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Telecom:
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Warid Telecom Spread Love
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Get Connected Anytime, Anywhere
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PTCL to Launch Automated Fault
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1.12 Billion Mobiles Sold
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Orascom to Provide Mobile Services in N. Korea
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The Launch of Mobilink Foundation
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Loadshedding Enhance Sale of Mobiles
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USF, Mobilink Reach Access Pact
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Warid Telecom Brings Cricket on Mobile
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Observations on Telenor Edge Data Network Ad
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15 Million Telenor Customers
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Mobile Phone Linked to Insomnia
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PTCL, Huawei to Launch Network Operation
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PTCL to Invest $50m in Telecom Cable
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The New President of Alcatel-Lucent
20 Million illegal SIMs
Challenge for PTA-Threat for Nation
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PTA Identifies Flaws in Telecom Operations
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The Poor-Rich Divide
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Allied Bank Chooses Teradata
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Bluetooth Revolutionising the Communication
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Chip in Mobile Phones Can Survive Fierce Fires
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Ericsson Broadband Technology for Lenovo
Notebook PCs
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Ericsson Launches Ground Breaking Platform
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Nokia Siemens to Boost China Telecom
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Nokia to Acquire Trolltech
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Nokia Plans Closure of its Bochum Site
USF, Mobilink Reach Access Pact
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Challenge for PTA-Threat for Nation
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Technology, Innovation
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Apple Quarterly Profits Rise $1.58b
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Pakistan: A Choice for Outsourced
Software Development
PTCL Launches Rapid Response Unit
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Microsoft Builds Library to
Challenge Google
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Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion to
Buy Yahoo
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Internet Disruption
Events:
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Telecom Giants: Ready to Boost Business
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Informative:
GSMA Mobile World Congress
Telecom Giants: Ready to Boost Business
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Coming Mobiles
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Current Mobiles
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Mobile Reviews
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Motorola’s latest Fashion Device
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Are You Pink or Purple?
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Warid Telecom Spread Love
Unregistered SIMs Nuisance for National Security The mushroom growth of the telecoms sector and increased
Unregistered SIMs Nuisance for National Security
The mushroom growth of the telecoms sector and increased use of cellphones in
Pakistan made possible by low tariffs of calls and messages and easy availability of connec-
tions (SIM cards) has had the unintended consequence of the valuable communications
tools being misused on a large scale.
Bothersome missed calls from strangers, indecent messages and crank calls are some of
the common complaints cellphone users often report. The Cell phone users complaint every
day about the harassment at the hands of strangers or blackmailers.
The only reason is lack of checks on the sale of Subscriber Identity Modules (or SIMs), is
the principal reason for the misuse of cellular phones. SIMs are relatively cheap, ranging
from Rs100 (with Rs50 balance) to Rs350 in price and easily available at paan stalls, public
call offices and cellphone dealers without even the need of showing one's national identity
card. Ironically, it is more complicated to lodge a complaint against cellphone harassment
than it is to buy one.
The sale of mobile phone SIMs have become a nuisance for national security as criminals
behind terrorist threats, bomb blast, kidnapping for ransom, fraudulent prizing schemes, irri-
tating and repetitive unknown calls and text messages, identity theft, all the illegal activity is
done by using unregistered SIMs.
Some people are of the view that earlier on when SIMs were expansive, the procedure of
filing a complaint was much more effective as lesser people had them. It is also a fact that
cellphone users receive numerous text messages and calls from a number and the person
kept insisting that you have won a prize. Whenever victim of such calls called the cellphone
companies to block the number, the network people would plainly say that it would do no
good as usually people have more than one SIM and can use the others if one gets blocked.
So ultimately, we have just stopped paying attention to such messages or calls.
It is the need of the hour to under stand these issues seriously and to take immediate
actions against those who are involved in this heinous act not only the users but the compa-
nies as well who sell their SIMs in footpaths with out id card.
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Pakistan Package A Revolutionary Offer

Dear Editor,

I want to draw the attention of the masses towards ‘Pakistan Package’. Many have lob- bied against the Pakistan Telecommunication Company’s revolutionary offer-‘Pakistan Package’. It is a revolution in a sense that it makes contacting our kith and kens in other cities in the country affordable. Calling them had been costly before. For sure, it will make the fabric of our family and friends stronger. The mobile euphoria, which encourages our youngsters to gossip and romance the whole night and sleep the day out, has done enough damage to our culture. However, in view of some complaints, the PTCL will only need to make signing out of this package; hope very families will opt out. We need courage to appreciate and print something good coming out these days.

M .Jahangir

Islamabad

Need of the Hour

Respected Editor,

This is really appreciating that Caretaker Federal Minister for IT & Telecom Abdullah Riar has directed PTA to facilitate availability of reliable data through mobile subscriber doc- umentation and antecedent verification. There was a need for the policy and directives to stop the sale of number of undocumented mobile phones in the country and to allay the concerns of various agencies in this regard. There was no policy formulated by PTA for mobile subscriber antecedent data collec- tion and verification by all mobile phone oper- ators. The new directives are really encour- aging to keep check and balance on the mobile subscriber’s data. The most important concern is that we have to wait what PTA and cellular companies do to stop the unregis- tered connections and collect subscriber data which is a challenge for the concerned authorities.

Anwar Malik

Islamabad

Misuse of Cellphones

This is to draw the attention of the minis- try concerned toward the vices erupting from the influx of mobile phone communications in the last couple of years. In the initial stages when mobile phones were introduced, there were checks applied to applicants to provide their personal details on the prescribed form of the mobile com- pany. At that time the price of the SIM was kept high and, as a result, consumers did not mushroom. Decency, quality and courtesy was then maintained among the mobile users. But as mobile companies increased and competition among them grew, all earlier checks and balances were withdrawn in favour of sales. SIM cards became available for as low as Rs100. Gradually, these facilities led to mis- use by criminals. Hand -to -hand mobile pur- chase and sales destroyed the identification system of the users. Bad calls, threats and other forms of misuse are employed by many who cannot be identified. Then they also choose to shut down their cellphones at will while their callers, some of them genuine claimants of a certain commitment between them, are denied access. Also, they keep more than one cellphone and play the same tricks with another round of sufferers. They do that on purpose when they are in need of hiding or running away from a party, or person. The menace has become alarmingly ram- pant among those who have little or no moral values: they greatly misuse the facility because they need not provide any address while buying cellphones. So, it is easier for such cellphone users to break commitments or agreements to the peril of the other party. I have personally sufferred on this count. It is time to regulate cellphone trade. Mobile companies should be asked to pro- nounce verification and authentication of all SIMs within three months. For this purpose, drop box facility should be provided by all mobile companies to their users at various public places where a stan- dard format of information published in the newspaper should be copied and completed by the users, along with a photocopy of their NIC. This procedure or a similar one will help mobile companies to carry out the verification and authentication of SIMs. All those SIMS that will not be presented for verification within three months will stand cancelled at the end of the deadline. And in

anticipation there will be many SIMs bought and sold hand to hand will never be pre- sented for verification, thus making room for new business for the mobile companies. Those SIMs which could be verified success- fully must be restored back. The mobile companies should sell the new SIMs only after obtaining personal details of the applicant, supported by a copy of his national identity card.

Mobile companies should be made to develop control software so that if a SIM does not answer an incoming call five times con- secutively, the SIM will be cancelled forthwith and made invalid for any further use of it. Thus a heavy penalty imposed on those who misuse of cellphones in this manner will help check the present attitude of free will to receive only selected calls.

The SIM holder should have the facility to report shutting off his SIM for a minimum num- ber of days on the sole grounds of overseas travel for a maximum of 30 days. The caller should then hear a tape: user is out of country till so and so date. The sufferers at the hand of a SIM holder should be provided the contact address of the SIM holder by mobile companies, at the refer- ence of a police paper.

M. M. Khan Karachi

Phone Towers

Sir: All the cellular companies are con- structing their towers in

a densely populated

locality of Bahawalpur, Shahdra. This is hap- pening with out any check and balance by

the authorities. The con-

cerned authorities should take steps against these cellular companies to move their towers outside the resi- dential areas due to the hazardous affects of these towers on human life. The higher authori- ties of both the regulators and the concerned companies are requested to behave respon- sibly and stop this construction.

to behave respon- sibly and stop this construction. Shabbir Hussain Bahawalpur Send us your letters at

Shabbir Hussain

Bahawalpur

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IT Flare Report 8 Technology, Innovation Change Video Viewing Habits Today's video servers are delivering real-time

Technology, Innovation

Change Video Viewing Habits

Today's video servers are delivering real-time services, streaming 25,000 simultaneous videos, and ingesting 250 new titles per hour

T echnology’s improved ability to meet viewer demands and service provider innovation in response to increasing

competition are changing video viewing habits. In turn, network designers are being forced to make fundamental investment decisions.

Video on demand, where consumers play selected videos over their television sets, the Internet and mobile devices, is not being used the way industry experts or viewers them- selves expected. VoD, for example, was envi- sioned as an extension of Pay TV, where mov- ies on demand would dominate the service offering. Although VoD is used for movies on demand, other uses are more prominent. They include:

• Time-shifted TV (subscribers view TV pro- grams on their own schedules);

• Network digital video recorders (network

storage is used rather than the set-top box); and

• Program restart (a viewer can watch a pro-

gram from the beginning after turning it on after the show has begun). Internet video also surprised the experts, who thought it would compete with video rent- als or bypass cable TV franchises. Instead it has opened new video applications, such as democratizing video through YouTube, and pro- vided new distribution vehicles for major media companies that leverage their broad- cast offerings. Fox leveraged its investment in the Major League Baseball playoffs, for exam- ple, through extensive Internet video offerings before and after each game.

Mobile video is complementary to VoD and Internet video, emphasizing music and per- sonal videos rather than TV or movie fare:

HDTV on a 1-inch screen doesn’t make it. Much of this change in the way we view video is made economically feasible by tech- nologies that support highly targeted advertis- ing. On-demand ad insertion has been essen- tial to VoD’s success. Viewers are much more tolerant of viewing advertising than the pay- per-view model. Also, advertisers can tailor their pitches to the demographics of each VoD

title, which increases their ROI. Pioneering companies already are introducing systems that personalize ads to each viewer’s interests and demographic profile. Once video is introduced onto the telecom network, the infrastructure and its design must be rethought from first principles. The access network that in most places is still designed for voice must become a vehicle for broadcast TV and high-speed Internet service. The aggrega-

Internet video also surprised the experts, who thought it would compete with video rentals or bypass cable TV franchises. Instead it has opened new video applications, such as democratizing video through YouTube, and provided new distribution vehicles for major media companies that leverage their broadcast offerings

tion network must become a network to sup- port VoD distribution. For example, cost mod- els we have built for our clients show that at 40 percent penetration 90 percent of the aggregation network’s capacity is used for VoD. Each network element is affected. Fiber- optic cables must be extended either to or very close to the customer premises. New set- top boxes are required. One intriguing oppor- tunity is to use the cheap storage of the set- top box to offload some network and central-

ized video server capacity. GPON, IP DSLAMs or Ethernet-based FTTH is needed in the access network. A converged IP/Ethernet aggregation network and a core network incorporating IP/MPLS also are needed. Video servers become a critical enabling technology since VoD, Internet and mobile video services are driving the network rede- sign. The requirements imposed upon video servers have exploded along with this change in video usage.

Motorola estimates a video server used to deliver movies on demand in 2000 was streaming 250 simultaneous videos and ingesting 10 new titles per month. Today’s video servers are delivering real-time services, streaming 25,000 simultaneous videos, and ingesting 250 new titles per hour. Rebuilding access and aggregation networks requires a massive investment. The single larg- est expense is the buildout of fiber-optic cables and associated outside plant appara- tus. Electronic systems investment from most to least expensive involves the DSLAM, set- top box, switch/routers, and video server. The most important strategic decisions are:

• Should VoD services be introduced and will

they be well accepted? The success of a tri- ple-play business case depends on how inno- vative the VoD-based service offerings are, since they offer the primary vehicle for differ- entiating the service portfolio from the compe- tition. Revolutionary change in the network is not needed if VoD doesn’t sell.

• Should a centralized video headend be con-

structed or are there attractive distributed video alternatives? Out-of-the-box thinking on video distribution can reduce network con- struction and operations costs substantially.

• Should a Carrier Ethernet aggregation net-

work be constructed and what should be its bandwidth capacity? Many network architects believe such a converged network is the logi- cal end state with or without triple play. This need not be an immediate priority unless the business plan calls for the aggressive rollout of modern video services.

Telecom Special Report V alentines Day was celebrated with great fervor throughout Pakistan. In recognizing
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V alentines Day was celebrated with great fervor throughout
Pakistan. In recognizing the growing importance of this day
throughout the country, Warid Telecom also wanted to 'share
popular love songs along with greeting dedications. Also included was
the love' with its consumers. To celebrate Valentines Day with the
Warid-family, Warid Telecom launched numerous exciting services to
spread the magic of love with diamonds, music and much more. Warid
introduced value added services incorporating songs, dedications and
an assortment of approaches for its subscribers to make their signifi-
cant other to feel special on Valentines Day.
This year, the foremost offering by Warid Telecom to make
Valentines Day extraordinary for someone special was a diamond ring.
Subscribers were offered a chance to win a diamond ring for their
loved ones via a lucky draw. The procedure for participating in the
lucky draw was as simple as to send a short message to become eligi-
ble for the lucky draw.
The lucky draw for diamond ring was held on 11th February and
Miss Kalsoom Akhtar of Islamabad was the lucky winner of this dia-
mond ring. The diamond ring was presented to the lucky winner on
13th February in a ceremony held at Warid Telecom's Islamabad busi-
ness center.
Other content services we introduced for our subscribers to cele-
brate Valentines Day included classic Western, Bollywood and other
a Love Zodiac Compatibility Test that allowed Warid subscribers to test
the compatibility of their partners. In addition, a variety of mobile
screen wallpapers and picture messages were also available to Warid
subscribers for personalizing their mobile phones or forwarding as an
MMS to loved ones.
Marwan Zawaydeh Chief Executive Officer Warid Telecom said,
"Festivities are extremely important facet of our daily lives. It is our job
as an operator to make these occasions special for our consumers by
providing the best in innovation. This year for Valentines Day we want-
ed to deliver unique products that make your significant other feel
more special. The response has been excellent and we hope to contin-
ue to deliver new products and services for our subscribers in future as
well."
On the occasion Thomas Yeo Chief Commercial Officer Warid
Telecom said, "Valentine's Day holds great significance in the west and
now also has gained immense popularity in the east due to media
exposure and increasing modernization and socio-cultural trends. It is
a day of love, chocolates and roses. Warid Telecom wanted to do its
bit with something more, a diamond ring because at Warid Telecom,
We Care." He added.
Warid Telecom awarded the wineer Valentines Day contest. The winner Kalsoom Akhtar receiving the diamond ring from Farah Hussain, Public Relations
Manager and Zubash Saleemi, Assistant Manager Product & Services.
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Get Connected Anytime Anywhere In places where you cannot access PC, you can now surf
Get Connected
Anytime
Anywhere
In places where you cannot access PC, you can now surf social
networking websites via your cellphone

S ome people live their lives online as

much as they live it offline, or even

more! It is not uncommon in today’s

fast-paced life to get in touch with friends more easily on social networking and blogging sites than from their home or office. Websites like Facebook, Flicker and blogger are the meeting places and provide a very friendly atmosphere which has made content sharing quite popular in last few years. Traditionally, PC is the only source of approaching these sites, but there is an increasing trend in making these services available over cellphones as well. So today we will take a look at two such applications which can be installed on cellphones and allows instant interaction with online networking sites. MOBILE FACEBOOK Available from GetJar.com site, Mobile Facebook is a small 50KB application. It asks for username, password and an authentication type to connect. You have to enter the e-mail address and password for logging in, and select one of the three authentication types:

‘Https’, ‘proxy’ (get) or ‘proxy’ (post). Once logged in, the count of new messages, pokes, shares, friend requests, group requests and event invites are displayed. Menu option lets user set status and refresh the information. Also, the screen image is shown along with the screen name. SHOZU This application allows direct upload of text, images and videos present in the cellphone to online sites such as Google Blogger, Picasa Web Album, You Tube, Word Press, Windows Live Spaces, Flicker and Facebook among many others. In addition to these, news-worthy images and videos can be sent to CNN, BBC and Scoopt or can be e-mailed or sent to an FTP account. This content sharing is called Share-It in ShoZu vocabulary, and depending upon the capability of the handset, users can also subscribe to multimedia contents using ZuCast or take contacts backup. You can download ShoZu from its website ShoZu.com, rather than from third-party websites just to ensure that it is the latest ver- sion. Downloading is assisted through a three step wizard interface. Step one is to select the device. Select manufacturer from the dropdown and select the exact model from the right side scrollable panel showing handset images. Although this panel loads a number of images for all the popular mobile phone

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brands, it is pretty fast and almost all the phones that we use in Pakistan, including the new ones, are listed here. Select the handset model on which application is to be down- loaded and press Continue at the bottom right. Step two asks for country and phone num- ber. In case of Pakistan, enter country code 92 followed by the phone number without the lead- ing zero in the adjacent field. Next field is the standard anti-bot text entry field. Press Continue. Within a couple of min- utes, an SMS with ShoZu download link is sent to the specified number. Follow the link and download ShoZu - a 770 KB application. Before starting the application, set its per- mission to allow unrestricted reading and writ- ing of local data. Typically, with the application selected, go to phone menu More> Permis- sions >Read User Data (and Write User Data)>Never Ask. Or follow equivalent proce- dure to allow this application access to phone data. Now start the application. It searches for snaps and videos and displays their number under All Files menu item. Second menu item is Destinations. This is the list of online networking and content shar- ing sites to which the user is registered and is ready to use with ShoZu. Initially, there is no destination available as user has to explicitly add them in ShoZu. Here is how to do it. With ShoZu running on mobile phone, use the right soft key and go to the menu More>Settings> AccountDetails. Here, a tem- porary username and password will be dis- played. Use this information to log on to ShoZu.com site’s My ShoZu tab. The site will now ask for a permanent username and pass- word that activates the ShoZu application on mobile phone. Verify it by going to More>Settings>TransferStatus. Here, ShoZu status should display ‘Activated’. Wait for a while for the application to update itself after activation. Once activated, the menu More>Settings>AccountDetails would show the permanent username along with masked password. ShoZu is now ready and activated and destinations can be added. Over ShoZu.com, log-in with permanent username and password and go to My ShoZu>Share-It >Add Destination. Press Select against the image of destination, say Facebook. Follow the link displayed by ShoZu that opens up a special Facebook page that asks the user to authorise ShoZu access. Such authorisation is required for all the desti- nations that are added to be used by ShoZu,

since instead of user itself, now the ShoZu through mobile phone will access these sites. These authorisation instructions differ slightly from destination to destination, but generally they ask the user to check remember pass- word, and check authorise ShoZu access on destination pages displayed. Note that you must already be a user of destination in order to add it. Destinations added over the website appear over the phone application under Destinations. It takes approximately a minute for the update, or with Destinations menu selected, user can go to More>Settings>Check for Updates. The fun begins when destinations are added, for example to send data to Flicker and Facebook, first go to All Files in ShoZu appli- cation. Browse the file list with thumbnails of an image or video to be uploaded to a destina- tion. Press the right soft key of Menu and select Send to Flicker. Or, use Sendto> Destinations>Facebook. Note that the first des- tination added became the one click destina- tion. This can be changed from within the application or through the web. Before uploading pictures, their title (filename), description and tags can be set. Wait for a few seconds as the image uploads. Sending status can be viewed using More>Settings>Transfer Status from the main interface. Uploaded files appear instantly over the web. In case of Flicker, images appear in Home>YourPhotos and in case of Facebook, images appear in Applications>Photos>MyPhotos and there is no need to set up an album beforehand. ShoZu is a great little application not only for phone freaks but for serious on-the-run profes- sionals who need to upload and share infor- mation rapidly to the internet. With auto com- pressed images and videos taken by mobile phones, uploading does not take much time. Imagine the ease this brings since without ShoZu, users have to first get hold of a PC, connect the handset using data cable, Bluetooth or Infrared to transfer the image or video files, then connect to the internet and upload the file. This may be easy from the comfort of home, but for instant publishing requirements such as citizen journalism and interactions between family members living abroad ShoZu can save a lot of time. It also makes it possible for less tech savvy users to publish themselves over the internet with ease and speed.

