Pakistan Internet Capacity to be Expanded by 96 Tb/s with New Submarine

Pakistan Internet Capacity to be Expanded by 96 Tb/s with New Submarine

A cable landing party agreement has been signed between PEACE Cable International Network Co Ltd (PEACE Cable) and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd (Cybernet Pakistan) on April 16, 2019 at Capacity North Africa in Cairo. Pakistan Internet Capacity to be Expanded by 96 Tb/s with New Submarine

According to agreement, both parties will follow a memorandum of understanding signed in 2018.

Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) is a 12,000km long, privately owned cable system that provides open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customers.

PEACE is targeted for completion in the first quarter of 2020. The system design will deploy the latest 200G and WSS technology. This latest technology will offer the ability to transmit over 16 Tb/s per fibre pair, servicing growing regional capacity needs.

Pakistan Internet Capacity to be Expanded by 96 Tb/s with New Submarine

The PEACE cable system with landings in Pakistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya and France – in the first phase – will connect the three most populated continents in the world, providing critical interconnection to the economic corridors of Asia, Europe and Africa. A total capacity of 96 Tb/s will be added to Pakistan’s internet infrastructure.

Cybernet will be deploying PEACE Pakistan Cable Landing Station (CLS) and managing its operations in Pakistan. Cybernet is on a mission to bring affordable ultra-fast broadband on its own fibre network and in partnership with mobile and other fixed line carriers to the far reaches of Pakistan.

Cybernet Pakistan CEO Danish Lakhani said:

We are humbled to be able to contribute in bringing a submarine cable system that will have an outsized impact on the digital landscape in Pakistan.”

He further added that:

PEACE is the only cable system that originates in Pakistan and connects three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and elevates our country’s strategic standing in the global connectivity race. The cable will also bolster the redundancy of our country’s connectivity to the rest of the world. At Cybernet, our vision is to create an enabling environment for Pakistan’s digital landscape where ISPs, carriers, CDNs, content providers and virtually all IT-enabled firms can extend affordable services to our citizens – while contributing to increasing GDP, IT exports and total factor productivity”

The CEO said that with its ultra-low latency design, the cable will cut down transit time between Pakistan and France to less than 90 milliseconds – dramatically improving the response time of internet-based applications and the experience of our users.

Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

The federal cabinet has once again postponed the approval for the license renewal policy. A five member committee is constituted for further consideration. Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

Prime Minister Imran Khan conducted the cabinet meeting to consider “Policy Directive under Section 8 of the Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-Organization) Act 1996 for renewal of cellular mobile licenses in 2019” submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry said that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) under the directives of Prime Minister submitted a report on the renewal of cellular licenses. He further explained that being a multi-million dollar transaction, this matter requires further attention.

Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

The fear of telecom companies are growing with delay in this process, as their licenses are due to expire in the current year.

Prime Minister, Imran Khan constituted five members committee to review PTA’s report on cellular license policy, comprising:

Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui: Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication.

Asad Umar: Federal Finance Minister of Pakistan.

Hammad Azhar: State Minister for Revenue.

Abdul Razzak Dawood: Advisor to Prime Minister

Mian Mohammad Soomro: Federal Minister for Privatization

Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Khalid Maqbool said last week that the matter of license renewal has been completed and is waiting for approval from the cabinet. He explained that the government issues policy directives to PTA for implementation and would also complete the renewal policy soon.

The minister stated that for every change, new amendments are required in the policy, but he assured that the matter will be resolved on a priority basis. The PTI government with the renewal policy has estimated to generate revenue of around $1.3 billion.

Govt of Pakistan Confirms New Cyber Security Policy

Govt of Pakistan Confirms New Cyber Security Policy

Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Minister for Information Technology has revealed that a cybersecurity policy has been finalized. Govt of Pakistan Confirms New Cyber Security Policy

The IT minister said that during his speech at the Huawei Mobile Pakistan Summit. According to the IT minister, the government will develop an authority under the cybersecurity policy. He highlighted that mobile devices will become an important tool for banking and education.

