Cellular subscribers report for the month of Sep-16

According to the latest data of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Pakistan ended August with 133.90 million telecom subscribers, while 3G/4G subscribers reached 34.3 million in the month of Sep-16 that are marginally up from 32.6 million in August-16.Telecom operator Mobilink charged the mobile market again with over 40 million mobile customers in Sep-16, followed by Telenor (38 million) and CMPak (26 million).In the other hand Ufone and Warid subscribers deceases their subscribers from 19.1 million to 18.9 million and 10.7 million to 10.3 million in Sep-16 respectively.

·        The annual telecom subscribers increases to 134.4 Million in September-16.

·        The number of 3G/4G mobile users reached 34.3 Million.

Here is the graphical representation of total number of subscribers for the month of Sep-16.

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Market Share:

Here is the chart of four (4) Pakistani 3G UMTS Operators.

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Operator’s Stats and Market Shares:

According to PTA’s statistics, here are the details for 4 Pakistani 3G/4G operators namely Telenor, Ufone, Mobilink, Warid and Zong by Sep-2016.

  • Mobilink: With 40 million at the end of Sep-16, Mobilink has 30% of its market share.
  • Telenor: With 38 million at the end of Sep-16, Telenor has 29% of its market share.
  • Zong: With 25 million at the end of Sep-16, Zong has 19% of its market share.
  • Ufone: With 19 million at the end of Sep-16, Ufone has 14% of its market share.
  • Warid: With 10.3 million at the end of Sep-16 has 8% of its market share.

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Cellular subscribers report for the month of August-16

According to the latest data of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Pakistan ended August with 133.90 million telecom subscribers, marginally up from 133.28 million in July-16.Telecom operator Mobilink commanded the mobile market again with over 40 million mobile customers at the end of August-16, followed by Telenor (38 million), CMPak (25.8 million), Ufone (19.1 million) and Warid (10.7 million).

  • The annual telecom subscribers increases to 133.90 Million in August-16.
  • The number of 3G/4G mobile users reached 32.6 Million.

Here is the graphical representation of total number of subscribers for the month of July-16.

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Market Share:

Here is the chart of four (4) Pakistani 3G UMTS Operators.

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Operator’s Stats and Market Shares:

According to PTA’s statistics, here are the details for 4 Pakistani 3G operators namely Telenor, Ufone, Mobilink and Zong by August-2016.

  • Mobilink: With 40 million at the end of August-16, Mobilink has 33% of its market share.
  • Telenor: With 38 million at the end of July-16, Telenor has 28% of its market share.
  • Zong: With 25 million at the end of July-16, Zong has 22% of its market share.
  • Ufone: With 19 million at the end of July-16, Ufone has 17% of its market share.

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Cellular subscribers report for the month of July-16

According to the latest indicators of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, total number of cellular subscribers reached 133 million. While 3G/4G subscribers strength reached 32 million at the end of July-16. Latest report shows addition of 2.2 million 3G/4G subscribers in the total strength which indicates 8% growth of 3G/4G users in the reported month.

According to PTA, Mobilink alone added 1.2 million new 3G users on its network while Zong added another half million 3G users during the month. So the total number of 3G users by the end of July 2016 raised 30.62 million while 4G users reached 1.16 million by the time.

  • The annual telecom subscribers increases to 133.3 Million in July-16.
  • The number of 3G/4G mobile users reached 32 Million.

Here is the graphical representation of total number of subscribers for the month of July-16.

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Market Share:

Here is the chart of four (4) Pakistani 3G UMTS Operators.

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Operator’s Stats and Market Shares:

According to PTA’s statistics, here are the details for 4 Pakistani 3G operators namely Telenor, Ufone, Mobilink,Warid and Zong by July-2016.

  • Mobilink: With 39 million at the end of July-16, Mobilink has 34% of its market share.
  • Telenor: With 38 million at the end of July-16, Telenor has 28% of its market share.
  • Zong: With 25 million at the end of July-16, Zong has 21% of its market share.
  • Ufone: With 20.3 million at the end of July-16, Ufone has 17% of its market share.

