Servicing car navigation system can boost telecom sector business

ISLAMABAD (APP): The technology has become more and more important in society as it has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last few decades and its benefits are there for all to see.

   It is the technology and telecom that have permeated all areas of our life whether it is brewing a fresh cup of coffee from the coffee maker in the morning, getting to work on time, purchasing property or home appliances, technological advancements have made life easier for all in different ways.

   One such advancement is the introduction of navigation systems in automobiles as these ensure that one would never lose the way again.

   There are complete navigation systems which are fixed on the dash of the car which make use of Global Positioning System (GPS)devices and pinpoint the longitude and latitude of the vehicle.

   The system is pre-loaded with road data and a number of options. These are then used to provide the user with directions. In addition, these navigation systems also provide route management which help people select the quickest traffic-free route to their destination.

   Telecom experts on Sunday said in Pakistan, one can avail this feature offered by car makers by paying an additional fee. These are fixed on to the car’s main dash panel and provide easy access and control to the driver. 

   Another maker has introduced integrated navigation system and rear camera. Moreover, there are a number of other multi-media options such as playback, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

   They said widespread use of smart-phone provides stiff competition to the prevailing navigation system options both fixed and portable devices.  Mobile developers have introduced applications which perform the exact same service while connected to the internet via cellular service. This results in increased business for the telecom sector.

   When contacted a navigation system provider, Muhammad Jamal said a number of people today use their private transport to visit new destinations and no one wants to get lost in the wilderness.

   Using mobile phones and smart applications to navigate one’s way around has changed the way people travel now.

   He said these navigation tools are usually bandwidth hungry apps, meaning that a ripe area for the telcos to explore and added car riders usually stay away from such navigation apps due to high data costs, and this is where exactly is the potential for the cellular companies.

   He said it is largely assumed that tons of subscribers can be fetched if cellular companies consider offering data bundles specifically for navigation apps only, like they are doing for chat apps, Facebook etc.

Telecom contribution reaches Rs124 billion

ISLAMABAD (APP): The growing cellular subscribers, increased traffic and higher taxes have encouraged telecom sector contribution to national exchequer, touching Rs124 billion mark during fiscal year 2012-13.

   Though the year 2012-13 saw lesser contribution from telecom sector as compared to Rs133.41 billion deposited in 2011-12, the sector can be termed as one of the highest contributors, putting Rs119 billion per year in the national kitty on average for the last five years. GST is the major part of the contribution with Rs57.78 billion collected by FBR from telecom sector.

A huge sum of Rs53.52 billion has been paid by telecom operators under various heads such as duties, withholding tax, fees etc.

   PTA has also received Rs6.8 billion from operators under various regulatory heads and deposited into the national exchequer till March 2013, while Rs7.52 billion was collected under the Activation Tax head.

   PTA’s contributions comprise of all its receipts including

Initial and Annual License Fee, Annual Radio Frequency Spectrum Fee, Annual Spectrum Administrative Fee, APC for USF, Numbering Charges, License Application Fee, etc. Others include customs duties, Withholding Tax and other taxes.

‘Sialkot gets big footballexport order’

 SIALKOT (APP): The city received a big export order of 6.2 million hand stitched footballs, disclosed former Chairman Pakistan Sports Good Association(PSGA) Prof. Safdar Sandal.

 Over 2 million footballs have so far been prepared and ready for the shipment.

The export order of footballs was diverted from China to Pakistan as a result of which about ten to fifteen very large companies of Sialkot are now busy in producing machine stitched footballs and this number was growing rapidly, he said. Prof. Sandal said that the world demand of hand stitched footballs is 45 per cent while the demand of machine stitched footballs is 55 per cent.

   He further stated the government should take appropriate steps for promoting sports industries development centre to facilitate the business community of the city.

Investment in agriculture seed market can boost economy

   LAHORE (APP): Pakistan’s agriculture seed market is worth almost $1500 million and it has huge potential and opportunities for investors.

   DG Federal Seed Certification & Registration, Syed Muhammad Nasir Ali expressed these views while talking to APP here on Sunday. He said that investment in agriculture seed and supply of certified seed was important not only to boost agriculture sector but also overall economy of the country.

   He said the value of seed produced in Pakistan was US$ 500 million while the value of imported seed was US $ 300 million which showed a market gap for investment of US$ 700 million.

   He said certified seed availability of major crops in Pakistan was just 20% while authorities had set a target for certified seed availability of 30% for the next year. 

   He said the share of the public sector in seed availability was

22% while private sector’s share was 78%.

   He said that there were four public sector seed organizations while five multinational seed companies and 789 national seed companies were operating in the private sector.

   The DG said that legal hickups in the way of private seed breeders were being removed so that they could get an adequate and convenient way to produce and breed agriculture seed.

Leather goods’ exports up by 9.89pc in July-November

   ISLAMABAD (APP): The exports of leather goods from the country witnessed increase of 9.89 per cent during first five months of current fiscal year 2013-14 against the same period of last year.

   The leather goods exports were recorded at US $263.097 million in July-November 2013-14 against $239.421 million of last year.

According to data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the exports of leather garments increased by 8.72 per cent during the period under review against the same period last year.

   The leather garments exports during the period under review were recorded at $179.66 million against $ 165.257 million of last year.

 Similarly exports of leather gloves increased by 13.85 per cent which stood at $78.646 million during July-November 2013-14 against $69.079 million during July-November 2012-13.

   Other leather goods, however, witnessed negative growth of 5.85 per cent during the period under review.

On month on month basis, the leather manufactures export also increased by 9.45 per cent and decreased by 8.8 per cent in November, 2013 when compared with the exports in November 2012 and October 2013, respectively.

The exports in November 2013 were recorded at $45.94 million where as in November 2012 and October 2013 the value of exports remained $41.997 million and $50.4 million, respectively.

Similarly the exports of leather garments increased by 8.39 per cent and decreased by 7.98 per cent during November 2013 when compared to November 2012 and October 2013 respectively.The leather gloves exports, also increased from $10.589 million in November 2012 to $12.362 million in November 2013 showing a growth of 16.74 per cent.

The exports of other leather manufactures, however decreased by 32.59 per cent and 10.5 in November 2013, when compared to that of November 2012 and October 2013 respectively. The other leather goods’ exports decreased from 1.062 million in November 2012 and $0.8 million in October 2013 to $0.716 million in November 2013.