Easypaisa launches funds transfer facility

KARACHI (PR): Pakistan’s first and largest branchless banking service and a joint venture of Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Microfinance Bank, Easypaisa, has become the first mobile money service in Pakistan to become interoperable with the existing banking infrastructure by launching the Inter Bank Fund Transfer (IBFT) service enabling its customers to transfer funds between a number of Banks via the 1-link switch. Easypaisa brings this revolutionary, first of its kind innovative service to both its Mobile Account holders and Over-the-Counter (OTC) customers.

Easypaisa Mobile Account holders can now move funds from any Bank Account into their Easypaisa Mobile Account and vice versa conveniently and securely, thus overcoming one of the hurdles of getting funds into the branchless banking systems.

 Once the funds are in the Easypaisa Mobile Account, customers can proceed to use the most convenient and secure bill payment, money transfer or airtime recharge service in the country through the Easypaisa Mobile Account on their mobile phone.

For the OTC service, any customer can walk into any of the Easypaisa shops and deposit cash directly into any Bank Account. With 40,000 Easypaisa shops in more than 750 cities and nearly 6 million unique customers using Easypaisa services each month, banked customers can deposit cash into their Bank Accounts without having to go into their Bank Branches. Customers will only need to approach an Easypaisa shop, provide their CNIC and their bank account number to use this service. This Cash Deposit facility will be available at Easypaisa shops while they are open, often late into the night and even on weekends.

“It is great step in the Branchless Banking industry, a revolutionary development which will act as a catalyst for the robust growth of the branchless banking industry in Pakistan,” said Nadeem Hussain, President and CEO of Tameer Micro Finance Bank. “Easypaisa now connects the unbanked directly to the banking infrastructure by enabling them to send and receive money on their Mobile Accounts and through OTC services. Almost 80% of the population in this country is still unbanked and Easypaisa is working day and night to achieve financial inclusion of the unbanked people of Pakistan. In line with this ambition, Easypaisa’s IBFT service provides a platform to the unbanked class to connect with the traditional banking infrastructure, which is likely to boost the mobile banking culture in the country.”

Zong rolls out ‘Super 3G’ in Karachi & Lahore

ISLAMABAD (PR): Zong, a China mobile company and Pakistan’s fastest growing telecom network, has announced the official start of its exciting ‘Super 3G’ service for consumers in major cities of Pakistan at a press conference held in Islamabad. ‘Super 3G’ will help consumers experience lightening fast internet, through which they will be able to stream songs and videos within seconds. Zong ‘Super 3G’ will offer best in class technology HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access) which will offer maximum speeds of up to 42 Mbps (twice as fast as normal 3G available in Pakistan).

Speaking about the launch of the ‘Super 3G’ service, Dr Fan Yunjun, chairman and chief executive, Zong said, “Superior customer service is an integral part of our business and cannot be ignored.

Through our infrastructure - our people and processes are aligned to provide a differentiated customer experience as we keep the customer first in all that we do. Our ‘Super 3G’ service is just another example of our commitment towards providing the best data solutions to our tech-savvy customers. Our service shall offer speeds of up to 42 Mbps while normal 3G offers speeds of up to 21 Mbps. So Zong ‘Super 3G’ is twice as fast as normal 3G available in Pakistan today. The initial launch targets the two major cities of Pakistan i.e. Karachi and Lahore where we have the vastest coverage and will ensure the fastest data speed available. The second stage shall see us expand our services to other major cities”. He added “Customers should look forward to superior 4G services in the months to come.”

All existing Zong SIMs are ‘Super 3G’ enabled so customers will not have to go through any inconvenience to get a new SIM, the tariff for 2G & 3G customers are essentially the same so customers can start using Super 3G and enjoy fast data speeds at the same exciting rates as before. Services will be available simply by changing ones network settings. The unmatched speeds will give customers the freedom of uninterrupted streaming of their favorite movies, videos and more, lightning fast downloads, indulging in fun and entertaining games with friends, and connecting to their loved ones.

Zong has the fastest growth in subscriber base in the industry and is now geared to provide the benefits of Super 3G connectivity across Pakistan to make a greater difference in the industry as a leading telecom player.

‘My Bright Smile’

Karachi (PR): For 14 years, Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest has given children across the globe a platform to express their creativity and showcase their artistic talents. The contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Program “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®” (BSBF).

This year, the “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest saw an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan, with 61,094 entries from 709 schools.

On the 12th June, 2014, an exhibition displaying various entries was held at the Alliance Francaise in Karachi, with renowned artists Ms. Durriya Kazi and Ms. Nahid Raza as chief guests. Prizes were distributed amongst winners, while 12 of them were selected for their exemplary pieces of original art.

Huawei sponsors Chinese language classes

LAHORE (PR): Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced to sponsor Chinese Language Classes at the Islamabad Club, starting from 16th June till 15th August. As part of its social initiatives, Huawei has taken this step to make summers more exciting for the people of Islamabad.

The classes will involve the Club’s members and their children who will be sponsored by Huawei to participate in the Chinese language learning sessions.

Couture line introduced

LAHORE (PR): Following the success of retail brand So Kamal (coveted lifestyle and textile brand), So Kamal And Kamal Limited has introduced a couture line CHARME.

The style of CHARME - Made to Measure, is entirely tailored and is characterized by precious details. “We are very excited to announce CHAME-Couture line, we have worked hard to bring this, Made to Measure line that is a significant extension of quality and tailoring excellence what we have been doing in SO KAMAL. We are confident that our customers will appreciate our influences with this new line,” said CEO Erum Kamal.

Emirates initiative

LAHORE/DUBAI (PR): Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has announced the recipients of its ‘A Greener Tomorrow’ initiative, which provides funding for not-for profit environmental organisations in developing countries.

Globally, more than 400 organisations were nominated for the initiative by passengers, Emirates’ social media network, universities, environmental and conservation organisations and the general public.

Applications came from countries across the Emirates network and beyond, and spanned environmental initiatives such as animal, land and tree conservation, biogas, environmental research, and green transportation. The applications were of such a high standard that Emirates has awarded the funding to three separate projects.

The successful projects address a diverse range of issues from fuel-efficient cooking in Malawi, eco-villages and sustainable farming practices in Pakistan, and a conversion of Manila’s iconic ‘jeepneys’ into battery-operated versions that reduce emissions in the city.

Lumia smartphones

DUBAI (PR): At a regional conference held in Dubai, Microsoft Devices announced that the first Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8.1 are now available across the Middle East, Near East and North Africa.

“Lumia smartphones are growing in popularity across the region,” said Arto Nummela, Senior Vice President Microsoft Devices, India, Middle East and Africa. “This new chapter in the Lumia story builds on the success of the Lumia 520 for affordable smartphones, and also brings new innovations at the high end.

The combination of Lumia differentiators and Microsoft services provides a compelling proposition for both consumers and business users”.