Anusha Rahman says Pakistan 3G Auction Policy Directive Finalized

Ms. Anusha Rehman Khan Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said that the four mobile phone companies in the country had shown interest in the auction reported GEO News. The minister added that the policy directive would be approved by the Federal Cabinet Advisory Committee on Thursday.

Ms. Anusha Rehman also said that to introduction of 4G services in the Pakistani market would also be made part of the 3G Spectrum auction. Earlier, on September 28 while hearing the petition seeking the completion of the 3G license auction process and the appointment of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman and members, the Supreme Court directed the government to expedite the said auction process. The Government of Pakistan has so far completed one big step towards the auction by appointing Dr. Ismail Shah as Chairman and two other members to complete the authority. The appointment of Dr. Shah is welcomed by the Telecom Industry, who is known for his competence and honesty.

SingTel Sells 30% Stake in Pakistan’s Warid Telecom

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has sold its 30% stake in Pakistan’s Warid Telecom for US$150 million. The buyer is the Abu Dhabi Group, which already owns the other 70% of the company.

As part of the deal, SingTel is also entitled to a 7.5% share of the net proceeds if the Abu Dhabi Group sells the company or merges it with another local mobile network.

SingTel had previously provided a guarantee of approximately S$90 million and an equity undertaking of around S$51 million to support the company with its lenders. The sale also releases SingTel from those financial obligations.

However the company will post a net loss on the investment of US$186 million following previous write-downs.

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core benchmarked!

Qualcomm hasn’t rushed its quad-core hardware. The company has taken its sweet time perfecting, developing and tweaking it and now it seems as if all of its hard work has come to fruition. Benchmarks for the developer version of its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset have shown the new architecture to be light-years ahead of the competition and it will raise the SoC Bar forever! Qualcomm’s next generation mobile SoC is definitely something we’re looking forward to seeing in the future.

Without getting too technical here the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 developer tablet kit contains a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and is running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This 10.1-inch display running a 1366 x 768 resolution is going to be put through its paces but for now here’s a quick glance at a few of the popular Android benchmark apps. Quadrant blew through the roof posting numbers nearing 8000, and AnTuTu clearly was ahead of the other quad-core options. That’s hardly a scientific measurement, but Qualcomm reminded us that the Snapdragon S4 Pro’s asynchronous cores are design to manage workloads intelligently; individual cores will shut themselves off when necessary, to give users a bit of extra juice.

The chipset maker held a private event, which talked about understanding benchmarks first and foremost, but not to overshadow our hands-on time with the new S4 Pro (APQ8064). The event was filled with interesting details into the world of benchmarks and SoC architectures, which some at some points danced on the boring side but nonetheless proves that Qualcomm has its bases covered.

People really like what Qualcomm is doing and can’t wait to see devices running the new Snapdragon S4 Pro, as it’s sure to be a hit! The S4 Pro will breed new competition that will only produce faster and powerful processors from Qualcomm and others, which will only benefit the consumer.

Qualcomm Reports 17% Profits Rise Boosted by One-Off Gains

Qualcomm has reported that its third fiscal-quarter revenues rose by 28% compared to last year, reaching US$4.63 billion. Net profit also rose, by 17% to US$1.21 billion.

The profits were boosted by US$761 million, net of income taxes, for discontinued operations, as a result of a $1.2 billion gain associated with the sale of substantially all of our 700 MHz spectrum.

The company shipped 141 million MSM chips during the quarter – a rise of 18 percent year on year.

“Looking forward, our growth estimates for 3G/4G device shipments in calendar 2012 have moderated slightly, and we now expect the demand profile of the calendar year to be more back-end loaded as new devices are launched for the holiday season. Although our outlook for semiconductor volumes in the fiscal fourth quarter has been reduced from our prior expectations, we are ramping supply of our 28 nanometer chipsets to help enable what we expect to be a strong December quarter for our semiconductor business.” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.

The company ended the quarter on June 24, 2012 with $26.5 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.

The company’s tax rate for the quarter was 24% due to lower overseas sales, although the expected annual tax rate will be around 20 percent.


Huawei Officially Launched in Pakistan

Huawei has launched five touch screen Android mobile phones in Pakistani market on July 16th 2012 in Lahore. The models are Ascend P1, U8860 Honor, U8850 Vision, Ascend G300, Ascend Y200. The phones were first unveiled one by one, and then all the five were shown together by models, the event ended with an awesome performance by Ali Azmat and Humaira Arshad.