Telecom Azhar Javed PTCL to Launch Automated Fault Detection and C orrection System PTCL, Huawei
Telecom
Azhar Javed
PTCL to Launch
Automated Fault
Detection and
C orrection System
PTCL, Huawei Technologies Pakistan and Hewlett Packard (HP) signed an agree-
ment to jointly launch their ‘Network Operation Center’ project which has state-of-
the art fault detection and resolution technology, at an impressive ceremony at the
PTCL Headquarters

H uawei Technologies Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Hewlett Packard (HP)

inked an agreement to jointly launch their 'Net- work Operation Center' project in Pakistan. On the occasion, Walid Irshaid, President and CEO PTCL said this project would enhance the relationship between PTCL, Huawei and enable HP to become an impor- tant partner in the transformation that had been initiated by PTCL. With the assistance of both leading compa- nies Huawei and HP, PTCL would establish a Network Operation Centers (NOCs) to facili- tate millions of its subscribers in the country. Once in place, the network operating centers would enable automated fault detection and correction in any location in country for the con- venience of subscribers. Mr Irshaid empha- sized although the Network Operation Center project was a back-end system, the ultimate beneficiaries were the customers of PTCL, which is country's largest telecommunications provider. CEO, Huawei Technologies Pakistan, Yixiang appreciated PTCL's foresight in select- ing Huawei as a solution provider for the pro- ject. He said the project was breaking new ground, as it was the first of its kind in Paki- stan, which would lead the way for similar programmes in future. Vice President South East Asia of HP, Joseph Poon lauded both PTCL and Huawei for choosing HP for implementing the project and said his company was committed to ensuring that the project becomes "a true suc- cess story." Elaborating on its functionality, he said the project would provide the services including establishment of one main network operation center and three regional ones, one each in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. The other ser- vices are implementation of an alarm manage- ment system across the entire PTCL network in an integrated manner and implementation of a traffic management tool performance moni-

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toring and capacity management. SEVP Finance PTCL, Nehmatullah Toor signed the agreement on behalf of PTCL. PTCL SEVP HR, Ismail Taha, SEVP Pro- curement, Feisal Elkathiri and SEVP Commer- cial, Sadik Al-Jadir were also present. Yi Xiang, CEO Huawei Technologies Paki- stan, expressed that the company was very pleased to be chosen as a solution provider for the project, and he said that the project was breaking new ground, as it was the first of its kind in Pakistan that would lead the way for similar programmes in future. Upon completion, the network operating cen- ters will add more benefits for PTCL subscrib- ers, as it would enable automated fault detec- tion and correction in any location in Pakistan. Huawei is a Chinese telecommunication (wireless, networking) equipment maker with presence in 41 countries. Huawei defines itself as the leader in next generation telecommuni- cation networks. In the recent times, Huawei had signed two mega deals worth over a bil- lion US dollar with Pakistani telecommunica- tion companies Worldcall and Ufone. The Ufone deal was worth US$ 550 million and involves GSM expansion. The Worldcall deal was estimated to be US$ 720 million and it’s for setting up Wireless Local Loop service in South Pakistan. The tremendous growth of Huawei in the last few years is impressive, given that it competes with established international giants. As experts have noticed Huawei's advantage goes beyond lower prices. Huawei is position- ing itself as an innovator and leader of cutting edge technology products. An important feature of the Chinese policy is the emphasis on developing its own technical standards. For instance Chinese are pushing for IPV6 in an effort to catch up with the US. Another example is the TDS-CDMA standard, which was developed in China. Hewlett Packard (HP) is a technology com- pany that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. HP provided infrastructure and business offerings that span from

handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. It offered consumers a wide range of products

and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products. HP was founded in

1939 and its corporate headquarters are in

Palo Alto, Calif. Mark Hurd is president and CEO. HP is among the world's largest IT com-

panies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP's

2007 Fortune 500 ranking: No. 14. HP's three

business groups drive industry leadership in core technology areas:

In 1995, when government had announced to privatized the company there were country- wide protest and strike by PTCL workers. They even disrupted phone lines of some big gov- ernment institutions and many lines of public sector were also blocked. Military had to take over the management of all the exchanges in the country. They arrested many workers and put them behind bars. The contention between government and employees ended with a 30% increase in the salaries of workers. Many big change events are happening in PTCL at the moment after its privatization. These include the VSS (Voluntary Separation Scheme for its employees), ERP (SAP based), restructuring, B& CC (Billing and Customer Care Software) etc. Another seemingly minor change was change of brand identity (logo) that will present PTCL's new face after privat- ization, with greater focus on customer satis- faction and bringing about of new advance- ments in telecom for consumers. Now the employees of the company are satisfied with the policies and new packages introduced by the PTCL management. It is hoped that PTCL once again captured the telecom sector with dedication and hardworking. If PTCL will succeed to facilitates the sub- scribers in the country and solve the problems within a hour like faulty phone, over billing, late bill receive, etc., no doubt, the company touch its new high.

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Telecom Flare Report 14 1.12 Billion 1.12 Billion Mobiles Sold Around the World in 2007 Sales

1.12 Billion

1.12 Billion

Mobiles Sold Around the

World in 2007

Sales increased about 12 percent from one billion in 2006 to 1.12 billion in 2007 and for 2008 predicted another 10 percent surge to 1.24 billion phones

M ore than 1.1 billion mobile phones were sold around the world last year, and developing countries in Africa and

elsewhere should maintain the momentum in 2008, according to a study.

should maintain the momentum in 2008, according to a study. Nokia of Finland strengthened its position

Nokia of Finland strengthened its position as the world's best selling phone maker while South Korea's Samsung moved up to second

The study said better third generation (3G) phones and "cooler sub-branding" by Samsung, LG Electronics and Nokia ate into Sony Ericsson's market share

place and American maker Motorola dropped back to third, according to the study.

Apple's much vaunted iPhone was not as big a hit as expected however, the study said.

Emerging regions, particu- larly Africa, will continue to drive shipments," it said. Sat- urated Western markets -- many of them likely to see weak GDP growth -- will remain sluggish in 2008

Sales increased about 10 percent from one billion in 2006 to 1.12 billion in 2007 and for 2008 Strategy Analytics predicted another 10

in 2007 and for 2008 Strategy Analytics predicted another 10 percent surge to 1.24 billion phones.

percent surge to 1.24 billion phones. "Emerging regions, particularly Africa, will

continue to drive shipments," it said. "Satu- rated Western markets -- many of them likely to see weak GDP growth -- will remain slug- gish in 2008." The market information firm said Nokia made sizeable gains in Africa and the Middle East "despite fierce competition from dozens of rivals in every price tier." It sold 437 million handsets in 2007, up from

347 million in 2006 to grab a 38.8 percent mar-

ket share.

Samsung increased sales from 113 million to

161 million -- growing three times faster than

the industry average -- to move ahead of Motorola which saw sales collapse from 217 million to 159 million. "Motorola's device portfolio remains weak; without a more attractive lineup of handsets the pain is likely to continue into the second half of 2008." The study said better third generation (3G) phones and "cooler sub-branding" by Samsung, LG Electronics and Nokia ate into Sony Ericsson's market share. The study said Apple with its iPhone came in "slightly below our expectations," sending 2.3 million phones for a 0.6 percent market share. "The European launch in France, Germany and the UK was handled successfully, but demand from buyers was less frenzied than the US entry in June, 2007," said Strategic Analytics. "High retail prices for the iPhone have been one issue," it stressed. The phone costs 399 euros (587 dollars) in France and 269 pounds (360 euros/530 dol- lars) in Britain. Apple Inc. reported its best quarter ever as profits soared to 1.58 billion dollars in the last three months of 2007 on demand for its iPhones, Macintosh computers and iPods. Its chief executive Steve Jobs said that Apple has sold more than four million iPhones, touch-screen mobile devices that combine tele- phone, video, music and Internet access.

Telecom Flare Report A n Egyptian firm Orascom says it has won the right to
Telecom
Flare Report
A n Egyptian firm Orascom says it has
won the right to provide a mobile phone
service in communist North Korea, a
country which currently strictly restricts such
services to the general public.
Orascom Telecom, in a statement on its
website, said the licence was granted to its
subsidiary CHEO Technology, which is 25 per-
cent owned by a North Korean state body --
the Korea Post and Telecommunications
Corporation.
The North Korea deal "is in line
with our strategy to penetrate
countries with high population and
low penetration by providing the
first mobile telephony services,"
said Naguib Sawiris, chairman
and CEO. The firm "has consis-
Naguib Sawiris, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Orascom.
Orascom Telecom intends
to invest up to 400 million
dollars in network infra-
structure and licence fee
over the first three years in
order to rapidly deploy a
high quality network and
offer voice, data and value-
added services at accessi-
ble prices to the Korean
people
tently proved its ability to success-
fully roll out mobile services into
countries where no other operator has."
It was unclear how widely the Orascom
Telecom service would be available to the
public.
North Korea began a mobile phone service
in November 2002. But 18 months later, it
banned general public from using the service
It said the terms allow it to offer services
throughout the country over a 25-year period
with an exclusivity period of four years.
"Orascom Telecom intends to invest up to
400 million dollars in network infrastructure
and licence fee over the first three years in
order to rapidly deploy a high quality network
and offer voice, data and value-added servic-
es at accessible prices to the Korean people,"
it said.
Orascom said it intends to cover
Pyongyang and most other major cities during
the first year of operations in the country of 23
16 million.
The North Korea deal "is in
line with our strategy to pen-
etrate countries with high
population and low penetra-
tion by providing the latest
mobile telephony services,"
said Naguib Sawiris, chair-
man and CEO Orascom
and began recalling unauthorised handsets.
There is still thought to be a mobile net-
work in Pyongyang which is open for govern-
ment officials. Most foreigners are not allowed
to use mobile phones inside the country.
Authorities have staged periodic crack-
downs on residents in northern border areas
who illegally use mobile phones through relay
stations in China.
The 2004 recall was ordered for security
reasons, said Cho Han-Bum of South Korea's
state-financed Korean Institute for National
Unification.
North Korean authorities regard mobile
phones as sensitive items because they can
be used by outsiders to acquire information on
the country.
Cho said the deal with Orascom Telecom,
if confirmed, would be meaningful. "It could be
interpreted as a significant step towards the
opening of its society.
"If North Korea approves a full commercial
mobile phone service, it cannot maintain its
tight lid on the flow of information."
The deal with North Korea is the second
announced in six months by the Egyptian
group. Orascom Construction Industries last
summer sealed a 115 million dollar agreement
to invest in a North Korean cement plant.
Egypt has historically had good relations
with North Korea. De facto head of state Kim
Jong-Nam visited Cairo last July and
President Hosni Mubarak has been to North
Korea several times.
Orascom Telecom currently operates net-
works in Algeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Tunisia,
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Telecom Special Report C orporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a term that has become synonymous
Telecom
Special Report
C orporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is
a term that has become synonymous
with the operations of leading compa-
nies world over. It has come to represent a
commitment whereby organizations act ethi-
cally, responsibly and actively give back to the
community and environment within which they
operate. Although a concept recognized and
practiced by companies in most developed
countries, this is a relatively new idea for com-
panies operating in developing nations like
Pakistan.
However, the importance of CSR initiatives
cannot be stated enough, as at the core of
any argument for the advancement of devel-
oping nations is a promise that its corporate
Mobilink has embraced
their responsibility and cho-
sen to lead the way towards
socially responsible busi-
ness practices which tran-
scend the usual practice of
periodic donations and
sponsorships
citizens will recognize their obligation to share
their success and improve the lives of the
community they operate in; giving rise to the
socially conscious corporate citizen.
Mobilink, Pakistan's leading cellular service
provider has consistently remained at the
forefront of the Telecommunications industry
and maintained its position as both an innova-
tor and integral part of the country's cellular
industry. Since their operations, they have
contributed significantly to the social develop-
ment of the nation and following through with
their vision of being an accountable corporate
citizen, Mobilink has now entered a new
phase of its commitment. Having achieved a
milestone of 30 million customers they have
used this opportunity to solidify their promise
of reshaping lives and supporting initiatives for
the development of Pakistan, through the for-
18 mal establishment of the Mobilink Foundation.
The Mobilink Foundation has been estab-
The Mobilink Foundation is a prime example of the company's sin-
cerity and its intrinsic commitment to improving the lives of
Pakistanis across the country
lished through an initial funding of Rs. 30 mil-
lion which has been donated by Naguib
Sawiris, Chairman Orascom Telecom. As the
largest private sector organization in the coun-
try, Mobilink has embraced its responsibility
and chosen to lead the way towards socially
responsible business practices which tran-
scend the usual practice of periodic donations
and sponsorships. Guided by a pledge to give
back to the country, it was deemed important
to expand the current CSR activities and have
a separate dedicated organization which
would focus on Mobilink's CSR efforts; giving
birth to the Mobilink Foundation.
The main efforts of the foundation are in
the areas of education and health, with a
vision of providing free access to education
and healthcare for all Pakistanis, and addition-
al projects geared at protecting the environ-
ment and poverty alleviation. Moreover, when-
ever possible, the telecommunications infra-
structure and expertise will be leveraged to
further the cause of the foundation.
The Mobilink Foundation is a prime exam-
ple of the company's sincerity and its intrinsic
commitment to improving the lives of
Pakistanis across the country. Mobilink has
also published their first CSR Report in 2007,
which is available on www.mobilinkfounda-
tion.org. It is an initiative which separate the
leaders from the followers and it is hoped that
other companies will follow suit in a similar
manner and improve the lives of the commu-
nity within which they live and thrive.
Telecom Flare Report
Telecom
Flare Report
T he sale of mobile phones with a torch has gone up in the country,

T he sale of mobile phones with a torch has gone up in the country, mainly due to the ongoing electricity loadshedding.

“The rates of these mobile phones are not more than Rs3,000 and certainly it has an added advantage of a torch,” customers believe. Not only the brand new mobiles with torch are selling like hot cakes, the sale of even used ones that has torch installed in it is not that much bad. Used mobiles come for around Rs1,500 with a good condition. The buyers of these mobile phones believe that it’s better to have handset with torch because as soon the light goes off, it’s easier for them to locate candles or light up a gaslight (if the pressure is good) with a matchstick. Such mobile phones with torch do not have all the latest gadgets installed in it, like camera or bluetooth. Perhaps that’s the main reason

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said Mrs Imtiaz, a housewife, who lives in Rawalpindi. While it is convenience for most of those who are using these torch mobile phones, it’s been unlucky for some carrying these hand-

The sale of ‘torch-mobiles’ has certainly picked up, there were some mobile vendors, who believed that it’s the tem- porary phase. Once the loadshedding is over, the mar- ket of these mobiles will cer- tainly decline

sets. “A friend of mine was coming at night near Khanna Bridge and he was watching his steps with the help of the torch in his mobile phone,” said Ghulam Mohiuddin, who lives closeby. However, to the bad luck of Ghulam’s friend, few mischievous snatched the mobile and ran away. “Had my friend not switched on the torch, he could have saved his mobile,” Ghulam added.

that these mobile phones are not that much ‘in’ with the teenagers. “No I don’t want this old model handset,” said Ajmal Aziz, a college student when a mobile vendor showed him a brand new hand- set that has the torch in a mobile market of Rawalpindi. “It’s for old men and women,” Ajmal said, adding: “Please show me some other model that has a camera and bluetooth.” While the sale of ‘torch-mobiles’ has certainly picked up, there were some mobile vendors, who believed that it’s the temporary phase. “Once the loadshedding is over, the market of these mobiles will certainly decline,” said Iqbal Bukhsh, who has been in the business of selling both brand new and second hand mobiles for the last eight years. The torch mobiles are also popular among the housewives. “When I bought this mobile some one and a half years back, the immedi- ate thought that came to my mind was that it will be quite useful during the loadshedding,” said Mrs Imtiaz, a housewife, who lives in Rawalpindi. be quite useful during the loadshedding,”

loadshedding,” said Mrs Imtiaz, a housewife, who lives in Rawalpindi. be quite useful during the loadshedding,”