The minister also announced that for establishment of mobile manufacturing plants, the government will allocate a piece of land in Haripur, Hazara for telecom companies. The government has discussed the establishment of mobile manufacturing plants in Pakistan with several telecom companies including Huawei.

Govt of Pakistan Confirms New Cyber Security Policy

He said that:

Land has been identified near Haripur for establishing such plants.

Furthermore, Siddiqui said that the government aims to digitize Pakistan. It will need 0.2 million graduates with expertise in modern technology in the coming years.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the government is planning to set up Media Technology University to empower the media with innovative skills.

He underlined that IT has contributed a lot in socio-economic development and transformed the economic scenario. However, it has reduced the job opportunities and the pressing issue is to save these jobs.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said

Digital advertising has taken over traditional advertising and several offices of media organizations have closed down because of this change.

The minister said that Huawei spends $14.5 billion on research and development, which is more than half of Pakistan’s exports. The company is also working to promote technology in Pakistan.

At the occasion, Huawei Vice President Middle East Sunxiaofeng said that 5G iss coming this year and would alter the society. He emphasized that Huawei iss committed to providing a secure network and cooperating with the regulator. The company has created 25,000 jobs in Pakistan.

Swedish Companies Offer Smart Solutions to Urban Challenges in Pakistan

Swedish Companies Offer Smart Solutions to Urban Challenges in Pakistan

Effects from climate change, urbanization and a growing middle-class exert pressure on water, transportation and energy supplies in Pakistan’s cities. Meanwhile, Sweden is a world leader in innovation, start-ups and sustainable business, with green technologies that form the building blocks of a smart city. So, how can sustainable Swedish solutions help Pakistan meet its urban challenges? Swedish Companies Offer Smart Solutions to Urban Challenges in Pakistan

These issues were in focus at the business event “Smart Cities & Digital Transformation” at the National Incubation Center in Karachi, Friday, April 5th. The Swedish illusionist Charlie Caper opened the event with a futuristic show on robotic technology, setting the tone for the following discussions on innovation for a sustainable future. Swedish companies and business entrepreneurs presented their solutions to areas such as water and waste management, clean air and energy, and IoT and connectivity.

Swedish Companies Offer Smart Solutions to Urban Challenges in Pakistan

Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, presented the “Smart City Sweden” platform – a gateway to Swedish companies working in all areas of urban development. The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) shared their perspective on academia’s internationalization and key role in innovation.

“Today’s event presents smart Swedish solutions to Pakistan’s urban challenges and displays how Sweden’s industry, academia, and government collaborate in clusters that produce start-ups and innovations for sustainable growth. I look forward to increased trade and knowledge-sharing between Sweden and Pakistan”, said Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan.

Stakeholders from the Pakistani business sector, including representatives from Pakistan’s Stock Exchange, the Prime Minister’s Council of Business Leaders and Secretary, Sindh Investment department discussed key areas for Swedish solutions in Pakistan and how ease of doing business could promote such investments. Minister for IT, Environment and Coastal Development, Nawab Muhammad Taimur Talpur represented the Government of Sindh in the event.

The event was co-organised by the Embassy of Sweden, the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Business Council in Pakistan and the following Swedish companies: ABB, AICT, Atlas Copco, Ericsson, SKF, Tetra Pak, TalkPool and Tundra Fonder.

#SmartCitySweden #SwedeninPakistan

Notes to Editors: Smart City Sweden is the national export and investment platform for smart and sustainable city solutions. There is more to learn about smart cities visit their website www.smartcitysweden.com

Whatsapp Business App for iOS Now Available in Pakistan

Whatsapp Business App for iOS Now Available in Pakistan

Whatsapp announced the global launch of its Business app for Apple’s iOS for all markets including Pakistan. It will allow small businesses to communicate with customers through the platform. Whatsapp Business App for iOS Now Available in Pakistan

This business tool will help those who run small businesses and want a seamless way to connect to their digital savvy customers. The people who are running small businesses can now set up a Whatsapp business profile by filling out information such as its business details, company e-mail, address and website.

