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Telenor Pakistan #ShareYourMeal Campaign – #ShareYourMeal and make an impact

Telenor Pakistan #ShareYourMeal Campaign – #ShareYourMeal and make an impact

Ramadan is one of the most important months in Pakistan and is celebrated and observed fervently by the Pakistanis. Meals at Sehr and Iftar are an important social factor during this month in that they bring together a lot of people. While some people have the luxury of having scrumptious meals during Ramadan, unfortunately there is a majority of people living in Pakistan who cannot afford to have even basic meals. Telenor started a major CSR campaign 3 years ago by the name of #TweetAMeal through which people were asked to tweet pictures of the meals they have in Ramadan and against the number of tweets that came in Telenor Pakistan donated a sum of amount to the people of hunger struck areas. Last year, Telenor in collaboration with Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal, distributed food supplies worth Rs. 2.5 million to one of the most impoverished area of Pakistan, Thar. #ShareYourMeal Keeping alive the spirit of Ramadan and the objective of giving back to the society, Telenor Pakistan has started a CSR Campaign for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The aim is to make this campaign bigger than the last years so that it can provide food supplies to an even greater number of people. This year Telenor is partnering with Pakistan Red Crescent Society to conduct distribution drive in another deserving part of the nation. How to Share The mechanics of #ShareYourMeal are very simple. People are just required to take pictures of their Sehri or Iftaar meals and post it on either Twitter or Instagram with #ShareYourMeal or they can post their pictures on Telenor’s Pakistan timeline with the same hashtag. In return of each picture that is shared Telenor Pakistan will add a specific amount to the donation pool that will be distributed by the end of Ramadan amongst the needy. Hence, more pictures that Telenor receives, more the donation amount that will get distributed. Media Support Telenor Pakistan hopes that media will play an important part in spreading the word for the whole nation to rally behind a great cause and contribute with their pictures so that it can reach out to a bigger proportion of the population and provide the deserving with food supplies keeping in mind the giving spirit of...

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Bank Alfalah Launches Self-Service Banking Kiosks Enabling Customers to Open a Digital Account within 3 Minutes

Bank Alfalah Launches Self-Service Banking Kiosks Enabling Customers to Open a Digital Account within 3 Minutes

In continuation of its efforts to digitize the country’s financial services landscape and promote financial inclusion here, Pakistan’s top banking institution, Bank Alfalah Limited, has partnered with C Square Consulting to install self-service banking kiosks. Using these IntellekT kiosks, anyone can open a Bank Alfalah digital/wallet account powered by UnionPay Debit Card within merely three minutes and all that is needed for processing is the person’s CNIC number. The IntellekT kiosks bring innovative hardware and software functionality that enables the opening of accounts, through both self-service and/or Video Assisted technologies; it also uses biometric authentication from NADRA for customer validation and KYC as per regulatory guidelines. The kiosk, in addition to instant wallet opening, also offers other services including provisioning of instant issuance of BAFL UnionPay debit card for an associated wallet account, cash deposit, PIN generation and activation, funds transfer, bill payments and much more.  “At Bank Alfalah our digital strategy revolves around working with partners that can help our bank launch innovative products and services. These self-service kiosks will undoubtedly help us in reaching out to the growing digitally savvy customer base and financially including them,”  said Mehreen Ahmed, Group Head – Retail South & New Initiatives, Bank Alfalah. “We are glad to have partnered with one of Pakistan’s most prominent banking institutions and hope that our association will result in large-scale financial enablement of the masses, a goal that we share with Bank Alfalah and the Government of Pakistan,” said Ahsan Mashkoor, CEO, C Square Consulting. “Our IntellekT Banking Kiosks are fully capable to automate multiple banking services and enable banks to seamlessly engage and service customers in the best possible way. Bank Alfalah’s self-service kiosks aim to facilitate its drive to rapidly expand its customer base, with convenience in the opening of Mobile Wallet which will also be extended to regular bank accounts in the future, and enable financial/non-financial transactions and services at remote non-branch...