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Telecom subscribers report for the month of June-16

PTA latest indicators report shows approx. 0.4% decrease in cellular subscribers at the end of June-16 that is a first time decline in 3G subscribers for the telecom sector. As always, Mobilink remains at the top among all the other operators but at the end of June-16, Mobilink and Ufone lost their 3G users while Telenor remains at its best with Zong in 3G services.

  • The annual telecom subscribers decreases to 133.24 Million in June-16 due the decrease in 3G subscribers. The decrease rate between the two months is 0.4%.
  • The number of 3G/4G mobile users reached 29 Million.

Here is the graphical representation of total number of subscribers and the decrease in the month of June-16.

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Market Share:

Here is the chart of four (4) Pakistani 3G UMTS Operators.

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Operator’s Stats and Market Shares:

According to PTA’s statistics, here are the details for 4 Pakistani 3G operators namely Telenor, Ufone, Mobilink,Warid and Zong by June-2016.

  • Mobilink: With 38.9 million at the end of May-16 and after decrease in its 3G subscribers Mobilink still surpassed by 0.3% and reached at 39.1 million at the end of June-16.
  • Telenor: With 37.9 million at the end of May-16 Telenor surpassed by 0.2 % and reached at 38.0 million at the end of June-16.
  • Zong: With 24.6 million at the end of May-16, Zong increased by by 1.9 % and reached at 25.1 million at the end of June-16.
  • Ufone: With 20.3 million at the end of May-16, Ufone decreased by 0.2 % and reached at 19.8 million at the end of June-16.
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Policy Directives for 3G Auction Delivered to PTA

After getting the approval from the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom has issued a policy directive to PTA regarding Spectrum Auction for Third Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan.

PTA has been entrusted to carry out the whole process in the most clear and transparent manner. PTA has also been asked to hire the services of a consultant to move ahead with the desired objective.

After getting the directive from the Ministry, PTA has informed the concerned parties in the auction that the process will be given the utmost priority and it is expected to be completed by the end of February, 2014. PTA also informed that Ministry of Finance has estimated around PKR 120 billion in the shape of auction fee of this transaction in its budgetary estimates.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved policy directives for auction of next generation 3G mobile services which will fetch multi billion dollars for the country.

This transaction will be accomplished by February. The premier has approved technology neutral policy which means that Third Generation (3G) or 4G could be brought in to boost voice and data communication at an accelerated pace in the country.

Now the PTA has been asked to appoint a consultant and move ahead with the desired objective. The regulator, PTA, has informed the authorities concerned that auction will be completed by end of February as Ministry of Finance had estimated around Rs120 billion in shape of auction fee of this transaction in its budgetary estimates.

Ministry of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has also confirmed issuance of directive while talking to a local newspaper she said,

Yes, we have sent approved policy directives to the PTA for implementation.”

The policy directive was issued by the ministry to PTA on 7th October, 2013, according to which the allocation of the spectrum will be technology neutral and auction will be open for new entrants as well. Also, auction winners will encourage and facilitate local manufacturing, transfer of technology and research and innovation in telecom sector of Pakistan.

The hiring of an international well reputed consultant is expected in next few weeks along with the finalization of mode of transaction. 

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Government and Mobile Industry agree to move forward with next generation wireless networks, strong policy and regulatory environment for investors in 2.1 GHz spectrum licenses

Government and mobile industry agree to move forward with next generation wireless networks,
strong policy and regulatory environment for investors in 2.1 GHz spectrum licenses


Workshop in Islamabad opens debate on upcoming auctions of spectrum for 3G in Pakistan

In a half a day workshop on, “Policy & Regulatory  Environment For Next Generation Wireless Networks” organized by Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF) and TechPolis on October 4th in Islamabad, industry and policy makers agreed that Pakistan is moving forward with upgrading its mobile networks to mobile broadband, which will allow fast broadband Internet access as well as better quality voice calls, including video calls.


Minister of State for Information Technologies, Anusha Rahman Khan, said at the final keynote speech at the event at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad that government and industry, “have more agreements than disagreements, and where there are disagreements the dialog will continue open.” She said that the leadership of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) is now in place and will conduct the auctions of 2.1 GHz spectrum. The MoITT Policy Directive giving guidelines to PTA for spectrum auctions for next generation wireless networks has been drafted and is being discussed within the government, said Minister Rahman.


