resident of village, 20 km that they comply with the demand of Taliban. However, communication
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U.S. Telecom Growth Slower than Others


The U.S. telecommunications industry will grow at a slower rate than The study expects the strongest 2008-2011 growth in the Asia-Pacific
the global industry in the coming years as the wireless and wired markets region, with a 13 percent annual advance, followed by 11.1 percent for
mature, the Telecommunications Industry Association the Middle East and Africa, and 10.5 percent for Latin
said. America.
According to a study commissioned by the TIA, the European telecom growth will be just ahead of the
U.S. telecom industry will grow at an average annual United States at 7.5 percent annually, while Canada is
rate of 7.2 percent in the period 2008-2011, reaching expected to be the slowest region with 5.4 percent
$1.3 trillion in 2011, compared with an average rate of annually.
10 percent, reaching $3.6 trillion, for the rest of the According to the study, about 35 percent of U.S.
world. wireless service revenue will come from data services
Growth in the U.S. industry will accelerate to 9.3 such as mobile Web surfing in 2011, up from 16 per-
percent in 2008 from 8.3 percent in 2007, partly due to cent in 2007.
spending on network upgrades and a government spectrum auction. With Web traffic for services such as Internet video soaring, the study
Growth is expected to moderate in the following years, the report said. found that in wired networks "current capacity will soon be unable to sup-
"License fees associated with the 700MHz auction will boost revenue port bandwidth demand."
in 2008, and the absence of that revenue will lead to a sharp drop in This is in contrast with the commonly held view in 2003 that "there
2009," it said. The biggest U.S. telephone companies are Verizon would be excess network capacity for the foreseeable future." 
Communications and AT&T.

Telecom Providers Enter Fiber Optic Pay-TV Market


American telecom carriers have started a major rev- In terms of network availability and service penetra-
olution in the multi-play entertainment and communica- tion, Verizon's FiOS TV has emerged as America's
tion industry over the past couple of years, by rolling out most successful IPTV service to date. FiOS has chal-
subscription-based fiber-optic television services in lenged video incumbents like Comcast and
dozens of U.S. cities. Cablevision in markets across the country, to serve
Big telephone incumbents like AT&T and Verizon over 300,000 households in ten states. AT&T's U-verse
are spending billions of dollars to deploy massive fiber- offering, meanwhile, was deployed somewhat later
optic internet and video networks across the nation, in than FiOS, but has been rapidly expanding its user
the hope of better competing with cable companies in the broadband and base since early 2007.
television markets. Industry analysts expect these fiber-optic television Fiber-optic television services have also been deployed in Canada,
offerings to experience massive growth in the long-term, as carriers where one of the major telecom incumbents, Telus Corp., is aggressively
launch advanced interactive video services, and deliver television via cell challenging cable rival, Shaw Communications in the western province of
phones and the internet, increasingly blurring the lines between telecom- Alberta. 
munications and entertainment.

Google Submarine Cable to Spike Internet Growth


A new fiber-optic connection under the sea could increase Internet tinents.
capacity between the U.S. and Japan. Google and the five telecom companies said in a joint statement that
Web search company Google has agreed to build an undersea cable the 10,000-kilometer (6,200 mile) undersea fiber-optic cable, connecting
with five telecom operators that will link the United States to Japan and the United States to Japan, will cost $300 million. 
provide the capacity to sustain a surge in Internet traffic between the con-

