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.

Du Reveals Refreshed Brand Campaign

Du Reveals Refreshed Brand Campaign

Du is planning to launch a new brand campaign called “Be more you” that highlights the self-identification of its users. This new campaign will supports more human, modern and digital ethos of the telco. Du Reveals Refreshed Brand Campaign

The aim of this new campaign is to create a positive impact on people’s lives and enable them to follow their dreams. The refreshed brand identity comes at a critical inflection point in du’s growth and helps prepare it for the next phase.

Du Reveals Refreshed Brand Campaign

The new phase will be announced across all du-connected phones via a mobile network. It will look out for “Be more you” in the top left corner of the device.

Abdul wahed Juma, executive vice president of Brand and Communication, du, said:

We have found our brand purpose. Our emphasis is on giving users seamless access to their digital life, service that is second to none, and added value benefits throughout. The customer is at the core of everything we do and we hope that inviting our customers to “Be more you” is the inspiration for them to live their best lives.

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.

OnePlus is Ready to Launch a New Flagship Series Next Month

OnePlus is Ready to Launch a New Flagship Series Next Month

OnePlus is planning to launch a reasonable smartphone in the premium segment. The company is all set to launch its next flagship series next month. OnePlus is Ready to Launch a New Flagship Series Next Month

Furthermore, it will be a flagship series under the branding of OnePlus 7. OnePlus decide to launch two devices instead of one i.e. OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Chinese phone maker is actually looking forward to upgrading processors and interface of the upcoming devices.

OnePlus is Ready to Launch a New Flagship Series Next Month

The launch date of planned OnePlus variants is said to be 14th of May. According to some reports, OnePlus 7 would be a phone with a true edge-to-edge screen with no notch. May be, the OnePlus will be implementing a popup camera tool that will similar to its sister companies Vivo and OPPO. The company will implement this camera tool in order to provide a bezel-less and notch-less screen. There might also be a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, despite the company’s claims of not being in a rush to jump on that train.

The Chinese company OnePlus has successfully established itself as a value-for-money brand and has ruined marketing stunts of various phone makers for their expensive devices. However, the company is slowly growing prices with every new phone, as we witnessed in OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 6 variants.

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.

Huawei to Host 5G Forum at Samena Summit

Huawei to Host 5G Forum at Samena Summit

Huawei will host the ‘5G is ON’ forum as part of the Samena Leaders’ Summit. This event iss scheduled for April 8 in Dubai, UAE. Huawei to Host 5G Forum at Samena Summit

Development of 5G-enabled intelligent services and innovations will be under discussion in Summit. Private and public sector industry leaders will take part in Huawei’s subforum. The company will discover the large-scale placement and commercialization of 5G.
Huawei will also use the event as a platform to demonstrate how its E2E 5G solutions can help Middle East organizations fully capitalize on the commercialization of 5G.

Huawei to Host 5G Forum at Samena Summit

Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East said:

This year’s Samena Leaders’ Summit is especially meaningful to us, as 2019 marks Huawei’s sixth consecutive year co-hosting the event, and while in the past we have focused on the imminent arrival of 5G, this year we can say with confidence that the time for large scale 5G deployment has finally come.

Bocar BA, CEO Samena Telecommunications Council, said:

Samena Council wishes to witness the vision of 5G materializing in the region. For this reason, our Leaders’ Summit 2019 will specifically focus on understanding the impact that 5G will have in boosting ICTs and enabling a whole new level of digital flexibility and possibility for Operators.

He further added that:

It is Samena Council’s privilege that the Leaders’ Summit 2019 has the patronage of the TRA-UAE and iss being organized in collaboration with the leading private-sector names of the region’s digital communications industry.

Furthermore, the summit will strengthen the beneficial outcomes gained by Huawei and its partners.

Google Started New Intelligent Research Laboratory in Ghana

Google Started New Intelligent Research Laboratory in Ghana

Google opened an intelligent research laboratory in Ghana. This is the first of its kind in Africa. Google Started New Intelligent Research Laboratory in Ghana

According to the Google, the lab in the capital Accra would address economic, political and environmental issues.

