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D.G. Khan Cement Company deploys Oracle E-Business suite release 12 to improve operational efficiency, transform business

Karachi: DG Khan Cement Company Limited DGKCC, one of largest cement-manufacturers in Pakistan successfully deployed Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, a flexible, scalable and reliable global business platform to help improve its operational efficiency, automate its management, financial accounting system, reducing time to compile monthly operating results from 15 to just three days.

“Unique and competitive value that Oracle has provided us in smooth, integrated procure-to-pay, order-to-cash business flows facilitated to get various types of real time information rapidly rather online, which saves lot of time and money,” said Muhammad Aslam, CIO DG Khan Cement Co. Ltd.

“DGKCC leveraged most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications to further improve operational efficiency, transform its business with support of our partners.” said Akkasha Sultan Shaikh, Country Manager, Applications Business, Oracle Pakistan & South Asia Growth Economies – West.

Earlier company was using standalone legacy systems for financials, payroll, inventory, sales which were neither automated nor integrated. With help of Oracle Applications, DGKCC is now able to generate daily cement production and power generation reports automatically at midnight. DGKCC implemented Oracle Order Management, Oracle Inventory Management, Oracle Enterprise Asset Management, Oracle Discoverer which assist in quick, informed decision making.

Pakistan Telecom Company Limited gains 30 per cent growth in subscriber base

KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has achieved a 30pc increase in subscriber base of its IPTV service also known as Smart TV, says a press release.

This remarkable increase has been a result of PTCL Smart TV’s aggressive content acquisition strategy, which led to swift content enrichment as well as higher focus on improved quality of service and enhanced customer care.

PTCL Smart TV has recently added PTV’s hit dramas such as Fifty Fifty, Aangan Teraah, Aahat and Dhoop Kinary to its VOD service. In addition, a wide range of Hollywood movies, children’s content and Bollywood movies have also been added to this service. Nine percent of the world’s broadband homes now subscribe to an IPTV service and PTCL is striving to achieve same level in Pakistan. Smart TV is also enriching television channel list by positioning channels as per consumers’ demand.

The digital and high quality Smart TV with its advanced and unique features such as rewinding live channels through time shift TV, parental lock and an enriched digitally mastered VOD library has created a favoured spot for PTCL Smart TV amongst consumers. “PTCL is rapidly increasing its high-end services subscriber base by providing efficient and state of the art telecom services to its customers all over the country.”

said Senior Executive Vice President Commercial, Naveed Saeed. “Smart TV will always make efforts to bring the best service features and highly entertaining content to its valued subscribers.”

“We are giving our customers innovative services and sound packages with a clear strategic direction to facilitate them,” said Executive Vice President Wireline, Asif Inam. “PTCL constantly strives to renew and enhance its networking, products, services and capabilities bringing the latest technology for the customers at their doorsteps.”

China Mobile Communications Corp confirms participation in Pakistan’s third-generation wireless spectrum auction

BEIJING: China Mobile Communications Corp, the parent company of the world’s biggest mobile operator by user numbers, has confirmed its participation in an auction of Pakistan’s third-generation wireless spectrum.

With Pakistan as an example, CMCC intends to expand its operations to a greater number of emerging markets, according to Wang Jianzhou, chairman of China Mobile, in an interview Wednesday with China Daily. “We are also seeking opportunities to become a minority shareholder in telecom carriers in Europe or North America markets. We would like to be strategic investors (in them), which will help us achieve synergies,” said Wang. At end June, CMCC had 369.7 billion yuan ($58 billion) in total current assets, including about 113 billion yuan in cash and cash equivalents.

The company’s decision to join the auction may help it strengthen its foothold in fast-growing telecom market in South Asia. Pakistan has been only overseas market for China Mobile since it bought Paktel Ltd., for $284 million in 2007. The company was renamed China Mobile Pakistan, or CMPak, and its services were rebranded as “Zong” in 2008.

“If we succeed (in auction), we will provide Pakistani people with 3G services on a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access network, as the spectrums being auctioned are suitable for WCDMA technology,” he said. China Mobile’s business in Pakistan is performing well.

