Pakistan to ban BlackBerry’s enterprise services due to “security reasons”

Pakistan has ordered the country’s mobile operators to shut down BlackBerry’s secure messaging service by the end of November for “security reasons”. The Ministry of Interior has directed to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block BlackBerry’s secure Enterprise Services …

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Pakistani province bows to pressure, drops internet usage tax

The Finance Minister of Punjab province announced today that it has withdrawn the controversial internet usage tax it planned to impose on all types of broadband service. The announcement was made during the government’s budget speech after widespread criticism of …

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Pakistan’s telecoms regulator opposes internet tax

The head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has supported calls for the recently announced usage tax on internet services in Punjab province to be dropped. The Express Tribune quoted PTA chairman Ismail Shah as saying: “The recent imposition of …

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Pakistani websites go black to protest internet tax, warn fee will slow 3G/4G uptake

A number of Pakistani internet companies and bloggers have blacked out their websites to protest a new tax on internet services, with warnings that the fee could slow adoption of 3G and 4G services. Digital publishers, which have the support …

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Asia Briefs: Samsung’s wage bill dropped in 2014, China’s first 1M subscriber MVNO & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Samsung’s wage bill dropped in 2014 Samsung Electronics reduced its spending on wages last year by 0.3 per cent to KRW9.3 trillion …

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Pakistan’s 3G user base hits 10M, growth slows

The number of 3G connections in Pakistan passed the 10 million milestone in February, as the country’s four major players added 1.2 million new users during the month. Last month’s 14 per cent growth, however, was down sharply from January, …

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Pakistan prepares to sell off leftover spectrum

Pakistan’s telecoms regulator has started looking for consultants to help sell two blocks of spectrum that were not sold in last year’s auction, which raised $1.1 billion for the government. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has invited request for proposals …

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Indian operators complain about spectrum interference from Pakistan

A number of India’s mobile operators have raised concerns about spectrum interference in states bordering Pakistan and called on the government to ensure that the airwaves auctioned next month don’t face this problem. Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, …

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Telenor appoints Pakistan CEO

Norwegian operator group Telenor has appointed Michael Patrick Foley as CEO for its Pakistan operation. Foley currently serves as chief commercial officer at the Canadian State Lottery and will assume the role on July 1st, 2014.