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The ‘P’ Series wins the hearts of Pakistani Consumers – Achieves tremendous growth for half a decade now

The ‘P’ Series wins the hearts of Pakistani Consumers  – Achieves tremendous growth for half a decade now

Huawei P Series, one of the most popular range of smartphones has achieved tremendous growth for half a decade now. It has not only managed to generate massive buzz as a global high-end brand, but has also successfully won the hearts of millions of tech-savvy customers across the world. The P series has gone through an extensive revolutionary process, with various fascinating devices over the years; P6, P7, P8, P9, and now its latest flagship devices; P10 & P10 Plus . The first device in the P series was Huawei Ascend P6, powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Huawei Cortex A9 processor and equipped with 2GB of RAM, P6 was the slimmest-ever phone measuring 132.65 x 65.50 x 6.18 (height x width x thickness). Successor to the P6, Huawei Ascend P7 was equipped with a 5’inch touchscreen display and had a 1080×1920 pixel resolution at a PPI of 441 pixels per inch. P7 was the first-ever textured glass phone having the most innovative and sleek design. Boasting Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, 4G technology, a 6.8-inch screen and a 13MP camera, the beautiful and powerful Huawei P8 was the first phone to have extraordinary light painting capabilities. Maintaining the standard of the P series, Huawei P9 was the first-ever phone enriched with two 12 MP rear lenses from ‘Leica’ – the ultimate high-end camera maker in the world. P9 also boasts dual-pixel technology and two apertures – 27mm, f/2.2, along with an RGB sensor for greater brightness and more detail in images, even in low-light conditions. Carrying on the legacy of the P series, Huawei P10 is not only is it equipped with a machine learning algorithm and Huawei Ultra Memory, but it is the first phone to have Leica lens in its front camera. The P10 also has an improved rear camera to make the photography experience better. Huawei is committed to delivering excellence in the pursuit of...

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Xiaomi 4X is Launching on Yayvo Shopping Day

Xiaomi 4X is Launching on Yayvo Shopping Day

The wait is over; Pakistani’s buckle up and prepare to experience digital excellence like never before. The best of both worlds is coming to Pakistan! Yayvo, Pakistan’s leading online shopping store is proud to announce the launch of Xiaomi 4X on Shopping Day, 19th May 2017. In the past, value-conscious customers with a limited budget have had to settle for one of the two options. The first is to purchase an inexpensive smartphone which isn’t built to last or navigate through modern apps, video chat or even games. The second is to settle for a low cost version of top quality smartphones which were released a few years ago, therefore already being obsolete. Now is your chance to get the best of both worlds. A phone jo karai Yay Bhe Aur Vo Bhi! Xiaomi 4X, priced under Rs 20,000 offers an exceptional smartphone experience that comes at a much lower price than high-end phones in the market, but is at par with the best of them. Its battery is packed with a punch owing to its 4100 mAh tank, which ensures the phone works for 18 days on stand-by mode and stays functional for 2 days even for users who prefer hard multitasking. That alone makes it a must-buy for us. Redmi 4X is a synonym for endurance, fashion and speed. A sleek design paired with rounded edges promise a firm grip and a fashion forward look. The first launch is coming in the black color. It’s dressed in all-metal, passed through anodizing process, enhanced shine through diamond polishing and sand blasting to give a silky smooth surface for a velvety touch. The 5 inches screen fits your hand like a glove, it’s easy to glide and swipe through. This palm-friendly handset is covered with 2.5D glass, found typically in high-end smartphones, to handle serious drops even by the most notorious butter fingers. Octa-core Snapdragon 435 gives you unbeatable performance when you’re multitasking and running multiple apps simultaneously without consuming much power. So whether you like to play games, text a ton, video chat, browse the web or just watch videos, you can do it all and more without it lagging. A convenient fingerprint scanner renders Redmi 4X untouchable by everyone other than you! Reentering long codes to unlock your phone is so last year, finger printing works much faster and is that much convenient. Taking photos has never been better. Redmi 4X features a 13 megapixel camera integrated with high-end optical components. It gives you the freedom to capture 360-degree panorama views, shoot in low-light, and take brilliant photos even in the evening with its night image stabilization technology. Xiaomi makes ground breaking technology reachable for everyone with...