Samsung Unveils Its First VOIP Thin Client Monitor


Samsung Electronics , a world-leading manufactur- port kiosks, hotel lobbies and hospitals.
er of professional LCD and PDP display products, has "In an increasingly globalized workforce, many pro-
unveiled the new Sync Master 220TN monitor, the com- fessionals require a simplified, cost-effective, yet reli-
pany's first V2oIP-enabled network monitor. able, medium for communicating with co-workers and
"Featuring a built-in camera, microphone and clients across the globe" added Shahid. "With the Sync
speaker, the Sync Master 220TN monitor facilitates Master 220TN monitor, Samsung has delivered a
true-to-life web conferencing, which can reduce long- streamlined, intuitive solution for enterprise customers
distance phone costs and the need for frequent busi- that demand a seamless and secure communication
ness travel. With a 22" wide screen and a 2.0M pixel experience, whether communicating across cubicles
camera, the 220TN monitor is enabled to support mul- or across continents."
tiple work applications, therefore enhancing productivi- With a high resolution of 1680 x 1050, coupled with
ty in a range of professional settings." explained Shahid Khan, Head of a wide 16:10 aspect ratio, the Sync Master 220TN monitor offers superi-
Marketing, Samsung Electronics. or image quality and enhanced productivity for a range of professional
The 220TN monitor is a thin client solution, or a centrally-managed applications. Featuring a 5 ms GTG response time, a 700:1 contrast ratio
network computer that lacks a hard-disk drive. Leveraging a thin client and 300cd/m2 brightness, the model is equipped to produce crisp, true-
system, the monitor not only facilitates streamlined communication - it to-life images, while the wide 170/160 viewing angle further enhances the
also facilitates increased security, since no application data resides in the overall viewing experience. 
actual model. On account of its thin client capabilities, the 220TN is an
ideal choice for applications that require secure deployment, such as air- 97
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Yahoo Unveils onePlace Bookmarking Tool


The company uses the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover to launch a care about, that you're passionate about, that you follow," Boerries said.
new dynamic bookmarking tool for mobile phones. Against the backdrop Users will be able to gather their favorite web places either by
of a $41 billion (£20.7 billion) takeover bid by Microsoft, Yahoo used this choosing them on their PC and then synchronising with their mobile
week's CeBIT technology fair in Hanover to unveil a mobile phone tool phone, or directly on the device itself.
that lets users keep up with their favorite topics using dynamic book- As with oneSearch, actual information will be shown rather than web
marks. links, often awkward to navigate on a mobile phone. Users would be
OnePlace, to be launched in the second quar- able to get the service either through operators
ter, allows users to mark links, news feeds or who have Yahoo deals or download it from Yahoo,
search results that lead them to, for example, the Boerries said.
latest information on flight arrivals, sports results or Boerries said onePlace was the last major piece
friends' Facebook postings. of Yahoo's consumer offering for mobile, which it
Bookmarking tools are not new - Yahoo's has been working on for three years, leaving it free
del.icio.us is one - but Yahoo says it has reinvented to focus on making money from it.
bookmarking for phones, given their small screens "The consumer experience is not done but it's
and different user requirements, with placeholders at a stage where it can now evolve," he said. "My
linked to updated info instead of a fixed page. foreseeable focus for the future is to build the right
"You have something that's always changing. advertising model."
A Google worker dials her cell phone.
You could always just bookmark a site as a place- Yahoo already has advertising deals with carriers
holder but now it's alive," Marco Boerries, who is leading Yahoo's including T-Mobile, Vodafone and AT&T, but the question the industry
mobile drive, said in an interview at the CeBIT IT fair in Hanover, faces now is how to develop the form to better fit the mobile phone's
Germany. small screen and target consumers better.
Yahoo is racing to leapfrog Google's clear lead in computer search "We did the simple stuff really early and that's how we're making
and advertising by custom-building services for mobiles and forming money right now, but that's not the way forward," Boerries said. "We're
alliances with operators that already give it access to 600 million mobile nowhere near where we could be."
phone users. Although Boerries declined to say how long it could take to come up
Yahoo aims to reach 750 million users this year by adding to a part- with a new model but argued Yahoo could help pull it together. "What's
ner list that includes Telefonica, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom's T- inhibiting advertisers right now is (that) it's too complicated with all the
Mobile. different platforms," he said, referring to the variety of mobile phone
OnePlace also leans on two other Yahoo mobile services - operating systems that exists.
oneSearch and oneConnect - by tailoring the content behind the book- Boerries said ads should enhance and not obstruct normal phone
marks to match the location of users and the preferences and activities use, such as returning useful, sponsored information in web search
of friends and contacts who use the service. results. "The challenge is to create a system that the user is super,
"We're not reinventing forms of mobile content or getting into the super happy to access," he said. 
content business but there are places where you have stuff that you