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Telecom Flare Report T elecommunications infrastructure and services in the rural areas can play a
Telecom
Flare Report
T elecommunications infrastructure and
services in the rural areas can play a
pivotal role for the long-term socio-eco-
nomic benefits of the people and in reducing
the 'digital divide' between rural and urban
areas within the country, Care Taker Federal
Minister for IT Abdullah Riar has said.
The minister was addressing the contract
signing ceremony between Universal Service
Fund Project and Mobilink. The contract aims
to provide telecom related services to the
underserved areas of Districts Ghotki, Sukkur,
Khairpur, Nosheroferoze and Nawabshah
spread over a population of over 600,000.
After the implementation of this project, cit-
izens of Sukkur Division would have 100%
access to telephone services. The IT minister
Abdullah Riar appreciated
the efforts of USF in bring-
ing the penetration of
telecommunication servic-
es to the rural areas into
focus and hoped that
Mobilink would live up to
the expetations of the peo-
ple and that the project
augured well for the people
Caretaker Federal Minister for IT & Telecom Dr. Abdullah Riar witnessing the contract signing ceremony of Universal
Service Fund Project for the un-served areas of Sukkur Division.
said that the establishment of USF and the
allocation of subsidy to operators was an
important factor in accelerating the availability
of telecommunication services in rural areas.
"Fixed-line and mobile operators can play
an important role in providing coverage to
rural areas in particular where there is no
fixed line service", he said. This, he said,
included areas where the cost of the opera-
tions was too high due to lack of infrastructure
or scattered populations.
"These areas would include cities and
towns other than those where mobile compa-
nies are bound to reach as part of the mobile
cellular policy obligation", he added. Riar
appreciated the efforts of USF in bringing the
penetration of telecommunication services to
the rural areas into focus and hoped that
Mobilink would live up to the expetations of
the people and that the project augured well
for the people of Sukkur, particularly those liv-
ing in the remote areas of the Sukkur Division.
CEO Mobilink Zohair A Khaliq and CEO
USF Pervez Iftikhar signed the contract on
behalf of their respective organizations, Hifz-
ur-Rehman, Secretary IT and Chairman PTA
Maj Gen (Retd) Shahzada Alam Malik as well
as several key individuals related to the tele-
com industry were also present on the occa-
sion.
P akistan Television signed an agreement
with Mobilink for providing regular
SMS/IVR updates for the forthcoming gen-
eral election. The SMS/IVR services will provide
customers with updates on national and provin-
cial assembly results, profiles of various political
people stay connected, he said and added since
the entire nation will be keen to find out the
results of their preferred political party.
Giving further details, he said the users inter-
ested in national assembly results, just need to
SMS "NA" to 2008 and they will receive all the
parties and prominent political candidates.
In his comments, Vice President Marketing of Mobilink, Bilal Munir
Sheikh said in an era of advanced technology, everyone would like to
be the first to know the results of election. Therefore, keeping in view
customers interests, the company is providing them easy access on
election news and updates.
"We have partnered with PTV to bring timely results and informa-
tion to our customers in the palm of their hands, in a matter of
nanoseconds," he added. He said the SMS/IVR service will keep sub-
20 scribers posted on their mobile phones even in areas where there is
no availability of television set or electricity. The new service will help
results on their mobile phone. Price for this serv-
ice is a nominal Rs 100 + Tax. In addition to SMS services, customers
can also listen to Live PTV Election transmission along with regular
results updates (On election days) by dialing 1947 from their Mobilink
number.
Mobilink has achieved an unprecedented customer base of over 30
million and provides the most extensive network coverage footprint
across Pakistan through an integrated technology infrastructure in
more than 6,000 cities, towns, villages, and countless remote destina-
tions, including International Roaming in 127 countries through 300
partner operators.
Telecom Flare Report Warid Telecom introduced cricket alerts, ball-to-ball services and live commentary - for
Telecom
Flare Report
Warid Telecom introduced cricket alerts, ball-to-ball services
and live commentary - for the first time ever in Pakistan. Through
these services, users can remain up-to-date with live coverage
throughout the matches
W arid Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd. is the first
telecom company to bring the
nation's first love - cricket - to mobile
phone. Warid Telecom is owned by the Abu
Dhabi Group, led by His Highness Sheikh
Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. Cultivating
cricket into GSM technology is part of Warid's
strategy to customize services based on sub-
scribers' interests, providing value added serv-
ices of their choice and rewarding users for
their loyalty. In its bid to support cricket enthu-
siasts, Warid has introduced numerous servic-
es and prize campaigns to delight the Warid
family.
Warid Telecom introduced cricket alerts,
ball-to-ball services and live commentary - for
the first time ever in Pakistan. Through these
services, users can remain up-to-date with
live coverage throughout the matches. The
coverage instantly updates subscribers with
complete information, all the way from the
toss to the man-of-the-match ceremony. The
services are seen as a revolutionary way to
stay involved in the game while being away
from the television or stadium.
Additionally, MMS (Multimedia Message
Service) based cricket video alerts are offered
to GPRS subscribers. The subscriber can
view a video alert every time a wicket falls.
Warid Telecom's complete cricket solution
allows you to integrate the full experience so
no unforgettable moments are ever missed in
your favorite game.
As a reward to users of cricket services,
the product development team of Warid
Telecom had launched two prize campaigns -
'Play N Win' Voting Game and the Cricket
Quiz Mania. The 'Play N Win' voting game
allowed the subscribers to vote for their
favorite cricket team and make predictions
about the outcome (both before and during
the match). The maximum number of votes
and the correct votes by the users can results
in winning exciting prizes Warid has offered.
On the other hand, the Cricket Quiz Mania
campaign allows customers to answer ques-
tions on cricket details where users with maxi-
mum voted and correct answers are entered a
lucky draw featuring prizes.
Prizes include LCD Home Theatre System,
Sony Flat Screen TV, Bars of Gold (10 grams
each), Handsets (Nokia and Ericsson) and
cash prizes worth up to million rupees. Thus
far, many users have already collected their
prizes and both campaigns have received an
overwhelming response.
Marwan Zawaydeh Chief Executive Officer
Warid Telecom noted, "Cricket services and
alerts are new and extremely popular products
in the Pakistan telecom industry. Warid
Telecom was the first company to launch
these services. 2008 will be a gigantic year for
Warid Telecom where we will be known as the
premier service-provider to introduce the most
innovative ideas, products and services."
On the results of the successful cam-
paigns, Thomas Yeo - Chief Commercial
Officer Warid Telecom added, "Innovation is a
norm at Warid Telecom. With cricket services
we wanted to introduce something that cus-
tomers actually demand and then take it a
step further by rewarding them for using our
services. We hope to continue introducing
such schemes in the future as well, because
at Warid Telecom, We Care."
W arid Telecom has introduced a new
international dialing tariff plan for its
ZEM Prepaid and ZAHI Postpaid
subscribers. Now all Warid subscribers will be
able to avail the lowest call rates for the USA,
UK (landline) and Canada. Since launch,
Warid Telecom has been providing customers
with the most competitive tariff plans and has
now made its international calls even more
attractive. With new international dialing rates,
subscribers can call three exciting internation-
al destinations for as low as Rs. 1.25/minute.
In addition to reducing international dialing
22 rates to USA, UK, & Canada; call charges to
Middle East (esp. KSA, UAE, & Kuwait),
Europe (esp. Germany, France, Netherlands,
Norway, & Sweden), and East Asia (esp.
China, Malaysia, & Hong Kong) have been
drastically cut down and the benefit has been
passed on to our subscribers. This is not a
limited-time or a package specific offer;
instead these rates can be availed by all exist-
ing pre and postpaid subscribers.
Marwan Zawaydeh - Chief Executive
Officer Warid Telecom said, "When Warid
entered the market in 2005, cost of calls in the
market was extremely high. Not only has
Warid been instrumental in bringing down the
costs for local telephony, we have been at the
forefront of providing the maximum service at
the lowest price".
Thomas Yeo - Chief Commercial Officer
Warid Telecom said, "In this era of globaliza-
tion, business, families, friends and associates
can be found scattered throughout the world.
By introducing these new international call
rates, we want our subscribers to know that
nothing is out of their reach. Our loyal sub-
scribers deserve the best, because at Warid,
We Care".
Open Forum Flare Report I n my opinion, before Telenor, the world of telecom seemed
Open Forum
Flare Report
I n my opinion, before Telenor, the world of
telecom seemed to be nothing more then
just calls and SMS. Look it now, where we
can access mobile TV, share our pictures,
MMS, emails, use internet and so many other
value promising features, and big thanks to
leader Telenor.
The ad looks crisp and is understood to all
I am sure. The most recent and most attrac-
tive offerings have been highlighted in the
most vivid execution. Comments and a
healthy discussion is welcomed on the said
ad.
times were also truly innovative and reflected
their, then, target market. Truly youth were not
in that sphere because these services were
really expensive at that time.
Considering the current scenario, yes
Telenor has now differentiated itself by
becoming the most innovative brand and its
ads are executed perfectly but i think other
telecom brands also do a great job with their
ads.
The new Telenor media campaign is per-
fectly executed and represents no doubt about
it, let's wait and see what other brands come
up with.
Ayesha Khan,
ayesha1_mb@yahoo.com
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sjmkt@yahoo.com
Dear Ayesha,
With reference to your post, I would like to
inform that Mobilnk has been offering all these
services way before Telenor even came to
Pakistan. The only difference that Telenor has
made is MobileTV.
Mobilink, unfortunately, is in a fix as it has
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a fixed monthly charge of Rs.500 for GPRS
the technology that would enable such servic-
es. However, they are not able to bring in this
service as it will be a free ride for the con-
sumers. Telenor on the other hand charges
per megabyte download that makes the con-
sumer be cautious while using more of the
service and Telenor makes money from the
content download onto your mobile device.
The commercial to me has good execution
but in terms of concept is a bit far-stretched. It
should have been a usage based tactical
campaign.
Telenor launched
value added services
ad that truly reflects
the innovation which it
brought in Pakistan.
Customers have the
different opinions on it
and we are including
their opinions which
we have received from
them on our online
forum.
The Management of
Flare is not responsi-
ble for any comment of
these people
I consider that this campaign is not only
doing well for Telenor's image but the entire
country/people from all sects learning the
meaning of Internet on the go in different verti-
cals. There are operators who exist with this
service before TP but the upbeat attached
through this campaign makes Telenor distinc-
tive as for now when compared to others.
campaigns like these not only represent and
benefit the company but also Industry's
growth image and uptake-maturity in front of
other foreign media. I agree with your idea.
Mobilink advertising is also fantastic no
doubt on that - however, slightly low in varia-
tion of advertising
they're
trying to penetrate
Adnan Shekhani
adnanshekhani@yahoo.com
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But here, Ufone never captured the market
it should have had done years before Telenor
and others jumped in. They had the equip-
ment and services ready but somehow things
could not click for them.
I agree Ayesha that telenor is one of the
most innovative brands of Pakistan and it
introduced a lot of services. They are very first
one to launch MMS and GRRS was not
Telenor but Ufone. It differentiated itself with
these services way back when there were
only two GSM players in the market,
Mobilink and Ufone. The ads aired in those
rural, like one example is on Apna Channel
promoting 555 service in Punjabi however, a
company of size should be doing more.
Mobilink is like a GCP of local Telecom World
(Ghee Corporation of Pakistan) - no matter
how many new operators step into Pakistan
there will always be share for Mobilink and
there would be specific sections in society
who will always prefer Jazz and Indigo over
other offerings. Campaigns like Malamaal and
smart/timely moves like offering Indigo
Valentine BB Pearl package hit the hopes of
many at competition. Being quick is the key!
Faisal Naik
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Bilal Mughal
liveunplugged@hotmail.com
Flare Report Telecom T elenor Pakistan has announced excel- lent financial results for Q4 2007,
Flare Report
Telecom
T elenor Pakistan has announced excel-
lent financial results for Q4 2007, with 2
million subscriptions added to its base
within the 3-month period. The company also
grew its revenue by 18% in local currency
from Q3 2007 and improved its EBITDA mar-
gin by 17% from Q3 2007. The company
crossed 15 million subscribers in mid-January
2008, in less than three years of operation.
CEO Telenor Pakistan attributed the success
of the company to Telenor Pakistan's belief in
"responsible growth."
Commenting on what has propelled
Telenor Pakistan to achieve such performance
in the face of intense competition, Telenor
Pakistan's CEO Tore Johnsen said, "I am
happy with the way we are growing. Our cus-
tomer growth comes hand in hand with solid
revenue growth. We believe we must grow but
we must grow responsibly - balancing the
interests of the shareholders, the employees,
and the public at large."
"We are succeeding because of the faith
the Telenor Pakistan team members have put
in one another and the strong sense of pur-
pose they continue to display. We genuinely
believe that mobile telephony is the best way
of breaking socio-economic barriers, and trick-
ling down wealth and information to the bot-
tom of the pyramid. It helps businesses, com-
munities, and the country."
The Telenor Group secured 30 million new
subscriptions in 2007. Telenor is now ranked
as the world's seventh largest mobile operator
with a total of 143 million subscriptions in its
mobile operations. The high underlying rev-
enue growth continued in the fourth quarter of
2007. Compared to the previous year,
Telenor's revenues increased by 15 per cent
in 2007, to NOK 105 billion. Profit after taxes
and minority interests increased by 13 per
cent in 2007 compared to 2006, reaching
NOK 18 billion.
In the fourth quarter of 2007, revenues
increased by 10 per cent compared to the
same period last year, reaching NOK 27 bil-
lion (including Kyivstar). The EBITDA margin
in the fourth quarter of 2007 was 32.8 per
cent, compared to 33.4 per cent in the fourth
quarter of 2006.
T he pilot site, which is in Buner, is a
solar-electricity hybrid system that runs
entirely on solar energy during the day
and switches to electricity or battery power at
night. Such Telenor Pakistan's use of alternate
energy sources in its operations is of particu-
lar significance considering that the company
has the fastest growing network in the coun-
try.
"Telenor Pakistan continues its efforts to
roll out modern networks in a socially respon-
sible manner, delivering on environmental,
health, and safety standards," says Chief
Technical Officer Telenor Pakistan Peter
Anthony Dindial. "We are first in the industry
to have started using solar energy to power a
commercial site. We aim to help reduce the
load on the national power grid through inno-
vative solutions and in longer term we mean
to upscale this pilot project to other parts of
the country after assessing its success. Such
solutions are more eco-friendly and less of a
burden logistically in difficult terrains, where
mobile coverage might be
needed the most, and con-
stant generator refueling
might be an issue. The
industry must boldly experi-
ment with alternate energy
solutions in order to connect
the remote, unconnected
populations of Pakistan in a
sustainable manner."
Although the solar pan-
Telenor Pakistan technical team briefs on the environmental and operational sta-
bility benefits of solar panels used to energize telecommunication towers.
els used in the unit are
imported, the batteries, cables and installation
expertise are all local. The solution involves a
one-time cost but requires low maintenance,
thus also reducing capital and operational
expenditure in the long-term.
Telenor Pakistan plans to expand the use
of solar energy to power other BTs sites in the
country. Another area of focus for the compa-
ny is to create and install other hybrid power
combinations such as solar-genset, solar-
electricity, and solar-wind to power its BTS
sites across Pakistan.
The Telenor Group is an international
provider of high quality telecommunications,
data and media communications services.
Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM
service providers in the world with over 133
million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100%
owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its
operations in Asia together with Thailand,
Malaysia and Bangladesh.
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Research Study 26 Mobile Phone Linked to Insomnia Insomnia If you have trouble sleeping, you should
Research Study 26 Mobile Phone Linked to Insomnia Insomnia If you have trouble sleeping, you should

Mobile Phone Linked to

InsomniaInsomnia

If you have trouble sleeping, you should think about not talking on a mobile phone right before you go to bed. The study strongly suggests that mobile phone use is associated with specific changes in the areas of the brain responsible for activating and coordinating the stress system

T he evidence on mobile phone safety has been contradictory. Using a mobile phone before going to bed could stop

you getting a decent night's sleep, research suggests. The study, funded by mobile phone companies, suggests radiation from the hand- set can cause insomnia, headaches and con- fusion. It may also cut our amount of deep sleep - interfering with the body's ability to refresh itself. The study was carried out by Sweden's Karolinska Institute and Wayne State Univer- sity in the US. This research suggests that if you need to make a phone call in the evening it is much better to use a land line. Dr. Joseph Dunbar, Wayne's vice president for research is of the view that, “If you have trouble sleeping, you should think about not talking on a mobile phone right before you go to bed. The study strongly suggests that mobile phone use is associated with specific changes in the areas of the brain responsible for activating and coor- dinating the stress system”. Funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, the scientists studied 35 men and 36 women aged between 18 and 45. Some were exposed to radiation equivalent to that received when using a mobile phone, others were placed in the same conditions, but

given only "sham" exposure. Those exposed to radiation took longer to enter the first of the deeper stages of sleep, and spent less time in the deepest one. The scientists concluded: "The study indi- cates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected."

Another theory is that radiation may disrupt production of the hormone melatonin, which controls the body's internal rhythms

Researcher Professor Bengt Arnetz said:

"The study strongly suggests that mobile phone use is associated with specific changes in the areas of the brain responsible for acti- vating and coordinating the stress system." Another theory is that radiation may disrupt production of the hormone melatonin, which controls the body's internal rhythms.

About half the people in the study believed themselves to be "electrosensitive", reporting symptoms such as headaches and impaired cognitive function from mobile phone use. But they proved to be unable to tell if they had been exposed to the radiation in the test. Alasdair Philips is director of Powerwatch, which researches the effects of electromag- netic fields on health. He said: "The evidence is getting stronger that we should treat these things in a precau- tionary way. "This research suggests that if you need to make a phone call in the evening it is much better to use a land line, and don't have your mobile by your bedside table." Mike Dolan, executive director of the Mobile Operators Association, said the study was inconsistent with other research. He said: "It is really one small piece in a very large scientific jigsaw. It is a very small effect, one researcher likened it to less than the effect you would see from a cup of coffee." Last September a major six-year study by the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHRP) con- cluded that mobile phone use posed no short- term risk to the brain. However, the research- ers said they could not rule out the possibility that long-term use may raise the risk of can- cer.

Telecom PTCL, Huawei to Jointly Launch Network Operation Centers P akistan Telecommunication Company Ltd. (PTCL),
Telecom
PTCL, Huawei to Jointly Launch Network Operation Centers
P akistan Telecommunication Company
Ltd. (PTCL), Huawei Technologies Paki-
stan and Hewlett Packard (HP) signed
• Implementation of an alarm management
system across the entire PTCL network in an
integrated manner.
• Implementation of a traffic management

an agreement to jointly launch their ‘Network Operation Center’ project which has state-of- the art fault detection and resolution technol- ogy, an impressive ceremony at the PTCL Headquarters. Mr. Walid Irshaid, President & CEO, PTCL, termed the project “a landmark project for all three stakeholders” and stressed the need for serving PTCL’s customers all across Pakistan to the best of the ability that PTCL had. He expressed his sincere hope that this project would strengthen the relationship PTCL shared with Huawei and that HP would become an important partner in the transfor- mation that had been initiated at PTCL. Mr. Irshaid emphasized that although the Net- work Operation Center project was a back-end system, the ultimate beneficiaries were the val- ued customers of PTCL. Mr. Yixiang, CEO, Huawei Technologies Paki- stan, appreciated PTCL’s foresight in selecting Huawei as a solution provider for the project. He said the project was breaking new ground, as it was the first of its kind in Pakistan, which would lead the way for similar programs in future.

Mr. Muhammad Nehmatullah Toor, SEVP Finance PTCL and Mr. Joseph Poon, Vice President, HP, South

Mr. Muhammad Nehmatullah Toor, SEVP Finance PTCL and Mr. Joseph Poon, Vice President, HP, South East Asia, exchange documents after signing the Network Operation Center (NOC) Agreement, at the PTCL Corporate Headquarters.

Mr. Joseph Poon, Vice President, HP, South East Asia, appreciated both PTCL and Huawei for choosing HP for implementing the project and said his company was committed to ensuring that the project becomes “a true suc- cess story.” Elaborating on its functionality, he said the project would provide the following services:

• Establish one main network operation cen- ter and three regional ones; one each in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

tool performance monitoring and capacity man- agement. Mr. Nehmatullah Toor, SEVP Finance, signed the agreement on behalf of PTCL, Mr. Yixiang, CEO, Huawei Technologies Pakistan signed on behalf of his company and Mr. Poon repre- sented HP. Also present at the ceremony were PTCL’s SEVP HR&A, Mr. Ismail Taha, SEVP Procurement, Mr. Feisal Elkathiri and SEVP Commercial, Mr. Sadik Al-Jadir. Once in place, the network operating centers will enable automated fault detection and cor- rection in any location in Pakistan for the con- venience of PTCL subscribers. PTCL, the country’s largest telecommunica- tions provider, continues to be the largest CDMA operator as well with the addition of 0.8 million Vfone customers. The entry of Etisalat, UAE’s leading telecom service provider, into the Pakistan market has augured well for PTCL, which is now evolving into a profession- ally managed customer-focused company, offering value-added services to its valued cus- tomers.

Major Initiatives to Improve PTCL Connectivity P akistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) has embarked upon a
Major Initiatives to Improve
PTCL Connectivity
P akistan Telecommunication Limited
(PTCL) has embarked upon a crach pro-
gram to improve its nationwide and

international connectivity as part of its netowrk expanson and netowrk improvement plans that have already been kick started. The Com- pany has invested millions of dollars in the two (2) submarine consortium cable systems namely SEA-ME-WE 3 and SEA-ME-WE 4 with landings in Karachi and in data infrastruc- ture in 45 PoPs in 24 cities. PTCL is improving its National and Interna- tional connectivity for diversification and resil- ience along with core equipment and delivery enhancement by investing Rs. 775 Million. On National side, redundant optical fiber cable sys- tem is fully operational along with equipment diversification. On International side, terrestrial cable con- nectives have been established with neighbor- ing countries, and a submarine cable called I- ME-WE has been finalized by PTCL which would make PTCL’s network more robust & reliable. PTCL is the biggest IP Service provider in the country. It is not only providing IP service to its customers but to other national operators as well. PTCL Voice/Data & IP services to its valued customers were not affected as in the other countries, when the cable was

PTCL is improving its National and International connectivity for diversifi- cation and resilience along with core equipment and delivery enhancement by investing Rs.775 Million. On National side, redun- dant optical fiber cable sys- tem is fully operational along with equipment diversification

damanged a few days ago near Alexandria. PTCL connectivity and routing were pre- planned in such a way that any outage on either cable will not disrupt the PTCL Data/Voice & IP service. IP Ports connected on both the cable systems with different Tier-1 Service providers in West & East directions give Diversity of route and of service providers On 30th January 2008, SEA-ME-WE 4 and FLAG submarine optical fiber cable system were damaged due to ship anchor near Alex- andria which caused a major disruption of International connectivity and the Internet in the Middle East , Pakistan and India. The situation was further worsened by dam- age to the FALCON in the Persian Gulf on 1st February 2008. Further; two more regional sub- marine cables near Kuwait & Qatar were dam- aged which made the situation more vulnera- ble for voice/data and specially IP traffic in this region. Disruptions up to 70 percent in Middle East and 60 percent in India were reported. The countries mostly affected were Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran & India. Since service was affected in Pakistan through other cable systems in matter of days; PTCL manage to add 10xSTM-1s for IP con- nectivity from Tier-1 Service providers in Italy, Hong Kong, & Singapore in West & East direc- tions.

