Qualcomm Signed an Agreement with General Mobile

Qualcomm Signed an Agreement with General Mobile

Qualcomm and General Mobile today announced they have entered into a 3G and 4G patent license agreement. Additionally, under the terms of this agreement, Qualcomm has granted General Mobile a royalty-bearing patent license.


Zong Enhances its Customers’ Data Protection through Symantec’s First Class Backup Appliances and Software Solutions

Zong, the digital partner of the nation, announced that it has selected Symantec Netbackup Appliances and Software solution to enhance its customers’ data protection. Being one of the largest Telecom operator in Pakistan, Zong was looking for a robust, unified and scalable solution to deal with data expansion challenges and at the same time to achieve stringent RTO and RPOs.

Zong has been pioneering the transition to modern technological services and is the first and only operator in Pakistan to offer 4G services. The company holds more than 100 terabytes of business information, across 200+ servers over 3 data centers.

For the past few years, we have grown our subscriber base at a very high and consistent rate each year, Says Mr. Niaz A Malik, Chief Information Officer, Zong. In IT, we help to enable and support this growth by providing a steady foundation of efficiency and availability. This helps the business to grow and retain our subscribers’ base. Our vision is to become an indispensable digital life partner of our customers and we need strategic partners like Symantec to ensure stability of our products and services.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Ali Waqas, Director of Information Technology at Zong, said, “Following our strategy to enhance our operational efficiency, we are aiming to become one of the leading telecom service provider to offer the best IT solutions to enhance every customer’s experience. As the data deluge trend continues to impact the world, the deployment of such advanced backup solution will further support our promise to safeguard and govern critical business information.”

Mr. Muhammad Abdul Wajid, Director of Information Technology at Zong mentioned that We are facing exponential data growth hence decided to use NetBackup Data Protection Optimization to conserve storage space by deduplicating backup data. We’ll benefit from faster backups and replication, as well as reduced backup storage costs. Mr. Wajid and his team at Zong will significantly reduce the administration time spent to manage the enterprise backup by using Symantec’s solutions, relocating valuable human resource hours to meet other needs of the organization.

Wasim Iqbal, Territory Manager Pakistan at Symantec, added;

“Zong has been at the forefront of how the telecom industry can utilize leading edge IT technologies. Symantec is one part of this vision. Netbackup delivers agile and scalable data recovery tools, which will enable Zong to optimize business operations for increased productivity. Information Protection and Security has been the top agenda of CIO’s across the Globe and Pakistan’s Telecom industry is no exception.  Symantec’s suite of comprehensive solutions allows businesses, such as Zong, to manage & secure information, and remain one step ahead of industry in customer’s data protection and security. We are delighted to work with such a prestigious organization.”

Teamsun Technology, a leading system integrator in Pakistan will deliver the solution in collaboration with Symantec’s professional services team. For years, Zong used Symantec NetBackup software to back up data to tape. Although the solution performed well, the company wanted to enable faster backups and restores says Mr. Tony Ye, CEO of Teamsun Technology. Symantec’s Appliance based backup solution is a true one-window solution across data protection industry.

Abdul Samad, Symantec Portfolio Consultant, stated:

“Netbackup software and Symantec purpose built backup appliances (PBBA) is recognized as the market leader in enterprise backup and recovery market, and will help Zong to protect the large data bases and complex data center applications. It also delivers breakthrough capabilities for virtualized systems that go well beyond what traditional backup practices can achieve.”


3G/4G Technologies Will Dominate Cellular M2M Communications by 2018

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global cellular M2M market has entered a period of transition from 2G to 3G 4G technologies.

The share of cellular M2M devices connected to HSPA/LTE networks is projected to more than double from less than 20 percent at the end of 2014 to more than 50 percent by 2018. When it comes to device shipments, 3G/4G is expected to overtake 2G already in 2017. HSPA will be the largest technology in an intermittent period until the current price gap to LTE has been closed.

The first phase in the adoption of 3G for M2M applications has mainly been driven by the phase out of 2G services in some countries. In the US, AT&T’s plans to shut down its 2G network have profoundly changed the M2M hardware market. As a result Berg Insight expects that a majority of the M2M devices shipped in North America will use 3G technology already in 2014. Europe has a slower rate of adoption as the time horizons for continued operation of 2G networks generally extend well beyond 2020 in most countries. In Asia-Pacific, 3G is already the standard technology platform in advanced markets such as Japan.

“The main catalyst for the anticipated acceleration of 3G/4G adoption over the next years will be the growing data requirements of many M2M applications. “Firstly, there is a general trend towards higher data consumption for most traditional M2M applications”.

Said Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight and author of the report.

“Secondly, the automotive industry is getting very serious about realizing the vision of connected cars, which require mobile broadband connectivity. Early adopters such as GM and Audi recently introduced their first car models with embedded LTE in the US”.

Zong to set up a Customer Service Center at Wagah Border

Zong telecom, a part of China Mobile Pakistan has agreed to set up a mini customer service center (CSC) at PTDC motel, Wagah border, Lahore. The CSC is being set up to provide Indian visitors with Zong’s network connection upon their arrival into Pakistan.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Zhao Peng, CCO, Zong said,

At Zong, we have always strived to provide the best service to our customers. To showcase this technical prowess and to provide a better experience to Indian visitor’s from across the border, we decided to set up a CSC at the main point of entry into the country. Being a company looking to evolve basic telecom services in Pakistan, we have always looked to create a synergy with the local masses and this initiative showcases our solidarity with the consumer. The idea is to welcome and facilitate visitors from across the border with state of the art, telecom service provision”

These special Zong SIMs will offer Indian visitors excellent network coverage throughout their stay in Pakistan and add value to their trip by providing them with seamless connectivity and high speed internet connection. 

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