“More than four years ago, when we bought Paktel, it was on the brink of bankruptcy, but now the company can generate enough cash flow to maintain its operations,” Wang said. Zong brand has seen largest net growth in mobile users in Pakistan in the past three years, according to Pakistan Telecommunications Authority. Zong had a user base of 13.2 million by October, rising from less than 1.5 million in 2007.

Early this month, Fan Yunjun, CEO of CMPak Ltd, told website of China Radio International that China Mobile has invested $1.5 billion in Pakistan to date. Wang said one of advantages for China Mobile in overseas business is that its subsidiaries will be able to leverage parent company’s economies of scale to reduce costs and maintain competitiveness. For example, China Mobile’s procurement plan means that CMPak can buy cheaper equipment than its domestic rivals.

Experience gained from its operations in China and Pakistan will boost company’s confidence in stepping into other overseas markets, especially in emerging markets. Other expansion focus is to make investments related to Time Division Long-Term Evolution technology. The company is actively pushing for home-grown 4G TD-LTE technology to be adopted worldwide. “If we find opportunities that will help TD-LTE technology to go global, we will be interested,” Wang said.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited’s EVO wireless broadband becomes Pakistan’s widest network

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited’s (PTCL) EVO wireless broadband has become Pakistan’s widest broadband Internet network covering 90 per cent of the nation’s population in more than 180 cities and towns.

EVO customers can now experience on-the-go wireless broadband Internet wherever they roam by connecting to EVDO Rev A speeds of up to 3.1Mbps with EVO, EVO Wi-Fi Cloud, EVO Tab and EVO Droid in more than 180 cities across Pakistan.

PTCL has also recently expanded coverage of its fastest Nitro Rev B network to 70 cities. Customers can now cruise with matchless speeds of up to 9.3Mbps with EVO Nitro’s Rev B in more than 70 cities.

PTCL’s EVO wireless broadband is the only wireless broadband network providing Rev A and Rev B connectivity in Pakistan, giving unlimited data volume downloads in unlimited usage packages.

Its superior 3G experience comes in a variety of prepaid and post-paid device and connectivity package options that give customers multiple bill payment and prepaid recharge options to suit their needs.

“PTCL is leading the mobile Internet revolution in Pakistan by continuing to expand and enhance our wireless broadband services to provide seamless coverage,” said PTCL Senior Executive Vice President, Naveed Saeed.

“Our sleek and portable EVO products are technologically advanced and coupled with our widest EVO wireless broadband service, which gives customers the most unique mobile Internet experience in the country.”

“EVO wireless broadband has something to offer for everyone from a low end budget conscious student with daily payment options to a corporate professional with unlimited data needs,” said PTCL Executive Vice President Wireless, Omar Khalid. “”EVO broadband wireless services are all set to meet the next-generation’s Internet needs for ultimate speeds and superior performance.”

Developing countries embracing biotech crops

LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar highlighted benefits of using technology in agriculture, saying biotech crops were helpful in addressing global challenges of increasing food production in changing climatic conditions and improving environment. They were of the view that biotech crops would help meet needs of growing world population.

They were delivering speeches at a workshop on ‘International perspective about the future biotech crops’, which was organised by Agricultural Journalists’ Association (AJA) Lahore.

The participants were told that as many as 29 countries cultivated biotech crops till 2011. Since introduction of biotech crops, genetically modified produce contributed to food security and sustainability by increasing crop production valued at $78.4 billion, providing a better environment by reducing pesticides use and reducing carbon emissions. Biotech crops also lead to conserve biodiversity by saving 91 million hectares of land and helped alleviate poverty by helping 15 million small farmers. Biotech crops are essential but are not a panacea and adherence to good farming practices such as rotations and resistance management are a must for biotech crops.

Dr Rhodora Aldemita, Senior Programme Officer Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology and Dr Mariechel Navarro, Manager of the same programme, shared their views on different topics. These experts are working under International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). A good number of journalists from print and electronic media covering agricultural sector in Lahore attended the capacity-building media workshop, which turned out to be a debate on this much talked about issue.

Speaking on the occasion, Munawar Hasan, President AJA, stressed the need of carrying out healthy debate on biotechnology. He observed that scientific evidence should openly be shared to support case of biotechnology.

