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Beeline Uzbekistan starts sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Beeline Uzbekistan has started sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet. The device is being offered for UZS 1.599 million. Subscribers are also being offered a bonus of 200 MB monthly traffic for six months.

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PTCL launches 3G cloud bundles

Pakistan Telecommunications Company (PTCL) has introduced a 3G Evo Wi-Fi Cloud and a 3G Evo Nitro Cloud bundle offer. The price of the bundle is PKR 8,000 upfront and includes a 3G Evo Wi-Fi Cloud device and four months of unlimited downloads. Monthly charges of PKR 2,100 will apply from month five.

The 3G Nitro Cloud bundle costs PKR 12,000 upfront and includes a 3G Nitro Cloud device and four months of unlimited downloads. Monthly charges of PKR 3,000 apply from month five.

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Alleged tax evaders to be banned from 3G auction

Pakistan’s senate sub-committee of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) has notified the regulator to disqualify all operators that are involved in alleged PKR 47 billion tax evasion from participating in the upcoming 3G spectrum auction.

The committee issued the order after the former Director General Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU) Islamabad and existing Member Inland Revenue Service Ijaz Hussain Shah confessed that he was pressurized to sign a deal to agree that operators would not have to pay sales taxes on interconnection charges. He said that PKR 47 billion sales tax evaded over the past five years through inflating the prices of their equipment imports.

The telecom operators tried to bail themselves out by bringing forth the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s position that the interconnection charges are ‘expenses’ and not `income’ under the Calling Party Pays regime.

The committee directed the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to ensure the availability of records and invoices of telecommunication companies to ascertain the legality of the tax on interconnect charges. The five companies in the alleged tax evasion were earlier identified as National Telecommunication Corporation, Ufone, Telenor, Pakistan Mobile Communication, and Warid.

The five telecom operators claimed it to be a ‘propaganda’ campaign against them with regard to Rs47 billion taxes on interconnection charges.


Megacom launches new mobile internet option

Megacom, the Kyrgyzstan mobile operator has introduced its new Accessible Internet mobile internet option.

Traffic costs KZS 0.95 per MB under the option.

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Last Chance to Register for TurkmenTEL 2012

Registration process for the 6th Turkmenistan Telecommunications & IT Conference is in its closing phase. The conference is scheduled on 17 – 18 September 2012 at Ashgabat Exhibition Palace, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

In a programm official meetings programme is planned during the conference offering participating organisations the opportunity to have one to one meetings with members of the State Delegation.

The organising committee has appointed the Hotel Sofitel Oguzkent as the official hotel for the conference and has secured preferential rates for all conference participants.

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MNP date set for October

Azerbaijan mobile service users after several delays will finally gain access to mobile number portability (MNP) this October.

Jurgen Peetz, the CEO of local cellco Azerfon announced that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology had set the date as a final deadline for Azerfon and its two larger rivals Azercell and Bakcell to introduce MNP simultaneously.



Kcell becomes public company

Kcell, a Kazakhstan mobile operator has changed its status from a limited company to a public company, reports Newskaz. The company form was changed due to its planned IPO.


PTA denies plan to phase out prepaid connections

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said the government is not planning to phase out prepaid mobile connections.

PTA Chairman Farooq Awan said “There has been no proposal to phase out the prepaid connections under consideration. The interior ministry neither asked us about this nor gave any specific directions regarding the issuance of SIMs.”

Awan said that the interior ministry had security concerns which were addressed with various measures. The chairman also said that the PTA was concentrating on preventing Sim cards from being sold without authentication. He further said that it is an important issue and they are going to take the mobile phone operators onboard in this regard.

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Azerbaijan govt launches tax SMS-info service

The Taxes Ministry of Azerbaijan has launched a new SMS-info service. The service costs AZN 0.10 to register, with a monthly subscription rate of AZN 1.18 and charge of AZN 0.10 per inquiry. Charges for using the service will be billed by mobile operators.


Altel taps Bercut for LTE software provision

Altel is a state owned CDMA operator of Kazakhstan. It has enlisted St Petersburg-based Bercut, an international provider of end-to-end telecom solutions, to supply it with the software required to roll out its mooted Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the vendor has announced.

According to the terms of the contract, Bercut has agreed to implement the mechanism of charging for data transmission and LTE subscriber services. In addition, Bercut will provide an interface to the advanced end-to-end ‘WeTree’ Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA) platform, which will allow Altel to create and introduce new services rapidly.

Database, in May this year Kazakhstan’s minister of communications Askar Zhumagaliyev confirmed that preparations for the introduction of LTE services would get under way this year, with a view to the country’s cellcos launching commercial offerings in Almaty and Astana in 2013. 

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