Excessive use of Computers Affects Eyes


Too much of viewing the world through a computer may not be good surface. Reduction in the supply of this fluid causes the itching and dry-
for own eyes, warn experts after reviewing eye-related complaints that ness in the eyes. Other symptoms that are commonly experienced
they get nowadays. include an inability to focus, frequent headaches and irritability.
Excessive exposure to the computer monitor affects eyes in many Experts also suggest some ways to alleviate the effects. One must
ways. More and more people are complaining of redness, itching and ensure that the lighting in the room is sufficient and the glare of the mon-
feeling of dryness in their eyes due to sitting in front of the computer for itor is reduced. Anti-glare screens may also be used for this purpose.
long hours. A person working on the computer must take a break every half an
Experts say that these problems largely emerge due to insufficient hour and should preferably wash his eyes with cold water during that
blinking of the eyes while working at the computer. The eye blinks about time. The eyes should be closed for a minute as soon as any strain is
10-15 times every minute. When sitting in front of computer, this rate of experienced. Artificial teardrops could be used in case there is a problem
blinking decreases by about 30 to 40 percent. Blinking of the eye is of eye lubrication.
important to maintain the fluid balance in the eye. With an increase in the dependency on computers in our every day
At each time when eye blinks, a layer of fluid is spread evenly on the lives, routine eye check up becomes more important than ever before. 

Indian attendants arrange a cellular telephone display on a stand at The Mobile Asia This combo picture released by Osaka University researcher Kazuhiro Taniguchi, shows
2008 exibition in New Delh. The exhibition which is being held in the Indian capital, prototype devices infrared to operate digital music player or other electronic devices
98 claims to be India's biggest consumer mobile event and hopes to attract some 300,000 at his laboratory in Osaka, western Japan.
visitors over the course of the event.
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Eastern Europe's Broadband Subscribers to Surpass 40


Million by 2012
According to the information released by HOT TELECOM in its latest 46.7% of the region's subscribers at the end of June 2007. Russia leads
report "Eastern Europe statistics and forecast 2002-2011", there were an with an estimated 3.8 million subscribers, followed by Poland with 2.9 mil-
estimated 29.5 million broadband subscribers at the end of June 2007 in lion and Romania with 2.3 million.
Eastern Europe. This translated into a 23.4% growth over the first six Estonia is currently leading in terms of broadband access, with 298,000
months of the year. By the end of the forecasted period, broadband should subscribers and a penetration of 22.9%. Ukraine on the other hand, which
account for 80.9% of all Internet connections in the region, compared with is one of the region's top fixed and mobile markets, continues to be rela-
48.2% currently, as the number of broadband subscribers is forecasted to tively undeveloped in terms of Internet and broadband penetration, largely
have grown by an average of 28.8% to 40.1 million. due to poor infrastructure and low availability of residential broadband. At
Broadband is rapidly gaining momentum, driven by increasing compe- the end of June 2007, Ukraine 's broadband penetration stood at 0.6%.
tition and extensive deployment of DSL and/or cable services. DSL is grow- This report, which includes 31 detailed exhibits and tables on Eastern
ing in popularity, most notably in Slovakia and Russia, whilst in Ukraine, Europe 's telecom market, confirms that the smaller, less developed, low
cable has overtaken DSL for the first time. DSL currently accounts for penetration countries will show great broadband growth potential in years
63.2% of the broadband connections in the region and this ratio is forecast- to come. "Countries such as Albania, Belarus, Serbia, Bosnia and Ukraine
ed to reach 67.8% in 2011. will be the most dynamic in this sector, with forecasted average growth
Poland and Russia have enjoyed the highest levels of absolute broad- rates of 454.8%, 110.8%, 74.9%, 64.9% and 54.6% respectively over the
band subscriber growth over the last 5 years, together accounting for next 5 years" HOT TELECOM's president Isabelle Paradis said.

