We have a New Home !!! June 27, 2007Posted by Mustafa in blog, bloggers, Blogroll, moved, World, Worldwide.
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SingTel eyes 30% stake in Warid June 26, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Cellular, consumer, Global, GSM, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, telecom, World, Worldwide.
According to the Financial Times, SingTel is close to securing a 30% stake in Pakistani cellco Warid Telecom, in a deal that would value the country’s third-largest mobile operator at USD1 billion. Citing unidentified people familiar with the situation, the FT said SingTel had emerged as a strong favourite to buy the stake, ahead of MTN and Vodafone. ‘A deal between SingTel and Warid could be signed as early as next month,’ the newspaper quoted one of its sources as saying.
Warid is owned by the private Abu Dhabi Group, which is one of the largest foreign investor groups in Pakistan and owns Bank Alfalah and Wateen Telecom. Warid owns wireless and broadband operations in Bangladesh and Uganda.
Orascom Telecom buys 11% of Mobilink for USD290 million June 26, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Cellular, Global, GSM, mobile, Paksitan, telecom, World, Worldwide.
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Orascom Telecom Holdings has confirmed it has purchased an 11.3% indirect stake in its Pakistani GSM operation, Pakistan Telecommunications Company (Mobilink), for USD290 million from Saif Telecom. The company said it now owns 100% of the cellco, through direct stakes held by its wholly owned subsidiaries. Orascom said it will fund the acquisition with proceeds from the USD750 million senior notes issuance that closed in February.
At the end of April 2007 Mobilink claimed 25.21 million subscribers from a total 58.39 million wireless users across the country, according to figures compiled by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
APNIC 24 / SANOG 10 Fellowships June 9, 2007Posted by Mustafa in forums, Internet, Training.
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The 24th APNIC Open Policy Meeting will be held with SANOG 10 in Delhi, India, from 29 August – 7 September 2007. The APNIC meeting offers an opportunity to participate in activities and processes that are critical for managing Internet resources in the Asia Pacific region and globally. APNIC and SANOG are offering fellowships to provide opportunities for people in developing countries to attend and participate in the meeting.
Enroll In Pakistan Telecom Grid June 8, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Blogroll, Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, telecom, Trainings, Webcast, World, Worldwide.
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If you enjoy reading local technology blogs like this one (or this, or this, or this, or this, or this) and enjoy contributing information and commentary on the same, we are building up a mailing group and we are calling it Pakistan Telecom Grid. The group membership is open to all and other blog authors (like Babar, Tariq and Sajjad and anyone else who care to join) will be upgraded as managers so that we’ve a collective stewardship of the collection.
About the group: An informal grid of Telecommunication and Network Services professionals and insiders of Pakistan. Inspired from the fact that the collective authors and respective audience of the relatively few technology blogs that relate to Pakistan can be team up as a virtual pool of guys with an interested in communications technologies. This assembly can be used to enhance social interaction between the members, get-together events, private discussions, rumor sharing and rumor milling etc.
Join in now.
Ericsson signs CMPak contract June 1, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Cellular, consumer, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
Ericsson has inked a contract with China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) to expand the cellco’s GSM network through the southern part of the country. Under the terms of the project – which is due to commence this year – the vendor will provide a complete GSM network to extend coverage to 312 cities in the densely populated Sindh and Balochistan regions. Financial details of the project are unknown.
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Just wanted to share this information with all of you … ComVu’s ‘PocketCaster’ has a GREAT potential to penetrate almost all level of users who have access to a Cell Phone with a Camera & an Internet Connection (GPRS, Edge, EVDO/3G etc).
It supports Live Webcast to a Blog/YouTube & creates an archieve to be downloaded / Stored for later use.
I test the application using a Nokia E50 & a Nokia N95 using GPRS & Edge over Mobilink & Warid networks. It’s just amazing to see the Technological Advancements & how they can be put to positive use.
I would surely recommend to give it a test & amaze yourself :)
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Warid to sell off minority stake? May 21, 2007Posted by Mustafa in 3G, CDMA, Cellular, consumer, Global, GSM, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, Uncategorized, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
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|Monday, 21 May 2007|
According to industry sources, Pakistan’s third largest cellco by subscribers, Warid Telecom, is in talks with several foreign firms, including SingTel, to sell a minority stake. ‘Warid has been approached by several international telecom companies over the last six or eight months, including those from the Far East, the Middle East and Europe,’ said a source close to the company, before adding, ‘But no final decision has been taken as yet. The picture will become clear by July or August.’ The operator is currently owned by the Abu Dhabi Group of the United Arab Emirates.
