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Changing Lives – One Click at a Time

By | July 7, 2014 No Comments

Primary school enrolment in Pakistan is on a shocking low at 56% of the overall population. Approximately 20 million school age children are out of school, for every 10 kids out of school around the world, one is Pakistani. (Source: British High Commissioner to Pakistan). This certainly, is an education emergency. Whilst politicians are busy in blame games, the current government seems to focus the [...]

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Disruption Ahead: Mobile Wallets Soon to Disrupt Conventional Bank Accounts

By | June 26, 2014 No Comments

By Qasif Shahid, Head of Digital Banking at MCB What mobile phones have done to landlines in this country is exactly what mobile wallets are about to do to bank accounts. Over the next 3 to 5 years, the numbers of mobile wallets will far surpass the good old bank accounts. Why? Simple. Both landlines and bank accounts are privileges and will remain so. These [...]

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Chinese Smartphones: 7 Compromises That You Make Against Lower Price

By | May 27, 2014 80 Comments

By Hassaan Ommat The recent influx of Chinese smartphones in Pakistan has gathered a lot of attention in the past couple of years. The main reason, just if you don’t know, is the affordable prices that come with these Chinese Smartphones. Nowadays smartphones have changed the way in which most of us communicate and the large inventory of applications has allowed smartphone owners to make the [...]

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Skype Leaks Its Users’ Essential Information Including IP Address

By | May 23, 2014 43 Comments

By Mujahid Sheroze Microsoft owned skype became responsible for leaking precious data of its users including internal and external IP addresses along with ports. Anyone can acquire the IP details of any Skype user by simply knowing its Skype ID, we have checked. As a matter of fact, for those who don’t know, Skype creates a direct peer to peer connection between Skype users for [...]

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Time to Innovate the Banking Sector

By | May 20, 2014 48 Comments

By Sohail Malik After spending more than a decade (2001 – 2012) in Telecom Industry for various national/multinational companies in Pakistan I was able to build a successful career for myself. Yes, telecoms in Pakistan is a cut throat business but it provides fuel to those who are ambitious and want to grow fast. After reaching the position of Chief Commercial Officer for a leading [...]

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Things to Watch Out: Downside of 3G!

By | May 12, 2014 24 Comments

By Amyn A. Ghulamali Everyone has been raving and ranting about the speed they are getting on their 3G enabled phones — even I myself boasted that I had it on my Telenor connection before anyone else — But as we all know things get very old very soon because somehow all the meme’s and speed test screenshots have stopped popping up on social media [...]

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How 3G Will Impact IT Industry?

By | May 9, 2014 31 Comments

By Hasan Saleem of The question isn’t what 3G will change – it’s, what won’t 3G change? The potential of high-speed Internet carries within it the inherent possibilities for social and economic change. Especially for a country like Pakistan where the government is unable to provide its citizens with adequate resources and infrastructure, internet-based technologies born out of both necessity and innovation will play [...]

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3G and 4G Auction in Pakistan: A Dispassionate Analysis!

By | April 24, 2014 28 Comments

The experts of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Forum PAKISTAN have attempted a dispassionate analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the Spectrum Auction conducted on the 23rd of April 2014. The experts have also briefly analyzed some of the criticism. Strengths The biggest achievement of this auction – and consequently of PTA and the Government – is that it has been conducted in a very smooth [...]

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

By | April 22, 2014 13 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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Big Data – Big Data Goes Green

By | April 18, 2014 2 Comments

By Naveed Siraj I’ve recently made the effort to be more environmentally friendly. I turn the TV off at the mains when I’ve finished watching it, and I’ve stopped letting the tap run when I brush my teeth. Did you know that you can save up to eight gallons of water a day doing that? We’re constantly asked by governments and utility companies to be [...]

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Difference Between Plasma, LCD And LED: Choose Which Is Best For You

By | April 18, 2014 17 Comments

By Ayaz Ahmed The influx of technology has its mark on almost every aspect of our lives. From our professional lives at work to the way we spend our leisure time at home. We can even see people sitting in a restaurant waiting for the meal to arrive with a Smartphone in their hands. This flood of technology is also continuously upgrading the conventional appliances [...]

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Illegal Grey Traffic Crippling Legal and Licensed Industry for Nearly a Decade!

By | April 16, 2014 10 Comments

By an LDI Operator Grey traffic operators have been earning billions of rupees openly selling their illegal services for over a decade now. As early as 2005/6, the PTA annual report of 2006 reported a loss of approximately Rs. 3 billion during 2005 due to illegal termination of international incoming traffic. The unchecked greed of grey traffickers is fed at the cost of crippling a [...]

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Big Data: Helping Take Control of Asia’s Traffic Woes

By | April 7, 2014 One Comment

By Naveed Siraj Many cities across Asia Pacific are notorious for terrible traffic. In fact, just recently there were reports of a horrific jam in China that lasted for over a week. Can you imagine the frustration of being caught in that? While this is an extreme case, dealing with traffic congestion in bustling Asian cities is a daily reality. In highly populated cities or [...]

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Social Integration and The Virtue Matrix

By | April 3, 2014 One Comment

By Saad Mustafa Warraich Corporate Social Responsibility is often mistaken either as limited to corporate philanthropy or as a stalking horse for a hidden corporate agenda, or even as a panacea to right all wrongs when it comes to corporate reputation. The above understanding of CSR stems from two commonly held counterproductive beliefs; one, business and society are pitted against each other instead of their [...]

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Blackberry SDK Now Allows To Covert Android Apps to BB Platform

By | March 6, 2014 3 Comments

By Minhaaj Rehman Satisfied Blackberry users have stuck with Blackberry in good times and bad, amid the hypes and torrents of reviews on latest gadgets including iPhone, Android, and Windows phone. If you love having access to wide range of apps and are an avid fan of social media apps such as Instagram, Skype, and Whatsapp, you will probably be better off sticking to your [...]

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