In the FBR’s bid to recover taxes from Telecom companies, the situation has taken a stunning turn with the FBR now blocking all PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) accounts – which is a government controlled Telecom regulatory body.
According to a statement issued by the FBR:
FBR in its ongoing campaign to recover outstanding tax liabilities against various companies, the Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU), Islamabad has attached all Bank Accounts of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) which owed Rs.3.6 billion to the exchequer on account of Income Tax.
The recent push by various cellular operators towards cheaper data packages and plans will definitely see more uptake of mobile internet in Pakistan, it will also make the case for 3G/4G deployment also lucrative with a higher number of mobile data/internet users.
Ufone first offered basic and introductory Blackberry packages making it affordable for the younger generation to hop-on to the Blackberry world. Now, they’ve pulled another one out of the bag.
Telenor Pakistan has launched a nationwide project that will help empower a new digital generation in Pakistan. Telenor Talkshawk I-Champ is a knowledge-based initiative that aims to provide learning and training to young people to enable them to become future proponents in the Digital Age.
Telenor Pakistan will partner with Government of the Punjab and hold internet workshops for class 8-10 students in 150 schools in the semi-urban and rural areas of Punjab.
To mark the initiative, a launch event was held at Children’s Library Complex which was attended by a large number of school children, their parents and teachers. The chief guest on the occasion was Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan.
According to a Press Release received by Telecomistan.com, SAP Pakistan recently announced the appointment of Darren Rush worth as Executive Managing Director of SAP Pakistan and the Emerging Markets. The appointment comes into effect from April 01, 2012.
Tim Moylan, SAP Southeast Asia president, said Rushworth will oversee the sales efforts and operations of SAP Pakistan and the Emerging Markets that include Cambodia and Laos among others, “to help raise the group to the next level of amazing growth.
PTA has introduced a new, automated way of maintaining customer data and selling SIMs to them that will now avoid all paper-work. All the customer needs to do is come forth with an original CNIC which will be sent by the franchise to a centralized system via SMS for verification and registration. Following that, the normal “789″ process will be used.
According to a press release issued by the PTA, the service has been launched by PTA and the cellular operators collectively.
Karachi – 3rd April, 2012: Having hosted a number of live streaming projects under the umbrella of wi-tribe LIVE, wi-tribe Pakistan recently live streamed the first Google Technology User Group (GTUG) event held at SZABIST, Islamabad. Themed around “Google Outreach and Innovation”, the event aimed to promote Google’s latest technology amongst budding developers and technology evangelists.
Karachi – 19th March, 2012: With a vision to cater to the lower segment of the market, Nokia Pakistan and djuice have joined hands to start a series of Developer Workshops that aim to provide training focused on S40 devices. The workshop was recently held at Telenor’s Regional Head Office, Islamabad and included developers from SEECS, NUST University as well as some SMEs. Faisal Iqbal, Mobile Specialist at Orison Technologies imparted training to the participants and shared the details of development tools available for game development with QML.