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Huawei Smartphone Shipments up 21.6% year-on-year in Q1 2017

Huawei Smartphone Shipments up 21.6% year-on-year in Q1 2017

Today, Huawei Consumer Business Group announced that in Q1 2017, it shipped 34.55 million Smartphones, this amounts to a year-on-year increase of 21.6%. According to IDC, Huawei’s global smartphone market share further increased to 9.8%, consolidating its position in the top three smartphone vendors in the world. In Q1 2017, Huawei achieved breakthrough growth in many countries. Its smartphone shipments increased by over 50% year-on-year in 52 countries, 32 of which saw growth of over 100%. In China and Europe, Huawei smartphone shipments maintained robust growth of 20% and 15% respectively. Meanwhile, in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, smartphone shipments increase over 70% . In addition, significant growth was achieved in the high-end smartphone sector, boosted by the global sales of the HUAWEI P9 series and HUAWEI Mate 9, further demonstrating Huawei’s increased influence as a global high-end brand. In Q1, the proportion of middle and high range (2000 RMB or above $300) smartphone increased 11% on the same period last year. According to GfK, for the global high-end market of 500 USD and above, Huawei held 9.7% market share in February 2017, reaching 10% in 9 countries, including China, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Poland and other key markets. The latest HUAWEI P10 series flagship smartphone, which is now available in over 30 markets since its launch on February 26, 2017, is gaining huge popularity among consumers all over the world thanks to the outstanding photography experience it provides. Huawei is also confounding the sluggish sales of the overall tablet market. Huawei’s tablet business has grown significantly in both the enterprise and consumer spaces with shipments rising over 70% year-on-year. “Thanks to the growing global recognition of Huawei products and the Huawei brand, Huawei Consumer Business Group’s influence has further increased as a high-end brand in Q1 2017,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Moving forward, Huawei Consumer Business Group will be focused on improving customer service, and building up its presence within sales channels, retail, branding, marketing, services and other sectors, to proactively streamline operations enhance the overall customer experience. Meanwhile, Huawei Consumer Business Group will continue to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) products and innovations. These will provide users with excellent experiences and cement Huawei as a leader in emerging technologies while establishing the company as a cultural technology brand loved by consumers the world...

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Telenor Velocity team with their mentors and startups

Telenor Velocity team with their mentors and startups

Telenor Velocity held a two day Startup Meet for its startups of Cohort 2 in Islamabad last week. There was an excellent lineup of mentors including Experts, Founders and Representatives from Facebook, Careem, Crickout, MangoBaaz, Convo, Finja, Taazi and Chaaye Khaana with discussions  on customer acquisition, growth hacking, product-market fit, investment and sustainability. Picture shows Telenor Velocity team with their mentors and...

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Telenor Pakistan celebrates ‘Girls in ICT Day’, stresses increased role of young women in the ICT sector

Telenor Pakistan celebrates ‘Girls in ICT Day’, stresses increased role of young women in the ICT sector

To encourage Pakistani girls to prepare themselves for opportunities offered by the booming ICT sector, Telenor Pakistan celebrated the ‘International Girls in ICT Day’ where it held an awareness session for female students of class 8 to 10 at GSIS School and College, Islamabad, followed by setting-up of an ICT lab at Hamara School, a private school cum orphanage in the outskirts of Islamabad. Telenor Pakistan celebrates ‘Girls In ICT Day’. The picture shows: Christopher Laska – Chairman Telenor Pakistan Board, Tahir Mushtaq – Member (HRD) MoIT, Haaris Chaudhary – Company Secretary USF, and Quratulainali Rizvi – Principal GSIS School and College, along with the students. The purpose of the awareness session was to educate young girls on the importance of pursuing higher education in math, engineering, computing, and sciences so they are prepared to land bright career opportunities that the ICT sector has to offer. The young students were informed that ICT companies across the world are looking to attract and promote women, not only because achieving greater workforce diversity is good for business, but also because increasing women at all levels has shown positive impacts on the companies’ financial performance. Two Telenor Pakistan female employees also trained schoolgirls on using the internet safely for fun and learning. “We at Telenor Pakistan believe in an inclusive working environment and encourage women to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities ICT sector holds for them,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “The representation of women in all of our initiatives from employment opportunities to mentoring entrepreneurs and youth empowerment measures is something we never compromise on.” Telenor Pakistan, being the country’s leading ICT player and a catalyst of ICT-powered digital revolution, has a clear view of where the sector is headed and what it lacks most – the unequivocal answers being ‘immense growth’ and ‘women’ respectively. The company believes that a more gender-balanced ICT sector will offer fulfilling mid- and high-level careers, and enable highly talented women to springboard to the top of the career ladder. Telenor supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the SDG 5 that is aimed at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls through, Information and Communication Technologies. The observance of ITU’s ‘Girls in ICT Day’ was an extension of the organization’s efforts to support that very SDG and promote women’s inclusion in the mainstream employment...

