CDMA Uzbekistan extends regional promotions

Mobile operator CDMA Uzbekistan, working under the Perfectum Mobile brand, has prolonged its VIP For USD 20 Per Month and VIP For USD 25 Per Month regional promotions. The promotions will be available in all regions save Tashkent and Andizhan, until 31 December. The VIP for USD 20 Per Month deal provides a USD 15 monthly discount on the VIP Time to Speak tariff when buying a white-label smartphone from the operator and a USD 10 discount with the VIP for USD 25 Per Month promotion. Both promotions will also halve the rates of premium numbers costing USD 10-50.

Appointment of chairman PTA challenged in Supreme Court

The appointment of the chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been challenged in Supreme Court of Pakistan through a petition filed by Shah Khawar, Advocate. He stated that the appointment of the chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is in violation of The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996, and merit based prescribed criteria. The appointment of chairman PTA, Farooq Awan is based upon nepotism, favoritism, and personal whims and wishes suppressing law and merit based criteria, holding field for such appointments, the petition said.

He said in his petition that any appointment based upon political consideration, lack of competence to hold this office, and merit based criteria would result in depriving citizens of their fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 9, 14, 18, 23 and 24 of the Constitution.

The appointment of the incumbent chairman PTA is in violation of Section 3 (2) of The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 which stipulates that the authority shall consist of three members, one of whom shall be a professional telecommunication engineer and other shall be a financial expert and the Federal Government shall from amongst the members, appoint a member to be the chairman of the authority.


Azerbaijan to start IMEI registration in December

Azerbaijan will launch a national system for registering International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) codes in December, according to Iltimas Mamedov, the vice-minister at the Ministry of ITC. Work on the issue started three years ago and the government approved the launch of the system earlier this year.


Kyrgyzstan allocates LTE, Wimax frequencies to 12 operators

The Kyrgyzstan State Communications Agency has allocated LTE and Wimax frequencies under the new simplified procedure to twelve companies. They are Asia Info, Global Asia Telecom, Totel, Aknet, Kurulush Invest, T-Com, Fraton Plus, Foris Telecom, Aytel, WTT, Sayma Telecom and Intranet KG. The agency said 58 LTE base stations have been deployed in the Chuya region, as well as 65 Wimax base stations in the Chuya region, Bishkek, Osh and Karakol.

PTCL launches Vfone Sindh package

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has launched an attractive ‘Vfone Sindh Package’ for its Vfone customers in Sindh, giving them the freedom to communicate at the most economical call rates.

Introduced specially for Sindh , this unique offer allows PTCL’s Vfone Sindh customers to make calls at nominal rates of Rs 0.50 paisa only. The daily line rent of Vfone Sindh package will be Rs. 0.50 per day, while call rates for Vfone to Vfone and Vfone to PTCL Landline will be Rs. 0.50 per min. Customers can call mobile & other LLOs at Rs. 0.50 per 20 sec.

Supported by high-speed CDMA 1x technology, Vfone also offers SMS facility to all networks at a nominal rate of Rs. 0.30 per SMS while internet charges are Rs. 2.00 per 15 min.

“With this offer, PTCL aims to facilitate its customers offering them true mobility and affordability.” said PTCL Senior Executive Vice President Commercial, Naveed Saeed. “Our aim is to exceed customer expectations by offering affordable rates and quality services.”

“Keeping in mind the needs of the customers PTCL is tailoring its products and services according to various regional needs,” said PTCL Executive Vice President Wireless, Omar Khalid. “PTCL Vfone offers unmatched voice quality and SMS service with access to high-speed Internet and mobility.”

PTCL Vfone has the country’s largest WLL coverage and is available with both prepaid and postpaid options.

3G in Pakistan

3G must for viability,Pakistan telecom industry needs new impetus

Pakistan Telecom Industry that has been booster for the country’s economy, now itself needs a catalyst of growth in terms of marketing innovations and technology evolution that is 3G.

Telecom experts and players are unanimous in observation that the entire industry has been facing glut and slowdown especially in revenues. Therefore, the industry needs introduction of newer and latest technologies including 3G, 4G, and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

According to the latest statistics released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the telecom density in Pakistan has reached 68 per cent, which is among the highest in the world. Mobilink still remains the top shareholder with 36 million subscribers, followed by Telenor Pakistan that is at the second position with 29 million subscribers.
In order to secure its leading position in the future 3G markets, Telenor Pakistan has completed a tender in 2011 for an entire network swap and 3G rollout by selecting a Chinese supplier Zhongxing Telecom (ZTE). By the network infrastructure modernization with the latest technology, the growth of network profit and revenue is also expected. However, Telenor Pakistan has reportedly witnessed unenviable revenue slowdown with the first-ever continuous loss up to six million USD for the last three months since its inception 7 years ago. There is no question mark at all that telecom industry plays a pivotal role in the developing Pakistan economy and particularly the telecom operators have collectively been contributing positively to the national exchequer in the past years. As an European origin telecom giant, Telenor Pakistan, however, turns to be farcical day by day in devising their marketing strategy, which is actually undermining and annulling most portions of the advantages acquired from the network modernization. In this case, the revenue drop of Telenor Pakistan automatically generates a gloomy forecast and anxiety on the telecom industry overall performance. People should always keep in their minds, without a sound performance of telecom industry the economy of Pakistan may get even more miserable.
What is the way out? Of course, on one hand, the telecom industry players shall be wise enough to take up all necessary measures to revise their marketing and sales strategy in order to recover the lost amount. On the other hand, the market needs an injection of 3G/4G/LTE or whatever to get excited.

Babilon-Mobile launches LTE services in Dushanbe

Tajikistan-based mobile operator Babilon-Mobile has upgraded its network to HSPA+, LTE technologies in Dushanbe. It is offering a mobile data speed of 14 Mbps broadband using the HSPA+ technology, and 18 Mbps speed over the LTE technology. The operator is selling LTE-capable Huawei E398 modems in its shops.

3G auction

PTA searches for Communication Agency as 3G Auction Nears

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is looking for services of a communication agency for the publicity and promotion of 3G license auction which is planned later this year.

Applications are requested from the firms that are well reputed and have the capacity to handle volume in terms design and promotion through marketing campaigns.

Last date for the submission of proposal is 15th October, 2012.

The PTA’s advertisement published in local newspapers in as under:


Ufone readies for 3G whilst it waits for licence

Ufone has installed a fibre-optic backhaul solution for its base transceiver stations (BTS) in ten major cities in readiness for a future 3G network deployment. Pakistan’s cellcos have been waiting to launch 3G services since the government first drafted plans to launch a tender for 3G spectrum in 2005. Most recently, plans for a spectrum auction were scrapped in early 2012 when it emerged that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had bypassed the approved selection process for a consultant for the auction, instead short listing four candidates itself. The deviation provoked concerns of foul-play and the auction process was once again put on hold.


MTS Turkmenistan to launch new tariff plans in October

Mobile operator MTS Turkmenistan announced new tariff plans available from 01 October. These are the MTS Simply and Super 0 tariffs for retail subscribers, and the Business line for corporate subscribers. Subscribers will be offered calls to mobile and fixed networks for TMM 0.12 per minute under the MTS Simply tariff, while calls to all mobile and fixed networks will cost TMM 0.14 per minute under the Super 0 tariff. On-net calls will be offered free starting from the second minute under the Super 0 tariff, after a TMM 0.20 daily subscriptions. Free calls within the corporate group, as well as packages of calls, SMS and mobile internet will be offered under the Business corporate tariff line.

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