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PTA Issues QoS Parameters for Data Services

By | December 30, 2009 No Comments

Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has formulated two sets of key performance indicators (KPIs) to improve and monitor the quality of service (QoS) of ‘Fixed Broadband’ and ‘GPRS/EDGE’ networks. The objective of introducing these KPIs is to create transparency and set monitor-able standards in fixed broadband and GPRS/EDGE services hence ensuring consumers’ satisfaction. Extensive consultations with the relevant operators and stakeholders were carried out for the [...]

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Service Quality Concerns in Telecom Industry (Part I)

By | December 30, 2009 3 Comments

The service quality of telecom industry is always been in discussions, no matter whether we talk about network quality parameters like: Voice Quality, Call connectivity, GPRS/EDGE connectivity or speed issues in EDGE services available from all mobile operators. It’s always been a “HOT Topic” in customer interactions for having the best network coverage quality on the network which they are using. Voice Quality & Call [...]

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Broadband Subscribers in Pakistan Beat Half Mln Mark

By | December 29, 2009 18 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has published numbers of Broadband users in Pakistan, with segment wise details of all technologies that are being used in the country. PTA says that there are total of 564,352 broadband users in Pakistan, as of October 2009. DSL and WiMAX technologies clearly dominate the market. Please review following graphs and tables, which speak themselves…! Technology Dec 08 Mar 09 Jun 09 [...]

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PTA Carries Out Exit Drill of its Employees

By | December 29, 2009 One Comment

Following the directive of Cabinet Division, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) carried out a successful and well coordinated exit drill of its employees today at PTA, Headquarters. It was done in coordination/consultation with District Administration and other related departments. Instructions regarding safe escape routes and other measures to be taken at the time of drill were already communicated to the occupants of the building i.e. PTA [...]

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Pakistan Tops 96.7 Million Mobile Subscribers

By | December 29, 2009 19 Comments

Count of Mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 96.7 million in November 2009, reported Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. With monthly growth rate of 0.83 percent, best in last half year, total amount of cellular subscribers in Pakistan stood at 96,709,585 with net addition of 790,856 subscribers in month of November 2009. With 96.7 million subscribers, teledensity has reached 59. 03 percent. More details are given in below [...]

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Etisalat is Holding $1 Bln Pakistani Payment For an Year Now

By | December 29, 2009 6 Comments

We have reported earlier Etisalat, the buyer of Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL), has withheld at least three installments valuing around US one billion dollar for more than a year, due to dispute with Government of Pakistan. Etisalat Holds $799.3 Mln Payments Till Transfer of Properties Etisalat Withholds 3 Installments – GoP May not Facilitate the Dispute Dispute Between GoP and Etisalat over CMPak’s LDI License [...]

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PM Seeks More Chinese Investment

By | December 29, 2009 No Comments

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has stressed the need for leveraging strategic partnerships with Chinese Government for improvement in public and social sectors through the use of advanced technology, especially information and communications technologies (ICTs). Emphasising the strategic importance, which the current government attached to the use and role of ICTs for tangible improvements in all spheres of life, he called for focused approach [...]

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Cellular Companies' QoS Survey Results

By | December 29, 2009 22 Comments

As per regulation, PTA is supposed to conduct Quality of Service Surveys for telecom services in the country, at least once a year. In first half of 2009, in several phases, PTA conducted QoS survey to calculate the service standards of cellular companies. Results were recently on-aired by the authorities and they reveal that all cellular operators failed to achieve the desired standards. The QoS [...]

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BlackBerry For Non-Corporate Customers…!

By | December 29, 2009 9 Comments

Well, common Blackberry myth is that BlackBerry is only made for corporate needs and can only provide functionality related to your everyday business and corporate needs. This is indeed that core functionality of BlackBerry is to cater everyday business needs of professionals within any relevant industry especially in old BlackBerry handsets. While watching recent ad on the T.V that BlackBerry can be used for non [...]

Read More Launched – One Click Solution for Unit Conversions

By | December 29, 2009 No Comments

Unit Conversion tools have always been a common need for various fields of science and technology. Whether you are a student, a technology professional or a research worker, you would need, every other day, a calculation that could precisely tell you the equivalents of one unit in another. While the conversion tools have been very common all over, finding a reliable way of doing conversions [...]

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Viper Technology Becomes Intel's Authorized Service Provider

By | December 24, 2009 No Comments

Viper Technology has been nominated as Pakistan’s first Intel’s Authorized Service Provider (IASP), enabling the firm to provide its clients with support and efficient warranty services on Intel based Machines. This is the first time that any IT company in Pakistan has been awarded the status of IASP by Intel. This will not only promote the local IT firms but will also enable the Pakistani [...]

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MVNO Regulation is Ready for Execution

By | December 24, 2009 3 Comments

MVNO regulation is almost ready, as PTA has brought forward the regulation draft and has asked the industry for input. As per draft, application for MVNO will go though MNO (Mobile Network Operator) containing details of the Commercial Agreement between the MNO and proposed MVNO. These details will include Quality of service; Number Portability support by MVNO; Roaming arrangements; Revenue Sharing arrangements; Customer care arrangements; [...]

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Become a Star with Ufone

By | December 24, 2009 18 Comments

Ufone recently launched a campaign “Ufone SMS Buddies, Become a Star” in which they are offering their valued customers a chance to become a star in one of their upcoming TV commercials. The response for the Ufone SMS Buddies “Become a Star” contest have been overwhelming and Ufone customers still have time till the end of January 2010 to find a place in the cast [...]

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Internet Society Funds EduScope for Pakistan – A New Learning System

By | December 24, 2009 2 Comments

The Internet Society (ISOC) has announced that it is funding community-based projects around the world to promote Internet access and education in underserved communities, to track and highlight the deployment of IPv6–the next generation protocol key to the Internet’s continued growth, and to address issues such as online identity theft. As part of the ISOC Community Grants Programme, each project will receive up to US$15,000 [...]

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Mobilink on S&P's Creditwatch with Positive Implication

By | December 24, 2009 No Comments

The rating on Mobilink’s parent, Orascom Telecom, was placed on CreditWatch with positive implications on the company’s plans to raise $800 million through a rights issue. “We have placed the ‘CCC+’ rating on Mobilink on CreditWatch with positive implications in line with the rating action on Orascom Telecom,” S&P said. The rating on Mobilink could be raised by one notch if the rating on Orascom [...]

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