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Aug 29, 2013

22 Comments
  • usman raza

    writer himself is a Telecom Engineer…..:D

    • Abu Khuzaima

      But there’s another class he forgot to mention. The Regulator

  • $35586081

    telecom was among my considerations as a major for FYP……but now changed. Seems that Telecom Engineers are not much entertained at least not in Pakistan.

  • Haroon

    A good initiative, I think more whistle-blowers should come in writings from every sector.
    Mohsin, you should also include CSRs, TSRs, lower level technicians etc from telecom sector in you next piece.

  • Abdullah

    Exquisitely articulated with great depth. Resource Exploitation is rampant in telecom industry & Mr. Mohsin Cheema has been bold enough to speak on this front.

  • Faisal Mahmud

    Nice One Mohsin…. I totally agree with you. I working in Pakistani Telco (Vendor side, Nortel, Eltek, & currently in MTA) since 2005. I 2nd your thoughts :)

  • Fj

    A fine detailed comparison, but isn’t this true for any industry and not just telecom?

    • Muhammad Mohsin cheema

      Its probably true but i presented the perspective of industry that i am working at.

  • Ali Tahir

    Mohsin Cheema Transmission Engineer, SCO, Muzaffarabad Region?

  • Bilal Younas

    I would love to talk to Mohsin. Nothing is going to be changed as such but at least he gave us food for thought.

  • http://vmakerhost.com/ VMakerHost.Com

    The problem is not with industry its from our own pplz
    jab koi cheez boom hasil krti han ham os cheez pe lapakty han paglon ki tra, yahe hal telecom sector k hwa ha. Best thing is market research main khud Computer engineer hon aur ALLAH k lakh lakh shukar ha main ik din bhe farig nahi raha aur passout hoty he job pr hon na tu mere C.G.P koi highfy ha na kuch shefarish bs certificates k zarya jobs mil gye

  • Jawad

    i pass through the same stages, showing true and horrible face of telecom sector in Pakistan, excellent piece of writing

  • Khan

    Interesting comparison and more interesting are the comments. Although these relationships have similar dynamics elsewhere too. But the industry cannot be blamed for this situation. Other industries including footwear retail and FMCG distribution, milk collection etc have the very same dynamic. At the end of the day its the people that make this relationship better or worse, it is completely unfair to blame an industry that pays the highest in taxes and provides direct and indirect livelihoods to hundreds and thousands. And to say ZTE has poor quality just because its cheap is also too much of a generalization, mind you ZTE and Huwaei are making headway all over the world.
    At the end the class system , well like it or not its part and parcel of who we are as people , look around and you will know what i mean. We do love to complain and criticize but we will not stop at a traffic light , we will never give way while driving , we will never like to stand in a queue , i can go on and on here but seriously the problem is with us as people , it is us who need to shed the class system as a society and more importantly try to be one of the civilized ones.

  • omer

    If we talk about Telenor only then I tend to agree to Mohsin because most of this exploitation came after one wrong decision of ZTE selection and now to overcome that complete organization is suffering. I work in same industry and the frustration Telenor people are facing since early 2013 was never a part of Telenor culture.
    Mohsin has taken bold view and we all shall stay ready for more……

  • Nazir Mukarram

    Good piece of work… but wats the way out?

  • Saleh Shah

    Nice article Mohammad Mohsin Cheema!!

  • MAG

    100% agreed, but do you think this ruling elite will empower the engineers and so called HSE standards by leading operators like Telenor…

  • aamir

    Very right dear mohsin. thos is exactly the telecom sector in pakistan. when mobilink says. pura signal pura pakistan, the credit goes to the subcon and its team who are working in field, remote, nungles and hilltops 24/7 yet on eid days they are on duty. the full harrassment, threats and HR exploitation can be seen by anyone in telecom sector by the PRIESTS and the foriegner vendors like mobiserve, zte, eptsc, huawei etc

  • Ashfaq

    Voice of Telecom Engineers in Pakistan…Good research by writer..

  • Telecom Guru

    I disagree with the writer’s comments about Telenor & Mobilink.

  • ali

    I am still wandering whether some actions will be taken by respective Telecos or not because their claims are contradictory to the reality. People are being pushed very hard to overcome the mistakes of top management. Mobilink was bold enough to accept and followed their strategy of reducing Headcount but Telenor is using line function and compliance as tool for achieving the same goal. Relative performance review is BIG mistake and drama where any individual can victimized because of his challenging attitude towards.

  • Jawad

    interesting but I don’t think Telenor employees have the courage due to job insecuirty to standby Mohsin and write here more openly…on the other hand the most common topic of discussion in cafe, smoking corners etc is the same that “Shoaib Baig & CTO” are pain in ass and they have destroyed the most open and friendly enviorment and culture in Pakistan….