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Telecom T he Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL), with an invest- ment of US$ 50
Telecom
T he Pakistan Telecommunications
Company Limited (PTCL), with an invest-
ment of US$ 50 million, is part of a con-
sortium that will put in place a high-capacity
fiber-optic submarine cable that stretches from
India to Italy and France via the Middle East.
The consortium of nine leading telecom
operators, have signed the Construction and
Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and the
Supply Contract of the fiber-optic cable named
I-ME-WE (India, Middle East, Western Europe)
on 5th February 2008 which will be the fifth in
a series of similar systems.
The consortium of nine leading
telecom operators, have signed
the Construction and
Maintenance Agreement
(C&MA) and the Supply Contract
of the fiber-optic cable named I-
ME-WE (India, Middle East,
Western Europe) on 5th
February 2008 which will be the
fifth in a series of similar sys-
tems
The cable design covers a distance of
almost 14,000 kilometers and the system is
likely to be available for service by the end of
2009. The system will have a capacity of 3.84
terabits per second.
PTCL and the other members of the con-
sortium intend for this system to meet the ever
growing capacity requirement of Asia, the
Middle East and Europe besides satisfying the
capacity needs of the USA to these regions as
well.
The nine companies that form the consor-
tium include Bharti (India), Etisalat (UAE),
France Telecom (France), Ogero (Lebanon),
PTCL (Pakistan), STC (Saudi Arabia), Telecom
Egypt (Egypt), Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy)
and VSNL (India).
The signing of the Agreement and the
Supply Contract was made at a high profile
event bringing together the nine consortium
partners involved in the IMEWE project in
Rome, Italy, and was attended by representa-
tives and guests of all the other consortium
partners.
The Chairman of the Interim Management
Committee of the IMEWE Consortium, Mr. K P
Tiwari, has expressed his deep appreciation to
all parties involved for their devotion, commit-
ment, and untiring effort over the past year and
a half in effectively addressing various chal-
lenges and making this project a reality and
successful. He added, "We as a consortium
are very happy to part of the development of
the world telecommunications that plays great
roles in today's economy and well being of
human kind."
Sher Bahadar Khan, Executive Vice
President of PTCL (Pakistan), stated that this
project was an important addition designed to
cater to the ever growing capacity require-
ments towards the Middle East and the west-
ern countries with Pakistan in general and
PTCL in particular.
He stated that this project will also play a
pivotal role to provide effective resilience to the
existing cable systems (SMW3 & SMW4) avail-
able with PTCL to provide flawless communi-
cation to its esteemed customers within and
outside of Pakistan. This entire venture was, of
course, a result of the untiring teamwork of the
consortium member countries to achieve the
target.
PTCL Launches Rapid Response Unit
P akistan Telecommunication Company
Limited (PTCL) has launched Rapid
Response Unit (RRU), an exclusive
mobile maintenance team, for its customers,
on Jan 6. PTCL Senior Executive Vice
President (Commercial) Sadiq Al Jadir inaugu-
rated the unit in the presence of prospective
customers of the company.
While speaking on the occasion Sadiq Al
Jadir said that PTCL was transforming towards
the betterment with a view to living up to the
expectations of customers, who ostensibly
happen to be the backbone of the company.
He said that PTCL's aim is to be the leading
customer service organisation. He further
added that launching of the Rapid Response
Unit is in fact a customer service initiative
being taken as part of PTCL's commitment of
providing efficient and state of the art services
to its valued customers. PTCL EVP Arif
Khawaja also spoke on the occa-
sion.
It is worth mentioning here that
the project is an addition to ongoing
PTCL initiatives to improve the serv-
ice quality and ensure uninterrupted
voice and data services. PTCL
Rapid Response Unit, a mobile lab-
oratory, on the run, will respond in
minimum time span to customer
complaints.
The unit comprises top quality
PTCL staff especially trained to han-
dle the complex situation. The unit
has been well equipped with all the
Senior Executive Vice President Sadiq Al Jadir with mobile maintenance
team.
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necessary tools required for swift
service restoration.
PTCL has conducted a major overhaul of
the existing corporate services complaints
helpline, where trained customer support rep-
resentatives will be available round the clock to
redress customer complaints. Three cen-
tralised control rooms have also been estab-
lished at Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad for
close monitoring of the whole process.
Besides, Key Account Managers will always be
available to respond to any queries.
Telecom V incenzo Nesci has been appointed as President of the company's business in Africa
Telecom
V incenzo Nesci has been appointed
as President of the company's
business in Africa and the Middle
East. In his new position, Vincenzo Nesci
will be responsible for growing Alcatel-
Lucent's business in more than 62 coun-
tries in Africa, and the Middle East.
Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that
enable service providers, enterprises and
governments worldwide, to deliver voice,
data and video communication services
to end-users.
Vincenzo Nesci brings a great deal of
first-hand experience to this position,
having served in the region for many
years. He currently serves as President
of Alcatel-Lucent's Middle East Regional
Middle East and Africa are among
Alcatel-Lucent's most promising
markets, and we are committed to
help our customers in this region
grow their business by making it
possible for them to offer useful
new services to the people of this
region. We have talented and dedi-
cated teams in this region as well
as an International Service Centre
in Egypt that is committed to serv-
ing our customers here and world-
wide."
Vincenzo Nesci, who will be
located in the company's regional
office at The Smart Village in Cairo,
said that Alcatel-Lucent will contin-
Vincenzo Nesci a new President of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa and Middle East.
Unit. Previously he had served as Alcatel
Vice President for the Middle East, a position
he was named to in 1999. He joined Alcatel in
1980 and held several positions in Italy, East
Africa and Belgium. Prior to joining Alcatel,
Vincenzo Nesci worked for General Electric in
Libya and Nigeria, after working as a universi-
ty lecturer for some years in Europe and sev-
eral African countries.
"I am very proud to be appointed to this
challenging position and I am personally very
happy to come back to Africa, where I worked
for many years", Vincenzo Nesci said. "The
ue to leverage its strong positions in
the fixed and mobile segment, applications
and professional services, while entering
Industry and Public Sector markets outside
the company's traditional customer base, in
particular in energy, transport, public sector,
defense, and security.
Strengthens Egypt as
communication hub
connecting Asia/Africa
to Europe
T elecom Egypt (TE), the incumbent tele-
com operator in Egypt, and Alcatel-
Lucent announced they have signed a
US$125 million contract to deploy a new sub-
marine cable network linking Sidi Kerir in
Egypt to Marseille in France. Named TE
North, the project will enable Telecom Egypt
to expand international connectivity, providing
diversity from existing cable routes.
Additionally, the TE North submarine cable
system will help Telecom Egypt enhance its
network capacity to operate as a wholesale
carrier to other operators and expand its serv-
ice offering to businesses and consumers.
Spanning 3,100 km, TE North will deliver
an ultimate capacity of 128 x 10Gbit/s on eight
fiber pairs, which makes it one of the largest
cable systems in the region. As a result,
Telecom Egypt will be able to meet the grow-
ing demand for broadband services of its busi-
ness and residential users at more affordable
costs. Moreover, it will further establish
Egypt's role as international communication
hub between Europe and Asia/Africa, and it
will also reinforce the city of Marseille as a
communications hub with 'open access' facili-
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"Egypt has a
young population
with a growing
demand for more
and more capac-
ity. In addition
Telecom Egypt
has decades
long tradition of
being the partner
of choice to all
Asia-Europe sub-
marine cable
systems, by pro-
viding the infra-
structure for
crossing from
The signing ceremony between Telecom Egypt and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a submarine cable
network which will link Egypt to France.
Red to
Mediterranean Seas. Today, through TE
North, we extend the Telecom Egypt service
footprint by offering an option to extend this
infrastructure from the Red Sea to Europe,"
said Akil Beshir, Chairman and CEO of
Telecom Egypt. "Alcatel-Lucent's turnkey
expertise and technological lead in submarine
networks shall help us achieve our project and
business objectives on time."
"Access to advanced technologies is key
to operators like Telecom Egypt to best serve
their customers," said Georges Krebs, Chief
Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent's subma-
rine network activity. "By meeting the require-
ments of communications infrastructures in
terms of capacity, flexibility and scalability,
Alcatel-Lucent helps Telecom Egypt respond
to the ramping demand for innovative applica-
tions."
Telecom Flare Report C ellular services are said to be resisting fine-tuning of telecom regulations
Telecom
Flare Report
C ellular services are said to be resisting
fine-tuning of telecom regulations that
could ensure policing of telecom traffic,
lower tariffs and improve service quality.
PTA has identified some flaws in the opera-
tions of the telecom companies that include
identification of subscriber through his/her
Computerised National Identity Cards, mush-
room installation of telecom towers by each
mobile operator instead of sharing the facility
etc. The regulator is still lenient of quality of
service, consumers' complaints on excessive
billing and higher interconnects charges of the
telecom operators.
The regulation to issue SIM only against
CNIC has been openly flouted by the telecom
operators. This according to telecom experts
has given rise to many problems. The number
PTA has identified some flaws
in the operations of the tele-
com companies that include
identification of subscriber
through his/her Computerised
National Identity Cards, mush-
room installation of telecom
towers by each mobile opera-
tor instead of sharing the facil-
ity etc
of obnoxious calls and SMS has increased
many folds in past three years, as the unethi-
cal callers are not bothered if their SIM without
CNIC is blocked. They get another connection
by paying Rs.50-150.
In case the new connection is issued
against CNIC and the SIM is blocked the sub-
scriber would be bared from getting new con-
nection from any mobile operator provided the
blocking information is available with all of
them. If the CNIC of subscriber were available
then any defaulter of one operator would not
be able to shift to another operator.
Each cellular service has installed commu-
The PTA has in fact been urg-
ing them to share infrastruc-
ture to reduce cost and
ensure better environment.
The companies having larger
network are resisting the
move as all operators would
have the same level of acces-
sibility
nication towers throughout the country to
ensure accessibility of its services in larger
areas. These towers could be found in large
numbers within a radius of one kilometre in big
cities. According to telecom experts even 25
per cent of these structures could service the
36 needs of the consumers of all mobile opera-
tors.
The PTA has in fact been urging them to
share this infrastructure to reduce cost and
ensure better environment. The companies
having larger network are resisting the move
as all operators would have the same level of
accessibility. They even neglect the fact that
those using their facility would also pay some
service charges as well that would substantial-
ly reduce their operational cost.
Some operators with larger network also
support some of the moves of PTA. Managing
Director of Wateen Telecom Tariq Malik
favours sharing of infrastructure to save cost.
He stressed the need to rationalize intercon-
nect charges.
Some experts point out that most operators
have drastically reduced the charges of calls
made within their network to Re1 per minute.
But for calls made by other subscribers to their
network are charged at Rs1.25 per minute.
This means that the operator earns more if the
calls originate from outside their network.
Telecom experts say that there is a need to
rationalize this anomaly.
Similar discrepancy exists when a mobile
call is made to PTCL landline. The PTCL
charges its subscriber Rs2 per 5 minutes for a
local call. In case of five minutes call from
mobile phone the PTCL gets Rs2.50 per five
minutes because its connectivity rates for
mobile operators are Rs0.50 per minute.
The telecom operators also face some
problems while enlarging their infrastructure.
Different provincial and local governments levy
differemnt charges, as Wateen's Tariq Malik
pointed out that the right of way demanded by
authorities from Sibi to Gawadar is $1 million.
Similarly the Sukkur administration demand
Rs1,000 per meter as right of way to the oper-
ators while Sialkot authorities asked for
Rs5,000 per meter. He said the regulator
should ensure through federal government
lower and uniform rates for laying infrastruc-
ture.
Economy Ali Qadir Gilani
Economy
Ali Qadir Gilani
Economy Ali Qadir Gilani The Poor -Rich Divide The difference between the rich and the poor

The Poor-Rich Divide

The difference between the rich and the poor coun- tries is not even that of the extent of natural resources available; A country like Japan with its limited terri- tory and scarcer resources, impacted with a major nuclear disaster during World War II, coping with earthquakes with alarming regularity, is today one of the largest economies of the world

Ali Qadir Gilani E.V.P. Corporate Communication, PTCL.
Ali Qadir Gilani
E.V.P. Corporate Communication, PTCL.

I n reflection and action the difference between the poor and the rich is not the antiquity of the civilization or the age of the country as is evidenced by countries like India and Egypt which date back thousands of years but remain poor while Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Western European countries have barely a few hundred years of history but are economically developed. The difference between the rich and the poor countries is not even that of the extent of natu- ral resources available; A country like Japan with its limited territory and scarcer resources, impacted with a major nuclear disaster during World War II, coping with earthquakes with alarming regularity, is today one of the largest economies of the world. Japan is particularly unusual in that it imports most basic raw mate- rials from other countries but is one of the big- gest technology exporters. Another extraordinary country is Switzerland, which, produces some of the best chocolates in the world but does not grow cocoa. Within its little territory the Swiss raise animals and grow crops in the four months of the year when the climate permits and manage at the same time to produce some of the best dairy products globally. It is a small country, which projects an image of security and prosperity such that it is perceived as the world’s mone- tary reservoir. Executives from wealthy countries who com- municate with their counterparts in poor coun- tries have asserted that there is no intellectual difference between the people, nor are issues of race or color important. Immigrants labeled lazy in their countries are productive in rich western countries.

What is the difference then? The real differ- ence then is not of history or resources, color or race but is one of attitude – the attitude of people framed through years of education and the cultural environment. While analyzing the behavior of people in

As we do not follow the basic principles of the rich and developed societies we are left poor, out in the cold as far as development is concerned. Only the will to develop and the right atti- tude can make a difference allowing us to enhance our socio-economic level

developed countries we find that the vast majority live according to certain principles, certain ethics, those of integrity, self-respect, responsibility, respect of the law and rules in general, respect of the rights of other citizens and tolerance, well-being and security as the

goals of productive work and punctuality. In poor countries only a rare minority follows these basic principles in their daily lives. These countries - are not poor due to lack of resources or the machinations of a cruel nature but because there is a deficiency in ‘at- titude.’ We lack the ‘will’ to work and build which leads us to develop jealousies, intoler- ance and general insecurities. As we do not follow the basic principles of the rich and developed societies we are left poor, out in the cold as far as development is concerned. Only the will to develop and the right attitude can make a difference allowing us to enhance our socio-economic level. The right attitude and the will to succeed can do miracles leading to not only improvements in our personal lives but also in improving the quality of life in our country as a whole. One needs to remember that our country and our company within it both have tremen- dous potential. In both, however, the problem is identical and it is a flaw in the attitude. Our potential in fact is far greater than that of much of the developed world as our natural resources are in abundance but having resources available means nothing unless we have the will to utilize them. Our attitude is everything and following basic principles practiced in successful countries will allow us to join their ranks. In reality a little effort made to change our attitude will lead to immense benefits and for those willing to reach for it the sky alone is the limit. The writer is an E.V.P Corporate Communi- cation, PTCL.

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Pictorial Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, left, watches test launching of
Pictorial
Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, left, watches test launching of Pakistan-made Ghauri missile
with President Pervez Musharraf at undisclosed location in Pakistan. Pakistan successfully test-fired an upgraded
version of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
This image released by the Interservices Public Relations department
shows a test flight of a medium-range ballistic missile at an undisclosed
location in Pakistan.
Federal Caretaker Minister for Science and Technology, Shamas Qasim Lakha poses for a group photo with the office
bearers of Lahore Chamber during his visit.
Rector University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Lt. Gen. Muhammad
Asghar playing a shot to open the tournament during the inauguration cer-
emony of HEC Intervarsity Badminton (Men) Championship 2007-08
Employees of Pakistan's Geo television celebrate the resumption of their broadcast, in Karachi, Pakistan. Geo,
Pakistan's most popular independent television station resumed broadcasting after the government lifted a ban
imposed during emergency rule in November.
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organized by NUST held at a Liaquat Gymnasium.
Telecom
Telecom

Allied Bank Chooses Teradata

for its Contact Center Implementation

A llied Bank Limited has signed an agree- ment with Teradata to transform its call center into a single-window Customer

Contact Center for all its customer interactions and phone banking services. Customers will be able to pay bills, generate their PIN num- bers, get real time access to transaction his- tory and customize their banking services through the contact center. Mr. Azhar A. Jaffri, Head, Consumer Banking Group, Allied Bank and Mr. Khuram Rahat, Managing Director, Teradata Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., signed the agreement. Also present on the occasion were Ms. Scellina Nawaz, Head, Service Quality Group, Mr. Asim Tufail, Head, Product & Mar- keting Group, Mr. Ghazanfer Iqbal, Account Director, Teradata, Mr. Ahsan Mashkoor, Account Manager, Teradata and Mr. Hassan Razzaq Shaikh, Professional Services Consul- tant, Teradata.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Azhar A. Jaffri, Head Consumer Banking Group, Allied Bank said: "Choosing Teradata as Allied Bank's technology partner is part of our endeavors to further expand our world class technology platform. We already have the larg- est number of 432 ATMs and 757 real-time

online branches across Pakistan. This modern Customer Contact Center will add more value

Khuram Rahat, Managing Director, Teradata Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. "We look forward to being

Mr. Azhar A. Jaffri, Head, Consumer Banking Group, Allied Bank and Mr. Khuram Rahat, Managing
Mr. Azhar A. Jaffri, Head, Consumer Banking Group, Allied Bank and Mr. Khuram Rahat, Managing Director,
Teradata Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., signing an agreement on Customer Contact Center for all its customer
interactions and phone banking services.

by providing exceptional Customer Experience through 24/7 phone banking services." "We are pleased that Allied Bank has chosen Teradata as its strategic partner." said Mr.

a part of Allied Bank's growth plans and part- ner in setting up state-of-the-art customer care facilities in Pakistan."

Allied Bank's growth plans and part- ner in setting up state-of-the-art customer care facilities in Pakistan."

