23 October 2014

Hazard of substandard mobile phones

Ever since the telecom sector was launched in 2001 in Pakistan, with the introduction of GSM, the telecom industry has continued to witness a phenomenal growth in all facets of communication pushing mobile phone connections figure to over 130 million. Though this growing number of connections invariably fuelled the demand for mobile handsets and accessories within the country, yet it also gave boost to substandard mobile phone market. In fact appealing features, cheap price tags, dual SIM option, attractive packing as well as shapes, poverty and ignorance of technology are potential factors behind the booming of substandard mobile phones. Consumers opt for substandard or counterfeit mobile phones because they are cheap and look like the originals. A fresh study reveals that consumers and companies spend millions of dollars each year on counterfeit copies, financing scammers, who threaten the very integrity of the legitimate software industry. World-renowned mobile phone manufacturers, including Nokia, have identified Asia as one of the main sources of fake phones, which lack warranty, quality assurance, and standard technology and safety measures. Researches show that substandard mobile phones emit highly hazardous emissions and create radiations which may soon begin to manifest not fit for human health. The substandard components in fake phones often malfunction with the potential to injure users and damage property. It is point of high concern that fake phones are a drain on mobile phone networks reducing network speed and reception for users besides posting a high rate of call dropping. 

Some of them have unpredictably short lives forcing the user to incur extra costs during replacement. As long as the trade on counterfeit mobile devices continues, government loses revenue in the form of taxes, the economy loses potential employment opportunities, and investors are discouraged, thus dealing a deadly blow on government’s efforts at encouraging foreign direct investment. The government can combat the growing counterfeit phone problem with promoting new as well as certified technology which can identify substandard devices on the mobile network and permanently block users who don’t change to a genuine product. As a remedy, the US and Australian government are presently mulling various means and options to de-link these fake phones from connecting to their country’s existing mobile network. There is a dire need to plug all loopholes of substandard or fake mobile phones smuggling besides. The government and mobile service providers need to sit together and draft a comprehensive strategy to create awareness among users about the hazards of substandard mobile phones.

16 October 2014

Zong launches 4G in Pakistan

Zong, the country’s main cellular service provider, has launched the 4G/LTE services in Pakistan.
Minister for IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman was the chief guest at the launching ceremony.

She said that with the advent of 4G service, an era of accelerated digitization has begun in Pakistan.
She said, her ministry detached itself after announcing the policy guideline for spectrum auction through MI (Memorandum of Information).

Unfortunately, she said, we could not have new entrant due to scarcity of time. Telcos also showed their keen interest and confidence in the auction process.

The minister said that today I am standing with the sense of satisfaction & contentment that my dream has become reality but journey of accelerated digitalization is still there.

The minister extended her heartiest felicitation to DR Fan Yunjun, CEO China Mobile, and his dedicated team for successful launching of first-ever 4G mobile service in Pakistan.

Dr Fan hailed the continuous support of the government, Ministry of IT & PTA in the successful launch of this advance technology. He acknowledged all who facilitated Zong throughout the entire process and reinforced that without the government’s positive vision this mobile internet revolution would have remained a distant dream.

Dr Fan Yunjun also shared congratulatory note to other telecos and stated that together as an industry,we can work continuously to redefine the local telecom sector. He paid special thanks to the minister and secretary for gracing the occasion.

12 October 2014

Gattian Lake Trek

Amazing shots by Syed Hussain Ali Gillani

Gattian Lake lies in Azad Kashmir just near the border with Kaghan Valley at an altitude of 12,000 ft above sea level. The lake is neighbor to the famous Ratti Gali Lake which lies just 2 kilometers to the south. 

23 September 2014

Amazing Facts about Pakistan to be proud of

We all hear and read about how people criticize and insult Pakistan, and unfortunately there are times when we cannot blame most of the reasons due to the increasing violence. But if there’s one thing I've been taught, it’s never to generalize. The good points of Pakistan have been hidden in this layer of violence. Let’s reconsider our potential by reviewing our past/present achievements.

1. In the last five years, Pakistan’s literacy rate has grown by 250%, the largest increase in any country to date.
2. Pakistan is ninth super-power nation of the world. 
3. ISI has been ranked as No. 1 & the world’s best intelligence agency by the American Crime News.
4. World's largest irrigation system is in Pakistan. 
5. Pakistan has World's largest milk factory with NestlĂ©. 
6. Pakistan is Sixth nuclear power of the world. Pakistan is the only Muslim nuclear power. 
7. World's Second largest salt mines of the world are Khewra Mines in Pakistan. 
8. Pakistan is World's largest producer of Chickpeas. 
9. Pakistan has sixth largest population in the world.
10. Pakistan's Edhi is running the World’s largest Ambulance network.
11. World’s youngest certified Microsoft Experts Arfa Kareem (Late) and Babar Iqbal are from Pakistan.
12. Pakistan has the sixth largest military force in the world.
13. Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.
14. Fourth largest broadband internet system of world is in Pakistan
15. World’s largest deep sea port is Gawadar.
16. About 50% of the world’s footballs are made in Pakistan.
17. Pakistan is notable for having one of the best trained air-force pilots in the world.
18. Pakistan has world’s youngest civil judge, Muhammad Illyas.
19. The highest railway station of Asia is in Pakistan.
20. First PC virus was created by two Pakistani brothers. (Maybe not something to be very proud of, but it still might have required an impressive level of intellect to do so).
21. Dr. Abdus Salam – Nobel Prize winner (Physics 1979).
22. LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) attracts students from Middle East, the Far East, Central Asia, and other parts of South Asia.
23. Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan hailed as the most important Qawwali singer of the 20th century and received many awards around the globe such as The “Legends” award at the UK Asian Music Awards (2005).
24. Pakistan has World’s 7th largest Pool of Scientists and Engineers.
25. The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad can accommodate almost 100,000 worshipers. Completed in 1976, it could at that time probably hold the city’s entire population.
26. Karakoram Highway runs through the northern areas connecting Pakistan with China’s Xingjiang province is often described as ” Eighth Wonder of the World” due to the marvel of civil engineering as it has taken 15 years to complete by the Pakistan Army Engineers in collaboration with China. It’s been labeled as “World’s highest paved international Road” under toughest terrain.
27. Air Commodore MM ALAM (Late) has a world record of shooting down 5 planes in less than a Minute.

Despite all the mishaps, destruction and loss, we've shown a lot of progress. One of the most amazing facts which people are seeing is that a majority is protesting the violence. We want to change. And since we’re still living let’s bring out the best of us and our country.

17 September 2014

Gattian Lake

Gattian Lake lies in Azad Kasmir just near the boeder with Kaghan Valley at an altitude of 12,000 ft above sea level. The lake is neighbour to the famous Ratti Gali Lake which lies just 2 kilometers to the south. 

Picture credits: Syed Hussain Ali Gillani