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Pakistan Telecom Authority Accessible Website

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a new official bilingual mobile responsive website which is also compliant to the universal web accessibility standards for the persons with disabilities.

The new Urdu version of PTA website would contain the same contents of the English version converted into simple Urdu language with similar layout and design. The aim of newly re-designed website is to provide contents accessibility in Urdu language for which Urdu ccTLD (پی-ٹی-اے.حکومت.پاکستان) has been registered for the facilitation of general public. In new website, statistical data of telecom indicators have also been re-shaped and user-friendly graphical layout has been introduced for easy navigation of the key indicators data. PTA believes that the new re-designed website would help in telecommunication information dissemination to the people of Pakistan.

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Coronavirus – NHS Advice

For the past 4 months, much of the world has been brought to a standstill by a novel coronavirus which can affect the lungs and airways. For many this has resulted in a new illness called COVID-19. The UK Government has instituted a lockdown on the entire country, with citizens instructed to remain at home and to go out as little as possible. The exceptions to this order are key workers who are required to work within the NHS, Transport system, schools, supermarkets and other businesses considered to be necessary for the minimum functioning of society.

NHS Advice

The NHS has issued the following advice.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

See full NHS advice via this link – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The above is provided as a public service.

UK Government Coronavirus Information – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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Top 4 Telecom operators in Romania Profits down for 2017

The net turnovers of the largest telecom operators in Romania (Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, RCS&RDS, Telekom Romania*) all increased in 2017 – Vodafone Romania had the highest turnover hike, 30 percent over their 2016 result. However, all the telecom operators posted lower net profits in 2017 than in 2016, with Vodafone Romania again registering the largest difference from 2016, with a 62 percent lower net profit in 2017. In terms of the number employees, Vodafone, Orange and RCS&RDS saw no major differences from 2016 to 2017.

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Jamaica 10 digit Dialling now in effect

 

Jamaican callers will now be required to dial all 10 digits when placing local telephone calls.

The introduction of 10-digit dialling forms part of plans to move the country from the current standardised seven-digit dialling as the 876 area code becomes exhausted and a new area code — 658 — added.

According to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), in order to ensure that telephone numbers will always be available, the new area code is being introduced.

Customers are therefore being reminded to update their contact lists with 876 preceding all local numbers in preparation for the new regime, which has been necessitated by the acquisition of the new three-digit area code for the island.

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Bulgaria’s first communications satellite launched

Bulgaria’s first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement on Saturday 24/07/2017.

The BulgariaSat-1 satellite, which will provide television and communication services to Europe and North Africa, was launched by SpaceX from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1910 GMT on Friday 23/07/2017.

The satellite could be also used in force majeure situations – accidents due to natural disasters – such as earthquakes, storms and floods when land-based networks are not operational.

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Ethio Telecom is now largest African mobile operator

Ethiopia’s state owned telecommunications company Ethio Telecom, is now the continent’s largest mobile operator. This is according to IT Web’s report that with over 57 million mobile subscribers as at November 2017, Ethio Telecom had beat MTN Nigeria to become Africa’s largest in terms of its mobile customer base.

Ethio Telecom of Ethiopia is now the largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of subscriptions, with 57.34 million mobile subscriptions at end-2Q17. “Ethiopia is also one of the very few African countries that has not liberalised its telecoms market and introduced competition, so Ethio Telecom has a monopoly,” a sector expert was quoted to have said. The operator put its success down to an expansion drive that cost them over $1.6 billion in the last few years. The expansion they said contributed ‘an integral part in terms of customer base and infrastructure growth.’

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Post-Brexit roaming charges blow to Business Travellers

 

From The Independent

The looming return of roaming charges after Brexit will cost business people visiting the EU up to £778 a month, new research shows.

The fees for using international data within the EU – axed under a Brussels agreement last June – are set to be brought back after Theresa May announced the UK would leave the “digital single market”.

Ms May revealed the exit from the digital single market in last month’s Mansion House speech, in which she said Britain had to face up to “hard facts” about Brexit, including reduced single market access.

“On digital, the UK will not be part of the EU’s digital single market, which will continue to develop after our withdrawal from the EU,” she said.

