Foreign Investment

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Orascom Profile & Mobilink’s Performance

Published on November 7th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Here is all you wanted to know about Orascom, parent of Mobilink (official name: Pakistan Mobile Communications Ltd or PMCL) , in a nutshell. This snapshot will give you some insights into Mobilink’s parent group and is [&hellip... Read More

Foreign Investment

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Investing In Mobile Phone Companies in Pakistan

Published on November 3rd, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Pakistan’s telecommunication market is one of the hottest in the emerging economies. This post will briefly review the mobile phone players in Pakistan and discuss how to evaluate and invest in these companies. In future posts I’ll review the major [&hellip... Read More


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A Primer on CDMA and 3G

Published on October 27th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

The purpose of this post is to present a simple explanation about CDMA for ordinary consumers. The post will touch upon CDMA flavors (CDMA2000, W-CDMA), explain 3G technologies for mobile phones, and CDMA-based fixed or mobile [&hellip... Read More

Consumer Rights

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Mobile Number Portability

Published on October 24th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Number portability allows consumers to switch phone providers and still keep their phone number. It started with local number portability and even that took a long time in many developed countries and it was not a [&hellip... Read More


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Huawei’s Success in Pakistan and Beyond

Published on October 9th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Huawei is a Chinese telecommunication (wireless, networking) equipment maker with presence in 41 countries. Huawei defines itself as the leader in next generation telecommunication networks. Recently Huawei has signed two mega deals worth over a billion [&hellip... Read More

Broadband Internet

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Digital Divide in Pakistan

Published on October 4th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Recently the issue of digital divide in Pakistan has been getting attention in the press, courts and the government. Let us review the availability and affordability of broadband services in Pakistan. Definitions of broadband vary – I’ll use [&hellip... Read More

Broadband Internet

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The Battle of Bandwidth Rates

Published on September 27th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

With some luck the Pakistani Internet user base may get a long overdue and much deserved break. That is, if the recent bandwidth rate cuts proposed by PTA are implemented and that’s where the battle is. [&hellip... Read More


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Mobilink puts Ladies First

Published on September 26th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

As the competition among the mobile providers heats up in Pakistan, they are coming up with new packages to attract and retain customers. Mobilink has introduced an interesting package called “Ladies First” to attract the female market segment. Currently Mobilink [&hellip... Read More


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Skype: Worth a try!

Published on September 22nd, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Is Skype a good option for making calls worldwide? Skype – the immensely popular Internet phone product – has 50 million users worldwide though I don’t have an idea of its users base in Pakistan. It uses a proprietary technology which leverages every user’s PC resources to route [&hellip... Read More

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