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
"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;
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
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
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
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 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.