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First Keynote Speakers for 2019 MWC Los Angeles Announced

The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the third gathering of MWC19 Los Angeles taking place October 22-24, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Huawei to Launch Y9 Prime 2019 in Pakistan

Huawei to Launch Y9 Prime 2019 in Pakistan

Huawei is edging closer to being the most loved brand in Pakistan, getting immense love and support from the people. The company is finally opening sales of its midrange Huawei Y9 Prime 2019.

Jazz Wins Big at Pakistan Digi Awards 2019

Jazz Wins Big at Pakistan Digi Awards 2019

The Pakistan Digi Awards came back for the third time this year, to recognize campaigns that left a mark on the Pakistani Digital marketing landscape.

International Capacity Building Center Established at PTA

International Capacity Building Center Established at PTA

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and GSM Association (GSMA) has agreed to establish the first ever international ‘PTA-GSMA Capacity Building Centre of Excellence’. The signing ceremony was held at PTA Headquarters, Islamabad. Under the agreement, PTA has been declared Centre of Excellence for regional regulatory trainings. International Capacity Building Center Established at PTA

PTA and GSMA will arrange and jointly host international trainings on the emerging topics of telecommunication and ICT development in order to enhance the professional skills and knowledge of the government and regulatory professionals from the South Asian and Central Asian states.

Under the program, PTA will provide local host facilities such as venue, logistic arrangements while GSMA will arrange trainers/speakers and cover their cost of travel and accommodation. Trainings will be provided free of cost to the participants every quarter for the next two years.

International Capacity Building Center Established at PTA

On the occasion of cooperation signing ceremony, Chairman PTA Maj Gen.(R) Amir Azeem Bajwa while appreciating GSMA initiative to declare PTA Center of Excellence, hoped that the first ever GSMA global center will provide opportunities of capacity building to professionals and policy makers from regional countries to get trainings on cutting-edge technologies such as 5G networks. PTA will put in all possible resources to make it a success story and an example to follow for other regions. He said we hope more professionals from regional countries will participle in the training programs providing unique opportunity for knowledge sharing. He further said that PTA officials will also be benefited from this Center and will be able to find solutions to regulatory challenges faced by them.

Speaking on this occasion, GSMA’s Senior Director, Partnerships, Capacity Building, Ms. Sarah Gaffney emphasized on partnership and collaboration with PTA to achieve mutually beneficial goals of GSMA training programs. She thanked PTA for hosting the first event under the training program, being held on July 03-04, 2019.

It may be added that PTA is hosting “Workshop on 5G – The Path to the next generation” on 3rd and 4th July 2019 at PTA Auditorium, Islamabad under the ‘GSMA Capacity Building Centre of Excellence Program’. The training is about 5G networks and its future implications. Around 30 individuals including foreigners are expected to participate.

Infinix to Reveal Highest Pixel Front Camera Phone in Pakistan

Infinix to Reveal Highest Pixel Front Camera Phone in Pakistan

Infinix which is a reputable smartphone brand that focuses on state of the art technology at a reasonable price range is set to release a new phone, the S4 that is said to feature one of the highest pixel front cameras ever. It’s rumored that the S4 will be a game changer because of its front camera capability. Infinix to Reveal Highest Pixel Front Camera Phone in Pakistan

The Infinix S4 which is set to officially release somewhere near the middle of July 2019 is expected to boost an exceptionally high powered front facing camera.

Tech sources have mentioned that the front camera will feature an astonishing 32MP that will no doubt provide its users the greatest capacity for front facing photography. This is certainly expected to make the phone a huge hit in Pakistan since it caters to the needs of all selfie lovers in the country.

Infinix to Reveal Highest Pixel Front Camera Phone in Pakistan

The high pixel front camera will have many benefits and will help not only with front facing photography but also making videos. Those who enjoy making dub smash or TikTok videos will find the feature amazing as it allows its users the best video making tools equipped in the front.

The powerful front camera doesn’t diminish the capacity of the rear cameras of the S4. With three rear cameras, the S4 enables users to record every splendid movement. The rear cameras are all aligned with RGB sensors and come at 2MP, 8MP and 13MP with ultra-wide angle lens. The three high definition cameras with ultra large photosensitive components all allow for excellent image quality that function in a collaborative manner to give users the best picture.

