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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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Telenor accelerates Digital Innovation through Open-APIs by partnering with Google & AbacusConsulting

Telenor accelerates Digital Innovation through Open-APIs by partnering with Google & AbacusConsulting

APIs have now become a key must-have strategy component for enterprises. According to a report, the global API management market size is estimated to grow from USD 606.8 million in 2016 to USD 2,665.3 million by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 34.4%. Telenor Pakistan is the first telecom operator to launch an intelligent API management solution of Google in partnership with AbacusConsulting. The Go-Live ceremony of API Gateway Project was held at Telenor Headquarters, Islamabad where Managing Director of AbacusConsulting Mr. Abbas Ali Khan and CEO of Telenor Pakistan Mr. Irfan Wahab Khan were present along with the leadership of both sides. API Gateway Project has enabled Telenor Pakistan to launch its own portal for a developer community and/or connect with the existing ecosystem to manage, share and promote its APIs in a secure and scalable environment. APIs are the most important technology in digital business design and one of the examples is Telenor’s recent launch of Direct Carrier Billing through which customers can purchase any app from Google Play by using their mobile balance. This innovative service has been helping the unbanked users to make purchases without having a bank account or credit card. The new payment option will allow customers to access more content of their interest and will also nurture the local app developer economy by incentivizing them to build for the local market. Through this project, Abacus and Google support Telenor’s mission of digitizing future. On the occasion, Mr. Abbas Ali Khan, Managing Director, AbacusConsulting, said, “APIs allowed Expedia to grow 90% of its $2 billion business and Twitter to have more than 700 mobile apps using its data. If we have a look at all the digital natives like Facebook & Google, we will find one thing common i.e. APIs-led approach which helped them generating new business models, new revenue streams, new partnerships and nurtured its innovative offerings to customers.” He congratulated Telenor Pakistan on achieving a significant milestone in Digital Transformation and being a pioneer in creating the developer and partner community. Mr. Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan, stated, “Telenor Pakistan is at the forefront of the digital revolution and this implementation has developed an ecosystem of digital innovation to help us build new distribution channels. Now developers can work directly with operators and expand their reach to a massive pool of subscribers and consumers can benefit from our apps which will drive higher performance, better security and easier billing from operator services.” Abacus and Google will continue to help organizations adapt faster in the digital world and build digitally enabled...

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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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Telenor Pakistan shines at PAS Awards 2017, wins in ‘Telecommunication Service Provider’ & ‘Best in PR’ categories

Telenor Pakistan shines at PAS Awards 2017, wins in ‘Telecommunication Service Provider’ & ‘Best in PR’ categories

The latest edition of PAS Awards – country’s premier advertising awards – saw Telenor Pakistan continuing its winning streak and taking home awards in two key categories namely ‘Telecommunication Service Provider’ & ‘Best in PR’. In the ‘Telecommunication Service Provider’ category, there were a total of 12 submissions out of which 3 made it to the final round with Telenor being shortlisted for its ‘Sacha Sath’ campaign. In February last year, Telenor Pakistan unveiled its new positioning ‘Sacha Sath’ termed as a natural extension of its customers’ everyday life. Telenor’s campaign partners for Sacha Sath included Adcom Leo Burnett, OMD Pakistan, and Stimulus Productions. The ‘Best in PR’ category received a total of 7 submissions with 2 being nominated for the award. Telenor won for the PR campaign of djuice’s ‘Oye Kuch Kar Guzar’ – Pakistan’s first-ever online feature film that also gives the watcher control over its plot. Telenor’s campaign partners for ‘Oye Kuch Kar Guzar’ included Adcom Leo Burnett, OMD Pakistan, The Digital Factory, Catwalk, TruBrew Records, Citrus Talent, and Google/YouTube Pakistan & Singapore. “This latest recognition is a sheer testament to our commitment to excellence in everything we do,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “We derive energy from appreciation, particularly from our customers for our efforts to pursue our mission of empowering Pakistan and serving all possible domains with greater passion. We will continue to serve better and strive to provide best products and services and create value for our customers,” he added. In PAS Awards 2017, Sacha Saath was also nominated in categories of Corporate Campaign, Platform Award – Best in TV and Nationally Originated Campaign, whereas Oye Kuch Kar Guzar, was also nominated for Media Innovation in addition to the category it won....

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