Google’s head of AI Accra, Moustapha Cisse,

Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, sometimes even more than in other places.

Additionally, there are many same research centres opened in cities around the world including Tokyo, Zurich, New York and Paris.

Google Started New Intelligent Research Laboratory in Ghana

According to Cisse, an expert from Senegal, the new lab would use AI to develop solutions in healthcare, education and agriculture. The new ab will offer different solutions such as helping to diagnose certain types of crop disease. Furthermore, the specialist engineers and AI researchers would cooperate with local organizations and policymakers.

Cisse said:

Google is working with universities and start-ups in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa to enhance AI development regionally.

He further added that:

We just need to ensure that the right education and opportunities are in place. That is why Google is sponsoring a lot of these young people for their degrees… to help develop a new generation of AI developers.

Workz to Start New European HQ in Dublin

Workz to Start New European HQ in Dublin

Dubai-based mobile& IoT solutions provider, Workz Group has completed the expansion initiatives it announced in November last year, including the creation of Workz Group Telecoms Limited headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Workz to Start New European HQ in Dublin

Workz Group CEO Stephane Fund said:

We’ree delighted to have finalized our global expansion and restructure. We believe this gives a very strong base to realise our goal to be one of the world’s top players in mobile and IoT security by delivering a highly effective, cost-efficient and responsive local service to mobile network operators, device manufacturers and IoT partners. The market has been very receptive to the move and we hope to announce some new agreements with some big names very soon.

Workz to Start New European HQ in Dublin

It also includes the association of all operations under the newly-registered Irish company including UAE-registered Workz Media FZ LLC, Hong Kong-registered Workz International Ltd and Germany’s Elatec Card and Security Solutions.

According to the Nilson report, Workz is presently the world’s largest recharge card manufacturer and a top 10 SIM card producer. It was also recently acceptedd by BIS Research as one of the market leaders in embedded SIM technology.

Workz group is also planning to start two production facilities for SIMs (UICC) and embedded SIMs (eUICC) across Europe and Dubai both of which aree certified by the GSMA’s Security Accreditation Scheme.

Snapchat to Introduce Rebuilt Android App

Snapchat to Introduce Rebuilt Android App

Snapchat is introducing many updates within the app to give a good experience to the users. After introducing so many useful updates, app is still showing slow performance. Even this problem is also occurring on some flagship phones. Snapchat to Introduce Rebuilt Android App

Because of this gap, Snap has finally decided to announce its new, rebuilt Snapchat Android app. It is to be expected that the rebuilt app will be faster and less buggy than the original app. The new version of the app does not look different visually from the original but it is totally different.

Snapchat to Introduce Rebuilt Android App

Snapchat’s development team has mentioned it in an interview that:

The rewrite has been in the works for a while. Snap first tried to simply patch its way out of the issues with the old app but eventually realized that it would have to rewrite the Android version from scratch to achieve the results the company wanted.

The good part is that the major rewrite has been done by the team. So the future updates for Snapchat on Android should be easier and faster going forward with new features.

Whatsapp Will Now Get Permission before Adding Anyone to Groups

Whatsapp Will Now Get Permission before Adding Anyone to Groups

Where WhatsApp groups played a big role in online communication there it created certain problems such as more often users are added to groups against their will.

To overcome this issue, Whatsapp finally set up a solution as it now seeks approval from the user being added before involving them in the group.

Whatsapp Will Now Get Permission before Adding Anyone to Groups

Whatsapp states in a blog post,

With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive.

To enable this feature you need to go to your account settings and then press on the privacy tab to choose the group settings. You can now choose from three options; nobody, my contacts or everyone.

When you select “Nobody” as an option it then means no one will be able to automatically add you to a group without your approval. The option of “My Contacts” means only users in your address book can add you to groups while the “Everyone” option will not require any approval on the user’s end.

Users get only three days to accept the invite after which it expires. The new setting is being roll out and users will soon get to make the changes.

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