Following meetings with the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Jazz is mobilizing its resources to carry out a nationwide awareness campaign, urging Pakistanis to get vaccinated. The decision was taken in light of the NCOC’s announcement and commitment that coronavirus vaccines will be mandatory for all public and private Continue Reading
The telecom industry has sought exemption from taxes and duties on import of telecom equipment in the upcoming budget. Citing the fact that the local telecom industry is one of the most taxed in the world, experts believe it is imperative to reduce the burden on consumers and mobile operators Continue Reading
The availability of adequate spectrum is a key factor in driving cellular growth, unfortunately, it has historically been neglected in Pakistan. As of now, only one-third of the spectrum available to Pakistan is being deployed, making the local mobile telecom industry one of the most spectrum deprived in the world. Continue Reading
Islamabad (25th May 2021): Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued Mobile Device Manufacturing Authorizations to 19 foreign and local companies for the production of mobile devices (2G/3G/4G ) locally. Initially valid for next 10 years, the manufacturers may also establish their own new brand under the authorization, helping in promotion of Continue Reading
Jazz, Pakistan’s number one 4G operator and the largest internet and broadband service provider, has collaborated with the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide 4G services in Jacobabad, Shikarpur & Kashmore districts of Sindh. The contract was signed by Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary, CEO – USF and Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Continue Reading
“Digitalization is not a mechanical process”. Ali Naseer, Chief Business Officer, Jazz, talk at the DX Summit, narrating the story of Jazz’s digital success and learn about the challenges a company undergoes while making it to the top. Ali emphasized the pressing need for companies to adopt digitalization, saying, “The ability of Continue Reading
Islamabad (17th May, 2021): In line with the Government’s vision of promoting tourism across the country, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the telecom operators are focusing on improving telecommunication services in areas full of tourism potential. To provide better communication facilities to the mountaineers and trekkers, a 4G Base Transceiver Station Continue Reading
As per a global report ‘Inclusive Internet Index’ released by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Facebook, Pakistan dropped to 90th rank among 120 countries. This Index calculates scores based on how countries perform in four categories; Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness. Pakistan not only remained the lowest in South Asia, but also lags behind other regional states, like Iran.
Pakistan’s poor ranking is due to multiple reasons, such as large gender gaps in the index, in both mobile and internet access, with only 10% of women in Pakistan having access to smartphones. There also exist low levels of digital literacy and compared to better scoring countries.
Experts suggested some urgent interventions to combat this “Digital Emergency”
- Prioritizing assembly of 4G compatible smartphones while banning the production and import of 2G-only phones
- Reduction in taxes to make quality 4G access to end user more affordable
- Incentives for manufacturers to develop/assemble 4G enabled smartphones
- Government level policy to allow the operators to sell smartphones on instalments with a loan recovery mechanism
- And greater focus on bridging the gender gap in Internet Access, empowering more women to reap the benefits of Digitization
Timely focus on the factors identified by experts may result in a turnaround in global rankings for Pakistan.
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As reported by Profit by Pakistan Today which quoted the data shared in a report from Arif Habib Limited, the Information technology (IT) exports of the country touched $213 million in March 2021. The report also reveals: Export of $1.512 billion worth of Technology products during the first nine months of fiscal Continue Reading