Source : Telegeography
JUNOS Enterprise Routing Certification Fast Track Program
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Networking professionals who achieve multiple certifications are now in greater demand than ever, commanding higher salaries and adding more value to high-end enterprises. Because of this increased need, we are pleased to provide them with this fast tracked way to become Juniper Networks JUNOS-certified. Normally, this certification program would cost them several thousand dollars, so we encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity now.
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The worldwide 3G subscribers base will grow at a CAGR of 55.93% for the period spanning from 2006 to 2010, where major share is contributed by Asia-Pacific regions, according to the latest research from RNCOS.
Among its key findings include:
- CDMA2000 and WCDMA market is forecasted to account for 41% of the total worldwide wireless market by 2010.
- WLAN industry is set for wider acceptance across all industry segments. Particularly, the high growth will come from WLAN home applications.
- The standard 802.11n, anticipated to be formulated by 2007, will create exceptional uptake of technology as it has improved speed and security features.
- China presents the major opportunity area, where WLAN customers will increase as prices of WLAN equipment are seeing downward trend.
- The Indian hotspot market is on the cusp of a period of sustained growth. There are clear opportunities for full-fledged billing, PIN/security administration for hotspot users, and roaming solutions. Also, a more appropriate model around the hotspot (something similar to the Indian STD/ISD PCO or long-distance public calling office) needs to be developed making it a more attractive proposition to run a franchise or manage one.
- Consumer Electronics and Mobile phones, IT Security market will present new growth opportunities for WLAN industry.
‘Joost’ announces Friend Invites!!! May 7, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, Internet TV, ISP, Paksitan, TV.
Here’s what they say about ‘Joost’
Try out Joost beta – Now For Friends
How to get an invite?
The new way of watching TV
All the things you love about TV, fused with the interactive power of the internet – just the way you want it. Enjoy the ride!
If you are interested in an Invite – Leave a comment with a ‘valid’ email address & your name & I’ll send an Invite your way. Enjoy !!
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By Zamir Haider
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: May 4, 2007, 6:00 PM PDT
The first cellular phone company to offer television on mobile in Pakistan faces government objections. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which regulates radio and TV in Pakistan, has served a notice to Telenor, a Norwegian telecommunications company, that it can’t offer a mobile TV service in the country without a license. According to the news report carried by the leading English daily of Pakistan, Dawn, Telenor has already sold more than 300 TV connections.
The controversy started after Telenor started offering the service on April 28. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority gave Telenor a license to operate a mobile phone service four years earlier, but it’s not clear whether that license covered TV. Telenor believes it does, but PEMRA disagrees. According to the Dawn report, Telenor should not have offered its mobile TV service to its subscribers without a formal license from PEMRA.
WiMAX in notebooks in 2008: Intel May 4, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Wifi, WiMAX, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
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Intel will add WiMAX to notebooks in 2008, the chip giant told delegates at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. WiMAX Vision spoke to Intel’s Christian Stavig, manager, WiMAX programme office, about his company’s WiMAX roadmap.
In a technology demonstration at the Developer Forum, David Perlmutter, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Group, showcased for the first time Intel’s mobile WiMAX with MIMO solution integrated into a concept Centrino-based notebook.
An evolution of its Santa Rosa processor, Intel’s “Montevina” processor will be available in the latter half of 2008. It will contain 40 per cent smaller components making it “ideal for mini- and sub-notebooks,” Intel said in a statement.
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The increased take-up of portable and mobile WiMAX services will mean that, starting in 2009, growth in revenues from non-fixed WiMAX services will outstrip growth in revenues from fixed WiMAX services, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media.
The report-’WiMAX Broadband Convergence: Emerging Fixed, Portable & Mobile Revenue Opportunities’-also says that non-fixed-service revenues will account for almost 80% of total WiMAX service revenues by 2012.
As the first portable WiMAX devices arrive, in the form of PC cards and notebook computers, portable revenues will start to increase strongly and will provide almost half of total revenues by 2012, the report says.
Mobile devices will follow, according to the report, with revenues from mobile users growing even faster, albeit from a small base, to reach 30% of total revenues by 2012, showing the value that will be placed on the ease of use and flexibility provided by a variety of device form factors.
The largest element of WiMAX revenues worldwide will be access charges, growing to US$17 billion in 2012, Informa’s report says. Value-added services for both the consumer and business sectors are forecast to grow significantly faster, reaching about 30% of total revenues in 2012, while advertising is expected to start later but show the fastest growth of the three revenue streams, reaching just under 13% of the total by the end of the forecast period.
WiMAX revenues by service type, 2007-2012 (US$bn)
Source: Informa Telecoms&Media “The assumption is that WiMAX operators will continue to charge flat-rate fees, similar to wired broadband fees, albeit with usage limits,” says Mike Roberts, a principal analyst at Informa. “This is in contrast to the per-megabyte fees charged by some mobile operators.”