Carriers Warned Over Promise of Fibre,


HDTV
Carriers have been warned not to bet the farm on high definition TV Next-Generation Network operators to
services as a way of reversing the revenue decline in the fixed line market. exercise more control over the core
Instead, analysts have advised European operators to keep their focus transmission market.
on investment in core and service delivery architectures, creating a clear "Investment in fibre may look radical,
roadmap for their own managed services portfolio. but it's fundamentally quite conservative
Stephen Sale, analyst at research house Analysys, thinks that too many because it's essentially a defence of Carriers warned over promise of fibre,
operators are putting all their eggs in the HD TV basket, and argues that fixed broadband, rather than a growth HDTV services
the revenue uplift from higher speed access will not be enough to reverse strategy, and because it still locates a telco's main assets in physical net-
the gradual decline in wireline revenue for the typical European incumbent. works rather than service delivery capability," said Rupert Wood, principal
"The scale of the TV market simply isn't great enough to compensate analyst at Analysys. "But it won't be enough to create an enabling platform
for the accelerating declines in legacy services," Sale said. "Telcos do not that offers faster time to market - the revenue streams are too undefined."
have a big enough differentiator in TV; even the most optimistic ARPU Wood claims that the opportunities to deliver novel business services
(Average Revenue Per User) projections for triple play will not boost a typ- on the back of the new service functionality are greater than in the con-
ical incumbent's top line by more than about 3 per cent, and an NGA strat- sumer multimedia space. "Within a five-to-ten year timeframe, an operator
egy without rapid core transformation does not begin to address the long focusing its investment in core and service-delivery architecture could
term problem of rationalising a legacy of multiple network overlays." expect both higher revenue and higher margins than one investing mainly
Analysys believes that investment in the core network and IT-transfor- in access," the analyst said. 
mation projects can deliver real cash cost savings, enabling fast moving

EMC to invest in Telecom


The US-based information management many of these countries as they mature," he
company EMC is looking to boost its pres- said.
ence in the Middle East telecom market to Though Teuber declined to comment on
cash in on the booming pace of growth in the how much EMC is looking to invest in the
region, executives said. Middle East this year, he said the firm has a
The company, which in the past few "very strong cash flow", with about $8 billion
years has turned its focus on growth outside (Dh29.3bn) in cash and investments.
the US market, said the Middle East is one "Emerging markets are going to be
of the fastest-growing international markets absolutely critical to the growth rate and the
and it plans to step up investment. success of EMC. We need to be in these
"We see high growth in the region, [the areas and countries," he said.
market] has good momentum and we're EMC, which has its regional headquar-
going to continue to invest wherever we get ters in Dubai and offices in Saudi Arabia,
good returns," Vice-Chairman, Bill Teuber, Bahrain and Egypt, is set to open offices in
said.. Qatar and Pakistan, while aiming to increase
Speaking on the sidelines of the fifth EMC Middle East Telecoms investments in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Summit, Teuber added that the company looks at market shares and over- "We're going to balance investments around the GCC and the Middle
all growth rates when planning expansions. East," said Mohammed Amin, regional manager of EMC. 
"Some of these countries have relatively low revenues but high growth
rates so we're looking to make sure we're a part of the infrastructure of 99
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rance Telecom-owned Orange Business Services has finalised a joint apan successfully launched an experimental satellite aimed at pro-

