Published on December 29th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir1
TelecomPk2011 – Telecom Highlights of Q2
Continuing from the Telecom Highlights of Q1 2011, in this post we shall look at the Quarter 2 (Apr-Jun 2011).
- Ministry of interior raised concerns over use of multiple SIMs and false IMEI devices. The ten point recommendations are yet to be finalized.
- Pakistan scores 3.5 and gets a global rank of 88 on Network Readiness Index. The ranking marked Pakistan in LM category, meaning lower-middle income class. Among LM economies, Pakistan ranks at number 16. We still lag a lot behind other economies like India (3) and Sri Lanka(8) in the same category.
- The Universal Service Fund (USF) published a documentary on its success story. It is unfortunate that the CEO under which the USF became the pride of Pakistan has now been sent home.
- On the global front, Microsoft in an strategic move acquired Skype.
- An impressive initiative came from regulator authority, PTA. Telecom services coverage maps are published on the PTA website.
- The biggest upset for prepaid cellular market comes in with putting up more charges on recharge/reloads. The cellular companies justified these under the head of maintenance/operation/admin charges.
- Telenor Pakistan came up with a response to allegations put on by a certain blog on the fundings being received by Pakistan’s first mobile banking service easypaisa.
This was all about the second quarter, we shall get back with more highlights of the year in our coming post.