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Pictorial Intel Corporation Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner holds a Terascale Research
Pictorial
Intel Corporation Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner holds a Terascale
Research Processor during a press conference to update on the work undertaken at Intel's Corporate
Technology Group Labs on processor circuits and multi-core computing platform research, in
Bangalore, India.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer makes a point during a news conference at the
seventh annual CEO summit held at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
LG Continues Charitable
Mission
A model poses next to a Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive car at the European Auto Show in Brussels.
As part of it
philanthropic mis-
sion, LG Mobile is
committed to play
its responsible
role towards the
local community
in an environmen-
tally sound and
structured manner. This time it has renovated the
Peshawar Railway Station which was inaugurated on
12th Feb, 2008 where people from different media
fragment were invited. The aim is to provide passen-
gers with the fundamental amenities that include;
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Filtered Water Tanker
Benches
Fans
Digital Clock
Washrooms
Information Desk
Televisions
A man looks at an NTT DoCoMo shop in Marunouchi business district in Tokyo.
Khawar Shahzad Telecom Sending instant messages and communicating over wide distances has been a matter
Khawar Shahzad
Telecom
Sending instant messages and communicating over wide distances has been a matter of
grave concern over the past many years, but now the Bluetooth technology has made it
possible to get connected invisibly and share data securely
W ith the development of new technolo-
gies, things have become quite sim-
ple and easier. Sending instant mes-
sages and communicating over wide dis-
tances has been a matter of grave concern
over the past many years but now the technol-
ogy has made it possible by connecting invisi-
bly from device to device and person to per-
son. All data, in the form of emails, photos,
contacts, addresses and more can now be
sent securely. Latest softwares have not only
enhanced convenience but also introduced a
lot of problems like hacking and instant virus
transmission etc.
To ensure user's privacy and secure infor-
mation experts have been thinking for safer
means of data exchange and sending servic-
es. Bluetooth wireless technology is an effi-
cient and convenient solution to the problem.
It is a short-range communication technology
intended to replace the cables connecting
portable and fixed devices while maintaining
high levels of security. The key features of this
technology are robustness, low power, and
low cost. It defines a uniform structure for a
wide range of devices to connect and commu-
nicate with each other.
Each device can simultaneously communi-
cate with up to seven other devices through
ad hoc networks known as Pico nets.
Fundamental strength of this technology is the
ability to simultaneously handle both data and
voice transmissions. This enables users to
enjoy variety of innovative solutions such as a
hands-free headset for voice calls, printing
and fax capabilities, and synchronising PDA,
laptop, and mobile phone applications.
The use of Bluetooth is increasing due to
the numerous interactive features it offers.
The low power consumption, small size and
low cost of the chipset solution enables this
technology to be used in the tiniest of devices.
Despite the benefits of Bluetooth technolo-
gy, experts are of the view that the technology
does not come without drawbacks. They say
that these flaws may not be technological but
are of great concern on the medical grounds,
as the continuous or frequent use of Bluetooth
device may greatly affect the hearing ability.
As far as the data security is concerned in
Bluetooth devices algorithm encryption is
used, through which specifications are secure.
The Blue tooth Special Interest Group (SIG),
made up of more than 8,000 members, has a
Security Expert Group. It includes engineers
from its member companies who provide criti-
cal security information and requirements as
the Blue tooth wireless specification evolves.
Cases where data has been compromised
on mobile phones are the result of implemen-
tation issues. The Blue tooth SIG diligently
works with members to investigate any issues
that are reported to understand the root
cause. If it is a specification issue, members
work to create patches and
Bluetooth technology provides personal connectivity to
access important information and communication wire-
lessly. Robustness, low power, and low cost are the key
features of the technology
ensure future devices don't suffer the same
vulnerability. This is an on-going process. The
recently reported issues of advanced "hack-
ers" gaining access to information stored on
selected mobile phones using Blue tooth func-
tionality are due to incorrect implementation.
Today, with Blue tooth wireless technology,
the office can be a sleek, organised machine,
with fewer wires in sight. PDAs sync with
computers to share calendars and contact
lists, peripherals communicate directly with
computers, and Blue tooth headsets allow
phone use throughout an office space, all
without connecting a single wire.
Gaming devices with Bluetooth tech-
nology built in allow for the spirit of
competition to take hold in any
location. Because no wires
are required, gamers
can find each other
easily - even
anonymously
- and strike
up a friend-
ly game.
In short
the Bluetooth
technology has made
life far easier and can be deemed as a first
step towards modern communication.
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Event Ismail Qureshi The conference covered both new and existing industry issues and trends, providing
Event
Ismail Qureshi
The conference covered both new and existing industry issues and
trends, providing informed and thought-provoking insights through
balanced, informative presentations and discussions
T he 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress
was underway from 11-14th February in
Barcelona. The Mobile World Congress
offers unlimited networking opportunities with
the elite in the mobile industry.
Where conventional trade shows fall short,
the Mobile World Congress provided an ideal
personal experience and environment for net-
working with a select circle of mobile profes-
sionals who can positively impact their busi-
ness.
GSMA and IMGA Collaborated to Drive
Mobile Gaming Innovation
GSMA announced 13th Annual Global
Mobile Awards Nominations
Completion of LTE Underpins High-Speed
Mobile Future
Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual
Abuse
Leading Operators to Work Together to
Measure Mobile Advertising
GSMA Selected LG Handsets to Lead
'Horizon Phone' Campaign
High-Quality Global IP Network Prepares
To Go Commercial
Winners of 2008 Mobile Innovation Global
Awards were announced
GSMA Chairman's Award 2008 was pre-
sented to India's Sunil Bharti Mittal
13th Annual Global Mobile Award Winners
were announced
Founded in 1987, the GSMA is the global
trade association representing more than 690
GSM mobile phone operators across 214 terri-
tories and countries of the world. In addition,
more than 180 manufacturers and suppliers
support GSMA's initiatives as Associate
Members.
The primary goals of the GSMA are to
ensure mobile phones and wireless services
work globally and are easily accessible,
enhancing their value to individual customers
and national economies, while creating new
business opportunities for operators and their
suppliers. The Association's members serve
more than 2 billion customers - about 82% of
the world's mobile phone users.
The GSMA plays a pivotal role in the devel-
opment of the GSM platform and the global
mobile industry. Much of the GSMA's work is
focused on two areas: Emerging services and
emerging markets. The GSMA helps its mem-
bers develop and launch new services, ranging
from mobile instant messaging to video shar-
ing to mobile Internet access, which will work
across networks and across national bound-
aries. At the same time, the GSMA is heavily
engaged in the industry's push to extend basic
voice and text services to more people in
emerging markets.
GSM is an evolving wireless communica-
tions standard that already offers an extensive
and feature-rich 'family' of voice and data serv-
ices. The GSM family of technologies consists
of today's GSM, General Packet Radio Service
(GPRS), Enhanced Data rates for GSM
Evolution (EDGE) and third generation GSM
services (3GSM) based on W-CDMA and
HSDPA access technologies. Together these
technologies underpin the GSM platform.
The Mobile World Congress and its sister
event, the Mobile Asia Congress, are now
being produced and managed by GSM
Conference Ltd. (GSMC), a wholly-owned sub-
sidiary of the GSM Association. GSMC has its
own management team and now includes over
30 staff covering sales, marketing, finance,
operational and delivery requirements, and is
focused on the management and development
of commercial initiatives that run in parallel
with the GSMA's focus on mutual activities for
its members.
GSMA Mobile World Congress is built
around an exceptional conference agenda that
features the most prominent CEO and board-
level speakers from mobile operators, content
owners and vendors from across the globe.
The Mobile World Congress is etched in the
diaries of mobile industry leaders across the
world as the event at which to debate the
future of wireless services and technology. In a
mixture of private meetings and public confer-
ence sessions, chief executives of the world's
biggest mobile operators and vendors gather
to lay out their agendas for the year ahead and
exchange ideas about how best to serve the
world's 2.5 billion mobile phone users. Each
year, hundreds of new products make their
global debut at the Congress exhibition, which
showcases more than 1,300 companies from
all segments of the industry.
GSMA, the global trade association for
the mobile industry, announced this years;
High-Quality Global IP Network Prepares
To Go Commercial
GSMA Selects LG Handsets to Lead
'Horizon Phone' Campaign
GSMA & Mofilm to Premiere Unique
Short Film Collection at The Mobile World
Congress
Leading Operators Work Together to
Measure Mobile Advertising
GSMA Announces Winners of Mobile
Broadband Notebook Competition to Serve
New Market Segment
GSMA Launches Mobile Alliance Against
Child Sexual Abuse
Completion of LTE Underpins High-
Speed Mobile Future
The conference covered both new and
existing industry issues and trends, providing
informed and thought-provoking insights
through balanced, informative presentations
and discussions.
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Event President and CEO of Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo shows a new phone during a press
Event
President and CEO of Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo shows a new phone during a press conference at the
World Mobile Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.
Samsung president Geesung Choi shows a new mobile phone 'Samsung Soul U900' during
a press conference at the Mobile World Congress.
A prototype of the Google Android mobile by Qualcomm is on
display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A mobile KF510 by LG is displayed during the Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona.
Nokia presents a new model 6210 Navigator on show at the
Mobile World Congress.
Yahoo's Executive Vice President Connected Life Division Marco Boerries (L) and T-Mobile's
Group Product & Innovation Officer Cristopher Schlaffer announce Web services provider in
Europe during the Mobile World Congress.
Models present LG's new handsets at the Mobile World Congress.
43
Event Google's new software platform for mobile phones entitled 'Android' in its prototype form on
Event
Google's new software platform for mobile phones entitled
'Android' in its prototype form on demonstration at the
Mobile World Congress.
Executive Vice President of Connected Life at Yahoo, Marco
Boerries speaks during a press conference at the Mobile World
Congress.
Telefonica's Chairman Cesar Alierta attends the Mobile
World Congress.
Vodafone's Chief Executive Arun Sarin speaks during a conference during the Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona.
Microsoft's Entertaiment and Devicer Division President Robbie Booh shows a Sony Ericsson Xperia
X1 mobile during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Motorola presents a new model MOTORO Z6w on show at the Mobile World Congress.
A woman shows mobile phone handsets with television screens at the Mobile World Congress,
in Barcelona, Spain.
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IT Aamir Attaa A pple Inc. reported its best quarter ever as profits soared to
IT
Aamir Attaa
A pple Inc. reported its best quarter ever
as profits soared to 1.58 billion dollars
in the last three months of 2007 on
demand for its Macintosh computers, iPhones
and iPods.
"We're thrilled to report our best quarter
ever, with the highest revenue and earnings in
Apple's history," said Apple chief executive
Steve Jobs.
Apple's profits of 1.76 dollars per share
topped those from the same quarter in 2006
by more than 50 percent.
Apple posted revenue of 9.6 billion dollars,
with sales outside the United States account-
ing for 45 percent of that figure.
Apple reported shipping 2.32 million
Macintosh computers, a 44 percent increase
from the number of machines shipped in the
We are thrilled to report our
best quarter ever, with the
highest revenue and earn-
ings in Apple's history," said
Apple chief executive Steve
Jobs
analyst Mike McGuire.
"It would seem Apple is simply being rela-
tively conservative in what they are putting out
there, which to me makes sense. Apparently,
that is not what Wall Street wants to hear."
Historically, sales of consumer electronics
Apple CEO Steve Jobs gestures during MacWorld confer-
ence in San Francisco.
last three months of 2006.
Sales of iPod MP3 players rose 17
percent to top 22 million, while iPhone
sales for the quarter were 2.32 million.
Jobs said that Apple has sold more
than four million iPhones, touch-screen
mobile devices
that combine
telephone,
video, music
and Internet
access.
Apple chief financial officer Peter
Oppenheimer says the California Company
expects per-share earnings of 94 cents on
revenues of 6.8 billion dollars in the current
quarter.
The price of Apple's stock dropped more
than 10 percent to below 140 dollars per
share in the wake of the report as investors
seized on what they saw as a lackluster fore-
cast.
"I guess you can't win for losing sometimes
with Wall Street," said Gartner technology
gadgets slow in the months after the year-end
holiday shopping season, and this year an
economic slump in the United States could
exacerbate that pattern, McGuire said.
"The short term, given the economy, is
anything but extremely clear," McGuire said. "I
expect most companies, unless they sell heat-
ing oil or winter overcoats, to be relatively
conservative going forward."
Apple's stock is being punished, in part,
due to expectations set by a long string of
quarters in which it has been "knocking the
cover off the ball" with its hip products,
McGuire said.
Macintosh computers that benefited from a
"halo effect" cause by Apple's hot iPods and
iPhones are "proving themselves in the mar-
ketplace," McGuire said.
Jobs pulled off a coup by uniting major film
studios behind an iTunes online movie rental
service he announced last week at Apple's
annual Macworld Expo in San Francisco,
according to analysts.
Investors may have locked onto the fact
that unit sales of iPods were flat in the United
States while Apple took in more money in the
category because people bought more costly
models, such as the new iPod Touch.
"People are wondering if the iPod market
is saturated," said Gartner analyst Van Baker.
"I don't think it is. I do think that the bigger you
get the harder is to achieve huge growth num-
bers."
Challenges ahead for Apple include plans
for a February release of an Android develop-
ers' kit expected to clear the way for a mobile
phone with service supported by Google
advertising.
"Apple has strong growth and a lot of cash
in the bank," Baker said. "It is hard to argue
with what they are doing. Still, Apple has to
keep working and innovating so as not to ride
the curve down."
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Cover Story Zubair Ahmed Kasuri 2020 Million illegalillegal SIMsSIMs Challenge for PTA-Threat for Nation
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Zubair Ahmed Kasuri
2020 Million illegalillegal SIMsSIMs
Challenge for PTA-Threat for Nation

Illegal sale of SIMs have become a problem for national security as criminals behind terrorist threats, bomb blasts, kidnapping for ransom, fraudulent priz- ing schemes, irritating and repetitive unknown calls and text messages, iden- tity theft, you name the illegal activity and you will find the use of these unregistered SIMs. A SIM can be purchased quite easily and cheaply from the hawkers without ID card. This phenomenon is facilitating criminals while the PTA has failed to take any action against such sales

P akistan telecom market started its journey slowly from a state owned monopoly before transitioning into a

deregulated, rapidly growing, robustly dynamic environment. Today, telecom domain of Pakistan has witnessed the heights of phenomenal growth, which has impressed not only regional but also the global observers. Either its millions of customers or the billions of investments, thousands of cell sites or the increasing number of service providers, every aspect is demonstrating rather roaring the tremendous achievement of this industry.

Let’s review following stats that reflects the progress of telecom sector Overall teledensity of Pakistan reached 52.8% in December 2007. During 2006-07 total telecom revenue was

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Rs 236 billion. Total telecom investment during the year

was US $ 4.12 billion and the share of tele- communication sector in GDP was 2.0%. Telecom companies have invested over

US$ 8 billion during the last four years, mobile sector investment share accounts for 66% of the total investment. During 2006-07 the revenue of mobile

industry was Rs.133 billion, an increase of 48% from pervious year. China Mobile investment is US$ 704 mil-

lion during 2006-07 for expansion of CMPak networks. Mobile Sector paid approximately Rs. 63 billion taxes to the National Exchequer dur- ing the year 2006-07.

Upto December 2007 cellular subscribers

in Pakistan reached 76.6 million. On average 2.3 million subscribers were

added every month during 2006-07. Upto June 2007 6,000 cities/towns/villages

covered by mobile operators. Upto December 2007, total cell sites

17,779 all over Pakistan. Now, mobile network coverage is reaching

to almost 90% of the total population The telecom sector received above US$

1.8 billion FDI, 35% of the total FDI. Telecom sector contributed Rs. 100 billion

in the national exchequer in terms of taxes and regulatory fee which was 32% higher than the previous year. GST/CED collection during the period reached Rs. 36.28 billion.

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Over one million jobs have been created

At the end of 2006-07 total fixed line con-

since deregulation of the telecom sector. Rural Telephony Project launched during

the year under which 400 Rabta Ghar (Tele Centers) are being established in rural areas. Total investment in the LDI sector grew

upto US$ 603 million in 2007. New LDI sector revenue stood at Rs. 15.3

billion.

nections stood at 4.8 million where as the teledensity was 3.04%. There are total of 387,490 PCOs including WLL based PCOs which are working across Pakistan at the end of year 2006-

07.

By June 2007, Broadband subscribers reached 71,000 and 65% of Pakistani broadband users enjoy DSL broadband technology. The total teledensity of AJK & NAs was 20.1 in 2006-07 as compared to 3.6 in 2005-06. Overall growth in teledensity in the region due to deregulation is 450%. By June 2007, Cellular subscribers reached 912,227 all across AJK & NAs. However, these glittering stats given above have a painful hidden fact that is causing some serious damages to our nation. The guilty of this damage is yet to accept its

noticed this issue and given a special task to the police to stop the sale of SIMs from shops other than only the registered franchises or Sales & Service Centers of cellular compa- nies.

or Sales & Service Centers of cellular compa- nies. Instructions were recently issued in the wake

Instructions were recently issued in the wake of reports that some hardened criminals and terrorists had used dozens of mobile SIMs at a time in the criminal and terrorists activities. The police investigation officers also took into custody some mobile SIMs from the posses- sion of the criminals, which they had used in high profile crimes. They got these SIMs from the shopkeepers, mobile phone shops and general stores that

Abdullah Riar has directed PTA to facilitate availability of reliable data through mobile sub- scriber documentation and antecedent verifi- cation. The Minister illustrated the need for the policy directives in an interactive session with the media in a press conference on Jan 25. Dr. Abdullah Riar said that due to the exis- tence of a substantial number of undocu- mented mobile phone users in the country and to alleviate the concerns of various agencies in this regard, Ministry of Information Technol- ogy has issued policy to the PTA establishing framework for mobile subscriber antecedent data collection and verification by all mobile phone operators. He said that the Ministry of IT as the policy maker has held extensive col- laboration with the PTA and the industry to address the issue through comprehensive measures for correcting the anomaly in current subscriber data and at the same time setting robust mechanism for collection of such data

Instructions were recently issued in the wake of reports that some terrorists and criminals had used dozens of mobile SIMs at a time in the criminal activities. The police investigation officers also took into custody some mobile SIMs from the pos- session of the criminals, which they had used in high profile crimes

A vendor is selling SIMs of different cellular companies on a road side. responsibility. Yes,
A vendor is selling SIMs of different cellular companies on a road side.
responsibility. Yes, we are mentioning the num-
ber of falsely registered mobile connections or
SIMs.
The dilemma of illegal SIMs or wrongly regis-
tered SIMs is not new to us; this very issue
dates back to year 2000, specifically during
the time span when price war among cellular
service providers started, however it really
geared up with its full bloom after the emer-
gence of Warid and Telenor. Now, over 20 mil-
lion illegal SIMs are in use.
After the reports of use of ‘illegal mobile
SIMs’ in the criminal and terrorist activities, the
law enforcement agencies have also keenly
were not authorized to sale the SIMs. During
investigations it was found that mostly these
SIMS were purchased from the shops on fake
documents.
A source in the CPO revealed that the IGP
Punjab was informed that misuse of Mobile
SIMs of the cellular companies operating in
the country, was a major source in orchestrat-
ing crimes. The Punjab police were finding it
too hard to trace out the criminals who mostly
used mobiles SIMs and later discard it after
completing their targets.
Caretaker Federal Minister for Information
Technology and Telecommunications Dr.
for new subscribers. This policy aims to ade-
quately balance the interests of all stake-
holders including the industry, regulator and
law enforcement agencies, the Minister added.
The Minister said that the Ministry of Infor-
mation Technology has rolled out renewed pol-
icy directives with the key objective to achieve
optimal balance between security and con-
sumer convenience. This policy, he said would
address issues arising out of un-documented
Subscriber Identity Modules and at the same
time ensures continued growth of Telecommu-
nications sector. These directives will build on
and improve the standard operating proce-
dures currently being followed for the purpose,
he added.
Dr. Riar emphasized the cooperation of PTA,
the cellular industry and all stakeholders in for-
mulation of the policy. The policy makes the
cellular operators ultimately responsible for col-
lection of the desired antecedents at the point
of sale. The identification documents which
can be used, will have CNIC in case of Paki-
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stani citizens, refugee ID card in case of
Afghan refugees, appropriate document
issued by government registration authorities
for all other aliens and passport with valid visa
oration with NADRA. PTA will devise neces-
sary regulations and amended SoPs to be fol-
lowed for the implementation of the policy
including relevant penalty clauses in case of

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the policy including relevant penalty clauses in case of 48 for foreigners. Thumb impression of the

for foreigners. Thumb impression of the cus- tomer and the stamp of retailer will be manda- tory for sale of new connections. To enable timely transmission of ID related data from retail point to databases the operators will also use automated mechanisms like SMS based applications. All operators will be required to update the data of their existing customers with in three months of issuance of the policy with the help of their Franchise. Data to com- plete the records will be solicited through diverse mechanisms such as SMSs and Calls to the subscribers for provision of the required data and relevant documents within a period of two months after which connection may be made one way for a period of one month and in case during that period the data is not received then that connection shall be closed till such time the proper documentation or required information is received. In case CNIC is not available with the consumer but has been applied for the proof of application for CNIC will suffice for regularization purpose. The Minister while presenting salient features of the policy highlighted that validation and ver- ification of data received by operators from retail agents is critical. In this regard, received antecedent data will be duly validated and veri- fied by the cellular mobile telecom operators (CMTOs) and cross-referencing against NADRA CNIC database. Cross-referencing may be done through submission of batch data to NADRA (as currently done) or through IT applications developed by CMTOs in collab-

violations. PTA will also continue to monitor the collection of antecedent data by franchi- sees and retail agents of the franchisees of the CMTOs through spot and random checks.

But at the end, we have to rely on PTA and

random checks. But at the end, we have to rely on PTA and there is criticism

there is criticism on PTA the sole entity who monitors the in and out of all cellular operators who took this element of illegal SIMs lightly, or it was not anticipating rather expecting this much growth in the telecom sector. One can easily term PTA responsible for this worsening issue, who did not address the matter; but the carelessness PTA shown then, has squirted the problem beyond the control. The much awaited cyber crime law is likely to carry numerous illegal activities, particularly when the government of Pakistan has some

hard plans for the culprits such as putting three to ten years behind the bars and/or fine of one hundred thousands to five hundred thousands rupees. There would be no one, but Pakistan Telecommunication Authority who is liable to get this law implemented. PTA has been digging hard into the heads of franchisers by sealing their businesses; is this all what the regulator is supposed to do? Seiz- ing couple of franchises and circulating a press release in the evening to shout the efforts they are making. This actually shows our weak approach like other national matters where only weak and lowest level actions are seen and all big guns and big fish are enjoying their status. They openly doing what they want and challenging the authority of Government. There seems a major settlement amongst the telecom operators and the regulator, which restricts PTA to approach senior management and make them accountable for selling SIMs without verified data along with necessary doc- uments required. This is why we can still eye- witness the stalls in main bazaars and lorry adas, where hawkers are selling SIMs of vari- ous companies in just few rupees.

One can easily term PTA responsible for this worsen- ing issue, who did not address the matter; but the carelessness PTA showcased then, has squirted the problem beyond the control

How PTA can guarantee the documentation on those selling spots. These small shopkeep- ers bring SIMs from franchises as well as from the wholesale market. These SIMs never get registered in the buyer’s name. It is a norm these days to find the data of crank caller unavailable from the Mobile Operator. There is no point this network can be stopped unless Mobile Operators get involved. Canceling just franchises will not make a big difference. There has to be serious measure taken by authority and the operators at the same time.

Talking with ‘Flare’, a mobile phone user from Lahore said that it is not possible that without underhand deal of company's sales staff, any franchisee can sell the connections with out CNIC to the hawkers/retailers. They always know what is going on as this is not something happens over night. Nothing can

change here

all bogus!

Flare was told that PTA has proposed new set of requirements for registering new SIMs. However, on the other side, telecom operators have replied in big NO to these proposals that may take at least a year to start practicing these requirements; which include photo- graph, thumb impression etc. This NO from telecom operators can also be the result of the settlement they were having with PTA earlier on.

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Informative Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism Nokia 2600 Classic Size Dimensions 112 x 45 x 11.3
Informative
Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism
Nokia 2600 Classic
Size
Dimensions 112 x 45 x 11.3 mm, 55 cc, Weight 101g
Display
Type OLED, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization Download, Vibration
Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
Card slot No, 1GB internal memory
Data
GPRS Class 32, 107 kbps, HSCSD Yes, EDGE Class 32, 296 kbps
3G Yes, 384 kbps, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0, USB Yes, microUSB
Features
Messaging, SMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes +
downloadable, Colors Black, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels,
video(QCIF), flash, Java MIDP 2.0, UPnP technology,
MP3/AAC/eAAC+/WMA player
T9, Calendar, Calculator, Built-in handsfree, Voice memo, Living wallpaper
Configurable keypad backlighting color
Battery
Stand-by Up to 240h, Talk time Up to 3h
Size
Dimensions 109.6 x 46.7 x 12 mm, 63.5 cc, Weight 73.2g
Display
Type TFT, 56K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 5-way navigation key
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, 1000 entries, Call records 20 dialed, 20 received,
20 missed calls, Card slot No
Data
GPRS Yes, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0, Infrared port No, USB No
Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games
Yes
Colors Black, Orange, Blue, Beige, Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels,
video
Java MIDP 2.0, Stereo FM radio, Calendar, Calculator, Voice memo
Expense manager, T9
Battery
Stand-by Up to 580h, Talk time Up to 6h
Design:
6.2
Features:
5.8
Design:
6.2
Performance:
6.0
Features:
6.0
Performance:
6.1
Nokia 1209
Size
Dimensions 102 x 44.1 x 17.5 mm, 70.5 cc, Weight 79.9g
Display
Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size 96 x 98 pixels, 27.6 x 21.8 mm, 5-way navi-
gation key
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (32 channels), Customization, Download Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
Card slot No
Features
Messaging SMS (up to 60), Browser No, Games Yes, Colors Blue
Languages 80 languages, Camera No, Multiple phone books with up to
200 entries, Dust-resistant keypad, Built-in handsfree, Flashlight, Time
tracker, Cost tracker, Calendar, Calculator, Converter, Countdown timer
Stopwatch, T9
Battery
Stand-by Up to 365h, Talk time Up to 7h
Design:
5.4
Features:
5.4
Performance:
5.4
Models show off the Walt Disney Company Japan's new mobile handsets during the company's press
conference announcing the inauguration of Disney Mobile phone service in cooperation with Softbank
Moble in Tokyo.
Samsung L320
Samsung L310
Size
Dimensions 89 x 45.5 x 23.5 mm,
Display
Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels, 1.9 inches, Second external
OLED 4Gry display (176 x 16 pixels)
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3 Customization Download Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 x 12 fields, Photo call, Call records 30 dialed, 30
received, 30 missed calls, Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
20 MB internal memory
Data
GPRS Yes, HSCSD No, EDGE Yes, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes,
v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v1.1
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games
Yes + Downloadable, Colors Black, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels,
video, MP3/AAC/ACC+ player, Java MIDP 2.0, T9, Organizer
Calculator, Unit converter, Female applications (shopping list, calories
consuption, fragrance type), Built-in handsfree, Voice memo
Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion
Size
Dimensions 93.4 x 44 x 17.9 mm
Display
Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels, 1.8 inches
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3 Customization Download Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 x 12 fields, Photo call, Call records 30 dialed, 30
received, 30 missed calls, Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
20 MB internal memory
Data
GPRS Yes, HSCSD No, EDGE Yes, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes,
v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games
Yes + Downloadable, Colors Black, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels,
video, MP3/AAC/ACC+ player, Java MIDP 2.0, T9, Organizer, Calculator
Unit converter, Female applications (shopping list, calories consuption, fra-
grance type), Built-in handsfree, Voice memo
Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion
Design:
6.0
Design:
5.8
Features:
6.0
Features:
5.6
Performance:
6.0
Performance:
5.5
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Informative Sony Ericsson T280 Size Dimensions 100 x 45 x 13 mm, Weight 82g Display Type

