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All Four Operators Bag 3G Spectrum, Zong Took Home 4G License

By | April 24, 2014 No 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 update coverage of the auction; lets summarise and review the final outcome of the auction. All four operators participating in the auction, namely Mobilink, Telenor, [...]

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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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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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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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Pakistan Computer Bureau is Gearing Up for e-Office Application Implementation

By | April 21, 2014 One Comment

Project Director, Pakistan Computer Bureau (PCB) has said that they are gearing up for e-Office application implementation.  The PSDP IT project titled “E-office Replication” was approved on 30th April, 2007, and the said application was developed and implemented at Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) under a pilot PSDP project in 2004. However, in the past, the said project was delayed since 2007 and the project [...]

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SC Asks Media Not to Sensationalize, Mis-report 3G/4G Auction

By | April 18, 2014 5 Comments

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on the request of Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has asked the media representatives not to sensationalize and mis-report 3G/4G auction. The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawwad S.Khawaja resumed hearing of the case. At the outset of the hearing, Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah pointed out that there had been some mis‑reporting in the press and [...]

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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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SC Directs for Uninterrupted 3G License Bidding Process

By | April 17, 2014 23 Comments

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the process of auctioning 3G and 4G spectrum licenses should continue uninterrupted. The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja resumed the hearing of a petition filed by Khurram Shehzad Chughtai, an information technology expert, who had sought a court order for the government to complete the process of auctioning 3G spectrum licenses on an urgent basis [...]

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Survey Endorses Certification and Accreditation Initiative of PSEB: Ministry of IT

By | April 16, 2014 No Comments

As per a recent survey conducted by Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) to get the feedback of the IT industry regarding certifications and accreditations initiative, 80% of the stakeholders have given positive feedback and endorsed this endeavor of the Ministry of IT. The survey included questions, pertaining to the need of subsidized international IT certifications, independent quality assurance lab for software products, PSEB accreditation to [...]

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GraphicMail Starts Offering its Email Marketing Solutions in Pakistan

By | April 15, 2014 7 Comments

GraphicMail – a specialized email marketing company — has announced plans to expand its operations in Pakistan. The company originally based in South Africa, currently having its physical presence in more than 24 countries, is now operating with a software development centre in Islamabad. GraphicMail has recently registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to become first registered email-marketing solution provider in [...]

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National Cyber Security Bill Introduced in Senate

By | April 15, 2014 3 Comments

National Security Council Bill 2014 – aimed at fighting the crimes committed over internet and through computer systems – was presented in the Senate yesterday. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed tabled the bill named as Cyber Security Council Bill 2014. The bill seeks the establishment of a 30 member ‘National Cyber Security Council’, defines its functions and powers as to develop and draft policy, guidelines and [...]

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Urdu Lughat is the Most-Complete Urdu-to-Urdu Dictionary Available on Internet Right Now

By | April 9, 2014 4 Comments

Agree or not, Urdu’s online presence is pitiable. Despite being among the five most-spoken languages in the world, there are just about 10,000 articles written in Urdu on Wikipedia. (There are over 40,000 pages on Wikipedia in Urdu but only a quarter of those are complete articles). There aren’t many reputable online dictionaries either. However, there’s one option now which is a beacon of hope [...]

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Twitter Brings Radical New Changes to its Web Profile

By | April 9, 2014 2 Comments

Twitter has announced that a new major redesign will be hitting its web profiles, which started yesterday on the 8th of April 2014 . New users can get to experience it straightaway while existing ones will have to wait for a few more weeks. Upon first glance, you will notice the unmistakable resemblance with, you guessed it, Facebook. After it has rolled out to everyone, [...]

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Windows XP is Officially Dead

By | April 9, 2014 8 Comments

Microsoft, after countless warnings, has at last pulled the plug from the Windows XP. The once most-popular desktop Operating System (OS) in the world that still powers 27 percent of all PCs worldwide. The OS will no longer be getting security updates and technical support from Microsoft now onwards. Support for Office and Exchange 2003 has also ended. The 12-year old Windows XP had already [...]

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Petition Filled Against FinFisher’s Surveillance Deployment in Pakistan

By | April 7, 2014 29 Comments

The alleged use of FinFisher, a controversial surveillance technology, in Pakistan has been challenged in the Lahore High court. FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is a trojan spyware software developed and marketed by the UK/German company Gamma Group. The petition was filed by Bytes for All chairman Shahzad Ahmad who said that FinFisher software was being used to monitor and obtain information from citizens through [...]

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