Chairman of PTA, Dr. Ismail Shah, stressed to the industry representatives that his doors are open to discuss any aspect of policy that can give operators certainty regarding the regulatory environment they will face once they acquire 2.1 GHz licenses to introduce next generation networks. “We want the services to be provided and the people to benefit from increasing access to bandwidth in Pakistan.” He also said that PTA will support the industry transition but added that it is also the role of the PTA to protect consumers and assure availability and quality of services.


On a panel of CEOs and senior representatives of mobile operators, there was agreement that three licenses of 2 X 10 MHz should be put forward in the auctions. On the reserve price for the auctions, Lars Christian Iuel, CEO of Telenor Pakistan, said that, “we can compare the spectrum licenses to buying a car. We cannot price it until we have clear what type of car it is and what comes with it.” Ufone CEO Abdul Aziz added that the policy issues that provide the environment for the auctions (type of auction, taxation regime, clarity on the cost and availability of rights of way for new telecom towers, right of mobile operators to international termination access fees) are as important as the reserve prices of the spectrum.


On a panel on the ecosystem for next generation networks, Ziad Matar, Head of Business Development for Qualcomm in the Middle East and Central Asia, and Syed Ahmad, Vice President of PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) agreed that mobile applications will drive the utility of mobile broadband for the country with local content that has meaning for the common person. Mr. Ahmad pointed out that the IT industry, government and the mobile industry should create a common framework for access to locally developed applications. Currently, the Pakistani IT industry focuses on mobile applications for international markets, shying away from the local market because of lack of common standards and unattractive revenue share propositions. Lars Christian from Telenor said that taxes of 33% on mobile operators’ revenues are discouraging application developers from using local stores, so they prefer to use Apple and Android stores where they pay only 5% tax.

Khalid Khan, Chairman of CACF, lauded the willingness of both government, mobile sector and IT sector of working together to promote deployment of next generation wireless networks and development of the domestic mobile application sector. “It is of essence that these three players seat down to work out the challenges,” he commented.
TechPolis CEO, Ricardo Tavares, said at the end that the space for dialog between government and private sector on telecom policy is now open and that both sides should take full advantage to create a strong framework for growth not only in the telecom sector but for the entire economy. “Next generation networks is a must for economic growth. Pakistan lost some time in recent past, but I am glad a new Administration is hiring a great team to move telecom and IT policy forward,” he concluded.














GSMA Mobile Asia Expo 2013 Sets the Stage in Shanghai, China

After the success of inaugural Mobile Asia Expo last year, the stage is set yet again this year. It is a three day event taking place from June 26 to June 28 taking place at Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai China. The second event is promised to be even bigger and better than the first one with more participants and new exhibits. GSMA is the event organizer and CACF is the proud media partner this year.

Mobile Asia Expo 2013 includes:

A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, demonstrations, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers.
• A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions and world-class networking opportunities.
• App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace.

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“This year is our second year in Shanghai and we have great expectations for a wonderful event. We’re targeting both the mobile business-to-business sector as well as local and international tech savvy consumers,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Limited, at a local press event in Shanghai.

The GSMA also hosted a seminar on NFC in the transport and retail sectors and the work that the GSMA is doing in these areas. The seminar was organized at Kerry Hotel, Pudong

This one day seminar brought together mobile operators, transportation services, retailers and their partners and looked at the challenges faced by them, as well as the roles they can play in bringing commercial services to the consumer. This Mobile Commerce Seminar provided the delegates with an insight to the development of mobile commerce services and the role of mobile NFC in this fast growing Asian market. Speakers consisted of senior representatives from MNOs, payment providers, retailers and transportation providers engaging in the provision of SIM-based mobile commerce services.

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Franco Bernabe ,GSMA and Telecom Italia chairman opened Mobile Asia Expo by giving a speech on “a laser focus on our customer’s privacy and security” will allow the mobile industry to make a key contribution to the future of innovation.