Dr Rhodora Aldemita, Senior Programme Officer, ISAAA in her presentation said that the world population would reach 9.3 billion from current 6.5 billion in year 2050 and the growers will have to produce double of what is being produced today with the same resources. She said that it means growers had to focus on growing latest breeds of crops such as heat and drought tolerant varieties and those having resistance against pests and diseases. She said that out of 29 countries planting biotech crops in 2011, 19 were developing and 10 were industrial countries. In year 2011, a record 16.7 million farmers, up 1.3 million or 8 per cent from 2010, grew biotech crops-notably over 90 percent or 15 million were small resource-poor farmers in developing countries; farmers are the masters of risk aversion. In 2011, a record 7 million small farmers in China and another 7 million in India selected to plant 14.5 million hectares of BT cotton. In Pakistan BT cotton was sown on 26 million acres and Pakistan joined the club of biotech planting crop in year 2010.

Regarding future of these crops, she expected that 10 more countries would be added in the list soon. More varieties are coming including the first biotech based drought tolerant maize planned for release in North America in 2013 and in Africa by 2017, Golden rice in the Philippines in 2013/14; biotech maize in China with a potential of approximately 30 million hectares and thereafter BT rice.

Biotech crops have the potential to make a substantial contribution to the 2015 MDG goal of cutting poverty in half, by optimizing crop productivity. Regarding myths versus realities and issues about food and environmental safety, she said that there was no scientifically proved evidence presented ever by the opponents of the biotech crops.

Dr Mariechel Navarro said low to moderate understanding of biotechnology exists in Asia, adding that despite low exposure to information on biotechnology, high interests were shown to seek information on this emerging technology. She observed that mass media had been biggest source of information in this regard. Referring to experience of Philippines, she said, opposition of GM corn died down after initial hype due to sharing of science based facts and increasing flow of information. She admitted that media writers could play better role in biotech debate.

Microsoft strengthens its footprint in Pakistan

KARACHI: Microsoft Pakistan has announced the re-launch of the Hardware devices. Premium quality, durability and warranty, all that is needed by the home computer users to be hassle free.

That is not all. Microsoft Hardware for Business, available through qualified resellers, is an easier way to purchase and deploy Microsoft Hardware. Our full line of products for business—from webcams and headsets to keyboards and mice—are designed to work seamlessly with Microsoft software and help save you money, increase productivity, and improve employee comfort.

Further, Microsoft Pakistan also announced the official appointment of its authorized hardware distributor, Advance Business Systems (ABS) in Pakistan. With this appointment, Microsoft strengthens its distributor network footprint in Pakistan and ensures provision of original Microsoft hardware in key metropolitans of the country.

This appointment reaffirms Microsoft’s mission to help people and businesses in Pakistan to realize their full potential. Although Microsoft is most famous in Pakistan owing to its Windows software, the company also offers a wide range of high quality and reliable hardware such as head phones, keyboards, mice and webcams. Now Microsoft’s hardware portfolio will be available across Pakistan through its only authorized distributor in Pakistan – ABS. ABS has further nominated its retail partners, MUSHKO Electronics, Viper technology and IT Park to ensure availability of Microsoft hardware across the major cities of Pakistan. All Microsoft hardware is available with 1 year local warranty.

“We chose ABS as authorized hardware distributor for their solid business credibility in the market and their reputation for being the leading IT hardware and software provider in Pakistan,” said, Mr. Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan. “Considering Microsoft’s technology achievements and the passion that we put into all of products and services, customers will find the same level of brilliance and innovation when selecting from our new range of products, that they have experienced using our software and other services.”

“We are pleased to have been appointed by Microsoft Pakistan as their sole authorized hardware distributor in Pakistan,” said Mr. Syed Nasir Hussain, COO, ABS Pakistan. “To match the level of commitment that Microsoft expects from us, ABS has ascertained that our well-trained team will guide customers through their pre, during and post purchase queries and help them choose the right Microsoft hardware that perfectly matches Microsoft customers’ needs. Warranty and after-sales claims can be processed easily from any of ABS offices across Pakistan in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Multan.”