Overall it can be said that by bringing the power of the rear camera to the front, Infinix has made innovative strides and brought its consumers an extraordinary smartphone. The S4 is estimated to cost somewhere between 25 to 30 thousand rupees and will have storage capacity of 64GB. The phone is expected to be available for purchases online and at stores in July.

Keep a lookout for this amazing new phone by Infinix and be sure to check out its photography capability if you’re looking for the most powerful front facing camera in the market.

PTCL Celebrates Future Leaders Under FUEL Program 2019

PTCL Celebrates Future Leaders Under FUEL Program 2019

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) recognized and acknowledged the achievements, resilience and commitment of high performing employees through its FUEL Future Leaders Program at a ceremony in Islamabad. The ceremony was attended by the company’s top management, along with participants who travelled from various regions, to mark and celebrate the graduation of the program’s second batch as well as to welcome the new batch. PTCL Celebrates Future Leaders Under FUEL Program 2019

Launched in 2013 as PTCL’s flagship leadership program, FUEL Program harnesses and develops the top talent in the company to prepare them for leadership challenges of tomorrow. The program entails a two-year challenging & comprehensive journey encompassing various experiential learning & development opportunities.

PTCL Celebrates Future Leaders Under FUEL Program 2019

The focus of the program is to nurture the top performing talent within PTCL, enabling them to take on leadership roles. Equipped with knowledge and skills, high performing employees take on leadership roles to enhance the business and contribute to the overall success of PTCL.

On the occasion, Rashid Khan, President & CEO, PTCL, said:

We at PTCL are proud of the young and burgeoning talent who have successfully graduated from FUEL Program this year. I am impressed to see the leadership emerging from various parts of PTCL in Pakistan. The future of our country rests on empowering our youth to take on challenges ahead. PTCL will continue to invest in capacity building of its employees as they are the most important assets in our company. My message to the youth is to pursue their dreams with zeal and fervor and continue to move forward in their professional careers with commitment and dedication.”

PTCL focuses on the professional development of its employees and undertakes many initiatives to support them to become future leaders.

Samsung Launches Exclusive Series of TV Line 2019

Samsung Launches Exclusive Series of TV Line 2019

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today the launch of 2019 TV line, including new QLED 8K, QLED 4K & UHD models. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV lineup features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colors from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades. Samsung Launches Exclusive Series of TV Line 2019

Speaking at the occasion, Managing Director Samsung Pakistan Mr. Roy Chang said that Samsung has been the no. 1 selling TV brand for consecutive 13 years globally. The new series of QLED 8K, QLED 4K and UHD TVs will give our customers the best viewing experience ever as we continue to innovate and offer the best in technology.

A More Pristine Picture

The 2019 Q80 feature ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ technology, which restructures the TV’s panels so the backlight passes through the panel with lights evenly onto the screen. Engineered to reduce glare and enhance color, Ultra Viewing Angle provides a vibrant picture regardless of the viewing position.

In addition, Q80 model offer Direct Full Array technology that uses a panel featuring concentrated zones of precision-controlled LEDs. These L EDs adjust automatically to display deeper blacks and purer whites, delivering stunning images with 100% color volume and pristine contrast.

Samsung Launches Exclusive Series of TV Line 2019

A More Intelligent Quantum Processor

Q900 Series 8K TVs incorporate Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor 8K, which upscales lower resolution content to stunningly crisp 8K while also allowing for playback of native 8K content. This year’s models also utilize the Quantum Processor 8K that optimizes audio and video to the specific content on the screen. It can also create an even more detailed sound experience by tailoring the audio settings to the specific layout of the room.

Samsung’s new QLED 4K models also feature their own proprietary Quantum Processor 4K. No matter the resolution of the source content, the Quantum Processor 4K can use AI upscaling to deliver improved brightness, picture quality and sound optimized for each scene.

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung will take the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available soon on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

A More Convenient Content Experience

2019 Samsung Smart TVs offer even more ways for users to discover and watch content. The Universal Guide features an improved AI algorithm that leverages a user’s subscription services, favorite content, and TV viewing habits to offer customized recommendations about what to watch. Users will be able to leverage the New Bixby feature on 2019 QLED TVs and soon use Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to easily control their TVs and access their content through voice commands.

Users can quickly and easily navigate their content with Samsung’s OneRemote. And with the addition of Far Field Voice Capability on the OneRemote, users can use voice commands to control their TV even if they are across the room from their remote.