Sony Ericsson T280

Size Dimensions 100 x 45 x 13 mm, Weight 82g Display Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.7 inches, Wallpapers, screensavers Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3 Customization, Composer, download, Vibration Yes Memory Phonebook 1000 contacts, Photo call, Call records 30 received, dialed and missed calls, Card slot No, 10 MB shared memory Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + down- loadable, Colors Silver on Black, Copper on Silver, Camera 1.3 MP, 1280 x 1024 pixels, MP3 player, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio, Image viewer Voice memo, Built-in handsfree, Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes Stopwatch, T9 Battery Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 7h

Design:

7.6

Features:

7.1

Performance:

7.3

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Sony Ericsson R306 Radio

Sony Ericsson T270

Size Dimensions 100 x 45 x 13 mm, Weight 82g Display Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.7 inches, Wallpapers, screensavers Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Composer, download, Vibration Yes Memory Phonebook 1000 contacts, Photo call, Call records 30 received, dialed and missed calls, Card slot No, 10 MB shared memory Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, Bluetooth Yes, Infrared port No, USB No Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + down- loadable, Colors Silver on Black, Copper on Silver, Camera No MP3 player, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio, Image viewer, Voice memo Built-in handsfree, Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch

T9

Battery Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 7h

Design:

6.5

Features:

6.1

Performance:

6.4

Sony Ericsson R300 Radio

Size Dimensions 101 x 46 x 12 mm, Weight 75g Display Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches, Wallpapers, screensavers Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3, AAC, Customization Composer, download Vibration Yes Memory Phonebook, 1000 contacts, Photo call, Call records 30 received, dialed and missed calls, Card slot No, 8 MB shared memory Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, Bluetooth Yes, Infrared port No, USB Yes Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Antique Copper, Steel Black, Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels, TrackID, MP3/AAC player, Java MIDP 2.0 T9, FM/AM radio receiver/recorder with RDS, Image viewer Picture editor, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree, Alarm clock with radio Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, Battery Stand-by Up to 400h, Talk time Up to 9h

Design:

7.5

Features:

7.0

Performance:

7.5

Samsung L170

Features: 7.0 Performance: 7.5 Samsung L170 Size Dimensions 90 x 47.9 x 15.8 mm, Weight 93g

Size Dimensions 90 x 47.9 x 15.8 mm, Weight 93g Display Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 1.9 inches, Secondary external monochrome (96x32 pixels) display, Wallpapers, screensavers Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3, AAC, Customization Composer, download Vibration Yes, Stereo speakers Memory Phonebook 1000 contacts, Photo call, Call records, 30 received, dialed and missed calls, Card slot No, 5 MB shared memory Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, Bluetooth Yes, Infrared port No, USB Yes Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Coffee Black, Champagne White, Camera 1.3 MP, 1280 x 1024 pixels, video, TrackID, MP3/AAC player, Java MIDP 2.0, T9, FM/AM radio receiver/recorder with RDS, Image viewer Built-in handsfree, Alarm clock with radio Battery Stand-by Up to 410h, Talk time Up to 9h

Size Dimensions 102.3 x 45.8 x 10.7 mm, Weight 86g Display Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels, 1.6 inches Ringtones Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3 Customization, Download Vibration Yes Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records, 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash) 21 MB embedded memory Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No, EDGE Class 11, 236.8 kbps, 3G Yes, 384 kbps, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0 Features Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML(NetFront), RSS feeds, Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Metallic Silver, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, autofocus, video, flash; secondary VGA video call camera, Java MIDP 2.0 MP3/AAC/eACC/WMA player, Mobile blogging, Google search FM radio with RDS, T9, Built-in handsfree Battery

Design:

6.5

Stand-by Up to 250h, Talk time Up to 2h 50 min

Features:

6.0

Performance:

6.2

Design:

7.0

 

Features:

6.9

Performance:

