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PTA Announces Qualified 3G / 4G Spectrum Bidders

By | April 17, 2014 38 Comments

In accordance with the timelines mentioned in Information Memorandum (IM) for the Spectrum Auction of Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan, PTA has announced the names of the qualified bidders for the auction to be held on April 23, 2014. PTA has received bids from four existing Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on April 14, 2014 for 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz Spectrum. After scrutiny of [...]

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Telenor to Lay off Over 100 Employees in Pakistan

By | April 16, 2014 33 Comments

Telenor is planning to lay off at least 100 employees from Pakistan to outsource major Finance and Accounting tasks to Accenture Bangladesh, we have confirmed with sources. Sources confirmed that Telenor Group is in process of taking a decision on the matter and final outcome is expected around last week of April 2014. Interestingly the labour in Pakistan is more cost efficient than Dhaka, however, [...]

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Confirmed: Ufone, Mobilink, Telenor and Zong Submit Sealed Bids for 3G / 4G Licenses

By | April 14, 2014 24 Comments

As we reported earlier today, its confirmed now that four local operators – namely Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, Ufone and Zong (China Mobile Pakistan) – today submitted sealed bids for the auction of 3G / 4G licenses, confirmed a statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Statement said that authority received four bids for spectrum auction for Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan till the deadline of [...]

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97% Warid Customers Are Happy With Quality of Network: Survey

By | April 9, 2014 24 Comments

Poll Question: How happy are you with the quality of network service provided by your mobile company? Warid has outscored other cellular operators by having more satisfied customers as compared to all other mobile phone networks of the country, revealed a recently concluded opinion poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan. 97% of Warid users said that they are happy with the quality of network service provided [...]

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Mobile Users in Pakistan Reach 132 Million

By | April 2, 2014 17 Comments

Mobile phone users in Pakistan were recorded at 132.33 million at the end of January 2014, said stats issues by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Total cellular tele-density reached 77 percent at the end of reported period, the stats said. All cellular operators, on the whole, added 538,290 subscribers in December 2013 while another 821,339 subscribers were added in January 2014. Mobilink lead the market with 37.72 [...]

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Mobile Users Start Experiencing 3G Services in Pakistan [Screenshots]

By | March 31, 2014 27 Comments

Mobile phone users in Pakistan are beginning to experience 3G services in the country as mobile phone operators are hard testing next-gen services on their networks under a special 3G trial-license granted by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. 3G services by various operators are tested in select areas of major cities only during nights. However, there are few lucky users who had the chance of experiencing high-speed [...]

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Telenor and UNICEF Enable Birth Registration through cell phones

By | March 28, 2014 One Comment

Telenor Pakistan and UNICEF Pakistan announced the launch of a pilot project to mediate child’s right to identity through mobile birth registrations. A ceremony to formalize this partnership was held yesterday at a local hotel. Currently, the rate of birth registration in Pakistan is quite low due to various socio economic factors. Time, cost, travel, process hindrances and general lack of awareness all contribute towards [...]

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Telenor, Mobilink and Ufone Voted as Favourites to Win 3G and 4G Licenses

By | March 26, 2014 5 Comments

Two weeks ago, on the 11th of March 2014, we initiated a poll asking you to share with us your thoughts on which operator, in your opinion, would win 3G and 4G licences. As of 25th March 2014, a total of 8,502 users expressed their opinion as to who will win the 3G licenses, while another 5,714 participants answered the question on operators expected to [...]

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Telenor’s Software Engineering Department Appraised at CMMI Level 3

By | March 18, 2014 5 Comments

In line with its commitment to be at par with global standards, Telenor Pakistan’s Software Engineering Department has been appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 – one of the most prodigious accolades in software engineering and management industry for best software practices. With this appraisal, Telenor Pakistan has become the 1st cellular operator whose Software Engineering Department has achieved such a level [...]

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Telenor Talkshawk Introduces Mahana Rakhwala Offer

By | March 14, 2014 10 Comments

Telenor Talkshawk has introduced the Mahana Rakhwala offer for its subscribers. This is a monthly offer for which subscribers will have to use just one code. To avail this offer, Telenor Talkshawk subscribers have to dial *345*30 and they will get 3000 minutes, 3000 SMS, and 300MB mobile internet, for the entire month. The offer is priced at Rs. 350 plus Tax. Mechanics of the [...]

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Which Operators Will Win 3G / 4G Licenses?

By | March 11, 2014 15 Comments

At a time when 3G – 4G spectrum auction is nearing and its less than just a month now that we will have at most three 3G operators and two 4G operators in the country. The stage has been set, final arrangements are being made and everyone is with fingers crossed to see their respective operator getting 3G/4G licenses to ultimately enjoy high-speed broadband internet [...]

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Telenor’s 100% Cell Sites are 3G Ready: CTO

By | March 10, 2014 No Comments

Telenor has completed its network swap project after which its more than 7,500 cell sites, country wide, are 3G ready, said Gyorgy Koller, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan, during an interview with ProPakistani. Gyorgy Koller – explaining the scope of the swap – mentioned that Telenor Pakistan’s entire network (including more than 7,500 cell sites, MSCs, transmission transport network including microwave, fiber equipment, all the [...]

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Warid Enjoys Top Paying Customers in the Market

By | February 27, 2014 31 Comments

Warid, the company with lowest subscription base, enjoys the best paying or highest ARPUed customers in Pakistan’s cellular industry. As a matter of fact, Warid is generating more revenues than Zong suggesting how strong Warid customer base is when compared to Zong’s apparently dormant subscriptions. Not to forget, Zong has almost double the subscribers of Warid. According to a document released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority [...]

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Easypaisa Bags Two Awards at Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona

By | February 26, 2014 One Comment

Easypaisa was announced the winner of Best NFC/Mobile Money Product or Service and Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets at the 19th Annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014 held during Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday. The only nominee from Pakistan this year, Easypaisa was nominated in 2 categories and competed against a number of world renowned service providers [...]

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Telenor’s Revenues Decline During Q4 2013

By | February 12, 2014 5 Comments

Telenor Pakistan posted its total revenues of Rs. 23.14 billion (or NOK 1340 million) for fourth quarter of 2013, down from NOK 1,421 million during the same duration last year. Total revenues in local currency declined by 1%, mainly due to price erosion from low priced on-net offers and negative contribution from ICH of 3 percentage points. Telenor Pakistan’s revenues from subscriptions and traffic stood [...]

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