Bernabe stated that privacy and security of the mobile users has becme the biggest concern of the current times as more people are sharing and accessing data via mobile devices and the number of connected devices predicted to surge in the coming years.

“It is very important for our industry to consider this challenge, as most of this data will be uploaded using mobile networks,” he noted.

Bernabe elaborated his point of view by adding: “The underlying question of how to ensure privacy and security when developing e-commerce and m-commerce is crucial. In fact, these services are built on the internet that does not consider the principles of privacy in security, and is lacking an effective system for identity management.”

“In this context mobile technology, built around principles of privacy and security, could play a key role in responding to the needs of consumers,” he added.

Bernabe concluded his speech on a cautionary note by saying the future of innovation is dependent on the evolution of regulation and public policy: “Regulation can deliver a flourishing future where innovation and investment is encouraged, or can lead to a struggling ecosystem burdened by procedures and cost.”

 Keynotes Session

The opening day of Mobile Asia Expo 2013 kicked off with keynotes session by the mobile industry giants China Mobile, Telstra and KT. The discussion was mainly based on the current technological changes, savy rivals, and informed customers.

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Speaking about the network quality David Thodey, Telstra’s CEO admitted the problem of network issues, he said, “We have a service issue. Because of such demand, we are not providing a great service to consumers. That’s across the world”. He stated that the industry needed to solve the issue if it wants to retain the customers.

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Xi Guohua, Chairman of China Mobile expressed the same views while describing how operators must build new services and revenues through partnerships.

“To create new businesses, we must be open-minded with other industries. We have been close-minded in the past. We need to learn from other industries. This is important,” he said.

The third speaker was Lee Suk-chae, KT’s chairman CEO.

MK-CB153_KTBOSS_D_20130225175548He said, “There is no future in telecoms services only,” highlighting how KT’s voice revenue – mobile and fixed – has declined from $8.1 billion in 2008 to $5.8 billion last year.

He highlighted the opportunities created by the technological changes by saying that there is a massive opportunity in virtual goods, including apps, services and digital versions of physical goods. “We must be a producer of virtual goods or be an enabler of them,” he said.

“We must learn from the failure of WAC,” he said, while embracing the concept behind it. He argued that the key was network investment, while for Thodey, the key is the network rather than services. Thodey said that consumer has changed in recent years, now he is “more informed and more demanding.”

Thodey also said operators need to define value for subscribers. “We need to re-educate our customers”. The industry needs to find ways to jointly create value with OTT players.

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Sony uneviled Xperia E and dual E

Description

The Sony Xperia E dual is the thrifty Scotsman’s dream phone come true – cheap, versatile, and able to work with two SIM cards simultaneously. That latter feature allows one to take advantage of two carriers’ deals from a single device, or have two separate phone numbers – one for business and one for personal matters. At the same time, the Xperia E dual provides access to Google Play’s vast library of Android applications. It also has acceptable hardware specs, such as a 3.5-inch screen, 1GHz processor, and a 3.2MP camera, so all the basic necessities seem to be covered.

The box contains:

[list style=”unordered” type=”type1″] Wired stereo earphones (model MH401C)
microUSB cable
Wall charger
Quick start guide and FCC statement
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Design

We have to give credit to Sony for making the Xperia E dual visually appealing. Okay, it surely isn’t going to win any design contests, especially when it’s made out of squeaky plastic, but for an entry-level smartphone, the device actually looks quite nice. The handset’s back side is curved inwards, which makes it easy to handle and operate, while the texture adds character and additional grip. The unit itself is 11 millimeters thick, which is within the acceptable norms.

Underneath the smartphone’s screen we see three capacitive Android buttons – well spaced so that one can’t press them by accident. On the right side of the device reside all its physical buttons – a volume rocker, lock key in the middle, and a camera shutter. Our only complaint about them is that the volume rocker is likely to be too small for some users.

Display:

Sony has outfitted the Xperia E dual with a small, low-quality screen that may be passable, but fails to impress us in any way. It measures 3.5 inches in diagonal and has a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels. Punching these numbers into a calculator gives us a poor figure of only 165ppi, which explains why graphics are rough around the edges and why text looks jagged. The color depth and viewing angles are also mediocre.