A More Immersive Gaming Experience

Real Game Enhancer optimizes the gaming experience through a unique set of gaming features. This year, Real Game Enhancer features AMD Radeon Freesync™ variable refresh rate technology, which helps prevent tearing and stuttering, as well as Game Motion Plus, which removes motion blur and judder.

Real Game Enhancer combines these technical innovations with Auto Game Mode, which minimizes input lag on compatible devices. It also includes AI-based audio and video enhancements that optimize the settings to delivering cinematic sound and smooth, lifelike visuals that can remain clear even during bright and dark scenes.

A More Customizable Ambient Mode

Introduced in 2018, Samsung’s award-winning Ambient Mode returns to Samsung’s 2019 QLED 4K and 8K TV models. Ambient Mode complements any living space by turning a blank screen into a decorative or informational display when the TV is not in active use. It can provide useful daily information, like the time, weather forecast, or that day’s headlines. It can also display artistic content like photos and works of art.

This year, Ambient Mode offers users an even greater variety of artistic and decorative pieces for the home, through new decorative patterns, photos, and artwork, and mattes, as well as new ways to display information on the TV.

GSMA Debunks False Claims Threatening Future of 5G

The GSMA today hit out against false claims that 5G systems will harm other services, such as weather forecasting. The mobile industry has already demonstrated within leading international standards bodies that 5G can be used safely alongside other services, including weather sensing services, commercial satellite, radar and other applications using adjacent airwaves.

The GSMA is confident that 5G services and weather sensing services can co-exist, and warns against giving credence to those claiming a negative impact from 5G networks on weather forecasting data.

“5G and weather forecasts can and will co-exist – it’s ludicrous to suggest otherwise,” said Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA. “To suggest that our 7-day forecast will go away with 5G is simply fake news. We cannot allow these scare tactics to prevent us from reaping the huge societal and economic benefits of 5G networks. We urge everyone to simply look at the facts and not get drawn in by misleading rhetoric.”

The fact is 5G and weather forecasts can co-exist 
Existing services can be safeguarded without hampering the rollout of 5G by adopting reasonable interference mitigation approaches. The weather sensing community is basing its doomsday scenario on a decade-old scrapped program of weather sensors that were never deployed. Their arguments fail to take into account how 5G actually works and tried and tested approaches to managing interference issues without adopting overly restrictive protections.

Bad spectrum management harms 5G 
Europe is in the midst of identifying and allocating spectrum for 5G, which will ensure that it remains technologically and economically competitive globally. For safeguarding existing services the facts don’t support adopting new technical limits that would make 50 per cent or more of the spectrum unusable for 5G services. This would be poor spectrum management and result in restricted 5G deployments in Europe and globally, needlessly wasting a scarce public resource.

The socio-economic benefits of 5G at risk
Restricting the roll out of ultra-fast 5G networks puts at risk the large socioeconomic benefits citizens and businesses are expected to gain from 5G. The mobile industry is expected to add $565 billion to global GDP and $152 billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034 from mmWave spectrum alone. Countries risk losing out on these gains if mobile operators don’t get access to this vital spectrum.

“We are asking Europe and other countries around the world not to let a campaign of misinformation close the door on a new world of possibilities that 5G will bring,” added Tarnutzer. “From mobile broadband at fibre-like speeds to the home to digital factories and precision surgery – without mmWave spectrum, none of these use cases will reach their full potential. Making decisions on 5G that aren’t based on the facts will seriously undermine the potential impact of 5G on communities and economies.”

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

Jazz and LUMS come together for Digital Excellence

Jazz and LUMS come together for Digital Excellence

The lecture halls overflowed in Lahore and Karachi, as enthusiastic Pakistanis flocked to a lecture on ‘Learning How to Learn’. This lecture, based on the worlds most subscribed massive open online course or MOOC, held the audience spellbound as Dr. Barbara Oakley explored practical insights from neuroscience about how to learn more effectively.  This lecture was a part of the recently signed MoU between Syed Ali Naseer, Jazz’s Chief Corporate & Enterprise Officer and Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Both these entities have prioritized innovation and digitization as core strategic goals to advance the overall development objectives of Pakistan’s vision 2025. Jazz and LUMS come together for Digital Excellence

Part of this collaboration is a speaker series DisruptEd: Ideas that matter to showcase some of the best thinkers in digital learning. The inaugural talk for this series was given by Aamir Ibrahim, CEO Jazz, on ‘Leadership in the Age of Rapid Digitalization’.

