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| USF Approves Optic Fiber Cable Project for KPK
Posted by: Amir - 09-19-2014 11:45 PM
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Universal Service Fund yesterday approved a 730 kilometre long Optic Fiber Cable project for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said a statement issued last night.
USF said that Fiber Optic project, that will connect 21 tehsils of the province, will benefit an un-served population of about 3.2 Million people.
Government is aiming that this new Fiber Optic cable will not bring high-speed internet to masses but government channels and development projects will also be enabled with high-end connectivity solutions.
Project was approved during a USF board of directors meeting that was chaired by Minister of State for IT & Telecom Mrs. Anusha Rahman. Annual Budget of USFCo for the Financial Year 2014-2015 was also approved during the meeting. Other important matters significantly related to administration and projects were discussed.
The board was also updated on the status of establishment of Universal Telecenters by the USF. Taking deep interest in the implementation of UTC’s project the Board of Directors advised the USF management to expedite the implementation and establishment of Universal Telecenters.
Additionally special projects for broadband for 100 colleges and Rural telephony project in far flung areas like Chattral, Shanghla, Lower Deer, Boneer were also approved. Furthermore, the Chairperson ensured complete support of Government in the execution of USF projects and hoped that USF will continue its efforts for proliferation of IT & Telecom services in future as well.
The Chairperson USF Board of Directors Mrs. Anusha Rahman Khan was accompanied by Secretary IT, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha who is also the Vice-Chairman of USFCo Board of Directors. Other higher dignitaries including the Member Telecom; Mr.Mudassar Hussain , Chairman PTA; Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, CEO & President PTCL; Mr. Walid Irshaid, CEO CMPak; Mr. Fan Yunjun and Representative of Consumer Association of Pakistan Mr. Kaukab Iqbal also graced the gathering.
| YouTube Ban in Pakistan Enters its Third Year
Posted by: Amir - 09-19-2014 11:43 PM
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While many Pakistanis still miss YouTube, others have either forgotten the video sharing website or they access it through proxy websites.
Google’s traffic stats for YouTube access in Pakistan reveals that 4-5 percent of Pakistanis – who used to access YouTube before September 17th, 2012 – still access the website. This data doesn’t include those sessions that access YouTube via proxy websites or VPNs as their country of origin for such sessions changes and is not accounted for in below graph.
YouTube Traffic from Pakistan
Source: Google Transparency Report
While there is no denying in the fact that YouTube is a useful resource, however, the turns of events that lead to YouTube ban are unfortunate and there is almost no definitive resolve that Government of Pakistan and Google have reached to make the website available again in Pakistan.
From unblocking the website for few minutes to engaging YouTube administration for setting up localized version of YouTube; Pakistani Government made several attempts but ban was never lifted.
Blasphemous videos, which according to YouTube are in accordance with its terms of service and must stay on its website, are the bone of contention. Pakistani Government, on the other hands, believes that all those videos must be inaccessible in Pakistan plus any future uploads (of the same blasphemous video) must be inaccessible too for the YouTube to be unbanned in the country.
For YouTube its the “Freedom of expression”, and for Government of Pakistan its the blasphemy and as a result we are in a deadlock.
Fearing public reaction, Government officials are in no position to take a stand for YouTube and unban it while blasphemous videos are still accessible.
Additionally politicians are arguably contented with the ban since YouTube could be widely used to upload videos of them doing the ill-doings. Take yesterday’s example of Rehman Malik at Karachi airport, YouTube could have only worsen the situation for Mr. Malik.
YouTube ban has also been a blessing for other video sharing websites including DailyMotion and Tune.PK. DailyMotion, a French company that offers YouTube like video sharing facility, is now sixth most visited website in Pakistan. And not to mention, Pakistan is the top contributor for DailyMotion’s 2.5 billion video views (globally) per month.
DailyMotion Traffic Sources
About the future of YouTube in Pakistan, if I may speak frankly, isn’t very bright. I don’t see it opening, particularly because politicians simply don’t want it. And even if they do, in a future date, YouTube won’t agree on their terms.
| OPPO N1 Mini with Rotating Camera Design Launched in Pakistan
Posted by: Amir - 09-19-2014 11:38 PM
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OPPO, that recently started its operations in Pakistan, has launched its flagship device N1 Mini with a price tag of Rs. 43,900 throughout Pakistan.
OPPO N1 Mini, that was announced just last month, is mainly known for its rotating 13 MP camera with LED Flash that can be swirled to be used both as a main rear camera or front facing camera for selfies and video calling.
Since you can rotate the rear camera to bring it on the front side, N1 Mini will offer you with one of the best available lenses for amazing selfies, that too with LED flash to make your grabs brighter during the low-lights.
To start with, OPPO N1 Mini features a 5 Inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720p resolution on a rounded design.
Under the hood, N1 Mini is powered by a 1.6 Ghz Quad Core processor on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset.
While there is no external card supported with N1 Mini, users will get 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory with the phone.
OPPO N1 Mini is an LTE device and supports WiFi, USB and bluetooth for connectivity.
A 2140 mAh battery on the back might just run short for a flagship device like N1 Mini, but nevertheless, we expect it to last for one day at the least.
OPPO said that N1 mini is available in Pakistan in two colors: White and Cool Mint, at a price of Rs. 43,900.
Below are complete specs for OPPO N1 Mini:
- Processor: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- GPU: Adreno 305
- OS: Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Dimensions: 5.84 x 2.84 x 0.36 in
- Weight: 150 g
- Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
- Internal: 16 GB
- RAM: 2 GB RAM
- Card Slot: Not supported
- Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go
- 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Battery: Li-Ion 2140 mAh battery