Consumer Rights

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PTCL Fumbles at Censorship

Published on March 7th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

As reported widely by the blogger community and to some extent in the Pakistan media, PTCL yet again made a blunder of blocking a group of sites. In a way I am glad that this issue happened – [&hellip... Read More


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Telenor Pakistan, Nokia expand network

Published on March 6th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

In another sign of positive expansion for Pakistan’s telecom industry, Telenor has signed deals worth $750 Million with Nokia and Siemens, as reported here and here. However this rapid expansion is also causing issues especially with regard to [&hellip... Read More


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Mobile Phones For Videogame Players

Published on March 4th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Good news for all the videogamers out there who want to play games even when holding nothing more than a cell phone. Nokia Corp. is ramping up its push into videogames on mobile phones, underscoring efforts by [&hellip... Read More


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Why WiMax?

Published on March 1st, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Pakistan is one of the early adopter of WiMax technology and Wateen has made ambitious announcements for WiMax rollout in 17 cities. Wateen is using the technology to provide fixed wireless broadband data services for residential use, and [&hellip... Read More

Mobile Phones

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SMS Use Surges in Asia

Published on February 28th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

As reported at ZD Net Asia, the outlook for text messaging in the Asia-Pacific region remains bright, according to a new study from Portio Research. Despite challenges from other mobile messaging services–such as mobile e-mail and [&hellip... Read More


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Fixed Line Number Changes Coming to Pakistan

Published on February 25th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Fixed line numbering scheme in Pakistan is likely to change from 7-digit to 8-digits in coming years, according to a PTA paper.  For the public this is going to be an annoyance – after all, who likes this [&hellip... Read More

Digital Divide

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Rural Connectivity using Wireless Networks

Published on February 20th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Affordable connectivity in remote and rural areas in developing world remains one of the top telecommunication challenges. In recent years a lot of  research has focused on solving this problem and options include Mobile wireless networks,  Fixed wireless technology such [&hellip... Read More


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Battle for Bandwidth Rates – 3

Published on February 19th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Affordable bandwidth is the lifeblood of IT and Telecom industry. Since last year PTCL has been resisting the tariff cuts asked by the regulator PTA through court appeal. The battle seems to be near end (see [&hellip... Read More


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GSM Awards 2007

Published on February 15th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

GSM Association world congress was recently held in Barcelona (12-15 Feb 2007). This annual conference is the largest venue for GSM echosystem and attracts movers and shakers of GSM industry  from all over the globe. See a video [&hellip... Read More


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20 Fastest Growing Mobile Companies in Asia Pacific

Published on February 12th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Here’s some interesting comparison list of top 20 fastest growing mobile companies of 2006 in Asia Pacific – data and analysis from Wireless Intellignece. Note there are 4 companies from Pakistan in this top 20 list. Top 20 cellular [&hellip... Read More

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