DEVELOPMENTS IN TELECOM SECTOR

PAGE REPORT
Dec 08 - 21, 2008

MOBILE PHONE BANKING

STANDARD Chartered Bank has launched mobile phone banking service to give customers access to number of banking services via mobile phones.

"The service will enable customers to access most of the services without physically going to the bank. We are changing with time and our customers' needs, thus bringing convenience to the customers in the comfort of their homes", Lamin Manjang, the Standard Chartered Bank managing director said.

The bank, he said, had partnered with WARID Telecom to execute the service, adding that it would be rolled out to other networks soon. Manjang said customers would pay utility bills, check balance, and request for bank statements while using the service.

"This is the first time for a bank to enable customers get banking services at their convenience. We are glad to partner with Standard Chartered Bank in this initiative", Zul Javaid, the WARID Telecom chief executive officer said at the launch last week.

Javaid said one does not have to be connected to the Internet to enjoy the service, adding that it is secure as information is sent through the WARID network to the bank's server.

ABOUT WARID

Warid Telecom Limited is providing voice and data communications service through its GSM and EDGE network with excellent voice clarity and connectivity in over 414 cities, 7,600 destinations all over the country with exceptional coverage on major motorways and highways.

Warid's EDGE services are available in major cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad. This network capability has been attained by erecting a network of over 4,100 state of the art Base Trans-receiver Stations and 42 high-tech switching centres.

Warid subscribers in Pakistan are served by 25 fully-equipped business centres and eight mobile service units. The distribution channel includes fully equipped 283 franchises, 78 Cat-A franchises and over 100,000 registered retail outlets. Warid Telecom made history by starting its network with 28 cities in May 2005. At that time it was the biggest launch by a cellular phone operator in this region.

Warid is expanding its network very fast in order to provide its cellular phone services to every corner of Pakistan. The ongoing aggressive expansion phase will soon add approximately 250 more cities to its network. These include very remote areas with poor infrastructure and facilities, especially in Northern Areas, AJK and Balochistan.

Warid Telecom's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Faisal Khan said, "Our subscribers are enjoying best voice and communications services through our state of the art GSM and EDGE network. We are expanding fast to reach distant corners of Pakistan and all set to become the number one mobile operator". Chief Technical Officer Warid Telecom, Muhammad Irfan said, "Warid Telecom has deployed the best GSM and EDGE network in Pakistan. Warid Telecom team is continuously working hard to expand its best quality network while maintaining the superiority of its innovative services".

PTCL EYING TO DEVELOP A FAULT FREE NETWORK

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is providing all the facilities and equipments to its staff for providing prompt services and additional care to the valued customers, said PTCL Senior Executive Vice President Business Zones Naveed Saeed while distributing the motorcycles among the Business Zone North Islamabad staff in PTCL F-8 Club Islamabad last week. Executive Vice President Business Zone North Mr. Jamil A. Khawja, General Manager Islamabad Region Mr. Saeed Iqbal, General Manager Rawalpindi Region Mr. Arshad Baddar, General Manager (HR&A) Mr. Umar Khawaja and other senior officers were also present at this occasion.

Naveed Saeed handed over the keys of motorcycles to the operational staff of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Regions. "We have a big challenge of providing fault-free telephone services to our customers," he assured.

The efficiency and working capacity of our field staff would be increased by using motorcycles. "We are facing the challenges of market competition and we have to improve our services to maintain the role of leading Telecom operator," he expressed. He said that the employees will resume their work with a higher level of motivation and renewed commitment to take our business performance to new heights. He reiterated that we should take care of our employees in all respects to boost up their morale. "We are confident that a very promising future of PTCL is on the horizon," he said. He further said that we could bring in a real change in terms of improved output through effective and innovative provision of services to our valued customers.

In this event, Jamil A. Khawaja presented performance report of his Zone. He said that unique initiatives were taken in Business Zone North including providing a compact toolkit bag to each and every lineman in all the exchanges, establishing the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) for business customers, expediting broadband installations, and activity of setting up customer Facilitation Camps (CFCs) for valued customers. He also reiterated that we should leave no stone unturned in order to keep up the image of PTCL in the Telecom Sector in Pakistan.

NOKIA 5800 XPRESSMUSIC NOW SHIPPING

Nokia announced today that the highly anticipated Nokia 5800 XpressMusic soon will be, available in select markets globally, including Pakistan, Russia, Spain, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, among others. The latest in Nokia's XpressMusic range, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic delivers an affordable music device with a touch screen interface to the mass market.

Aiming to put music into the hands of millions, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers all the music essentials including a graphic equalizer, 8GB memory for up to 6000 tracks, support for all main digital music formats, and a 3.5mm jack. Built-in surround sound stereo speakers offer the industry's most powerful sound.

"When it comes to music phones, people all over the world want a device that is a great music experience and still works really well as a mobile phone, without sacrificing features," said Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia. "The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic delivers on this and allows consumers to quickly and easily access and share the content that is most important to them with the people that are most important to them."

Making the most of touch screen technology, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic delivers easy and fast access to all music, video and photos through a one-touch 'Mediabar' drop down menu. The Media Bar also offers a direct link to the Web and to online sharing. Because the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports Flash content, individuals can surf the entire web.

The innovative 'Contacts Bar' lets people highlight four favorite contacts on their home-screen and, through a single touch, track a digital history of recent text messages, emails, phone logs, photos and blog updates.

For the best screen resolution available on a mobile phone, the 3.2" widescreen display brings photos, video clips and web content to life in vibrant color and true clarity. With a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and 30 frames-per-second playback and recording, the device is ideal for VGA quality video recording and playback. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also features a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and, with a single touch, images or videos can be shared via a favorite online community, such as Share on Ovi, Flickr, or Facebook.

Ensuring a seamless music experience, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also provides easy access to browse and purchase tracks from the Nokia Music Store, where applicable, while the newly updated Nokia Music PC software allows for easy drag-and-drop transfer of songs and management of any music collection.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports 60 languages worldwide and offers a variety of input methods including a virtual alphanumeric keypad, a virtual computer-style QWERTY keyboard, a pen stylus -- and for true music enthusiasts, a plectrum -- are all available.