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Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke calls on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Davos

Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke calls on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Davos

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Mr. Sigve Brekke, CEO Telenor Group at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today. Special Assistant to PM Mr. Ali Jehangir Siddiqui and senior government officials were also present. During the meeting, the Prime Minister appreciated that Telenor has created jobs for around 130,000 Pakistanis, directly and indirectly. He acknowledged Telenor’s investment in the training and development of its workforce and thanked Mr. Brekke for providing many Pakistanis the opportunity to work in a progressive environment. While recalling the inauguration of Telenor’s new Headquarter in Islamabad, the Prime Minister stated that he was pleased to observe the state-of-the-art facility that has set new standards for workplace environment in Pakistan. Sigve Brekke, CEO Telenor Group thanked the Prime Minister for facilitating Telenor’s operation in Pakistan and said that based on our commitment to empower societies, we remain dedicated to bringing the benefits of telecommunications to everyone in the markets where we operate. Our team in Telenor Pakistan is working continually towards this objective and through innovative products that connect people, help them make informed decisions, and bring them into the folds of the economy through digital and financial inclusion. We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the Government of Pakistan to ensure a transparent and predictable business environment that encourages further investments Telenor has been operating in Pakistan since 2005 and has also launched convenient mobile financial transaction mechanism namely ‘Easypaisa’. Telenor has so far invested over US$3.5 Billion in...

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Telenor Pakistan nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards for Digital Birth Registration (DBR) project

Telenor Pakistan nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards for Digital Birth Registration (DBR) project

The Digital Birth Registration (DBR) project from Telenor Pakistan has been nominated for the prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO) 2018 in the ‘Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs’ category. DBR aims to provide the fundamental right to identity and to millions of children across Pakistan, lack of which is a critical impediment in provision of basic services to citizens by the governments. Often dubbed as the ‘Oscars’ of worldwide telecommunications industry, GSMA Global Mobile Awards recognize and celebrate the phenomenal successes and contributions registered by mobile operators across the world. Telenor Pakistan’s Digital Birth Registration initiative, launched in partnership with provincial governments and UNICEF Pakistan, has proved to be a ground-breaking effort towards mediating child’s right to identity by augmenting birth registration process in Pakistan. In Pakistan, the process of birth registration has been marred by a host of socioeconomic and cultural hindrances including time, cost, travel, processing complexities, and a general lack of awareness among the masses limiting registrations to only one-third of all children in the country. However, the ubiquitous prevalence of telecommunication services in Pakistan opened up new ways to address the issue in an effective manner. DBR was designed to create an enabling environment by making the process of birth registration user-friendly, efficient and transparent and providing facilitation to citizens and other stakeholders through not only infrastructure and capacity building but also through innovative use of digital technologies. The availability of timely and accurate data will also enable better planning and decision making at policy level. Besides giving the Pakistani children the right to identity and thus access to basic amenities, the initiative also sensitized the masses about the efficacy of mobile technology as a means to access public services.  Since its inception, the service has registered impressive impacts in rural and urban areas of the country. “I am very proud that Telenor Pakistan’s DBR project has been nominated for the prestigious award”, said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “The initiative is an extension of Telenor Pakistan’s commitment to empowering societies and this nomination is a recognition of the robust partnerships that we have developed with the government and social sector in Pakistan in order to help reduce inequalities.  I am positive that the platform we have established through DBR will continue to evolve and contribute towards sustainable development of our society.” Telenor Pakistan runs comprehensive sustainability portfolio including a vast array of programs ranging from education, health, emergency relief and environment and...

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Telenor furthers network transformation with launch of Pakistan’s first Virtual Mobile Switching Station (vMSS)

Telenor furthers network transformation with launch of Pakistan’s first Virtual Mobile Switching Station (vMSS)

Getting closer to its network virtualization goals, Telenor Pakistan has launched the country’s first Virtual Mobile Switching Station (vMSS) on its newly launched in-house hybrid Cloud platform. In addition to significantly enhancing the overall user experience, the Virtual MSS will give the company better control over network allocation and distribution, making smart traffic management possible with least third-party dependency and in-turn providing virtually seamless connectivity during high-volume periods. The move is a historic achievement in Telenor Pakistan’s network virtualization journey, making it the first cellular operator in Pakistan to have live virtual MSS Traffic on its Cloud platform enabling digitization of its primary network function. This key achievement is a result of strong synergies among Telenor, ZTE and Nokia in a multi-vendor environment. “The virtualization of our Mobile Switching Station will give us the freedom to build better and more customer-centric solutions, in addition to bringing efficacy, scalability, and automation to Telenor’s core network,” said Khurrum Ashfaque, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan. “Although it’s a historic achievement for us, we have a long way to go in our network digitization journey and the vMSS will be followed by the introduction of data core virtualized functions within the first quarter of this new year,” he added. In September 2017, Telenor Pakistan initiated its network transformation by launching the first in-house Cloud platform by any cellular company in Pakistan and successfully testing the first 3G voice call and LTE data call over it. The move would drastically improve response time to customer requests and provide more liberty in building user-friendly solutions, also resulting in the addition of new revenue streams by means of public Cloud offering. The launch of Virtual Mobile Switching Station (vMSS) will take Telenor Pakistan towards its digital journey to lead market by opting new technologies, reducing time to market and coping up with market disruptive challenges. Telenor Pakistan has been in the process of evolving voice and data networks to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) hosting on Cloud network in an effort to become more competitive by becoming more agile and faster in delivering new service and improving the operational...