Huawei the world’s second biggest company in telecom sector launched these smartphones in a launching ceremony “Beauty Meets Brains” with the official distributor AirLink Communication . The chief guest of the ceremony was Dr. Firdos Ashiq Awan, Secretary IT & Telecom Farooq Ahmad Awan, AirLink Communication Chairman Shaukat Hayat Paracha, Huawei CEO Pakistan Mr. Geng Simeng , Google County Consultant Badar, Qualcomm Central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan Director Asad Inayat and CACF Chairman Khalid Khan.

Secretary IT & Telecom Farooq Ahmad Awan appreciated Huawei for not only bringing the business but also providing awareness of 3G technology to the people of Pakistan. He also promised that 3G technology will be available at the end of this year.
Huawei plans to hold another event at Karachi tomorrow, until now Huawei has kept the details under cover and the products to be released are still unknown, it is rumored that the devices which were released in Lahore will be showcased again. For more information stay tuned at Huawei Facebook Fan page.
The price range of Huawei upcoming smartphones is between PKR. 12000 – PKR. 42,000.

Jazba Launches Game Development Competition

After conducting free workshops on Mobile App and Game Development, Mobilink Jazba has launched a Mobile Game-Development competition to offer a platform for students and app developers to test their skills at creating gaming software for mobile platforms.

Mobilink Jazba’s mobile game development contest has been designed to evaluate the concept, technique and creative acumen of participants, whilst at the same time providing a new avenue for local mobile technology developers to develop content for mobile users.

Jazba said it will accept games only, so no apps please! You can submit any genre of game but please ensure that it has not been published on any app store or website prior to the final date of submission. Also, piracy is bad, so avoid it! And the competition is only open to students and independent developers.

Winners of the competition will get cash rewards up to Rs. 500,000, as well as other valuable prizes such as handsets and internship opportunities within Mobilink. That’s better than other similar competitions in the town. Check below list of prizes for the winners:

  • Winner: PKR 500,000
  • 1st Runner up: PKR 300,000
  • 2nd Runner up: PKR 100,000
  • 3rd and 4th Runner up: HTC Explorer handsets
  • 10 participants: Free GPRS up to 6 months or 1 GB consumption (whichever is lower)
  • Internships
  • Jazba shall publish the game on Jazz Bananas, with developers earning revenue for each download
  • Jazz Bananas is an app store accessible to Pakistan’s largest cellular base, with over 34 million customers
  • Only games can be selected as entries (please, no apps!)
  • Any genre of game will be accepted
  • Only games that have not been published on any app store or website prior to final date of submission will be considered for evaluation
  • Copied or pirated game entries will be considered void
  • This competition is for students and independent game developers only. Professional software development organizations will not be considered eligible to participate
  • Submissions by teams will be acceptable, but should include names of all members in the game credits. However, prizes will be received by the individual in whose name the entry has been submitted
  • Only the games developed in the following mobile OS will be accepted:
    • Symbian
    • Java
    • BlackBerry
    • Android


  • July 31st, 2012

How to Participate:

For further details and to submit your games click here.

Huawei and Qualcomm Test CDMA to LTE Fallback in Commercial Devices

Huawei and Qualcomm Test CDMA to LTE Fallback in Commercial Devices

Huawei has announced the success of interoperability testing for CDMA 1x LTE Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) commercial device. The test was conducted in partnership with Qualcomm using Release 8 1x CSFB and Release 9 1xe CSFB technology.

An important component of CDMA to LTE evolution, CSFB enables data services to run on LTE networks with voice service fallback to Circuit Switched packets. In the initial stages of LTE network deployment, operators typically deploy LTE to cover data hotspot areas, since Voice over LTE (VoLTE) has not yet fully matured. With CSFB technology, subscribers are able to access LTE mobile broadband services while continuing to have CDMA 1x voice services.

Wu Hui, Huawei President for CDMA/LTE Wireless Networks, said: “This is an important achievement for the CDMA-LTE industry. With Huawei’s leading SingleRAN platform, Huawei enables synergy between CDMA and LTE. Our CDMA-LTE team is committed to increasing network capacities, helping operators protect their network investments and provide subscribers with high-quality voice services and ultra-broadband experiences.”

As of Q1 2012, Huawei says that it has won 145 EV-DO contracts, including 110 Data-Optimized Rev. A (DORA) contract, three EV-DO Rev. B contracts for commercial networks, and eight EV-DO Rev. B contracts for pre-commercial networks.

Bell Labs’ research project develops services for mobile

Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm Bell Labs has announced that Smart-RF research project undertaken by a consortium of companies has developed the technical foundation for a new reconfigurable RF transmitter compliant of supporting mobile standards within a single radio frequency band. A programmable radio module will enable network operators to deploy their base stations. This is an advantage when they roll out mobile standards, such as future generations of LTE mobile broadband technology, or accommodating new spectrum allocations. This will provide a service for mobile operators as they evolve their networks. This project is part of a continuum of research being conducted by Bell Labs into future architectures for mobile networks, including the lightRadio portfolio of products.