Global Wireless ARPUs May 4, 2007Posted by Mustafa in 3G, Cellular, Global, GSM, mobile, Paksitan, Wireless, Worldwide.
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New research from TeleGeography’s Wireless Operator Metrics Research Service reveals that monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPU) is declining globally, but the gap between operators with the world’s highest and lowest monthly ARPU remains huge. From a data set of more than 130 mobile operators, between September 2005 and September 2006 ARPU fell by an average of 6.4%.
Not surprisingly, providers with higher ARPU tended to be in countries with relatively high incomes—predominately in Western Europe and the U.S. Surprisingly, tiny BTCI, Turkmenistan’s dominant mobile operator, topped the rankings, with ARPU of USD83, far ahead of any other operators. At the opposite extreme lies Bangladesh’s Banglalink, which generated monthly revenues of only USD3.3 per subscriber.
In saturated markets lower voice tariffs and declining minutes of use contribute to the decline in ARPUs, whereas in fast-growing emerging markets the addition of incrementally less wealthy users to the subscriber base is the main cause behind the fall. TeleGeography analyst Mark Gibson commented, “a trait shared by most high ARPU companies is a low percentage of pre-paid users and high 3G subscriber growth. Growing data revenues are helping these providers to offset declining voice revenue.”
Clearwire receives WiMAX card approval from FCC May 3, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Wifi, WiMAX, World, Worldwide.
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Clearwire Corporation has received final approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first WiMAX laptop card. The card will connect to the Clearwire network and is on target to be available during the second half of 2007. Clearwire Chairman and CEO Perry Satterlee said ‘The FCC’s approval of our laptop card is a significant milestone in bringing to market a ‘true broadband’ wireless service with a device that facilitates even greater portability than our existing modem permits.’
Clearwire offers service in 37 metro markets, covering approximately 8.9 million people in more than 350 municipalities in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin in the United States, as well as 1.2 million people in Ireland, Belgium and Denmark (under the Clearwire name through Danske Telecom).
Clearwire puts the ‘how’ in WiMAX April 30, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, mobile, Paksitan, WiMAX.
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This is an Update to my previous Post ‘Intel Sets up WiMAX Ventures with Orascom and Enertel‘
Clearwire puts the ‘how’ in WiMAX
WiMAX is getting a bad rap, but Clearwire has a way to make it work
There is a recurring scene in nearly every Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk asks Scotty to give him more power, and Scotty, with his heavy Highlander accent replies: “Captain, I’m gevin yeah all she’s got! Any mohrrr and I’m afrrraid she’ll blow.”
Scotty’s famous and often-parodied line just about sums up recent realities about WiMAX.
The recent, much-anticipated IPO by Clearwire and its subsequent and sobering 20% decline only seems to validate that, at least for now, WiMAX gave us “all she had.”
Intel Sets up WiMAX Ventures with Orascom and Enertel April 27, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, WiMAX.
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This article is from from the June 2006 WiMax report, comment if you have any update on the subject.
Intel Sets up WiMAX Ventures with Orascom and Enertel
Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, has announced agreements to form WiMAX joint ventures with two firms, Egypt’s Orascom Telecom and Enertel Holding of the Netherlands. Intel will set up Orascom Telecom WiMAX Limited with Orascom Telecom and Worldmax with Enertel. Both investments are expected to be completed shortly, following the fulfilment of certain conditions and the receipt of various approvals. The telco partners will be the majority shareholders, with Intel as the lead investor. Orascom Telecom WiMAX Ltd will focus its efforts on working with governments and companies throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia to obtain suitable spectrum for the deployment of WiMAX services. The creation of the new firm is the first fruits of Intel’s Middle East and Turkey capital fund which was set up in November 2005.
StarHub joins consortium to build Asia-US submarine cable link
Singaporean telecoms firm StarHub has joined a consortium made up of 17 companies – including AT&T, India’s Bharti, BT Global Network Services, the Government of Brunei Darussalam, PT Indosat, Telstra, Telkom Indonesia and Telekom Malaysia – to build a high-bandwidth optical fibre submarine cable system linking the Southeast Asia region directly to the US. It is estimated the project, called the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), will cost about USD500 million to complete and will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2008. The 20,000km cable system will link ten locations in eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the US West Coast. A consortium comprising Alcatel-Lucent and NEC has been awarded the contract to construct the AAG cable system.
Users around the world are using their mobile phones for more and more applications as devices become more sophisticated, so it seemed just a matter of time before a quantum leap was made in the type of content being sent. Now, for better or worse, the age of mobile self-expression and social networking is about to dawn in the mobile world.