Whatsapp Business App for iOS Now Available in Pakistan

Presently, WhatsApp business has many exciting features such as Quick Replies, Labels and Chat List Filtering. Quick Replies feature allows the businesses answer common questions by pressing the “/” on their keyboard to choose one from a list of quick replies and send it. At the same place, Labels feature lets businesses shape their contacts or chats with labels, so they can find them again in the future so easily. While the Chat List Filtering feature facilitates the businesses to manage their chats with filters easily that help them sort by unread messages, groups or broadcast lists.

The account will be listed as “Business accounts” so everyone knows that they are talking to a business account. The business account will then become “Confirmed Accounts” once WhatsApp verifies it.

So iPhone Users can download it from App Store to make businesses flourish.

Jazz flexible Work Policy Offering Employees Greater Work-life Balance

Jazz flexible Work Policy Offering Employees Greater Work-life Balance

As mobile devices, high-speed internet and video conferencing technology become more widespread, telecommuting jobs are also becoming more common. The biggest global corporations like Apple, Google and Dell value work-life balance believing that there does not need to be a conflict between work and life at home, rather a collaboration. Realizing the benefits that working from home brings to employees and the environment, Jazz launched its flexible work policy, ‘Jazz Flex’, last year in which employees can spend a day working from home every week. After a successful pilot phase, the program iss now extended to the employees nationwide. Jazz flexible Work Policy Offering Employees Greater Work-life Balance

Although Jazz Flex is available for all employees, the program iss mainly focused towards working mothers. While women and men are starting to more equally share the care-giving responsibilities of raising children, women still bear the lion’s share of those responsibilities. Jazz decided to help moms spread out their work in ways that allows them to spend quality time with their family.

Jazz flexible Work Policy Offering Employees Greater Work-life Balance

Aamir Ibrahim, CEO Jazz said:

At Jazz, we are bringing our digital philosophy to life through innovative workplace practices, enabling a conducive culture and ways of work. Jazz Flex is just one part of the new tools and programs we have initiated to help drive productivity, while encouraging greater work-life balance and flexibility,

The idea is to enable our employees to be the best that they can be; empower them so they are able to do more, be more, and expand their capability & capacity to achieve more.

During Jazz Flex’s pilot phase, feedback from employees wass very positive with most of them listing saving time and money, lower stress levels, increased work satisfaction and productivity as the major benefits.

To celebrate Jazz Flex’s nationwide launch, employees at Jazz weree asked to share pictures of how they spend their time working ‘on Flex’. Thousands participated in this ‘Flex a Pose’ competition with Qurat ul Ain Imran winning the award after sharing a beautiful picture of her paying attention to her three children, while working at the same time.

Govt of Pakistan to Approve Telecom Renewal Policy

Govt of Pakistan to Approve Telecom Renewal Policy

The Federal Cabinet is likely to approve policy for renewal of cellular mobile licensees for 15 years on Tuesday. Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over the Cabinet meeting to consider a 19-point agenda. The body will also consider an agenda, “Policy Directive under Section 8 of the Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-Organization) Act 1996for renewal of cellular mobile licenses in 2019”, submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. Govt of Pakistan to Approve Telecom Renewal Policy

GOP to Approve New Policy for Renewal of Cellular Mobile Network License Today

Talking to media on Monday Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that government will unveil license renewal policy for mobile operators to provide level playing field, besides attracting investment in the country.

Govt of Pakistan to Approve Telecom Renewal Policy

Mr Siddiqui while talking to media persons, said that:

A meeting was held with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday where policy for mobile license renewal was discussed, which would be unveiled in coming days to ensure level playing field and attract investment in the country.

Government to Unveil License renewal policy for mobile operators to Attract Investment in Pakistan

License renewal of two mobile operators is due in early May 2019 and one in October. Sources said that government is likely to maintain the price of $291 million for 10 MHz block in 1800 MHz band and $395 million for 10MHz block in 850MHz band. Further, the payment terms would remain the same as of the previous auction.

However, the quality/standards would be revised as per the best international practices.

