You would all agree, there are very few web portals, services and mobile apps out there that are genuinely catering to the shopping needs of the Pakistani populace – a growing number of whom now have smartphones thanks to local handset manufacturers introducing affordable Android’s.
You would have also noticed a growing push from Telecom and Mobile operators in the country promoting data (GPRS/EDGE) usage through cheap data bundles and packages. Let’s accept it. Pakistan is now truly embracing the internet age – where needs are tagged to convenience – where accessibility and going the extra mile yields better results against competition.
And here we came across the launch of a new local mobile app, based on both Android and Apple’s iOS platforms: “OnTheGo“.
Mobile banking, or branchless banking as it is referred to in Pakistan, continues to impress observers and followers across the globe. Focus on financial inclusion and slowly taking the country towards an era of true m-Commerce will allow Pakistan and its people to reap benefits in the long run.
According to a press release received by Telecomistan.com, The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched a new pilot project to introduce mobile enabled advisory and financial services for peach and potato farmers and fishermen in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced revenues of 59.28 trillion Korean won on a consolidated basis for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013, which is an increase of 0.3 percent quarter-on-quarter. For the quarter, the company posted consolidated operating profits of 8.31 trillion won, representing an 18-percent decline Q-o-Q. Consolidated net profit for the quarter was 7.30 trillion won.
In its earnings guidance disclosed on January 7, Samsung estimated fourth quarter consolidated revenues would reach approximately 59 trillion won with consolidated operating profit of approximately 8.3 trillion won.
Another milestone has been achieved in mobile banking, where Ufone following its vision of continuous innovation, has launched a new service for corporate sector in collaboration with its partner bank, HBL. Backed by TPS technology, UPayments Business to Business (B2B) service allows corporate users to carry out a range of financial transactions conveniently and efficiently via the unique UPayments platform. This 24/7 service brings much needed convenience to franchise representatives who are no more bound by bank timings to make their daily payments. In the initial phase, over 90 Ufone franchises have come onboard to utilize this service for their daily payments. Launched in August ’13, within a span of few months the service processes over 300 million rupees worth of transactions a month.
Easypaisa, Pakistan’s first and leading branchless banking service from Telenor and Tameer Microfinance Bank, has launched easypaisa mobile account ATM cards in Pakistan using TPS IRIS Enterprise Payment Switch. This provides an additional instrument to easypaisa customers who can now access their mobile accounts 24×7 on any ATM across Pakistan. These cards are highly secure and convenient where customers will no longer need to visit an easypaisa outlet to avail easypaisa services.
In a bid to drive telecom industry growth further, Zong has introduced city based packages for mobile internet. With this new offer, ZonG customers can subscribe to Mobile internet packages using GPRS at affordable rates. This service has initially been launched in these four cities: Lahore, Sialkot, Gujrat and Daska.
All customers living in these cities can subscribe to either of the two packages: Volume offer or Time offer. Volume offer can simply be activated by dialing *111*1# or by sending SMS ‘VOL’ to 6677 with subscription charges of Re. 1 per day and usage charges of Re. 1 per MB. On the other hand, Time offer can be activated by dialing *111*2# or by sending SMS ‘TIME’ to 6677 with subscription charges of Re. 1 per day and usage charges of Rs. 2 per Hr.
Karachi – 20th December, 2013: China Mobile Pakistan, Zong, has announced the attainment of the LDI license after reaching an agreement with Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). It is important to mention here that ZONG was the ONLY mobile operator in the country that did not have an LDI license, due to a restriction put in place by the Etisalat-PTCL share purchase agreement.
PTA and ZONG signed the LDI License agreement at an event held to announce this latest development. CMPakwas anxiously waiting to get the LDI license, as the company plans to launch new services for the benefit of its customers.