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Telcos to Commercially Launch 3G Services With-in Two Weeks

By | April 24, 2014 79 Comments

After successful auction of 3G and 4G spectrum yesterday, each and every mobile phone user is now waiting for the commercial launch of 3G services in the country. The information ProPakistani received yesterday revealed that despite winning the spectrum, the commercial commencement of 3G service may take a week or two at most. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that it will hold License Award ceremony after [...]

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All Four Operators Bag 3G Spectrum, While Only Zong Took Home 4G license

By | April 24, 2014 40 Comments

After waiting for years, and a fairly long auction day, Pakistan is all set to roll-out the 3G service after the successful auction of the 3G and 4G spectrum. We hope you enjoyed ProPakistani’s day long minute by minute live coverage of the auction; lets summarise and review the final outcome of the auction. All four operators participating in the auction, namely Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone, [...]

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3G / 4G Auction in Pakistan [Live Updates]

By | April 23, 2014 1,840 Comments

The day has arrived, 3G / 4G is finally happening in our country. Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has said that it has finalized all the arrangements for the Spectrum Auction for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) to be held today. Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong will be taking part in the bid to secure their 3G and 4G licenses. As you may know that bidding will [...]

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3G / 4G Auction to Begin Tomorrow at 10:00 AM

By | April 22, 2014 72 Comments

The final round of spectrum auction for 3G and 4G technologies is all set to commence tomorrow, April 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM, that’s just hours away from now. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is all prepared to conduct the auction after it exercised full-fledge mock auction yesterday. PTA officials told ProPakistani that all qualified cellular operators participated in the mock auction to understand the procedures and [...]

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PTCL Posts 9% Growth in Revenues During Q1 2014

By | April 22, 2014 One Comment

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) today announced its financial results for first quarter with revenue during the period standing at Rs 21.1 billion, up from Rs 19.38 billion during the same duration last year and showed a positive growth of 9%. Company said that its net profit after tax stood at Rs.  3.4 billion, up from Rs. 2.9 billion during same quarter last year, while [...]

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3G / 4G Spectrum Auction in Pakistan is Already Successful: Ricardo

By | April 22, 2014 12 Comments

By Ricardo Tavares – International telecom policy consultant, CEO of TechPolis The spectrum auction for provision of mobile broadband services that takes place on April 23rd in Pakistan is already successful. It has attracted four bidders that are among the top mobile operators in the world. Any government who would have China Mobile (the single largest mobile operator in the world with close to 800 [...]

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CEO Warid Meets Chairman PTA

By | April 22, 2014 19 Comments

Getting permission for deployment of LTE services without participating in next generation mobile services award (NGSMA) might not be as simple as it seems, hinted a statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Statement from authority revealed that Chairman PTA Dr. Syed Ismail Shah held a meeting with Mr. Muneer Farooqui, CEO Warid Telecom in Pakistan to discuss the reports of Warid Telecom launching 4G services [...]

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PTA to Take Legal Action Against Reuters For Misreporting on 3G / 4G Auction

By | April 22, 2014 15 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to take on Reuters with legal action for presenting falsified facts regarding the on-going process of 3G and 4G spectrum, we have confirmed with sources. Reuters had published a story on April 15th, 2014 – exactly the next day after operators submitted sealed bids – claiming that auction drew disappointing bids. A spokesperson of PTA confirmed ProPakistani that authority is [...]

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SHC Suspends 14 Local Loop Licenses of Zong

By | April 22, 2014 6 Comments

Sindh High Court has suspended recently issued local loop licenses to Zong (for all 14 regions), we have confirmed with officials. SHC issued this interim order while hearing a petition which had plead that these local loop licenses issued to Zong — and other telecom operators – were granted with expired telecom policy. A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority official confirmed ProPakistani about the suspension of Zong’s [...]

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Auction of 3G / 4G Challenged in Supreme Court, Stay not Granted!

By | April 22, 2014 33 Comments

It appears that there are people in Pakistan who still want Pakistan to remain without 3G and 4G technologies. Just hours before the auction, a petition has been filed in the court that seeks a hold on the auction plan. Petitioner believes that auction violates the rules and that it will fetch less money that it actually should. SC, however, didn’t grant the stay on [...]

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PTCL Signs MoU With WWF to Reduce Carbon Footprint

By | April 22, 2014 One Comment

Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) has signed an agreement with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – the leading wildlife conservation organization – for implementation of ‘Green Office Program’ at PTCL’s corporate head office. The program is aimed towards reducing resource consumption, subsequent costs, and carbon footprint of the company that would eventually help in environmental conservation. The agreement will enable PTCL to monitor and reduce its [...]

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ATM Solutions for the Visually Impaired

By | April 22, 2014 5 Comments

TPS, a provider of cards and payment solutions has developed a solution to assist and enable visually impaired individuals to make transactions at ATMs. The special solution called, VIP CASH, has been developed by TPS to facilitate banking institutions in providing ATM service to the visually impaired. To use the service, the VIP customer (visually impaired customer) needs to insert an audio jack into the [...]

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Telenor Pakistan Provides Emergence Relief to Tharparkar Residents

By | April 22, 2014 One Comment

  Under its Corporate Social Responsibility umbrella, Telenor Pakistan in collaboration with its emergency relief partner Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), reached out to the residents of Tharparkar. Telenor Pakistan Hum Qadam Volunteers have been distributing food and water to famine affected residents of the area. As part of its efforts, the telecom operators has reached out to 1,000 families in Tharparkar.

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Minister for IT Reviews Implementation Process of e-Office Systems

By | April 22, 2014 2 Comments

Minister of State for IT Mrs. Anusha Rahman chaired a review meeting to assess the progress of e-office suit being implemented in Federal Ministers/Divisions here in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Federal Secretary IT, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Additional Secretary, DG Pakistan Computer Bureau (PCB), and other senior officials from MoIT and PCB. The Minister was apprised by DG (PCB) [...]

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Poll: How Much Can You Pay for 3G Services?

By | April 21, 2014 156 Comments

With all the excitements, we are sure that 3G services are finally going to surface in Pakistan with-in just weeks, inshAllah. Yes, after years of delays and several abortive efforts, 3G is finally happening in Pakistan. At this point in time, mobile phone users have now started to think about the possible costs and rates associated with 3G services and its usage. Pakistan – due [...]

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