Uzbekistan to Establish Digital Technology Centers

Uzbekistan to Establish Digital Technology Centers

The Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications Uzbekistan is planning to develop training centers for digital technologies based on international best practices. Uzbekistan to Establish Digital Technology Centers

A new digital technology center was started in the postal communication building of Kagan district of Bukhara region. Shukhrat Sadikov, the Minister for Development of Information Technologies and Communications attended the opening ceremony.

Uzbekistan to Establish Digital Technology Centers

At the initiative of the President, the Ministry developed the concept of creating such centers in all regions and cities of the republic. Additionally, free training will be offered in these centers.

Furthermore, e-commerce and programming training will also be free of charge. Also, future entrepreneurs in the field of information technology will be trained in innovative skills, and start-up projects will be provided with appropriate support.

The Center was equipped with modern computers and the necessary equipment. The youth of the district will gain knowledge and skills in the field of information technology, programming, robotics, eSports and e-commerce.

Also Read: Govt of Pakistan Decided to Develop IT Special Economic Zones in Islamabad

Govt of Pakistan Decided to Develop IT Special Economic Zones in Islamabad

Govt of Pakistan Decided to Develop IT Special Economic Zones in Islamabad

Govt is planning to establish Information Technology (IT) Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Islamabad. The purpose of this development is to offer business and employment opportunities to the skilled workers. Govt of Pakistan Decided to Develop IT Special Economic Zones in Islamabad

According to Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, Secretary Board of Investment (BOI), the government has not yet decided where they are going to build the IT park. Additionally, there aree two places planned for the IT zone in the capital. The task iss given to the National Industrial Parks (NIP) which is a development and management company to develop IT zone.

Govt of Pakistan Decided to Develop IT Special Economic Zones in Islamabad

The secretary BOI said that it is a priority of the government to build SEZs in Islamabad along with three other cities including Hattar (Haripur), Faisalabad and Rashakai (Nowshera). The purpose behind building these IT zones in the country is to facilitate international and local investors and to generate more revenue. He also said that the government is expecting major foreign investment in the coming five years from Energy, Automobile and Agriculture sector.

He further added:

We expect more investment from 5 countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China) to flourish the businesses and economy of the country.” ‘The government will have priority to initiate the business to business relations for connecting the local business community with international investors for Joint Ventures (JVs).

The secretary BOI said:

Malaysia would provide an opportunity to give us the way to the potential market of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Furthermore, these special economic zones are part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a joint venture between Pakistan and China to promote cooperation and business growth between the countries.

Zong 4G Received the “Best 4G Service in Pakistan” Award

Zong 4G Received the “Best 4G Service in Pakistan” Award

Zong 4G wins the “Best 4G services in Pakistan award at the  3rd Consumers IT & Telecom Conference, organized by Consumers Association of Pakistan, with support from Ministry for Information Technology and Telecommunication and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Zong 4G Received the “Best 4G Service in Pakistan” Award

The laurel is another Big Win for Zong 4G. The No.1 Data Network of Pakistan, is now the No.1 Choice of the Nation. The award, presented by the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, is an affirmation that ZONG 4G has been at the forefront of providing unrivalled connectivity, unmatched customer experienced and the most advanced customer care. Leveraging on state of art technology, the company is providing unmatched data connectivity to people and continues to be customer’s foremost preference in Pakistan.

Zong 4G Received the “Best 4G Service in Pakistan” Award

Speaking at the occasion, Chairman and CEO, Mr. Wang Hua shared

This award is a testament of our customers’ trust and confidence in ZONG 4G. We are will continue to explore the path of transformation and development. Efforts will be made to seize the opportunity, actively meet the challenges, grasp the general trend of information and communication development, and deepen the implementation of the “big connection” strategy, and strive to become the leading operator of digital innovation in Pakistan.

He  further added:

As a company that is committed to innovation and technological advancement, ZONG 4G will continue to innovate in information services and make full use of new technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence to provide better services to Pakistani industry users.

With the highest data traffic in the country, ZONG 4G shines atop the horizons of leading digital innovation and prominence. Being the pioneer of 4G in Pakistan, Zong 4G has gone from strength to strength and has cemented its position as the leading mobile network operator with 4G technology leadership, market leadership and service leadership.

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