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Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro globally acclaimed by top tech media at CES 2018

Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro globally acclaimed by top tech media at CES 2018

Huawei is an early winner at CES® 2018, earning awards from global technology media titles following the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro’s introduction to the U.S. market and the unveiling of the HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Series. Highlighting the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro’s mobile AI processor, New Leica Dual Camera and long-lasting battery, among other features, media presented Huawei four awards – including ‘Smartphone of the Year’ from Android Authority. The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Series was recognized for its full-coverage wireless connectivity. At the CES® 2018, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG) revealed that its breakthrough HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available in the U.S. through major electronics retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H beginning on February 18, with pre-orders beginning February 04. Huawei also unveiled the world’s first hybrid smart home network solution. The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 series is a true plug-and-play Wi-Fi system designed for the entire house. With its impeccable design, smart functionality, long lasting battery power, and New Leica Dual Camera, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available unlocked for USD 799/- in Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey and Mocha Brown and will be on display at select Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com. The unlocked HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will operate on GSM networks in the U.S. including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, and Tracfone, giving consumers the flexibility to choose their carrier and contract. Following are the five awards Huawei has won at CES 2018 to-date: Android Authority awarded the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro the ‘2017 Smartphone of the Year’ award for having consistent quality across the board. According to the publication’s editor, it is a “pound-for-pound champion,” with the device progressing year over year. Android Authority is a global blog dedicated to providing expert tips, news, reviews, and more. Its website receives 32.2 million unique monthly visits. TechRadar named the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro the ‘Best Smartphone’ at the show, acknowledging the device’s Kirin 970 AI chip, HUAWEI FullView Display, the world’s largest dual f/1.6 aperture, and the world’s first end-to-end safety certified charging technology. TechRadar is a global online publication focused on technology, with news and reviews of tech products, especially gadgets. The website receives over 77.5 million unique monthly visits. T3 gave the HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Series one if its ‘Loves’ award for being a true plug-and-play Wi-Fi system designed for the entire house. The publication appreciated the device’s end-user benefits, bringing consumers faster, and more reliable connectivity. T3 provides the latest gadget and technology news, reviews, buyer’s guides and features to a global audience. The website receives over 2.3 million unique monthly visits. Android Police recognized the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro as a ‘Best of CES 2018’ for its Kirin 970 processor, intelligent New Leica Dual Camera, and long-lasting...

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Telenor Pakistan has been awarded the Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD) Program by Universal Service Fund

Telenor Pakistan has been awarded the Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD) Program by Universal Service Fund

  Telenor Pakistan has been awarded the Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD) Program by Universal Service Fund (USF) under which the telecom provider, in pursuance of its commitment to connect the unconnected will bring connectivity to more than 1.7 million people of Dera Ismail Khan and Mohmand Agency. Telenor Pakistan has connected millions of people by establishing hundreds of cell sites across the underserved and remote areas of Pakistan under USF. The photo shows CEO Telenor Pakistan, Irfan Wahab Khan and CEO USF, Rizwan Mustafa Mir signing the agreement, while Prime Minister, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for IT and Telecom, Ms. Anusha Rehman and other senior officials are also present. Commenting on the development, Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO Telenor Pakistan, said, “Empowering societies is at the core of our values at Telenor Pakistan and we are pleased to have been awarded the Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD) Programme. We believe in the role of USF to provide access to Underserved & Un-served areas in Pakistan. While putting up 120 new sites across 5 districts is a big task, our teams are energized by the challenge of bringing connectivity to the 1.7 million inhabitants of Mohmand and DI...

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Top CEO’s & leaders converge at Telenor Campus, Discuss business challenges in the new digital age

Top CEO’s & leaders converge at Telenor Campus,  Discuss business challenges in the new digital age

  Country’s foremost digital service provider Telenor Pakistan in association with Corporate Pakistan Group (CPG), a coalition of corporate leaders, hosted an exclusive forum led by Stephen Brobst, the global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Teradata Corporation, on digitization & leadership in the digital age. This session is in line with Telenor Pakistan’s emphasis on becoming a hub of leadership, innovation and collaboration.   Held at Telenor Pakistan’s new flagship campus 345, the event was attended by over 100 participants including 50 business and technology leaders, parliamentarians, senior ministry officials and entrepreneurs. The talk shed light on the crucial role data & analytics have started to play in a business’ success and survival in the recent times. Building on the premise that global business investments in Data & Analytics (D&A) will surpass $200 billion a year by 2020, the talk ventured to answer such fundamental questions as: What are the new business best practices? How do you integrate D&A into your organization’s DNA? How can big problems be solved by big data? How are the fortune 500 businesses exploiting the data opportunity? Mr. Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan, spoke to the gathering about technology and innovation with examples of how Telenor has transitioned into Pakistan’s primary digital lifestyle partner by making innovation a part of its working culture. Mr. Naeem Zamindar, Chairman, Board of Investment (BOI), spoke on the importance of learning what investors think about opportunities in Pakistan and how to capitalize on that insight. In his closing remarks Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed emphasized the role of international investment in Pakistan’s growing tech market and overall economy, highlighting the government’s eagerness in adopting technology solutions. The keynote speaker, Mr. Stephen Brobst, shared his experience working with leading Fortune 500 companies across the world and on data challenges which keep the best CEOs up at night. Part of the talk which grabbed the most attention from the audience was the discussion around leadership and digital Transformation. Mr. Brobst also told the audience how the companies who are resistant to this change will eventually cease to be relevant and that demise may not be much far. According to him, data was the key to success and survival for all industries and will redefine the way of doing business in today’s new age. The event provided participants with leading opinions and opportunity to meet international dignitaries, movers and shakers of the local business scene and Telenor management. The pool of industry leaders shared best practices from the Silicon Valley and Pakistan with the participants, indulging them in insightful discussions on innovation, governance, and leadership in the data age with real-life examples and case...

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