“Youth development has always been one of Jazz’s agenda, both internally through our various development programmes, and externally through synergies with public and private institutions,” said Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Jazz. “The advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution requires workforce with new skills and competencies. This is where our partnership with LUMS will look to set the stage for developing young talent across Pakistan with current and future-ready skills. We are glad to have partnered with LUMS to roll out our digital learning initiative across Pakistan.”

In his remarks, Dr. Arshad Ahmad, said that digital learning is “the great equalizer” in education. He went on to say “LUMS has been at the forefront of national initiatives that can lead to personal growth and progressive transformation. Our national outreach program, now in its 19th year is an excellent example of supporting disadvantaged students from all corners of the country. The LUMS Learning Institute and LUMSx are new initiatives”.

Jazz and LUMS come together for Digital Excellence

Describing this digital collaboration, Dr. Ahmad added, “Dr. Oakley gives Pakistan the gift of learning from neuroscience and cognitive psychology in practical ways millions of students have benefited from. Combined with the vision of industry leaders like Mr. Aamir Ibrahim and Mr. Ali Naseer, this collaboration promises an excellent way forward”.

Digital learning takes on a special meaning in Pakistan because it is the sixth most populous country in the world with a demographic profile where 2 out of 3 people are in their 20’s or younger. The communication industry is being disrupted and with partnerships like these, efforts are being combined to provide access through online learning by reimagining how the youth can participate in digital entrepreneurship and discovery learning. LUMS is at the forefront of imagining new direction in higher education by offering more integrated, transdisciplinary programs that unite disciplinary expertise.

In the coming months, the partnership will raise public awareness, inspire and engage Pakistani youth and beyond in digital learning, initiate credentialed digital modules and courses through education channels supported by Jazz and LUMSx, and disseminate white papers, host conferences and other public events.

Jazz is an established market leader connecting millions of Pakistanis and creating opportunities to improve their economic and social well-being. LUMS is a national comprehensive university that has produced over 13,000 alumni who have made their mark in leading companies and not-for-profit organizations in Pakistan as well as around the globe. Both organizations strive to continuously improve quality and reach new levels of excellence.

Jazz Launches ‘Face To Face’ Program to Connect With Customers

Jazz Launches ‘Face To Face’ Program to Connect With Customers

Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, recently launched its ‘Face to Face With Our Customers’ program (F2F program) where each member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) will frequently visit Jazz Experience Centers (experience centers), franchises and call center to meet with local staff members, and get to know them better. ELT members will also be visiting corporate customers in various cities to further strengthen Jazz’s relationship with valued customers. Jazz Launches ‘Face To Face’ Program to Connect With Customers

This program looks to help the ELT to actively empathize with Jazz’s team members who are at the front end of delivering service to the customers and gain a firsthand perspective on how they can be empowered to serve the customers and the business better.

Jazz Launches ‘Face To Face’ Program to Connect With Customers

The F2F program kicked off with Jazz’s CEO Aamir Ibrahim visiting experience centers in Multan and Faisalabad last month. This wass then followed up with President of Digital Financial Services (VEON) Nadeem Shaikh, and Jazz’s Chief Legal Officer Saima Kamila Khan’s visit to franchises and experience centers in various areas of Karachi.

Customer Obsession is one of the key values at Jazz, which enables the largest telecom operator in Pakistan lead the market in a fast changing digital landscape. Identifying and innovating around the evolving customer needs is a constant endeavor at Jazz, which is not only manifest in its customer service operations, product development, technology investments and contextual customer engagement practices, but also in the commitment of the leadership across the board towards customer centricity.

Following her visits to the experience center and franchises in Karachi, Saima Kamila Khan stated:

At Jazz, we aree dedicated to providing the finest services to our customers. Our primary goal is to digitalize the customers’ lifestyle by enabling flexibility, productivity, and most importantly, connectivity. It is important that we connect with our corporate customers on a regular basis to observe their business experience with us so we can provide even better solutions.”

Speaking about the F2F Program, Sadia Khuram, Jazz’s Chief Customer Experience Officer, said:

While we are focusing on empowering customers with intuitive and frictionless digital service solutions, we are acutely aware of the value of human interactions with our customers and the observations and insights that these interactions generate. We have very sophisticated systems and tools in place to track our customers’ experience and needs, however, at Jazz we strongly believe that we need to listen to and understand our customers from diverse standpoints to keep us on track to achieve sustainable success.”

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