PTA order cellcos to shut chat services

STAFF REPORT IBD: PTA has issued orders to all cellular phone companies to end all chat room services with pressing effect as these services are not suitable to social norms and considered immoral in our society.According to PTA directives, Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 is obliged to regulate competition in the telecommunication sector and to protect consumer rights and to ensure that the interests of users of telephony services are duly watched over and protected.It has

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Cell services blockage on Eid incurs Rs 2.6b loss to cellcos

STAFF REPORT IBD: The cellular service operators faced approximately Rs 2.6 billion financial loss mainly due to the blockage of phone-related services to their customers during Eid days.It is to be mentioned here that all the five mobile phone companies, on the government’s directives, had blocked their phone-related services on Chand Raat and Eid day had blocked particularly in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Quetta.As the population of Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Multan is around 32 million,

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Huawei briefs bloggers on new services, products

STAFF REPORT LHR: Huawei has recently held a bloggers gathering in the city in order to brief them about the features present in the 5 devices launched earlier by the Company.On the occasion, the bloggers were given various models of Huawei’s current device lineup to have a firsthand experience of the performance and build of the devices.Bruce Fanhong, Director, Terminal Services Department, Huawei, shed light on the strategy adopted by the Chinese manufacturer and was eager to listen to the

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CubeXS, Microsoft to start enterprise cloud services

STAFF REPORT KHI: CubeXS Weatherly (Private) Limited, the first ever Tier-IV compliant data centre in Pakistan, has launched the Enterprise Cloud Services in collaboration with Microsoft Pakistan at a recently held ceremony in Karachi.The Pay-As-You-Go model would deliver a customized service with a flexible structure and no startup cost and no minimum term of commitment. This model would enable corporate as well as individuals to access state of the art technology without upfront investment in

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PTA plans to exp and telecom services in AJK

STAFF REPORT IBD: Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr. Mohammed Yaseen has called on AJK Prime Minister Abdul Majeed and discussed the progress of telecom sector in Kashmir in general and Neelum Valley in particular.Though rest of the people of AJK are enjoying state-of-the-art telecom facilities at very competitive rates, the population of Neelum Valley is deprived of the same due to certain reason, security being the major one. In order to address the issue, PTA initiated

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Broadb and -IPTV Asia Moot lauds PTCL services

STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL has participated in the recently held "Broadband-IPTV Asia Conference 2012" in Kuala Lumpur in order to project its SmartTV and Broadband products and services to the international media and telecom community.PTCL SM IP Operations, Ather A. Baig represented his Company at the prestigious forum, which was attended by more than 1000 visitors, 150 internationally recognized industry experts and transformational players from over 62 countries of Asia-Pacific region.

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GST on cellular services down in budget

STAFF REPORT IBD: Due to uniform GST the earlier GST of 19.5 per cent on cellular services/mobile phone calls has been reduced to 16 per cent in the federal budget 2012-13."It a sigh of relief for the telecom industry," commented an official of a local cellular company.The cellular industry has long been asking for the reduction in GST and removal of activation charges on mobile phone SIMs. The budget 2012-13 has finally taken care of GST but SIM activation charges are still there

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USF signs agreement for telephony services in Mastung

STAFF REPORT IBD: An agreement involving Rs. 3.15 billion has been signed for one of the USF projects related to Rural Telecom Services, Mastung Lot (Balochistan).According to the agreement, USF has recently awarded projects for providing basic telephony and data services in Mastung Lot (Balochistan) and broadband services in Southern Telecom Region-V (Sindh), says a press release issued here last week.It said that through the Rural Telecom Project in Mastung, basic telephony and data services

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ITU Secy Gen evaluates quality of PTCL services

STAFF REPORT KHI: PTCL is playing a leading role in the provision of quality and affordable ICT services to the people of Pakistan, said Dr Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of the UN Agency International Telecom Union (ITU) on his recent visit to PTCL Network Operation Centre.On the occasion, PTCL President and CEO, Walid Irshaid, apprised him about the PTCL’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Centre, the country’s largest telecom company’s network operations.The Secretary General

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PTCL upgrades DSL, Wireless services in snow-hit Chitral

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has upgraded its services in Chitral through a challenging team effort in the hilly and snow covered region, says a press release issued here.This past winter season saw an unusually high rate of snowfall and severe hail storms due to which PTCL’s Lowari Hill repeater got damaged, affecting its DSL and Wireless services in different areas of Chitral.Covered in 10 feet of snow, the Lowari Hill top repeater is situated at a

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PTA asks to stop services of SMS spammers

STAFF REPORT IBD: PTA has decided to take a stern action against those customers/companies using SMS service as a medium of spreading mass text messages either for the sake of publicity or some other intention.These SMS spammers are going to get a service suspension in result of sending bulk text messages, says an official of the telecom authority.Threshold set in this regard is 200 messages in 15 minutes. So any number which is sending identical text messages to 200 users in less than 15

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Telenor starts mobile services for farmers

STAFF REPORT IBD: Telenor Pakistan has partnered with the Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa to provide agriculture and livestock information on mobile to farmers in the province. In addition, farmers are also open to use the Easypaisa platform to trade in agricultural commodities. Information will be provided via push SMS, voice recordings and small community gatherings.Purpose of this initiative is to benefit farmers by providing them relevant and timely information, and the ability to carry

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Remittance services from S. Arabia to easypaisa rolled out

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Xpress Money has tied up with Telenor Pakistan for the "Direct to Mobile Account" service, while its "Direct to Bank Account" service will be available through 17 leading banks in Pakistan.All Telenor mobile account number holders can avail the "Direct to Mobile Account" service. New customers who wish to remit money using their mobiles can sign up with Telenor to obtain their personal mobile account numbers, says a press release issued here

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Remittance Services From Saudi Arabia to EasyPaisa and Banks Introduced

Xpress Money has launched two services for its Pakistani customers in Saudi Arabia:Xpress Money has tied up with Telenor Pakistan for the "Direct to Mobile Account" service, while its "Direct to Bank Account" service will be available through 17 leading banks in Pakistan.All Telenor mobile account number holders can avail the "Direct to Mobile Account" service. New customers who wish to remit money using their mobiles can sign up with Telenor to obtain their

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PTCLs Products and Services in 2012

In its sustained drive for leading technological innovation and elevating customer experience, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is setting industry trends for 2012 by launching a variety of exciting new products and services.The telecom giant began the year 2012 by launching Pakistan’s first 3G enabled Android Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro that offers dual support for both EVDO and GSM/CDMA network. Based on Android 2.2 Froyo and powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, the IVIO

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PSF offers institutional support for research in library services

STAFF REPORT IBD: A 5-day National Training Workshop on Library Automation Package KOHA, organized by Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC), a subsidiary organization of PSF, has been concluded a couple of days back with stressing the need for a consortium of libraries to work together for up-gradation of library services.Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, while addressing on the occasion as chief guest, said that there should be

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Nokia, MCB join h and s for mobile money services

STAFF REPORT IBD: In order to launch mobile banking services in Pakistan, the Nokia and Muslim Commercial Bank have joined hands.According to details, the Mobile Money Service, Nokia’s flagship product for mobile banking in developing countries, will be available to all MCB customers with Nokia phones.Under this initiative, Nokia will allow mobile phone users to transfer money to another person by using the person’s mobile phone number and also top-up prepaid connections, pay bills and enjoy

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