6.9

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Informative Nokia 1650 Samsung C450 Rs. 3,750 Rs. 3,950 Size Dimensions 104.2x43.8x17.8 mm, 69 cc,
Informative
Nokia 1650
Samsung C450
Rs. 3,750
Rs. 3,950
Size
Dimensions 104.2x43.8x17.8 mm, 69 cc, Weight 80g
Display
Type CSTN, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels, 35 x
28 mm, Themes and wallpapers
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (32 channels), Customization
Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, Call records 20 dialed, 20 received,
20 missed calls, Card slot No, 8 MB user memory
Features
Messaging SMS (up to 250), EMS, Instant,
Messaging, Browser No, Games Snake Xenzia,
Beach Rally, Soccer League, Colors Red, Black
Camera No, FM radio, T9, Calendar, Calculator
Currency converter, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree
Flashlight
Battery
Stand-by Up to 420h, Talk time Up to 8h
Size
Dimensions 103.5x44.5x14.9 mm, Weight 72g
Display
Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 128 pixels, 1.52
inches
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (16 channels), Customization
Download, order now, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, Call records 20 dialed, 20
received, 20 missed calls, Card slot No
2 MB shared memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
Infrared port No, USB Yes
Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
Games Yes, Colors Black Camera, VGA, 640x480
pixels, FM radio, T9, Organizer, Built-in handsfree
Battery
Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 3h 20 min
Designed to deliver a wide range of mobile fea-
tures, the contemporary Nokia 1650 phone offers an
inspirational design and practical features to help
consumers balance their personal and professional
lives. Supporting up to 75 local languages, the Nokia
1650 comes equipped with a flashlight, music-on-
the-go via FM radio and MP3-grade ring tones. With
an integrated application that allows for a pre-set
time limit to be set for each call, the Nokia 1650
answers the need for cost control that is especially
important in entry markets.
Samsung presents SGH-C450, a low-end cell
phone with basic mobile communication capabili-
ties. Comes in two-tone color and a flex-touch
wave-pattern keypad, the slim device (just 14.9mm
height) runs on dual-band (900/1800) GSM network
with support for GPRS Class 10 connectivity. To
match the features, the phone is designed for sim-
plicity, but still will style in mind. Check after the
jump for the detail specs.
Design:
7.0
Design:
7.0
Features:
6.7
Features:
6.7
Performance:
7.0
Performance:
7.0
Sony Ericsson K200i
Rs. 3,700
Size
Dimensions 103x46x16.7mm, Weight 82g
Display
Type STN, 65K colors, Size 128 x 128 pixels, 1.6
inches, Wallpapers
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (32 channels), Customization
Download, order now, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 300 entries, Call records 20
received, dialed and missed calls, Card slot
No, 2 MB internal memory
Data
GPRS Class 8 (4+1 slots), 32 - 40 kbps
Infrared port Yes, USB No
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP
1.2.1, Games 3 embedded, Colors Metallic
Black, Light Champagne, Camera VGA, 640x480
pixels, T9, Slide show, Full screen viewer
Stopwatch, Timer, Built-in handsfree
Battey
Stand-by Up to 300h, Talk time Up to 8h
LG KG270
Rs. 2,400
Size
Dimensions 98 x 45 x 12.9 mm, Weight 60g
Display
Type TFT, 65K colors
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (16 channels)
Memory
Phonebook 300 entries
Features
Java, FM radio, T9, Organiser, Calculator
Built-in handsfree
Battery
Stand-by Up to 250h, Talk time Up to 3
The Sony Erickson K200i is available in
either metallic black or pale champagne casing.
The February 2007 announcement described a
highly attractive case and a keypad which has a
good feel. There is no opening system. There is
a generally solid bar design to the handset which
weighs 82 grams including the battery and meas-
ures 103 mm by 46 mm by 16.7 mm.
The Sony Ericsson K200i arrives with a substan-
tial 2 MB of internal memory. This allows for eas-
ily saving contact details, messages and photos.
The battery allows approximately 900 hours of
standby time and 8 hours of talk time from a full
charge.
LG KG 270 is another blaster from LG
for the lower end market. It has got every-
thing to meet basic communication require-
ments. However, polyphonic tones and FM
are good plus for music lovers
Design:
7.7
Features:
7.6
Performance:
7.6
Design:
7.0
Features:
7.0
Performance:
7.0
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Informative Nokia 5200 Samsung X630 Rs. 8,800 Rs. 6,800 Size Dimensions 92.4x48.2x20.7 mm, 85cc, Weight
Informative
Nokia 5200
Samsung X630
Rs. 8,800
Rs. 6,800
Size
Dimensions 92.4x48.2x20.7 mm, 85cc, Weight 104g
Display
Type CSTN, 256K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels
Downloadable themes
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3 Customization
Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, Call records Yes, Card slot microSD
(TransFlash), hotswap, buy memory, 5 MB internal
memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD
Yes, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G No, WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, Infrared port Yes, USB Yes
Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging,
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Games Yes, order
now, Colors Red, Blue, Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels,
video, Java MIDP 2.0, Stereo FM radio,
MP3/SpMidi/AAC/AAC+ player, T9, Reminders
Battery
Stand-by Up to 263h, Talk time Up to 3h 10 min
Size
Dimensions 104 x 43 x 19 mm, Weight 84g
Display
Type TFT, 65K colors, Size 128 x 160 pixels
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, Customization
Download, order now, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records, 20 dialed,
20 received, 20 missed calls, Card slot No, 28 MB internal
memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth
Yes
Infrared port No, USB Yes
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
Games, Colors Black, Blue, Titan Silver, Camera VGA,
640x480 pixels, video, Java MIDP 2.0, Stereo FM radio,
MP3 player
T9, Organiser, Built-in handsfree, Voice memo
Battery
Stand-by Up to 350h, Talk time Up to 2h 15 min
Nokia 5200 describes this phone's styling as
'street smart', which is just another way of saying that
it's aimed at young 'uns rather than fuddy duddies.
The phone's chunky, bulbous feel and loud colours
certainly give it a cheeky look that's rather endearing,
but undoubtedly won't be to everyone's taste. We had
the blue and white version, but it's also available in
red and white or all black if you prefer.
Enjoy your favourite songs together with the SGH-
X630's music player. Or if you prefer to stay updated on the
latest hits, the phone's FM radio puts your finger on the
pulse of the latest chart-toppers. The auto and manual tun-
ing function also lets you tune in easily to your favourite DJ
on the airwaves, while you can transfer and share songs via
Bluetooth.
Design:
8.0
Design:
7.4
Features:
7.8
Features:
7.2
Performance:
7.8
Performance:
7.2
Motorola Rizr Z3
Rs. 9,600
Size
Dimensions 106 x 46 x 16 mm, Weight 115g
LG KG320
Rs. 8,400
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels, 30 x
37 mm, Screensavers and wallpapers
Downloadable logos
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization Download,
Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records
10 dialed, 10 received, 10 missed calls, Card slot
microSD (TransFlash), buy memory, 16 MB internal
memory
Data
GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48
kbps, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port
No, USB Yes, v1.1
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant
Messaging, Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes,
Colors Red, Blue, Black, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200
pixels, video (CIF 15fps), flash, Java MIDP 2.0
MP3/AAC/AAC+ player, T9, Organizer, Calculator
Built-in handsfree, Voice dial, Voice memo
Battery
Stand-by Up to 350h, Talk time Up to 6h 40 min
Size
Dimensions 96 x 46 x 9.9 mm, Weight 70g
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels
Downloadable wallpapers
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), Customization Download
Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Call records, 10 dialed,
10 received, 10 missed calls, Card slot No, 128 MB
shared memory
Data
GPRS Yes, Bluetooth Yes, Infrared port No, USB Yes
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP
2.0/xHTML, Games Yes, Colors Black, Camera 1.3 MP,
1280x960 pixels, video, flash, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3 play-
er
T9, Organiser
Battey
Standard battery, Li-Ion
Ever since it introduced its popular Razr phone,
Motorola has done everything it can to capitalize on
two trends: thin phones, and a vowel-dropping nam-
ing convention. After the Razr and the bizarrely
named Krzr, Motorola now gives us the Rizr Z3 (it's a
slider phone, so it rises up, get it?). While we thought
the pretty Krzr put the Razr's design to shame, we
now realize that we spoke too soon. In fact, it's the
Rizr that should compete in a cell phone beauty con-
test. Yes, we're focusing on design here, but even
Motorola admits that all of its thin handsets are
design-first models. Fortunately the Rizr also offers
decent call quality, and while its feature set offers
nothing new, it's still pretty respectable.
The KG320 is extremely flat saving for a slight
bump which is the camera cover. This makes the phone
easy to store even in the smallest handbag and you will
still have space for anything else you might want to carry
around like your wallet or PDA. Normally, slim phones
are to use. The alphanumeric keys and function keys are
really flat unlike other phones where the keys are slightly
raised.
Design:
8.2
Features:
7.8
Performance:
7.9
Design:
8.2
Features:
7.6
Performance:
7.5
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Informative Nokia 7500 Prism Rs. 13,100 Sony Ericsson W610i Rs. 13,200 Size Dimensions 109x44x14mm, 70cc,
Informative
Nokia 7500 Prism
Rs. 13,100
Sony Ericsson W610i
Rs. 13,200
Size
Dimensions 109x44x14mm, 70cc, Weight 83g
Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization
Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records, 20 dialed,
20 received, 20 missed calls, Card slot microSD
(TransFlash), buy memory, 30 MB internal user memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD Yes
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth
Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0
Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML
Games Yes + downloadable, Colors Black, Camera
2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video (QCIF), flash, Java MIDP
2.0, UPnP technology, MP3/AAC/eAAC+/WMA player
FM radio, T9, Calendar, Calculator, Built-in handsfree
Voice memo
Battery
Stand-by Up to 240h, Talk time Up to 2h 50 min
Size
Dimensions 102 x 46 x 14 mm, Weight 95g
Display
Type TFD, 256K colors, Size 176 x 220 pixels, 1.96 inches
Wallpapers, screensavers
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (72 channels), MP3, Customization
Composer, download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 x 20 fields, Photo call, Call records, 30 received,
dialed and missed calls, Card slot Memory Stick Micro (M2), 512
MB card included, Up to 64 MB user memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD Yes, 28.8
kbps, EDGE Yes, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with
A2DP, Infrared port Yes, USB Yes, v2.0
Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser WAP
2.0/HTML (NetFront), RSS reader, Games Yes + downloadable,
Colors Plush Orange, Satin Black, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pix-
els, autofocus, video, flash, Java MIDP 2.0, Walkman player 2.0
FM radio with RDS, TrackID music recognition, T9, Image viewer
Picture editor, Picture blogging, Organiser, Built-in handsfree
Voice memo/dial
Battery
Stand-by Up to 350h, Talk time Up to 7h
The Nokia 7500 Prism is a stylish compact device for
GSM 900/1800/1900 or GSM 850/1800/1900 with a 240 x
320 pixel 2.0" active TFT 16.7 million color display, inte-
grated 2 Mega pixel digital camera and video
player/recorder, MicroSD card support, USB, Bluetooth and
MIDP Java 2.1 with additional Java APIs. The Nokia 7500
Prism also features Macromedia Flash Lite 2.1 for interac-
tive user experiences with video, audio and graphics.
The W610 Walkman phone is all about the detail, whether
this is detail in design that builds on the look of earlier Walkman
phones or the detailed combination of mobile music with a credible
digital camera. The W610 stores up to 470 full-length music tracks
on the 512MB Memory Stick Micro provided, and offers the inven-
tive Track ID music recognition application; a feature that lets the
user record a clip of an unknown music track onto their phone and
immediately receive a notification of the track name, artist and
album.
Design:
6.1
Features:
6.0
Design:
6.1
Performance:
6.0
Features:
6.0
Performance:
6.0
Nokia 6300
Samsung D900i
Rs. 11,900
Rs. 12,800
Size
Dimensions 103.5 x 51 x 12.9 mm, Weight 85g
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 32x42 mm
Ringtone
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Amount 30 preset
Customization, Download, Vibration Yes
3D sound speaker
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photo call, Call records
30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls, Card slot
microSD (TransFlash), buy memory, 60 MB embedded
memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD
No, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G No, WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No
USB Yes, v1.1
Features
Messaging, SMS, EMS, MMS, Email Browser,
WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + downloadable, order now
Colors Black, Wine-Red, Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536
pixels, autofocus, video(CIF), flash, Java MIDP 2.0
FM radio, MP3/AAC/ACC+ player, T9, Organizer
TV output, Voice memo, Built-in handsfree
Battery
Stand-by Up to 250h, Talk time Up to 3h 30 min
Size
Dimensions 106.4 x 43.6 x 11.7 mm, 56 cc, Weight 91g
Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 31 x 41 mm
Downloadable wallpapers, screensavers
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, Customization
Download, order now, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records 20 dialed,
20 received, 20 missed calls, Card slot microSD
(TransFlash), buy memory, 7.8 MB of user memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD Yes
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth
Yes, v2.0, Infrared port No, USB Yes, miniUSB
Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser
WAP 2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + Downloadable, Colors
Silver, Black, Red-Silver, White-Silver, Camera 2 MP,
1600x1200 pixels, video(QCIF), Java MIDP 2.0
FM stereo radio, Push to talk, MP3/MP4/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
player, Voice memo, Voice command, T9, Calendar
Calculator, Built-in handsfree
Battery
Stand-by Up to 348h, Talk time Up to 3h 30 min
The Samsung D900i is a subtle aesthetic upgrade to
its predecessor, the D900. It adds an FM radio and a
sleek metallic finish to an already successful and popular
slider phone. It definitely won't compel current D900 own-
ers to upgrade, but for those after a feature packed, styl-
ish and compact handset the D900i is definitely worth
considering.
An entry level handset designed to do the basics, the
Nokia 6300 is a stylish, well designed mobile phone with a 2
mega pixel camera, MP3 player and stereo FM radio. The
matt stainless steel finish adds a touch of class to a unit that
will serve most users needs with excellence.
Design:
8.2
Features:
7.8
Performance:
7.8
Design:
8.0
Features:
7.8
Performance:
7.9
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Informative Nokia E51 Samsung i450 Rs. 20,000 Rs. 24,000 Size Dimensions 114.8x46x12 mm, 61cc, Weight
Informative
Nokia E51
Samsung i450
Rs. 20,000
Rs. 24,000
Size
Dimensions 114.8x46x12 mm, 61cc, Weight 100g
Display
Type TFT, 16M colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inch-
es, Five-way scroll key, Downloadable themes
Ringtone
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization, Download
Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields,
Photocall, Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Card slot, microSD (TransFlash), hotswap, buy mem-
ory, 130 MB user data memory
96 MB SDRAM memory, ARM 11 369 MHz processor
Data
GPRS Class 32, HSCSD Yes, EDGE Class 32
3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11g, VoIP
over WLAN, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port Yes, USB Yes, v2.0 miniUSB
Features
OS Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI, Messaging
SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging, Browser
WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Games Downloadable,
Colors Black, Silver, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pix-
els, video(QVGA@15fps), Push to talk, Java MIDP
2.0, MP3/AAC/video player, FM radio, Document
viewer, T9, Voice command/memo, PIM including cal-
endar, to-do list, Integrated handsfree
Battery
Stand-by Up to 310h, Talk time Up to 4h 20 min
Nokia added another handset to its E series
portfolio with the introduction of the new Nokia E51
mobile phone. Targeted at business professionals,
the Nokia E51 comes in a slim form factor. The
phone offers one-touch keys for quick access to most
common applications including email, contacts, calen-
dar and the Home screen.
Size
Dimensions 101 x 52 x 17.8 mm, Weight 114g
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches
RINGTONESType, Polyphonic, MP3, Customization
Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook Yes, Photocall, Call records, 20 dialed, 20
received, 20 missed calls, Card slot, microSD (TransFlash)
40 MB built-in memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN
No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Features
OS Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI, Messaging SMS,
EMS, MMS, Email Browser, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Games Yes, Colors White, Blue, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200
pixels, video, flash; secondary VGA videocall camera
Java MIDP 2.0, Flash player, FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm
audio jack, WMV/3GP/H.263/MPEG4 player,
WMA/MP3/AAC/AAC+/OGG/ASF player, Organiser
Document viewer (MS Word, Excel, PPT, PDF), Built-in
handsfree
Battery
Stand-by Up to 500h, Talk time Up to 5h
The Samsung i450 is a dual slider which slides up to
reveal a spacious alphanumeric keypad for making calls or
communication and down to reveal metallic speakers. Other
features included an ergonomically shaped touch navigation
half-wheel, a dedicated music interface, 2.4-inch large LCD
screen, a 2M primary camera with flash and a VGA camera
for video calling, 35MB internal memory and microSD slot.
Design:
8.2
Features:
8.1
Design:
8.2
Performance:
8.1
Features:
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Performance:
8.1
LG KE970 Shine
Rs. 16,550
Motorola RAZR2 V8
Rs. 22,800
Size
Dimensions 99.8x50.6x13.8 mm, Weight 119g
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inch-
es, Mirror effect screen, full metal body, Downloadable
wallpapers
Rintones
Type Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, Customization
Download, Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records
50 dialed, 50 received, 50 missed calls, Card slot
microSD (TransFlash), buy memory, 50 MB internal
memory, 300 text messages
Data
GPRS Yes, HSCSD No, EDGE Yes, 3G No, WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, v1.2 with A2DP, Infrared port No, USB
Yes
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Browser WAP
2.0/xHTML, Games Yes + download, Colors Silver,
Titanium Black, Gold, Pink, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200
pixels, autofocus, video(QCIF), flash, Java MIDP 2.0
MP3/AAC++/3GP/MPEG4 player, T9, Organiser
Voice memo, Document viewer (.ppt, .doc, .pdf, .xls, .txt)
Battery
Stand-by Up to 280h, Talk time Up to 3h
Size
Dimensions 103 x 53 x 11.9 mm, Weight 117g
Display
Type TFT, 256K colors, Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
Second external 256K colors, 2 inches display (240 x 320 pix-
els) with contextual touch interaction, Screensavers and wall-
papers, Downloadable logos
Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3, Customization, Download, order now
Vibration Yes
Memory
Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall, Call records, 30 dialed,
30 received, 30 missed calls, Card slot No
420 MB or 2 GB internal user memory
Data
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, HSCSD No
EDGE Class 12, 3G No, WLAN No, Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with
A2DP, Infrared port No, USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Features
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, Browser
WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera 8.5), Games Yes, order now
Colors Dark Pearl Gray, Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels,
video(QCIF), Java MIDP 2.0, MP3/AAC/AAC+ player, T9
Organizer, Calculator, Built-in handsfree, Voice memo
Battery
Stand-by Up to 330h, Talk time Up to 7h 50 min
Motorola's special edition of the RAZR2 comes fully
Because of its metal frame, the LG KE970 Shine is
nicely weighted, but a lot heavier and a tad longer and
wider than the Chocolate. However, surprisingly it is
1.5mm thinner than its colleague and makes for a trim
and compact proposition. The spring-assisted slider
action is very slick, while the etched keypad is respon-
sive.
loaded with a myriad of features including 2" external color
display, quad-band technology, a full HTML browser, Crystal
Talk TM technology, and a 2.0 mega pixel camera with 8X
digital zoom, video capture and playback, 2GB of on-board
storage for up to 1,000 songs and Windows Media Player®
11.
Design:
8.3
Design:
6.2
Features:
8.2
Features:
5.8
Performance:
8.0
Performance:
6.0
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Informative The Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism Nokia's Prism Collection has a brand new addition, and
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Nokia's Prism Collection has a brand new addition, and this time it is the Nokia
7900 Crystal Prism that joins the fold. Targeting (obviously) design and fashion
conscious consumers, you get, in Nokia's very own words, "seamless diamond-cut
design with a crystal centre key, the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism continues to high-
light the geometric shapes and personalized style of the Prism Collection". I per-
sonally think that the entire Prism Collection is an acquired taste, and to date it is
realized that most of users think this line of handsets are just butt ugly - it is defi-
nitely a miracle that there are folks who would gush after those cold, calculating
designs which in turn causes Nokia to continue manufacturing these ugly beasts.
Nokia's designers were working closely with creative designer Frederique
Daubal to come up with these special laser-etched graphic designs, distinctive
wallpapers as well as exclusive accessories to the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism. The
wallpapers that come with every 7900 Crystal Prism purchase was inspired by
Daubal to communicate the reflection of light and capture the feel of angular
prisms and triangles. What are some of the features you can get with this hand-
set? For starters, a large OLED display, a 2 megapixel camera, 3G support for
anytime, anywhere Internet browsing, 1GB of internal memory, audio playback and
a matching headset.
LG KU380
LG KU380 is a slider cell phone supporting 3G platform. When there
are 5-mega pixel cameras buzzing in the market all over the world, this
model from LG comes with a 1.3MPixel camera. Therefore, the price of
this cell phone will be affordable. Talking about other features, the LG
KU380 equips a Screen TFT with up to 262 thousand colors and resolu-
tion of 176X220. It supports audio MP3 and Video playback. There is
nothing that makes one think that this cell phone from LG is the best
model to pick on. However, those who have limited budget can try this
one.
LG KU380 is a triband GSM (900/1800/1900)/UMTS slider phone. It
sports a 1.76 inch 262K color TFT display, 1.3 megapixel camera, 10MB
of memory, Bluetooth 1.2 (A2DP), microSD memory card slot and MP3
player.
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Informative Nokia N96 Nokia's flagship N-Series device and replacement for the popular N95, the Nokia
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Nokia N96
Nokia's flagship N-Series device and replacement for the popular N95, the Nokia N96 adds more
features than ever before in an attractive package that looks good too.
Nokia N96 is a two-way slider phone immediately obvious is the large 2.8" 320 x 240 pixel display.
On the back of the N96 is a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash and a Carl Zeiss lens. In
addition, there is a clever stand mechanism built into the camera surround that allows the N96 to be
propped up when in use.
Underneath the large screen is an enhanced navigation pad and control keys. Overall, these
improvements combined with the sleek design make the Nokia N96 a very elegant looking device,
much more so than the previous model.
The Nokia N96 also has integrated GPS (advanced GPS). The N96 is capable of helping you navi-
gate in the car, or when travelling on foot. One drawback with the N96 is that it lacks a touchscreen,
which will make the N96 harder to control while driving.
A surprising addition to the Nokia N96 is the inclusion of a DVB-H digital TV receiver. This means
that the N96 can be used to watch live broadcast TV over the air, if you have DVB-H coverage in your
area.
Internal memory is a massive 16GB, expandable to 32GB using a microSD memory card. With that
much memory, you may not even need to bother expanding it. The memory has been boosted in order
to use the Nokia N96 as a video player, which is also the reason for the integrated stand that we
announced earlier.
Multimedia capabilities are impressive. The Nokia N96 can play back MPEG-4, WMV9 (Windows
Media), Flash Video and H.264 video, plus MP3, AAC and WMA audio types. As we mentioned before,
the Nokia N96 has a DVB-H receiver, and it also comes with a FM radio with RDS.
One vital thing with any mobile phone is connectivity.
This is a dual-band 3G phone with HSDPA support, quad-
band GSM with GPRS and EDGE plus WiFi. The Nokia N96
supports stereo Bluetooth and high-speed USB 2.0. Sadly,
the N96 lacks an FM transmitter, but the inclusion of a stan-
dard jack plug should help for in-car connectivity.
Nokia say that the N96 should be available during Q3
2008 at an estimated price of Rs. 45,000 at launch.
Nokia 3120 Classic
As you might guess from the 3120 model number, this is going to be a pretty inexpensive
device, but it is worlds apart from the earlier 3120 handset. Nokia have given this handset a fairly
low-key launch, which is surprising.
This is a very lightweight 3G phone - the Nokia 3120 Classic weighs only 85 grams, but it man-
ages to fit in a 2.0" 320 x 240 pixel display, 2 megapixel primary camera with flash, video calling,
microSD expandable memory, Bluetooth, a multimedia player and an FM radio. This is all pretty
good for a mid priced handset.
So it's pretty clear that the Nokia 3120 Classic offers good value for money, but presumably
there must have been some compromises to keep the price down? Well, in truth there are not
many compromises that we can see. True, this isn't a smartphone, the 3120 Classic runs the
Series 40 operating system that most people are familiar with. There's no autofocus on the cam-
era, the screen could be a little larger, the 3120 Classic lacks HSDPA and there is no memory card
in the standard sales package.
But on the plus side, the Nokia 3120 Classic comes with a 2.5mm audio socket plus head-
phones, a media player that can deal with MP3, MP4 and Windows Media file types, the Opera
web browser, an email client and it can also capture video at 15 to 20 fps at 320x240 pixels
(QVGA) resolution, which is pretty adequate for most people.
Talktime on 3G is 2.5 hours which is a little short for some, with 12 days standby time. The
standard sales package includes a BL-4U battery, AC-3 charger, HS-40 headset and user guide in
addition to the phone.
Overall, the Nokia 3120 Classic does appear to be a very good value for money 3G handset
that doesn't miss out any important features, it is impressively lightweight and looks quite attractive.
We think that this might be a strong seller for Nokia when it comes out during Q2 2008 in several
different color combinations.
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Informative Nokia N78 Nokia's replacement for the aging N73, the Nokia N78 is an HSDPA
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Nokia N78
Nokia's replacement for the aging N73, the Nokia N78 is an HSDPA capable 3.5G hand-
set, with a 3.2 megapixel camera, aGPS and built-in WiFi. It's a sleek looking smartphone
running the Symbian S60 operating system, in common with most other N-Series devices.
Nokia N78 has a much improved GPS system, with several improvements for those who
want to navigate on foot. Photographs taken with the camera can also be geotagged with
the location automatically, a feature that has been missing for some time.
While we're on the subject of the camera, the Nokia N78 has a 3.2 megapixel unit with a
Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus and an LED flash. This combination of features has proven to be
very capable in the past.
This is a dual-band HSDPA /WCDMA phone with quad-band GSM support, plus GPRS
and EDGE data. WiFi connectivity is built-in too, as is stereo Bluetooth and USB 2.0. In
other words, the Nokia N78 has plenty of fast connections to the outside world.
The N78 comes with a multimedia player capable of handing MPEG-4, MP3, WMA and
AAC clips. Video capture is VGA resolution at 15 frames per second, not quite as good as
some other recent Nokias, but still pretty good. There's also an FM radio and integrated
stereo speakers. The Nokia N78 comes with a useful FM transmitter, so it is possible to con-
nect it to a car stereo using just the radio, where it is legal to do so.
This looks like a decent phone, but there's a fly in the ointment. Nokia have gone all
trendy with the keypad - the key legends light up when in use, and the keys themselves
have been replaced with a sort of bar arrangement. It looks good, but we suspect that it
won't be as easy to use as a traditional arrangement.
The battery life is pretty reasonable - the Nokia N78 has just over 3 hours talktime on 3G
with up to 13 days standby time. This is helped by a large 1200 milli amp hour BL-6F power
cell. The N78 features up to 24 hours of audio playback time.
Nokia say that the N78 will be available during Q2 2008.
Sony Ericsson C902
There seems to have been an outbreak of sanity at Sony Ericsson. The new Sony Ericsson C902
not only ditches the horrible keypad of the K850, but it also does away with the K-Series branding for
Cyber-shot branded phones. So, Cyber-shot handsets no longer have to put up with the K for the
Swedish word Kamera, and have the C for Cyber-shot instead
So, what we have here is a smart and sensible looking 3G phone with HSDPA support, a 5
megapixel camera with autofocus and flash and a QVGA resolution display.
The camera is the main selling feature of the Sony Ericsson C902, and it seems to be essentially
the same camera found in the K850. Featuring the same multishot capabilities of other recent Cyber-
shot phones, the C902 also comes with face detection, red-eye reduction and image stabilisation.
Sony Ericsson haven't stated the video capture resolution of the C902, but the old K850 was a little
disappointing in this regard.
When not in use, the camera and flash are hidden behind a protective panel, a nice feature that
other handsets would do well to emulate. Another notable feature are the touch-sensitive image con-
trol keys that activate around the main screen when the camera is in use, emphasising that this is a
phone worthy of the Cyber-shot name.
As you might expect, the Sony Ericsson C902 has a built-in MP3 player, and it also has an FM
radio. The usual Sony Ericsson applications are built in - a web browser, email client, RSS reader and
a bunch of personal information management functions.
This is a very elegant looking handset, measuring 108 x 49 x 11mm and weighing 107 grams. The
Sony Ericsson C902 has quad-band GSM support plus UMTS 2100, comes with stereo Bluetooth and
has 160MB of internal memory, expandable with Memory Stick Micro cards (256MB is included in the
standard sales package).
Sony Ericsson say that the C902 will be available during the second quarter of 2008 in "Luscious
Red" and "Swift Black" colour combinations, although no pricing details are available.
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Informative Samsung T819 Samsung SGH-T819, which is another 3G-capable phone for T-Mobile USA, coming with
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Samsung T819
Samsung SGH-T819, which is another 3G-capable phone for T-Mobile USA, coming
with UMTS 1700 MHz on board. While it is nice to see a new 3G phone, most people will
be rather disappointed that it doesn't really stand out of the crowd when it comes to speci-
fications, coming with only 1.3-megapixel camera. Judging by the photos posted on the
FCC site, the T819 will most probably be advertised as a slim 3G slider at a low price.
It is another "copy-and-paste" cellular phone from Samsung. The design and outlook of
the T819 is very similar to T-Mobile Blast, which is also a slider phone from Samsung.
Featuring sleek coffee brown finish, the Samsung SGH-T819 is designed to impress buy-
ers instantly.
Features and specifications wise, the T819 phone comes equipped with a 1.3-megapix-
el digital camera that also record short video clips, a built-in MP3 music player, a pair of
blasting stereo speaker, and a built-in microSD memory expansion slot. The downside is
its 30 MB of internal memory isn't sufficient for carrying enough music or pictures, which
means you must buy a microSD card if you would like to carry more songs in the T819
phone.
Trend T-786i Dual Sim GSM
Trend mobiles were the first in introducing the dual SIM mechanism
that allowed a person to hold two different SIMs in one mobile phone.
Trend is their brand which markets imported cell phones in the local
market. It has now come up with the simplest and yet the most loaded
of the mobile phones. It is called the, Trend Perfect Dual Sim, T-786i is
available in Bar shape with keypad and touch screen facility.
The features of T-786i are startling. Its basic edge is that a user can
retain different network operators’ SIMs in one cell phone and can
receive calls in both. It is a complete multimedia cell phone with 2
mega pixel camera, which has an audio and video recorders and play-
ers as well. The USB data cable allows the user a
unique facility of ‘Plug N Play’. Attach the cable with
your computer and view what you have recorded.
There is no need of any software or driver installation
unlike other cell phones. Trend T-786i having Bluetooth connectivity,
GPRS and MMS. Trend mobiles offers an
unmatched Deluxe Package along with the set
which includes a free-of-cost Bluetooth Device,
256 MB memory card, hands free, USB port,
Desktop charger, 2 extra batteries and In-Car
charger and a Trendy pouch to carry your cell phone in style.
The Trend T-786i is a fashion conscious handset, which has a good
and attractive size of LCD and gives solid and quality feel when in use.
Mobile phone holds another edge to other cell phones in the market. It
has the style, it has the attractive look and it has all that you require in
cell phone to begin with.
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Informative LG KE970 The LG KE970 is a beautiful and highly capable mobile phone which
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LG KE970
The LG KE970 is a beautiful and highly capable mobile phone which is better known
as the LG Shine. The beautiful KE970 Shine is the second Black Label Series mobile
handset deigned by LG. The highly attractive mobile phone has been given the name LG
Shine due to its stunning appearance & mirror effect casing. The LG Shine comes in a
super slim casing with a tactile slide opening mechanism.
The phone comes with a shiny stainless steel casing & with a large mirror effect
screen. The screen displays a real mirror when the LG Shine is in its closed position, for
all to admire. The handset has a roll bar navigation tool which allows the user to scroll
through menu with ease. The keypad is etched into the stainless steel surface & the keys
have a blue backlight which is highly effective. The keypad can be accessed when the
handset is in its slide open position.
The LG KE970 Shine is an appearance & feature focused mobile phone which will be
admired by all. The LG Shine is from the same family as the popular LG KG800
Chocolate which is also a slide opening mobile phone with a high quality finish and imag-
ing focused features. It has also been developed for the Korean mobile phone market
where it is known as the LG SV420 Shine. The LG SV420 is identical in design to the
European LG KE970 Shine.
The large screen provides a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels on a 2.2 Inch high colour
screen. The screen provides the user with a sharp and clear viewing tool which comes
with the stylish mirror effect feature. The user can take photos and record video footage
with ease using the built in imaging features. The user can save, edit, share & store their
photos and video footage. The LG KE970 Shine comes with a photo album & video
gallery which allows the user to store & locate their photos and video easily.
Samsung L170
Samsung has been unveiled unusual cell phone on the market which
named Samsung SGH-L170 which is ultra slim lightweight 3G phone.
The fashionable and glossy finish with metal highlight, come with wide
screen display and large navigation but unusual touch keypad.
Samsung L170 touch pad has raised and looks quite conventional and
not looks like most touch sensitive keypad. The display unusual too, with
wide screen display 1.6 inch 220×176 pixel panel. Maybe Samsung want
to retire in small screen. On the back there are 2 megapixel camera with
microSD expanded memory, bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity.
The software includes blogging application, RSS reader, web browser
and multimedia player. Also Samsung SGH L170 has radio FM too with
video calling. The 3G handset usually come with less than 100 gram
weight but Samsung L170 only come with 86 grams. The maximum bat-
tery talk time only 2.7 hours. Samsung L170 will be available.
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Informative Sony Ericsson T270 & Sony Ericsson T280 "We have developed two phones that meet
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Sony Ericsson T280
"We have developed two phones that meet the needs of two
distinct audiences," said Howard Lewis, Vice President and Head
of Entry Level products at Sony Ericsson. "The T270 and T280
build on the appeal of iconic Sony Ericsson phones like the T610.
They are good looking and tick all of the right boxes; whether it's
for the business user wanting a compact work phone or the every-
day user looking for a classic, stylish camera phone."
At home on the catwalk or in the boardroom
The T270 and T280 offer classic pocket-sized style. At less
than 13mm slim and built using brushed light metal with a glass
finish, they offer premium design without the premium price tag.
Take the T280 to the fashion mall and snap a picture of a possible
new purchase or use the T270 at work to send a calendar
appointment to a colleague via Bluetooth™ technology.
Fast texting and a simple navigation key to switch-on the FM
radio or access your contact list. Easy access to the 1.3 megapix-
el camera and just one click to begin writing a new text message.
As well as its good look, the T280 lets you take and send a photo
in just a few clicks. Browse through your pictures on the phone's
screen or send them via Bluetooth™ to a friend's phone.
Both the T280 and its sister-product, the T270, are compatible
with Bluetooth™ Headsets such as the newly announced HBH-
PV770. The HBH-PV770 headset sits discretely in your ear and
offers remarkably clear audio, even in noisy environments, thanks
to its Digital Noise Cancellation and fast Automatic Volume
Adjustment features.
The T270 combines grown-up good looks with a set of fea-
tures designed to meet the needs of the busy professional.
Access key menu functions such as phonebook, calendar or mes-
sages with just one touch and use the built-in speakerphone to
take a conference call.
The T270 and T280 will be available in the same colors, Silver
on Black and Copper on Silver. They will be available in selected
markets from Q1 2008.
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Informative Sony Ericsson R300 Radio Sony Ericsson R300 Radio and R306 Radio Mobile Phones The
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Sony Ericsson R300 Radio and
R306 Radio Mobile Phones
The R300 Radio and R306 Radio allow you to tune-in to your favourite
music shows or sports reports, across both AM and FM broadcasts," said
Howard Lewis, Vice President and Head of Entry Level Products at Sony
Ericsson. "They certainly look and sound the part, offering a radio-inspired
design and feature set on a choice of either a candy bar or clamshell
phone."
Both of these new phones are designed to have a clear radio look-and-
feel. Sit either phone on its side and let the radio blast out through the dedi-
cated loudspeaker…in stereo in the case of the R306 Radio.
Preset buttons on the front of both the R300 Radio and R306 Radio let
you switch easily between your favourite stations. It takes just one click to
boost the volume when you want to share music on the radio or the live
action from the sports ground.
These two phones really let you get the most from the radio. Set it as
your alarm clock or record the final moments of your team's winning match
and play back the commentary again and again. You can even record a clip
of a song and use it as your ring tone.
TrackID™ is now a familiar feature on many of Sony Ericsson's high tier
phones. It now comes as standard on both the R300 Radio and R306
Radio, turning listeners into instant music experts! Record a clip of a song
from an external source, such as a sound system in a coffee shop or bar,
and find out within seconds who sang it, the name of the track and which
album it is from.
With the R300 Radio you can listen-in via the stereo headphones pro-
vided or 'play it loud' thanks to the high performance speaker integrated
into the phone. Switch on 3D sound enhancement or volume boost with the
dedicated Audio Enhancer key on the phone.
Both phones feature Bluetooth™ technology, allowing you to handle
your phone calls handsfree with optional accessories such as the
Bluetooth™ Headset HBH-PV703. The R300 Radio offers a built-in VGA
camera and the R306 Radio boasts a step-up to a 1.3 megapixel camera
on-board. So, whether you are listening to the radio or not, these two new
phones are set to hit the right note.
The R300 Radio will launch in two colors: Antique Copper and Steel
Black. It is a GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 phone that will be available in
selected markets from Q2 2008.
Sony Ericsson R306 Radio
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Telecom Flare Karachi Report Ultra-slim and eye-catching mobile device bathed in gold and clothed in
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Flare Karachi Report
Ultra-slim and eye-catching mobile device bathed in gold and
clothed in snake-like skin for the consumers of Pakistan
M otorola Makes Latest Fashion Statement with Launch of MOTORAZR 2
V8 Luxury Edition, in Pakistan. Motorola has given the RAZR2 a new out-
fit, so behold the Motorola RAZR 2 V8 Luxury Edition, this highly fashion-
able phone has a sense of style with blended class and fashion written all over it
with cutting edge technology and stunning details that is matchless in style and
luxury.
The mobile phone maker, Motorola, arranged demonstrating its new fashion
gadget to the people visiting famous shopping malls as a gift for the loved ones
on Valentines. RAZR2 V8 Luxury camp at the shopping mall to provided knowl-
edge & information about the new ultra slim & sleek Motorola's handset RAZR2
V8 Luxury Edition targeting both male & female audience who are style oriented.
The consumers were given a mobile phone demo where they checked all the
characteristics and features of the phone. The RAZR2 Luxury was on display for
sale along with fun activities like face paintings for children, brand ushers and
music.
Commenting on the RAZR2 V8 Luxury launch ceremony, Shahneela Ahmed,
Assistant Public Relation Manager, Motorola Mobile Devices said, "The families
can come from evening till midnight and they will get a chance to exclusively see
and purchase the glamorous designed, soft touch back, embossed with a snake-
skin effect RAZR2 V8 Luxury. I am sure people of Karachi will like this new hand-
set and can enjoy their valentine with their new Motorola RAZR2 V8 as it is ideal
for the one you love as well as fashionistas and trendsetters."
Motorola has future plans to display their other products and to initiate such
kind of activities which are fun and entertaining for the people of Pakistan. The
team of Motorola is determined and would continue to be one of the global lead-
ers by surpassing the customer's expectations when it comes to technology and
quality.
64 (L-R) Shahneela Ahmed with V8 Luxury Team1.
(L-R) V8 Luxury Team with Shahneela Ahmed in the Middle.
Flare Karachi Report Telecom M otorola now know how to buck a design trend, it
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Telecom
M otorola now know how to buck a design trend, it was last
year when they released their famous MOTO PEBL collec-
tion that other manufacturers had to stand up and listen. The
PEBL range was promoted and advertised on electronic and print
media as a stone on the beach, a smooth, pebble shaped device
that when touched would smoothly open to reveal its keypad and
display screen, nothing had been seen quite like the Motorola PEBL
phone before.
That was until recently, when Motorola decided to continue on
with the success of the PEBL design and launch the new Motorola
U9, a direct upgrade to the popular PEBL phones which were origi-
nally named U6. U9 comes in Black, Wine Red, Pink and Purple
colours, but in Pakistan only Purple & pink are available. Smarter
and more sophisticated than the PEBL but with all the strong fea-
tures and functions included, the Motorola U9 identifies itself as a
new generation of ROKR's that will supercede all others.
Design & Display:
Motorola have obviously worked hard on the looks of this model
and to be fair they seem to have got it right. Instead of opting for the
pastel colours of before, the manufacturer has now gone down the
metallic route giving the casing of the phone a glossy glint of
expense and sophistication, these are not expensive phones but the
new U9 model do look far more expensive than the original. With
smooth rounded edges and a high gloss exterior, the Motorola U9
fits comfortably into the palm of your hand and has the power to
motivate and stimulate all your sensors.
The external screen is a borderless screen which is 1.4 Inches in
size. The touch sensitive external screen is similar in design to the
screen technology on the popular Motorola RAZR2 V8. The casing is
90mm tall by 49mm wide by 16.4mm deep & is available in a choice
of two colours including deep red & black. The handset is smooth &
tactile with curved edges which make this phone feel good to hold.
The handset weighs only 88 grams which is lightweight for the user
to carry.
One major difference between the new and the old is the ability to
be able to control certain functions whilst the handset is in the closed
position, this includes the playing of music tracks on the integrated
MP3 player, with the help of an external colour screen the user can
see which song is playing and who the artists is. Much like the
Motorola RAZR2 V8 there are touch-sensitive music buttons that pop
up only in the music mode - with their help you can skip
forward/backward within tracks and also jump between songs.
The screen lights up when the phone is closed to show the clock,
or when playing music to indicate track details. If you've never seen
this before, this is what an OLED screen does and as a novelty it is
very cool. The Motorola U9 comes with a large internal screen which
measures 2 Inches & provides a high resolution screen display with
up to 262k colours. From a design standpoint, the display and its
styling are next to perfect and can possibly astonish the user.
Features:
Another advancement is the upgrading of the internal camera, the
original PEBL offered a simple VGA camera lens for capturing short
video clips and still pictures, the new Motorola U9 has a 2.0
megapixel camera for high quality shots with zoom, flash and and
video capture. Users are now able to synchronise files and contacts
with their PC using a USB connection and create their own individual
playlists for the music player further enhancing the listening experi-
ence.
What most girls are fond of is lanyards for their phones and the
U9 can be carried with one - the holes can be found on the top edge.
The Motorokr U9 also features EDGE data services for fast down-
load times and much quicker connections, bluetooth wireless tech-
nology for transferring files to compatible devices as well as connect-
ing to handsfree headsets, expandable memory so that users can
save their music tracks, pictures, video clips and applications, a web
browser for surfing the net, email access and built-in handsfree as
standard. The fitted battery will provide approximately seven hours of
talk time from a fully charged battery, or approximately 350 hours of
standby time
Dressed to impress, the Motorokr U9 is snazzy, and seriously
fashionable especially for girls who want exclusivity; and with more
colour variants on the way this new U-Series range looks set to be
as successful as the original U6 models, if not more so.
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Telecom Memory boost for iPhone, iPod touch A pple is muscling up on memory for
Telecom
Memory boost for
iPhone, iPod touch
A pple is muscling up on memory for its popular
iPhone and iPod touch devices - doubling the
amount of music, photos and videos people
Doctor Howard Stark sits in front of his computer displaying his website in his office in Washington. Stark has
moved most of his practice, based in Washington, onto the Internet and he couldn't be happier.
can store on them. The new iPhones, though, might
not be enough to nudge some customers still waiting
for Chief Executive Steve Jobs to announce an antici-
pated next-generation iPhone with a much faster data
connection.
The iPhone part phone, multimedia player and
WiFi gadget is now available in two versions, the
company announced
Ben Bajarin, analyst with Creative Strategies, says
he believes rolling out the memory-packed iPhone
signals Apple isn't ready to release a 3G, or third-gen-
eration, version of the iPhone. A 3G iPhone would
allow quicker data transfer, which is particularly
important for video.
"People are holding
off buying an iPhone
because they are
waiting for the next-
generation
iPhone," he said.
"This sends a
very important
message. I really
don't believe
they will come
out with a new
iPhone this
year."
But analyst
Roger Kay,
president of
Endpoint
Equity traders with Knight Capital Group follow stock prices computer screens following the open of trading in
Jersey City, N.J. The Federal Reserve is likely to follow its bold action last week to battle an economic downturn
with further interest rate reductions.
66 A demonstrator of the Nokia company listens to music with a mobile phone in the 42nd MIDEM (International
record music publishing and video music market) in Cannes, southern France.
Technologies Associates,
says he believes Apple will sell a 3G iPhone later this
year.
Last fall, the CEO of Apple partner AT&T, Randall
Stephenson, said that a 3G version of the iPhone was
in the works and could be released this year.
Unlike last year, when Jobs pre-announced the
iPhone six months before it hit the stores, Apple will
spring the new version without a moment's notice,
Kay said.
"I think they will introduce a 3G iPhone when it's
ready to ship, and not a minute before," he said.
"They have to protect against the rumor of the 3G
iPhone because they don't want to kill existing sales.
They pre-announced the iPhone (last year) because it
would kill other people's sales."
The current iPhone and iPod touch updates don't
require much engineering, Kay added. "Swapping in
better components is easy to do. And it lets them
touch their customers again and say, 'We've got bet-
ter stuff.' "
Telecom Flare Report Chip in Mobile Phones Can Survive Fierce Fires S IM cards in
Telecom
Flare Report
Chip in Mobile Phones
Can Survive Fierce Fires
S IM cards in mobile phones can survive
heat at up to 450 degrees Celsius
(356 degrees Fahrenheit) and possibly
the protective epoxy moulding surrounding
each chip in order to expose its circuitry.
beyond, a finding that should help probes into
terror attacks and other crimes, scientists said.
The subscriber identity module (SIM) card is
the heart of a mobile phone, providing a
record of numbers received, numbers dialled
and text messages.
So the fingernail-sized slice of plastic and sili-
con can be a goldmine for detectives, provided
they get their hands on intact data.
For instance, investigations into the March
11, 2004 Madrid train bombings, in which 191
people were killed, made a breakthrough
thanks to SIM cards recovered from phones
that were intended to trigger two unexploded
bombs.
In an unusual investigation, electronic engi-
neers Benjamin Jones and Tony Kenyon from
University College London subjected SIM
cards to trial by heat.
They collected 12 cards, currently or recently
in use, from members of the public in Britain,
Ireland and Sweden.
Using acid, the researchers gently stripped
The cards were then placed in heated air for
10 minutes, were allowed to cool and the
researchers then sought to recover data by
attaching tiny probes to the circuit and reading
its contents via an interface pad.
Six cards were heated to around 180 o C
(356 F) and could be read after rewiring with
no loss of data.
Five were cooked to 450 o C (842 F). Four of
them could not be read by the researchers,
but the fifth one could, briefly. The 12th card,
ning probe microscope to read the electrical
charge at key "gates" in the SIM circuitry.
o
heated to a searing 650
C (1,202 F), could
not be read. Jones and Kenyon say the exper-
iment proves that SIM cards can survive to
450 C (842 F) -- and quite possibly beyond
that.
They point out that the rewiring technique
they used is not even the last resort for foren-
sic experts who want to delve into a damaged
SIM card.
Other hi-tech data-reading methods include
probing the external connections to a proces-
sor and monitoring power consumption during
operation and using a so-called electrical scan-
In addition, SIM cards may survive for much
longer in a blaze if they are close to the floor
or on a desk, for previous research has shown
temperatures in a building fire vary greatly
according to the location, they say.
"A chip that has been exposed to such tem-
peratures may also be mechanically damaged,
and the data may not be retrieved by simple
probing or rewiring. But the data itself remains
uncompromised and can possibly be read
using other techniques," say Jones and
Kenyon.
Their paper appears in the latest issue of the
journal Forensic Science International.

