Zong launches iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

ISLAMABAD (PR): Zong, Pakistan’s first and only 3G + 4G network here on Friday officially launched the latest iPhone 6s and 6sPlus for its valued customers at a colorful ceremony arranged at state-of-the-art Experience & Service Centre.

As per set pattern prescribed by Apple, Zong has been given special mandate to exclusively launch Apple’s latest smartphones in Islamabad. A number of Zong customers that had pre-booked their latest iPhones one week prior to its official launch along with other senior officials including Babar Bajwa, Chief Commercial Officer - Zong gathered at Sharp 6 pm to witness this grand occasion.

Babar Bajwa CCO Zong handed-over first iPhone 6s to a customer that is resident of Islamabad. Speaking at the occasion MrBajwa said, “We, at Zong, endeavor to bring innovative solutions through latest technologies to our customers in Pakistan. We are proud that we have taken another leap forward by bringing the world’s latest smartphone devices with distinction. Our customers now can experience the true speed of 4G/LTE on latest smartphones by iPhone which is a perfect technology match”.

First 100 iPhone customers received mifi devices worth Rs 6,000/- from Zong that was an add-on for them. Most of the customers immediately unsealed their iPhones and started enjoying fastest internet speed besides taking selfies and sharing with their near and dear ones. iPhone 6s and 6s Pluswill soon be available on selected Zong Customer Service Centres nationwide paired with official warranty.Zong is offering iPhone 6s and 6s plus on 6pc and 10pc discount with 3 months and 6 months advance line rent plans.

Telenor hosts country’s largest IoT exhibition

KARACHI (PR): In line with its commitment to raise more awareness about Internet of Things (IoT) and help the society realise its true potential, Telenor Pakistan organised the country’s largest IoT exhibition- ‘The Future is Yours’ hereat Expo Center Karachi today. As part of its ambition to provide Internet for All through innovative products and solutions, Telenor Pakistan provided real time IoT experience to the attendees through experience zones and live demos of IoT enabled devices.

The day-long exhibition also featured Pakistan’s first IoT awards, an initiative to recognise innovation and excellence within the IoT arena. Only products designed and developed indigenously in Pakistan and already commercialised were eligible to qualify for the awards in ten categories ranging from social to automotive, industrial to education and more. During the event, Telenor Pakistan showcased state-of-the-art solutions for businesses and consumers to help them perform everyday tasks such as, monitor fleet, connect offices, control home appliances, secure family etc., easily and more effectively.

On this occasion, Irfan Wahab Khan, Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan said, “We have always been at the forefront of offering cutting edge technology and next generation solutions to our valued customers. Organising exhibitions around IoT is yet another testament of Telenor Pakistan’s customer centric approach and building an ecosystem to facilitate mobile internet uptake. Going forward these efforts will only broaden and strengthen and cover wide array aspects that are geared towards enhancement of internet adoption amongst the wider community – in line with our vision to bring internet for all.”

It is pertinent to note that Telenor Pakistan introduced the concept of IoT for the first time in Pakistan by hosting an exhibition in Lahore earlier this year. Internet of Things is a development of the Internet in which everyday objects and people have network connectivity to enable them to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the connected devices allowing them to send and receive data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. The IoT market is expected to be one of the fastest growing segments in the Asia Pacific technology industry. According to a recent study, total Asia Pacific spending on IoT will continue to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 34 percent to reach $58 billion by 2020.

First Islamic branchless banking service launched

ISLAMABAD (PR): Ufone, an Etisalat group company, renowned for its innovative; out-of-the-box products and services and Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s first and largest Islamic bank,have formed a strategic partnership to launch Meezan -Upaisa, world’s first Islamic branchless banking solution.

With the launch of Meezan-UPaisa, customers across Pakistan would now, for the first time, be able to send and receive money, pay utility bills and do mobile top ups through Islamic banking. These services would be followed by an even wider array of Islamic financial services in the future.

Regarding this new initiative, Abdul Aziz, President & CEO, Ufone, said, “With this new collaboration we aim to capitalise on both parties’ strengths–Meezan Bank’s expertise in Islamic Banking and UPaisa’s geographic foot print to facilitate customers, making it a win-win situation for all.”

He added, “With UPaisa being at the forefront in providing branchless banking services with its collaborations at various levels and Meezan Bank holding over 50pc of the Islamic banking share in Pakistan, this partnership is poised to go a long way in opening new opportunities.”

Irfan Siddiqui - President and CEO, Meezan Bank, while underlining the need for better financial solutions for the unbanked population of the country said, “Meezan Bank has played a vital role in expanding access to Islamic financial services in Pakistan. This initiative is poised to accelerate financial inclusion by adding convenience and greater reliability, deepening the role of Ufone through enhancing the value it provides to its customers and that of Meezan Bank in expanding the reach of Islamic financial services to every citizen of the country. We believe that we are now one step closer to our Vision of establishing ‘Islamic banking as banking of first choice’ by serving more than 60 million users - thus taking Islamic banking in the country to the next level.”