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TeleCON-2010 Concludes in Lahore

By | April 24, 2010 3 Comments

Telecom specialists and distinguished speakers at the 3rd Global TeleCON-2010 presented some truly worthy ideas for deployment of Next-Generation technologies in the Telecom sector of Pakistan to enable swift economic growth and consumer satisfaction. The Theme of the conference was “Taking Pakistan to the Next Level of Technology Frontiers”. Dr. Muhammad Yaseen, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) delivered the Keynote address, expressing his views for [...]

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SEA-ME-WE-4 Outage to Affect Internet and Telcom Traffic

By | April 24, 2010 28 Comments

The SEA-ME-WE 4 cable linking Europe with the Middle East and South Asia was cut on Wednesday, 14th April in the Mediterranean Sea. It became inoperable due to a “shunt fault” approximately 1,886 kilometers from Alexandria towards Palermo, Italy in the S4 section of the cable. A shunt fault occurs when the submarine cable insulation becomes damaged and a short circuit occurs when it comes [...]

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Mustafa Peracha Resigns from Mobilink

By | April 23, 2010 25 Comments

As expected, we are just told by sources that Mustafa Peracha has resigned from his position at Mobilink as Vice-President, Broadband & Carrier Division. We have got the confirmation of Mr. Peracha’s resignation from Mobilink as well. Reportedly He would be leaving Mobilink to head wi-tribe, however Moblink didn’t comment on his future appointment. In a communication Mobilink wished him all the best in his [...]

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PTA Suspends License of Redtone Telecommunications

By | April 23, 2010 3 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has suspended the LDI license of Redtone Telecommunications (Pvt.) Ltd on account of concealment of minutes pertaining to the international incoming traffic. According to the details Redtone Telecommunications was issued a Long Distance & International (LDI) license. Under the license conditions, the company was supposed to deposit Access Promotion Contribution (APC) for Universal Service Fund (USF) on the total number of [...]

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President Inaugurates USF’s Broadband Project in Southern Punjab

By | April 23, 2010 4 Comments

President Asif Ali Zardari inaugurated a project to provide Broadband Internet in Southern Punjab funded by Universal Service Fund (Ministry of IT) on April 22, 2010. The project was originally launched by President Zardari on January 20th 2010 and within a short span of a few months, more than 25,000 broadband connections have already been provided in 32 cities. While addressing the gathering, President Asif [...]

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Get Free Cinema Tickets with Mobilink

By | April 23, 2010 5 Comments

In efforts to promote its brand and support the cinema culture of Pakistan, jazz introduced a new promotion, named as Jazz Apna Filmi Tuesday, as Tuesdays are known to be the boring days, through this promotion you can win a free ticket of any partnering cinema when you buy one there. How to get your free ticket? To avail your Jazz Tuesdays SMS voucher send [...]

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Senate Body Dismayed by PTA Failure to Block Unregistered SIMs

By | April 23, 2010 One Comment

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior has expressed dismay over the failure of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block the unregistered cell-phone SIMs and directed the regulator to provide exact data of SIMs blocked over non-verification as well as mobile SIMs issued against manual (old) National Identity Cards (MNICs). The committee met here on Thursday in Parliament House with Senator Talha Mehmood in the chair, [...]

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Ufone Banai Lakhpati: Lottery Scheme

By | April 23, 2010 11 Comments

After Mobilink’s SMS Khazana, Ufone has started a similar sort of lottery called”Ufone Banai Lakhpati. Ufone users will have send a blank SMS to 728, answer a quiz and enter Lucky Draw. Ufone says it has a Bumper Prize of Rs. 500,000 while 10 users will be getting 100 Free Minutes every day. Bumper Prize will be given at the end of the competition 21st [...]

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Breaking: MTN May Buy Orascom

By | April 22, 2010 5 Comments

MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile-phone operator, is preparing to buy Orascom’s operations, at least in Egypt, Algeria, Zimbabwe and Tunisia, reported Financial Times and Business Week. Based on information from three different sources, without mentioning the name, Business Week said that MTN has approached banks for $5 billion to help fund the acquisition of Orascom Units. The acquisitions may include Orascom’s operations in Egypt, Algeria, [...]

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PTA Organizes 2nd National Workshop on Telecom Reporting

By | April 22, 2010 No Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) organized 2nd National Workshop on Telecommunication Reporting here today. Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen presided over the event while Member (Finance) PTA, Syed Nasrul Karim Ghaznavi, Member (Technical) PTA, Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar, Director Generals and other officials of PTA and representatives from print and electronic media participated in the workshop. The objective of this workshop was to apprise the media [...]

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Mobilink Celebrates Earth Day with a Nationwide clean-up Drive

By | April 22, 2010 No Comments

Mobilink launched a nationwide drive as part of the “Earth-Day” celebrations to reinforce the importance of keeping the Earth clean. Earth Day is celebrated globally on 22nd April to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. The Mobilink Foundation Torchbearers carried out an elaborate environment-cleaning activity of prominent places in some of the major cities in Pakistan. Director Corporate Social Responsibility Omar Manzur, stated, [...]

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LTE is the Future Technology for Broadband

By | April 22, 2010 4 Comments

By Asim S. Husain The Military College of Signals (MCS) held a 2-day seminar on broadband networks at its Pindi campus on April 19th and 20th. Participants of the seminar included Chairman PTA, experts from the industry, MCS faculty and students. Seminar covered detailed presentations on different broadband technologies including wired broadband such as DSL and HFC/PONs and wireless broadband such as Wimax, EVDO, and [...]

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USF Stretches Broadband to another 21 Cities in Southern Punjab

By | April 22, 2010 10 Comments

Thanks to Universal Service Fund, 21 cities in southern Punjab are now broadband equipped with 25,100 customers already on board since the roll-out started three months ago. Contract for 11 districts (Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal, Leiah, Lodhran, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur and Vehari) was awarded to PTCL and WorldCall on January 20th, 2010. Out of 37 planned cities, 21 cities were [...]

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Khosa Terms PTCL’s Privatization Totally Fair

By | April 22, 2010 One Comment

Tussle over PTCL’s privatization continues, after Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan’s statement yesterday, where he had said that there was no contractual obligation to transfer titles of the state-land where PTCL offices stand to private investors, today Advisor to the Prime Minister on Information Technology Latif Khosa stated that there is no ambiguity in Privatization of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) and its Privatization was totally transparent [...]

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