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wirelessly and is currently capable of
peak download rates of up to 14.4
Mbps and peak upload rates of up to 2.0
Mbps. There are currently more than 160
commercially deployed HSPA networks global-
ly, serving more than one billion subscribers.
"Lenovo is committed to PC innovation and
providing customers the latest functionality
and tools to enhance their computing experi-
ence," said, Frances K. O'Sullivan, Senior
Vice President, Product Group, Lenovo. "Our
engineering team is working with Ericsson's
engineers to deliver ThinkPads with the
fastest and most reliable connectivity avail-
able. We firmly believe that this effort will
dramatically change the user mobile experi-
ence, allowing ThinkPad customers to more
easily search, download, share, and store
information and content when they want."
"With mobile networks being upgraded
globally to handle greater demand for Internet
services and data connectivity, consumers
are increasingly utilizing mobile phones and
notebooks to access the high-capacity servic-
es that they have typically experienced only
through a wired or WiFi connection," said Kurt
Jofs, Executive Vice President and head of
Business Unit Networks, Ericsson. "Ericsson
is doing for broadband what the company did
for telephony 20 years ago - making it mobile
and available to everyone, everywhere. We
respect Lenovo's innovative approach to busi-
ness and their vision in this maket and we
look forward to future opportunities to work
with them to create even more advanced
mobile computing solutions that translate into
direct customer value."
Ericsson and Lenovo, the world's third largest PC maker,
have aligned to provide mobile broadband modules based
on HSPA - the world's most widely commercially deployed
technology for mobile broadband. Select Lenovo ThinkPad
notebooks will include mobile broadband modules begin-
ning in 2008. Lenovo is Ericsson's first announced mobile
broadband module customer
Ericsson's mobile broadband modules pro-
vide the end user with a simple and cost
effective solution for broadband access while
on-the-go. Seamlessly integrated with and
optimized to work within the notebook, the
built-in broadband module provides superior
downloading and uploading performance and
takes less power from the battery.
Leveraging Ericsson's in-house HSPA
chipset technology and strong patent
cross-licensing position, the company's
economies of scale and longstanding
operator relationships, Ericsson can
offer a very competitive mobile broad-
band module solution that will help fur-
ther drive a mass market for mobile
broadband.
Market projections indicate that in
2011, approximately 200 million note-
books will ship annually and Ericsson
anticipates that 50 percent of those
notebooks will feature a built-in HSPA
mobile broadband module. Users will
increasingly have the option to take
their broadband connections with them, deliv-
ering on the promise of full service broad-
band, which is anytime, anywhere access
from the screen or device of choice.
This undated photo released by Disney shows children aboard the 'Disney Magic' inside of the
Ocean Quest area for kids. Ocean Quest features a scaled replica of a ship's bridge, complete
with LCD screen "windows" that let children look out over the bridge via live video feed. The
interactive space also has areas for children to play computer or video games, participate in arts
and crafts, or watch a movie on one of the multiple plasma screen televisions.
An arriving passenger uses a new biometric scanner at George H. W. Bush
Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The new system is set up to scan all ten fingers
instead of the two finger scanners previously used.
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Telecom Press Release E ricsson announced that it had demon- strated for the first time
Telecom
Press Release
E ricsson announced that it had demon-
strated for the first time Long Term
Evolution (LTE) in both Frequency
same time TDD continues to play an interna-
Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division
Duplex (TDD) mode on the same base station
platform. LTE is the only technology that can
use the same platform for both paired and
unpaired spectrum, thereby enabling large
economies of scale for operators
Ericsson's LTE TDD mode demonstration
encompassed a variety of applications and
showcased speeds over 90Mbps in the down-
link with 2x2 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple
Output). Ericsson has previously demonstrated
LTE in FDD mode several times with speeds of
up to 160Mbps.
Mobile broadband is rapidly growing, and
LTE offers a superior user experience. It will
enhance more demanding applications like
mobile video, blogging, advanced games, rich
multimedia telephony and professional servic-
es. It also interoperates with existing cellular
systems.
LTE is the next evolution in mobile network
standards defined by 3GPP (Third Generation
Partnership Project) and supports operations in
both the paired spectrum and unpaired spec-
trum. It enables efficient spectrum utilization
for both legacy and future wireless frequency
bands. Channel bandwidths of 1.4-20MHz are
supported. The wide industry support for LTE
ensures economies of scale, providing cost-
efficient solutions.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of
Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "We
have now demonstrated that LTE can be used
in both paired (FDD) and unpaired spectrum
(TDD) on the same base station platform. This
means that operators with only unpaired spec-
trum also can plan for LTE and benefit from
the optimal global LTE solutions."
With its latest achievement in LTE
TDD/FDD, Ericsson is continuing to drive
important global research in this area. At the
tional role, featuring in markets such as China,
where Ericsson has initiated cooperation with
the Chinese company Datang Group.
Today more than 90 percent of all mobile
spectrum is paired and less than 10 percent is
unpaired. Operators are now able to get
access to a healthy ecosystem regardless of
the duplex mode.
On January 17, 2008, 3GPP confirmed that
the LTE Terrestrial Radio Access Network tech-
nology specifications have been approved and
are now under change control, leading to their
inclusion in the forthcoming 3GPP Release 8.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile
and Broadband Internet communications
through its continuous technology leadership.
Providing innovative solutions in more than
140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the
most powerful communication companies in
the world.
E ricsson announced its U500 mobile plat-
form, a next generation architecture with
a triple processor solution and a power-
ful multimedia subsystem, enabling new multi-
media functionality and advanced multitasking
capabilities. The U500 will not only pave the
way for new consumer services, but also
improve the usability and quality of existing
multimedia services.
Robert Puskaric, head of Ericsson's mobile
platforms business, says: "The U500 is a pow-
erful multimedia platform with performance,
graphics and usability, more resembling a
mobile computer than today's mobile phones.
With the U500 platform Ericsson will keep its
world leading position within the multimedia
mass market for years to come."
The U500 mobile platform is a response to
available.
The advanced graphics capabilities avail-
able in the U500 are enabled through the
implementation of ARM Mali200 GPU, a pro-
grammable, OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics proces-
sor producing fast, high quality graphics with
the low power consumption required for a
handheld device.
The U500 will be commercially available in
the first half of 2009.
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of
technology and services to telecom operators.
The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile tech-
nologies, Ericsson supplies communications
services and manages networks that serve
more than 185 million subscribers. The Sony
Ericsson joint venture provides consumers
with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
the
rapidly growing demand for advanced mul-
timedia features and services requiring
enhanced user experience. Designed for mass
The Ericsson U500 mobile platform com-
bines raw power through the implementation of
three ARM11 CPUs and hardware accelera-
tors, with state-of-the-art platform architecture
through the integration of the digital baseband
and an advanced multimedia companion chip
into a single-die processor. The result is a
powerful multimedia platform that is smaller
and more cost efficient than what is currently
Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'commu-
nication for all' through innovation, technology,
and sustainable business solutions. Working in
market mobile devices, the U500 is capable of
groundbreaking features such as high quality
camcorder, 12 Mpix camera, WVGA displays,
advanced 3D gaming and 3D user interface,
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countries, more than 70,000 employees
generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion in 2007.
Founded in 1876 and headquartered in
Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on the
CD
quality audio performance and high resolu-
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tion
video for a true mobile TV experience.
Stockholm, London and NASDAQ stock
exchanges.
Telecom Flare Report N okia Siemens Networks to enable broadband and multimedia services for operators
Telecom
Flare Report
N okia Siemens Networks to enable
broadband and multimedia services for
operators through its industry leading
Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) capability.
China Telecom, the leading wireline provider
of telecommunications services in China has
selected Nokia Siemens Networks as the pri-
mary solutions provider for its video monitor-
ing service, MegaEyes.
This video monitoring solution is an opera-
tor host IP based offering capable of providing
high end images for remote monitoring. Nokia
Siemens Networks will support new broad-
band and multimedia services for China
Telecom's MegaEyes by leveraging its com-
plete solution portfolio ranging from video
monitoring platform to Consulting and
Systems Integration, IMS, Network Security
and Multi-media Service Delivery Platform.
China Telecom has identified MegaEyes as
a strategic multimedia service that will drive
new business opportunities and revenues for
the company. Nokia Siemens Networks has
been engaged to develop the next generation
version of the product, migrating the existing
solution into a mobile enabled offering.
Users will have access to the solution
(camera) on a computer or handheld device
that can log on to the Internet/Intranet.
Consequently, it will provide corporate and
individual users with an entirely new, objec-
tively visual and range-extended auditory and
China Telecom has identified
MegaEyes as a strategic multi-
media service that will drive
new business opportunities
and revenues for the company.
Nokia Siemens Networks has
been engaged to develop the
next generation version of the
product, migrating the existing
solution into a mobile enabled
offering
vision management tool that can help improve
work effectiveness and life experience.
Enhancing the usage ratio of broadband to IP
backbone, the solution which is operator host-
ed is slated to be low cost and easy to deploy.
Leng Rongquan, Vice President of China
Telecom says: "Nokia Siemens Networks' sup-
port for MegaEyes service development has
been widely recognized by all parties of China
Telecom. We see tremendous potential in
MegaEyes which brings value to our cus-
tomers and supports value added services
development for China Telecom. Looking for a
carrier grade solution partner, we chose Nokia
Siemens Networks to support MegaEyes serv-
ice and market development."
Austen Lin, Head of China Telecom
Customer Business Team at Nokia Siemens
Networks Greater China Region, adds:
"Leveraging our leading position in both
mobile and fixed market, Nokia Siemens
Networks has always been at the forefront of
Fixed Mobile Convergence in helping operator
customers explore new business opportuni-
ties. We are delighted about this MegaEyes
partnership with China Telecom which is one
of such examples. Here we successfully
demonstrate our multimedia application lead-
ership by introducing our consulting and sys-
tems integration capability, video monitoring
platform, IMS as well as our industry leading
network management systems."
N okia Siemens Networks and WWF, the
global conservation organization, will
work together on a series of activities,
including learning on environmental matters.
Additionally, WWF will provide an outside view
and guidance on the company's environmen-
tal activities.
As a result of this agreement the two
organizations will be working closely together
over the next three years to further strengthen
environmental awareness within Nokia
Siemens Networks. The spirit of the agree-
ment is to learn from one another, and to facil-
itate active dialogue and activities that will
benefit the environment.
Concrete examples of the agreement are
training workshops, global web campaigns
and other environment-related information
sharing for Nokia Siemens Networks employ-
ees, as well as communication and seminars
targeted at other Nokia Siemens Networks
stakeholders.
"Our employees wish to make a personal