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PTA Announces Qualified 3G / 4G Spectrum Bidders

By | April 17, 2014 42 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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Meet the Incredible Nokia X [Unboxing and Review]

By | April 17, 2014 30 Comments

Despite its close relationship with Microsoft and a recent agreement to sale its handset business to the software giant, Nokia has introduced its much-rumoured and long-awaited Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year. Nokia fans all over the world were surprised when the Finnish company announced not one but three Android powered smartphones and dubbed them the X family with a hint of [...]

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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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Mobilink Phone Trade Program: Exchange Your Old Phones with 3G Enabled Handsets

By | April 17, 2014 30 Comments

Mobilink has launched Pakistan’s first “Phone Trade Program” enabling its customers to exchange their old cell phones with the latest 3G supported smart phones of their choice by paying the differential cost. The program is aimed at providing Mobilink customers with affordable access to 3G smartphones through a trusted retail channel for exchange of their devices. The newly purchased phones will come with Mobilink pre-loaded [...]

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ZonG and UNICEF Join Hands to Defeat Polio in Pakistan

By | April 17, 2014 2 Comments

To create an enabling environment for polio eradication in Pakistan, ZonG and UNICEF has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening the use of mobile phone messages to ensure more children are vaccinated during the polio campaign. The widespread usage and viability of cell phones across Pakistan provides a great opportunity to reach out to communities who are most at risk of the disease. [...]

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PTCL Inter-Media Cricket Tournament Continues in Full Swing

By | April 17, 2014 No Comments

The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here in Islamabad. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The tournament, which earlier kicked-off with an exhibition match between PTCL-XI and National Press Club XI, was inaugurated by Governor KPK, Engineer Shaukatullah Khan. The first [...]

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Telenor to Lay off Over 100 Employees in Pakistan

By | April 16, 2014 37 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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Understanding 3G / 4G and the Auction Process [Complete Guide]

By | April 16, 2014 35 Comments

Pakistan’s Telecom industry is undergoing its most crucial time since the deregulation of the telecom industry back in 2004. Amid spectrum auction of 3G and 4G licenses, there have been serious confusions – particularly amongst the media – which is not only causing serious damage to the people of Pakistan but to our economy as well. Through this post we will try to help you [...]

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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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Online Grocery Shopping now Available in Islamabad

By | April 16, 2014 5 Comments

Residents of Pakistan’s Capital, Islamabad, can now carry-out their grocery shopping from the comfort of their home through SmartMart.pk. The website allows the residents of Islamabad to order various grocery products online, the items are then delivered at their doorsteps. The delivery is free if your order is above Rs. 5000; for orders below this amount, a delivery fee of Rs. 200 is charged. Users [...]

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Online Hotel Booking Site Launched in Pakistan

By | April 16, 2014 2 Comments

Jovago.com, an online hotel booking platform, is now operational in Pakistan. Along with Pakistan, the online platform, at the moment, is only available in two African nations; Nigeria and Kenya. The website has around 50 hotels available on its platform from Lahore and Karachi; other cities such as Sialkot, Bahawalnagar, Taxila, and more are also listed on their website. According to Jovago.com, they are looking [...]

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Warid Presents the ‘Bus Timings’ App

By | April 16, 2014 5 Comments

Having a hard time knowing the inter-city bus timings, or scheduling your journey from various cities of Pakistan? Need to know where the nearest bus stop is? When would the next bus leave for your desired destination? Then you should look no farther, as Warid brings the “Bus Timings” app for Android phones. Let’s explore this app in much more detail with screenshots from the [...]

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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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Spectrum Demand in 3G / 4G Auction is More than Supply: Chairman PTA

By | April 15, 2014 50 Comments

First round of 3G and 4G license auction in Pakistan gathered more demand from operators than the supply available in the allocated spectrum, confirmed us Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Yesterday four local operators submitted their bids for the first phase of 3G and 4G auction. Dr. Ismail told me that demand for spectrum is more than the supply and hence auction will [...]

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Zong Gets Local Loop Licenses for 14 Telecom Regions of Pakistan

By | April 15, 2014 21 Comments

After recent announcement by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority regarding the issuance of new local loop licenses, China Mobile Pakistan or Zong was quick enough to secure 14 local loop licenses for all telecom regions of the country. With Zong joining the league, there are now 18 operators with Local Loop licenses for various telecom regions of Pakistan. It maybe recalled that an LL Licence authorizes the [...]

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