Oct 04 - 10, 2004

 

PTML SELECTS NORTEL NETWORKS TO EXPAND UFONE GSM/GPRS NETWORK

TO meet accelerating demand for new wireless connections across Pakistan's major cities, Pak Telecom Mobile Limited (PTML) has selected Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to significantly expand its Ufone GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications/GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network over the next year under agreements estimated at US$ 125 million.
Nortel Networks will upgrade Ufone's existing wireless systems and supply new GSM/GPRS core network and radio access equipment, including Mobile Switching Center, Home Location Register (HLR) and advanced Base Transceiver Stations (BTS).

 

 

A key component of the Ufone expansion will be Nortel Networks BTS 12000, designed to deliver additional capacity within a GSM/GPRS network while positioning operators to drive lower costs and to offer advanced wireless services based on third generation (3G) EDGE (Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution) technology. The expansion will also include Nortel Networks Passport* Packet Voice Gateway (PVG) for migration of TDM voice trunking to a packet-based infrastructure.

"Ufone is committed to increasing its coverage and market reach to bring innovative wireless services to the greatest number of Pakistan subscribers in the shortest timeframe possible," said Babar Khan, president and chief executive officer, PTML. "Nortel Networks has provided Ufone's wireless infrastructure since the beginning and is key to helping us realize our business goals."

"PTML's selection of Nortel Networks to build its GSM network and then implement three major expansions is a strong testament to our global wireless technology leadership and our local network deployment skills," said Kamal Ahmed. managing director, Pakistan, Nortel Networks. "Our wireless solutions not only deliver carrier-grade reliability, they also enable PTML to reduce its capital and operating costs while enabling it to continue delivering quality wireless communication experiences to its Ufone customers across Pakistan."

PSO TO PROVIDE FACILITIES AT SIALKOT AIRPORT; ACCORD SIGNED

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Sialkot International Airport Ltd. (SIAL) recently signed a license agreement at Lahore for provision of aviation, consumer and retail facilities at the under-construction airport at Sialkot. Mr Zahidul Hasan, GM Aviation & Marine, PSO, signed on PSO's behalf while SIAL was represented by its Chief Executive Khawar A. Khawaja.

Speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director of PSO, Mr. Tariq Kirmani, highly appreciated the role of private sector in the project. He said that it was a matter of honor for the national company to be involved in the venture, which is to be completed indigenously.

Mr. Kirmani added that once the project was completed, PSO would also, as part of its corporate social responsibility, install traffic and road signs in Sialkot as it had done in other major cities.

SIAL Chairman Mian Muhammad Riaz said the new airport would have all the facilities to host all kind of aircraft besides having a 3.6 kilometer-long runway, the largest in the country.

This will be the 9th airport in Pakistan where PSO will provide the aviation facilities. The infrastructure will consist of storage of 360,000 litres of Jet A-1 with pumping, filtration and allied network, as well as retail and consumer facilities, along with office block, product loading and unloading gantry, quality testing facilities, etc. With the commissioning of the airport, PSO's facility will simultaneously come on line.

TCS AIMS FOR INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

With a view to position TCS to meet the evolving customer needs both domestically and internationally, the Chairman TCS, Mr. Khalid Awan announced the progression of Mr. Jamil Janjua as Chief Executive Officer TCS International based in Dubai. Mr. Jamil Janjua, after a successful stint heading TCS affairs in Pakistan, will be succeeded by Mr. Haroon Basheer who was been appointed as Chief Executive Officer TCS Pakistan. Mr. Haroon Basheer was previously heading Citibank consumer banking.

Mr. Basheer brings with him a rich and diverse experience in Banking, Travel and Marketing and will continue to be assisted in his new position by Mr. Saqib Hamdani, the Chief Operating Officer.

The Chairman called for a continuous restructuring process to effectively leverage the TCS Brand name and the trust that it had earned through many years of hard work and dedication. The Chairman also appreciated the tremendous contribution made by Mr. Jamil Janjua, as also Mr. Saqib Hamdani, and the efforts of the young team at the helm of TCS affairs. Mr. Haroon Basheer, he remarked, would further stimulate business activity at TCS, both within its core Courier operations, as well as new areas of business.

 

 

SAMSUNG E800 SLIDE PHONE LAUNCHED IN PAKISTAN

One of the world's leaders in cell phone industry and a trend-setter in its own right, Samsung Electronics, has introduced their latest innovation the SGH E800 Mobile Phone.

Combining the functionality of the present and the look of the future, the SGH E800 is not only good to look at but also great to work with. The set has a semi-automatic refined slide design and a built-in VGA Camera, with flash function. Speaker Phone facility is also a cutting-edge feature with its noise cancellation and echo cancellation technology.

The model was recently launched in Pakistan and is already making waves. It seems that the phone is generating great customer demand due to its creative styling and innovative engineering. Phone critics and electronics' industry pundits foresee the E800 becoming yet another trend-setter from Samsung.

GHANDHARA

Ghandhara Industries Limited & Isuzu Motors Limited Japan recently launched their range of trucks and buses in Pakistan. The launch ceremony took place at Baharia Auditorium, Karsaz Road, Karachi for which Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, Director, Isuzu Motors along with his team had especially come to Pakistan.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki and Lt. General Ali Kuli Khan Khattak, Director, Ghandhara Industries Limited said that lsuzu Motors and Ghandhara lndustries Limited are aggressively striving to create products and services that can truly satisfy their customers' demands.