Consumer Rights

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Developing World Telecom And Universal Service Fund

Published on April 2nd, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Universal Service Fund, commonly known as USF, is a tax on telecommunication service which is used to fund and subsidise telecommunication infrastructure for remote and rural areas. USF is a controversial regulatory tool. It has been around since 1997 [&hellip... Read More


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Mobile Phone Service When Traveling to Pakistan

Published on March 30th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

In this post I’ll look at the options for those who are visiting Pakistan and need temporary mobile phone service there. It addresses questions such as: Which cell phones work in Pakistan, what is a SIM, [&hellip... Read More

Competitive Trends

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Guide to MNP in Pakistan – 1

Published on March 26th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has finally started in Pakistan during this week of March 2007. For background and history see my earlier posts on this topic.  Now the interesting battle to win and retain customers has started. In part 1 [&hellip... Read More


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Picture of the Month: Signals Across The Border

Published on March 25th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

This picture was posted at Flickr by a Japinder Singh at Wahga, in India. I was laughing hard after reading the comments to this picture: that is funny…apney signal te aundey ni te gawandiyan de catch kardey ne…. Translation: Can’t [&hellip... Read More

Digital Convergence

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Is Mobile the 7th Mass Media?

Published on March 22nd, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Tomi Ahonen wrote an interesting post at Communities-Dominate blog, arguing that mobile is the 7th  mass media and at that, a much superior media to Internet. Of course it is the kind of bold statement which [&hellip... Read More


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IPTV in Pakistan

Published on March 21st, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

This post is first in a series in which IPTV services in Pakistan will be discussed.  First an introduction to IPTV: in simple terms IPTV is television content that, instead of being delivered through traditional formats and [&hellip... Read More


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Google Phone and Other iPhone Rivals

Published on March 20th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Move over iPhone … Google phone is coming – at least that’s what the rumours imply.  Apple’s iPhone created the sort of buzz which telecommunication industry had not experienced in a long time. Google’s phone is [&hellip... Read More


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PTCL Fights Back by Slashing Rates

Published on March 18th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Recently PTCL has come under increasing pressure from its competitors. As a result its long distance revenue – outgoing international calls in particular – has been in decline. Last year PTCL had to reduce its long distance rates [&hellip... Read More

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