F venture partnership with Indian storage devices manufacturer Moser


Baer Ltd to foray into the long distance telephony segment. The com-
pany is awaiting clearance from the Department of Telecom for obtaining
J viding high-speed Internet access across Asia, even when terres-
trial infrastructure goes down, the space agency said.
The domestically developed H-2A rocket carrying the Kizuna satellite
the licence. was launched at 0855 GMT on last Saturday with no glitches from the
Orange Business Services has been offering enterprise communication Space Centre on Tanegashima off the southern tip of Kyushu Island,
solutions to large multinationals in India. However, it has now applied for a southern Japan.
licence after the Government made it mandatory for companies to obtain a The communications satellite, expected to be in use for five years,
national long distance licence for offering IP-based services such as virtual separated from the rocket approximately 35 minutes after the launch.
private network. The 342 million dollar-Kizuna will allow super-high speed data commu-
The company is not expected to foray into the retail nications of up to 1.2 Gbps, which would make it the fastest in the world.
long distance telephony segment. France Telecom is one That rate would translate to 150 times that of the average high-speed
of the largest telecom service providers in Europe. It had ADSL connection rate of 8 Mbps, or 12 times the speed of a fibre-optic
earlier exited from the Indian market after it sold out its communication delivery to a personís premises (FTTP).
stake in BPL Mobile. The Kizuna, which also means ìbondî in Japanese, is expected to
However, recently, it had acquired GTL's IT unit in a begin transmitting and receiving data with terrestrial infrastructure in July
bid to enhance its offering in the country. Senior DoT offi- after completing preparations and confirming the satelliteís safety.
cials said that the company's application was being processed. When con- Japan is looking to use the satellite to allow communication when a
tacted Orange Business Services said, "India is a key market for Orange
Business Services and we will take all essential steps that will help us serve
better our multinational customers in this country. We are looking at
expanding our licence portfolio in India and will make an announcement at
an appropriate time."
Indian enterprise communications segment has become highly compet-
itive with the entry of global telecom companies including AT&T, BT and
Cable & Wireless. While AT&T and BT have already launched their servic-
es, others including Verizon are in the process of obtaining Government
clearances. Orange Business has already got the permission from the
Foreign Investment Promotion Board.
There are also Internet service providers including Tulip IT and Sify fight-
ing for the same pie. Indian telecom players Bharti Airtel, Reliance
Communication and Tata Telservices are also in the fray as large multina- ground-based network is severed by a disaster in any Asian country, in
tional companies expand their business network into the country.  which case it would be used to transmit data to crisis management
offices.
The agency is hoping it can also be used as an educational or med-
ical tool to reach people in remote or mountainous areas. Internet is now
an integral part of our lives; but its infrastructure levels vary. The satellite
will enable students in Asian countries to communicate smoothly and
with no time lag among one another, as if they were in the same class-
room, it said. The expected life of the satellite is five years, an agency
spokeswoman said. 

ndia's telecom story is shining. The country services to the rural heartland.

I has become the fastest growing telecom mar-


ket in the world, adding a staggering 83 mil-
lion mobile subscribers over the last 12 months.
The US added a total of 20 million sub-
scribers, pale even in comparison with Pakistan,
which added 26 million subscribers, taking its
At this pace, India is all set to overtake US to total subscriber base to 79 million.
become the world's second largest mobile mar- India added an average of 6.9 million sub-
ket by May this year or just another three scribers per month in the period under review,
months. China 6.3 million, US 1.6 million, Pakistan 2.1
Around February last year, India overtook million and Bangladesh 1.1 million.
Russia to become the third largest mobile mar- The telecom sector's achievements come
ket. same period, showing signs of a mild but definite despite policy turmoil around availability and
India's total mobile subscriber base now slowdown. pricing of spectrum, a resource needed for con-
stands at 237 million in comparison with China's India has not only taken the lead over China nectivity.
534 million, US's 257 million and Russia's 172 in terms of mobile growth for quite some time, India is expected to have 450 million mobile
million. At current growth rates, India will cross the country has also been able to sustain the subscribers by the turn of the decade, which
the 264 million mark by May, overtaking the US. lead. This shows the stupendous growth and means every third Indian will have his/her own
According to the latest data available from potential of the mobile industry. mobile phone by 2010.
Informer Telecoms and Media, 83 million is the The good news is that even with 263 million, The country has been blazing the telecom
highest number of subscribers added to any India's mobile teledensity will still be a mere trail since 2004, set to add more phones every
mobile network in the world between February 24%, allowing tremendous room for growth. month than it did in the first 45 years since
2007 and January 2008. Since only 350 million of India's population lives Independence. 
China, which used to be the fastest growing in urban India, the next phase of growth is
100
till 2006, added just 76 million subscribers in the expected to come from the spread of wireless