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Four Telenor Velocity Startups Acquire Substantial Funding

Four Telenor Velocity Startups Acquire Substantial Funding

Just recently, four Telenor Velocity startups have a raised sizeable funding. These startups span across the accelerator’s current Cohort, as well as its Alumni. They are: Shopsy.pk and MicroPower Labs from Cohort 2, and EcoEnergy and Fori Mazdoori from Cohort 1. The startups have successfully landed sizeable funding from a mix of local and international investors. “I congratulate the Velocity startups on this great achievement and thank the investors for recognizing and placing their trust in our young innovators,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “The development is a testament to Velocity’s serious potential as a launch pad for innovations from Pakistan’s highly gifted young minds. Being the country’s favorite telecom and digital lifestyle partner, Telenor places a special focus on scaling up entrepreneurial ventures so as to materialize our vision of social and youth empowerment. We have a long term commitment in Pakistan and work to promote a digital ecosystem in the country that changes lives through technology. I hope that our startups continue to make their mark on the global innovation map and inspire youth everywhere,” he added. Details of the funding raised for all four startups are as below: SHOPSY.PK Shopsy is an online price comparison search engine founded by Usama Arjumand who is also currently enrolled in cohort 2 of Telenor Velocity. Simply put, Shopsy presents a customer with various versions of a product they’re looking for available on multiple online stores in Pakistan. At the backend the website is essentially a web crawler which scrapes data from Shopsy’s partner sites and displays it to the user’s relevant search results. A customer can search a product, adjust the price range, compare products and then getdirected to the actual online store which sells the product they opted for. Shopsy has successfully raised investment at a valuation of $300,000 from Dot Zero Ventures. “Dot Zero Ventures is delighted to partner with Shopsy. The team brings exceptional talent coupled with strong prior commercial experience. Shopsy will add great value to customers looking to for a cross platform solution for on-line shopping.” Omer Ehtisham, Dot Zero MICROPOWER LABS MicroPower Labs, founded by Abdullah Soomro, is also currently enrolled in Cohort 2 of Telenor Velocity. Their startup focuses on creating next generation devices and gadgets for day-to-day use. Micropower Labs received a funding of $75,000 USD from independent investors based out of Singapore. The money will be used for the next product development and kickstarter campaign. “We are excited to be a part of Micropower labs as we see great potential in rapid charging space. With this partnership, we want help bring more products with a rapid charging technology, to the mainstream market”. The lead investors...

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Bank Alfalah wins Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum in London

Bank Alfalah wins Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum in London

Pakistan’s leading banking institution, Bank Alfalah has won  the ‘Best Loyalty and Rewards Program Award’ for its Orbit Rewards Program at the 2017 Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum that took place in London, UK. Hosted by Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, the Forum brought together executives from a number of leading banks in the region, to discuss the future of the payments industry and celebrate the success of financial organizations in maximizing the reach of Mastercard’s solutions and programs among their customers. “We are delighted that Alfalah Orbit Rewards has been recognized at this prestigious forum. As a first of its kind rewards program in Pakistan, Alfalah Orbit Rewards is a unique offering that allows customers to earn points on their entire banking relationship while also providing unparalleled and innovative redemption options. We strongly believe that a loyal customer base is the bank’s greatest asset and we continue to expand our efforts to bring them the best and innovative banking solutions and services. The program is a testament of our resolve to develop and deliver customer-centric solutions that firmly positions Bank Alfalah as the bank of choice for its customers,” said Mehreen Ahmed, Group Head Retail South & New Initiatives, Bank Alfalah. “We congratulate Bank Alfalah on winning the Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at the Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum and applaud the efforts of the team in successfully implementing their unique solutions in their respective markets. As a whole, the region offers tremendous potential for the development of a highly innovative payments and financial sector and we are pleased to see the efforts of our partners in developing products that offer customers the highest level of convenience and safety and security, while also strengthening Mastercard’s reach to a wider consumer base,” said Khalid Elgibali, Division President, MENA, Mastercard. Featuring a packed agenda of industry sessions led by senior Mastercard executives, the forum gathered more 60 attendees from across the Middle East and North Africa region. Bank Alfalah has been facilitating innovation to promote digital and financial inclusion in the country. The bank, being the leader in financial innovation in the banking industry has been forging liaisons with businesses and services sector to bring about a greater accessibility and power. The concerted efforts to bring greater inclusion and empowerment to people have elevated BAFL to the rank of the most preferred bank in...

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