“This is a fast evolving, innovative sector, in which the UK is a world leader. So, it will be particularly important to have domestic flexibility, to ensure the regulatory environment can always respond nimbly and ambitiously to new developments.”

It is unclear whether fees will return as early as Brexit day next March, or at the end of the planned 21-month transition period – given the UK will effectively remain within the single market in the interim.

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Our Worldwide Network Subscribers Index is Now Available

Behind the scenes at DialToSave we’ve been working on a Worldwide Network Subscribers interactive for the past 2 months, and it is finally live!

You may have seen the link to it from our homepage but just to explain a bit about it – it’s unlike any other list of mobile phone subscribers you’ve seen anywhere. Our list includes data detailing the exact number of subscribers from over 600 networks in the world. We’ve also sourced the names of the primary holding companies behind them and the countries they originate from. With this we’ve been able to show you exactly how much of the world subscribes to a network from each particular country.

As you’ll notice when looking through the interactive, the UK is the number one country in terms of international subscribers, who account for 94% of the UK’s subscribers in total. China by contrast have the largest number of subscribers in the world but 98% are based locally.

You’ll also see that the map starts to mirror colonial rule, with the UK having large network affinities in India, Australia and large parts of Africa. Spain also has a large affinity within the South-American countries, all visible through the number of subscribers they have there.

We really hope you enjoy the data and we’re always interested to hear what people think and what they find, so please do share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

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UK Customers Can Switch Networks If They Receive Price Hikes

Ofcom, the regulatory body in the UK have said that people connected to any phone network can switch providers within 30 days of receiving a notice about an upcoming price hike. This is a law now in-place and will be music to the ears of the over 1000 people who had complained to Ofcom about price hikes after providers had signed them up on a fixed-price offer.

Hikes have become common practise in the industry (which includes TV companies), with Vodafone, BT, Sky and Virgin Media all having raised prices recently. The reason being that the companies are passing on the fact that their costs have changed onto the customers instead. However, this has been seen as unfair by Ofcom as the price hikes occur to people who are tied into a contract, with a penalty being enforced if that customer then wishes to leave.

However, now customers won’t incur this penalty if they decide that within the 30 day window, the prices are unreasonable and they’d like to leave. This not only directly benefits customers but will also make the companies involved think twice about pushing up prices in the first place or to what extent.

What isn’t determined, or at least what we can see, is what happens if a customer has a phone that is locked to the original network they’re choosing to cancel the contract with. The phone they have will likely have been subsidised at the time of purchase (often sold for “free” with a 24 month contract) but the value of the phone is then paid for over the course of the contract. With a contract now potentially being cancelled after 9 months for example, would the network then request the phone back?

To find out more, please do keep up to date with the blog and we’ll try to update you as and when we know.

Article By Darren Kingman and Image Source

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SMS Revenues Decline For The First Time

A massive turning point in the history of mobile phones has be realised by research company Strategy Analytics, after they found that 2013 saw the first year-on-year revenue decrease for SMS and MMS services. The landscape of mobile phone usage has been changing for the past few years, with the emergence of services such as iMessage and WhatsApp, which are both alternatives to traditional text messaging and instead use the Internet to send and receive instant messages. However, the news of the decrease highlights just how important it is now for mobile phone networks to ensure their data packages are as competitive as possible in order to attract and meet the demands of the modern mobile user.

Deloitte have also been offering their take on the industry and have highlighted that although revenues from text messaging has fallen networks worldwide can still expect to make approximately £50 billion from the service in 2014. They’ve also suggested that networks can respond to the negative figures and instead “create an operator-owned OTT messaging service to rival the existing providers” – much like BlackBerry initially had a huge success with, with BBM.

Geographically the move away from text messaging has and will continue to be more prevalent in the Western world. Countries such as the USA and the UK will push through the average forecasted drop in text messaging of 20% by 2017 with figures expecting to reach nearly 40% instead. As these countries become more reliant on 4G phone services, which can also empower uses to use video calling as a viable out-and-about option, there’s little wonder why phone owners would revert back to a more expensive and slower service.

Article By Darren Kingman and Image Source