Internet traffic to grow four-fold to 2016 – Cisco

Annual global internet traffic will reach 1.3 trillion GB in 2016, according to the latest forecast from Cisco. Monthly traffic will increase nearly four-fold from 2011, to an estimated 110 exabytes in 2016, while hourly traffic is expected to reach 150 petabytes by the same date.

The increase in IP traffic is driven by the growing number of connected devices. Cisco expects that by 2016, there will be nearly 18.9 billion networked devices ― equal to almost 2.5 connections per person ― compared with 10.3 billion in 2011. There will also be more people accessing the internet (3.4 billion in 2016), faster bandwidth (average 34Mbps vs 9Mbps in 2011) and more people watching online video (traffic of 1.2 million video minutes per second in 2016).

Cisco also expects that by 2016, over half of the world’s internet traffic will come from Wi-Fi connections. These will increasingly be over mobile devices and TVs, as the percentage of consumer internet traffic coming from PCs is expected to drop to 81 percent in 2016, from 94 percent last year. Global mobile internet traffic is forecast to grow ten-fold from 2011 to 2016, to 10.8 exabytes per month, or 130 exabytes annually.

Cisco also included subscriber forecasts for the first time in its networking report. Residential internet users are expected to grow from 1.7 billion in 2011 to 2.3 billion in 2016, and VoIP will be the fastest-growing residential internet service, going from 560 million users in 2011 to an estimated 928 million in 2016.

In the mobile market, consumer subscribers are forecast to reach 4.5 billion in 2016, versus 3.7 billion last year, and mobile video will be the fastest-growing service, going from 271 million to 1.6 billion users over the forecast period. SMS will still be the most-used service, rising from 74 percent of consumer mobile users in 2011 to 90 percent by 2016.

Among business internet users, Cisco expects desktop videoconferencing to be the fastest-growing IP service, rising from 36.4 million users in 2011 to 218.9 million in 2016. Location-based services will be the fastest-growing business mobile service, going from 27 million users in 2011 to an estimated 158 million in 2016.

The Cisco forecast is based in part on actual traffic data provided voluntarily by global service providers and consumers and is also available on a regional and country level.


TCS Connect, an Online Shopping Portal, Launched

Online shopping is all the rage these days and TCS has decided to give it a go by launching TCS Connect, to take your online shopping experience to next level.

TCS Connect is an online shopping portal that has a wide variety of products with different payment options and delivery all over Pakistan.

TCS has been a trusted name in logistics and supply chain industry of Pakistan for well over two decades and this is a clever move on their part since quite a few people are still hesitant about buying expensive stuff online (yes I’m talking about our parent’s generation).

TCS Connect will sure help the hesitance go away from those minds that were earlier reluctant to buy goods from online stores. Their country wide delivery network will flare up the ease by simplifying the online shopping process and experience.

Talking about the layout and design of the website, it is functional and easy on the eyes. The shop offers an extensive catalogue for the buyer with categories including mobiles, lifestyle and books with other categories to be populated soon.

Of course with a new launch you need some incentive for the potential buyer to choose you instead of the competition and TCS does that by offering deals on selected products that include a redeem on next purchase, free insurance for a selected period, a percentage value of product cash back and free delivery all over Pakistan.

TCS claims that the products on sale are authentic and come from official suppliers and manufacturers themselves. In this scenario, prices below the market level aren’t really possible since all TCS is doing is validating the identity of the official vendors.

TCS Connect provides extensive payment options with credit card payment, cash collection at banks, Netbanking and EasyPaisa/Omni being available. You don’t have to be online to buy anything as well. You can get information about offline orders from the Call Center or any TCS Express Center.

Currently TCS Connect only ships within Pakistan but orders can be placed from anywhere in the world. Orders can be tracked online so you can know exactly when you’ll get the product instead of vague estimates.

All in all it’s a good venture by TCS though they are a little bit late to the party since many shops have already built up solid reputation and are trusted by consumers. However I do not think it is a project doomed to the waste bin simply because of the brand recognition TCS has.

I don’t see it challenging other online shops for market share but it definitely has potential to grow and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it evolve into more of a gift shop backed by authentic products and on time delivery in future even if its performance as a pure e-marketplace isn’t stellar.

Just to conclude here, we know from people close to TCS that they are working on payment processing gateway as well. This is in addition to mobile banking solution that TCS is working on. Hence payments through their own branchless banking will be an option too, just in few months.

Here are the links to TCS Connect:!/tcs_connect/


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