Jul 312017
 
Telefónica launches ‘out of the box’ mobile connectivity for consumer devices with latest Gemalto cloud service

Leading telecoms operator offers remote subscription management for consumer IoT devices  such as tablets, connected PCs and wearables Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity cloud service available to Telefónica Group companies across 17 different countries Consumers can conveniently add new devices to their subscription plans Fully compliant with the GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning specifications to ensure compatibility and avoid fragmentation Amsterdam,  August 1 2017 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, with an On-Demand Connectivity cloud service that enables ‘out-of-the-box’ mobile connectivity for consumer products such as connected PCs and wearables. As a result, Telefónica can offer its customers seamless over-the-air management of a mobile subscription for any device fitted with an embedded SIM (eSIM). End users will be able to directly purchase, modify or update their existing subscription plan, without the need to fit or change a SIM. The new Gemalto cloud service is available to all Telefónica Group mobile operators, extending across 17 different countries. Fully compliant with the latest GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning specifications, Gemalto’s solution aims at extending convenient mobile connectivity to millions of consumer devices and bringing new services to users – whether for health monitoring, asset-tracking, tablet and PC connectivity on the move, or fitness activities enhanced by a smartwatch without the need to carry a smartphone. When combined with the cloud-based on-demand connectivity service the eSIM saves space for miniaturized consumer devices, streamlines manufacturing and logistics while providing high levels of security. [Read More…]

Jul 312017
 
Gwadar sans water

It has been more than a decade since Gwadar is facing the worst water crisis. The incumbent government has failed to deal with the crisis. When CPEC was launched, it was wrongly expected that the water crisis will come to an end. Residents collect water from the Ankara Kaur Dam. Because of the prolonged drought, the dam – which is the sole source for drinking water for residents of Gwadar and other nearby areas – has almost dried up. In 2008, the then provincial government decided to install four desalination plants in the region for making sea water drinkable. It was a beacon of hope for the people and they thought that this will solve the water shortage problem of the district on a permanent basis. In 2014, the work on the project started, but it immediately came to a halt. The authorities said that because of unavailability of engineers, work on the plants couldn’t be carried forward. The concerned authorities must pay attention to the issue and should take quick steps for the prosperity of Gwadar and provide relief to residents. Jahanzaib Mengal (Panjgur) Click for detailed story

Jul 312017
 
Reliance on imports

This refers to the news report, ‘CDWP approves Rs 99.4 billion worth of development projects’ (Jul 25). The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has recently approved the manufacturing of 830 high capacity freight wagons and 250 passenger coaches that would cost Rs31.1 billion to the national exchequer. During good old days, the government established two railway factories in Pakistan – one in Islamabad for the manufacture of railway carriages, and the other in Risalpur for the production of railway engines (locomotives). Despite the existence of a carriage factory, why are the abovementioned wagons and passenger coaches being imported from abroad? Why can’t these coaches be manufactured in the country? If technology is outdated in that factory, it can be upgraded with the collaboration of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). In the same way, why should the country import readymade locomotives from abroad when a factory for the same already exists in Risalpur? This refers to general electric (GE) locomotives which are being imported from the US. If the technology in the local factory has become obsolete, the same can be upgraded through GE. The factory can produce two locomotives per month on a single-shift basis. If this is doubled by introducing a second working shift, the total number of locomotives which can be manufactured will amount to 48 per year. The rehabilitation of old locomotives and the manufacture of spares will be added advantages. All of this will help minimise the country’s heavy reliance on imports. Air-Cdre (r) Azfar A [Read More…]

Jul 312017
 
Crisis after crisis

Water is an essential need of humans. Without it, the survival of human beings is impossible. It is lamentable that despite being the largest province of the country, Balochistan is facing a water crisis. Because of lack of dams and water management plans, the province has come on the verge of being a water-stressed province. The Balochistan government and the NGOs that are working on water management in rural areas need to take immediate initiatives to build dams in every drought-affected area to conserve water for agricultural development and other purposes. The provincial government must utilise available funds to build as many dams as required across the province. Building dams will not only help enhance the water storage capacity of the province, but will also help boost the ground water level, which will play a vital role in developing agriculture sector. Ubaid Zehri (Khuzdar) Click for detailed story

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