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Telenor Microfinance Bank’s Easypaisa services available at Utility Stores nationwide

Telenor Microfinance Bank’s Easypaisa services available at Utility Stores nationwide

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Telenor Microfinance Bank joins hands with Utility Stores Corporation (USC) to make its mobile money service, Easypaisa, available at Utility Stores nationwide. The agreement was signed in Islamabad between Ali Riaz Chaudhry – President & CEO Telenor Microfinance Bank, and Waseem Mukhtar Chaudhary – Managing Director Utility Stores Corporation, in the presence of respective management teams. This partnership is in line with Telenor Microfinance Bank’s ambition to revolutionize Pakistan’s financial landscape and extend the benefits of mobile money to the under-banked people in the country. USC is a state-owned, largest retail chain store enterprise in Pakistan, providing basic commodities at low rates to the masses. Commencing with 50 stores in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the project will gradually expand to over 5,000 Utility Stores spread across the country. Speaking on the occasion, Ali Riaz Chaudhry, President & CEO, Telenor Microfinance Bank said, “We are the proud pioneers of mobile money with 9.2 million mobile account customers in Pakistan. This alliance is a continuation of our industry-first initiatives. We are delighted to offer further convenience and ease of access for all Easypaisa customers. Going forward, we plan on extending the partnership to include services like Till Payments, G2P Disbursements, Lending/Loan Repayments and Insurance Payments.” Also adding, Waseem Mukhtar Chaudhary, Managing Director, USC said, “Being the largest retail chain in Pakistan, we want to deliver greater variety and convenience to our customers which this partnership with Telenor Bank will help us achieve. We respect Telenor Bank’s financial inclusion goals and are proud to be a part of the cause that aims to bring ease to millions of underserved lives.” Nearly 650,000 transactions are conducted on Telenor Microfinance Bank’s mobile banking platform ‘Easypaisa’ everyday by 20 million active customers. In pursuit of Telenor Microfinance Bank’s financial inclusion goals, the organization embarks the untapped and underutilized retail segments to make services comprehensively accessible to everyone. The arrangement with USC will further increase financial access as it would provide agent proximity for...

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Karandaaz Invites FinTech Startups to Pitch Ideas for 2nd Disrupt Challenge 2017

Karandaaz Invites FinTech Startups to Pitch Ideas for  2nd Disrupt Challenge 2017

Pakistan’s leading promoter of financial inclusion and associated technology, Karandaaz has announced the 2nd edition of its FinTech Disrupt Challenge 2017 (#FDC2017) with IBA AMAN Centre for Entrepreneurial Development as venue partner. Karandaaz is inviting FinTech startups to pitch their innovative ideas and vie for a funding support of up to $100,000. The competition aims to support innovation in the FinTech space to enable greater financial inclusion by means of identifying and supporting best and most innovative practices in terms of digital payment solutions, access to financial services, eCommerce and interoperability solutions. On the basis of thematic areas of the Challenge, two grants of up to $100,000 and five grants of up to $20,000 will be given to the start-ups having high growth potential and groundbreaking financial technology solutions. Ideas that focus on greater access of women to financial services are especially encouraged in #FDC2017. “We are pleased to announce the 2nd installment of our FinTech Disrupt Challenge collaboratively with IBA AMAN CED as our venue partner,” said Rehan Akhtar, Director Digital Financial Services, Karandaaz Pakistan. “We encourage young FinTech startups with limited financial assets from across Pakistan to apply and pitch their innovative ideas that carry the potential to revolutionize the country’s financial landscape. As is the tradition at Karandaaz, solutions that cater to women’s financial inclusion are highly encouraged for #FDC2017,” he added. As the focus of the Challenge is to scout disruptive FinTech innovations from all over the country, any registered company, start-up or a start-up team based in Pakistan is encouraged to apply for the competition. Applications can be submitted online latest by May 9, 2017. Shortlisted applicants will pitch their ideas on the Day of the Challenge on May 20, 2017. Click here for more information on the eligibility criteria. In pursuit of its mission of promoting greater access to financial services in the country, Karandaaz Pakistan organized the country’s first FinTech Disrupt Challenge in November 2016 collaboratively with LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship (LCE). Out of the 28 shortlisted startups, 3 won funding support of $100,000...

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UIT Announces Series of Short Evening/Weekend Courses in Collaboration with PanaCloud, CTTC, EDVON, AXON, & Total Network Solutions

UIT Announces Series of Short Evening/Weekend Courses in Collaboration with PanaCloud, CTTC, EDVON, AXON, & Total Network Solutions

Staying committed to its mission of promoting technology education and imparting technical skills to the youth, Usman Institute of Technology has announced a series of short evening/weekend courses in collaboration with PanaCloud, CTTC, EDVON, AXON, and Total Network Solutions. The announcement was made in an Open Session held at the institute’s Karachi. This session included a talk by Mr. Zia Khan, CEO, at PanaCloud. Some of the announced courses include two-module ‘Certified Android, iPhone & Web Developer’ by Mr. Zia Khan, CEO, PanaCloud, starting April 16; and ‘Young Women’s Empowerment Robotics Camp (YWERC’17)’ by Mr. Muhammad Nabeel, CEO & Founder EDVON, starting April 15. A CCNA training session, by Engr. Tehseen Ahmed, CEO, Total Network Solutions, is already underway at UIT. Some of the courses which will soon be commenced under this string include ‘Skill Development Program 3-D Animations and Graphics’ by Mr. Faisal Khawaja, CEO, AXON, ‘CCNA Industrial, Cyber Security, Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT)’ by Mr. Farrukh Nizami, CEO, CTTC, and ‘Data Center Management & Virtualization’ by Mr. Tariq Ghori Program Manager,Technoid. “We are pleased to announce this string of affordable weekend and evening short courses for the youth who can prepare themselves for a better and more productive tomorrow,” said Dr. Shoaib Zaidi, Head of Academic Programmes, UIT while sharing his thoughts. “Being a leader in technology education, it’s part of our mission to promote technology and technical education in the country, especially among our youth so we, as a nation, are better prepared to compete in the world while making our lives better through innovation.” Most of these courses are designed in such a way that they can be taken by skilled professionals as well as amateur aspirants as young as 8th graders who have a passion to learn about new technology. The fee structure has been kept at its lowest so more and more youngsters are able to benefit from these courses with minimal financial...

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