When using the Sony Xperia E dual outdoors, you’ll want to have its screen brightness turned up to the maximum. Otherwise, it is simply unusable as its surface reflects too much light. Too bad that a light sensor isn’t present so you’ll have to adjust the screen brightness manually.

Samsung Announces the Dual-Sim Galaxy Fame and Young

Samsung has added another two smartphones to its Galaxy family in the form of the Galaxy Fame and the Galaxy Young. Both mid-range devices are to offer Android on a budget, and their optional dual-SIM capabilities make them ideal for those who frequently use their smartphones for both work and play. Samsung will be showcasing the devices at Mobile World Congress later this month, but we have the full specifications for both below.

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Specifications

[list style=”unordered” type=”type1″] Optional dual-sim functionality
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Touchwiz UI
Weight: 120.6g
Thickness: 11.6mm
3.5 inch display with resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
1Ghz single-core processor
512 MB RAM with 4GB internal expandable storage
5 mp auto-focus camera with VGA video recording and LED Flash
VGA front-facing camera
microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, Wifi-Hotspot, GPS
Optional NFC
1300 mAh
Samsung Apps
Available in White
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Galaxy Young specs

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Specifications

[list style=”unordered” type=”type1″] Optional dual-sim functionality
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Touchwiz UI
Weight: 112g
Thickness: 12.5mm
3.27 inch display with resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
1Ghz single-core processor
768 MB RAM with 4GB internal expandable storage
3 mp fixed-focus camera with VGA video recording
microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, Wifi-Hotspot, GPS
Samsung Apps
1300 mAh battery
Available in White
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Blackberry 10 OS

BlackBerry 10 is finally here and BlackBerry’s new mobile platform can finally take its first breath as it steps out into the mobile market.
The BlackBerry smartphone range has been in desperate need of a reboot for a while as the likes of iOS 6, Android Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8 have outstripped the now extremely outdated BB OS7 platform.
Where as the other platforms have witnessed incremental upgrades BlackBerry 10 is a completely new offering – BlackBerry has scrapped the BB OS7 base and rebuilt from the ground up.
BlackBerry 10 has merged homescreens, widgets, app lists and a unified inbox into one slick interface, offering up an easy-to-navigate user experience.

Lockscreen

The first thing you’re greeted with on BlackBerry 10 is the lock screen, which not only shows the time and date, but also notifications, unread messages and upcoming calendar events.
There’s a button to launch the camera straight from the lock screen to grab a quick snap, just hold down on the icon for a couple of seconds.
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To unlock a touchscreen BB 10 handset you need to slide your finger up the screen and as you do the homescreen below will begin to appear, giving you a sneak peek of what’s underneath.

Homescreen

BB10 will display up to eight of these active frames, displaying your most recently used apps with the latest app appearing in the top left position.
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Only four active frames can fit on the screen at a time, so you’ll need to scroll down to see the rest – which all seems a little pointless, as you can just as quickly swipe sideways to access the app list and launch the app you want from there.When you’re in an app there’s no back button, instead with BB10 you use a gesture to exit applications by running your finger up from the bottom of the screen.

Interface

At the bottom of both the homescreen and app list you’ll notice a shortcut bar, with quick links to the phone, search and camera applications – allowing you to quickly jump to these regularly used features.
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There’s a pleasant fading animation as you flick between pages, and you’ll see the previous page of apps fade away to the side of the screen, to be replaced by the new page.

Peek and Flow

Peek and Flow are two core aspects which come heavily baked into BlackBerry 10 and they dictate the way you use the system.
Flow refers to the way the whole of BB 10 operates, as you glide between applications and screens with no hard navigation tools such as the back or home buttons with are found on rival handsets.
It’s very different to any system we’ve experience before so it took us a few days to get our heads around the various gestures required to effectively use BB10.
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If it’s just a boring news letter you can return to the app or video your were viewing without having to go back to the app list and navigate to it.
The whole BlackBerry 10 interface does appear to be very smooth with no sign of lag which makes for a pleasing user experience – once you’ve worked out the various gestures required to get around that is.

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