VEON’s Co-CEO shares key insights with National Incubation Center startups

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Islamabad(Cliff News)Sergi Herrero, co-CEO of VEON Group, the global telecom leader and Jazz’s parent company, toured the National Incubation Center (NIC) facility in Islamabad. Following a brief pitch session by Jazz xlr8 and other NIC startups, Sergi, who before being named the co-CEO was leading new ventures, digital products and partnerships for the VEON group, participated in a conversation with the startups on innovation, leadership and the future of digital technologies.Sergi also shared insights with the startups from his time as Facebook’s Global Director of Payments and Commerce Partnerships, where he oversaw the launch and growth of payment and commerce capabilities for Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. He provided the keen entrepreneurs present at this talk the best strategies they can adopt for sustainable growth and expansion of their digital platforms.While lauding the efforts of the team behind the NIC, Sergi Herrero stated, “Pakistan is a dynamic country with a large youth population that is motivated, talented and eager to succeed, and this reflects in some of the work I have witnessed today at the NIC. Jazz’s intervention in this space provides these eager minds the resources and expertise needed to make a meaningful impact on society.” Since NIC’s launch, its incubated startups have generated over $5 million in investment and another $5 million in revenues. They have also created over 5,000 jobs and incubated more than 63 women entrepreneurs.Jazz xlr8, is an accelerator program for growth-stage startups at the NIC, helping them scale their products to the next level. More than 20 startups are on-board with this program, already generating over 1500 jobs, while raising over $1.6 Million in investments.“Jazz xlr8 startups are some of the best in the world in terms of their robust and innovative product offerings. In the three years we have worked with them, these startups have managed to create 1000s of jobs and raise finances to scale-up. Sergi’s visit today reinforces our commitment to the Pakistani startup ecosystem, as we look to double our support in pursuance of the government’s Digital Pakistan agenda,” said Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim.“Jazz is looking at innovative ways for digital interventions through our startups, operating in key areas, such as; Health, Education, Tourism, Agriculture and Gaming. We are committed to support socio-economic development in Pakistan, by providing technologies that impact the lives of millions by leveraging the largest infrastructure and footprint of Jazz all across the country,” said Jazz Chief Digital & Strategy Officer Aamer Ejaz.  

About Jazz

Jazz is Pakistan’s largest digital telecommunication company. Serving over 60 million subscribers across the country. 

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edotco,Jazz partner to drive digital transformation in Pakistan

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Islamabad(Cliff News)edotco Group (“edotco”), the leading end-to-end integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, through its local operations edotco Pakistan Private Limited (edotco PK), has sealed a landmark long-term partnership with Jazz, the country’s leading digital communications company, with a commitment to accelerate the development of telecommunications infrastructure in the nation. Together edotco and Jazz are enhancing Pakistan’s infrastructure and furthering Jazz’s effort to modernize and expand its network nationwide.As part of this partnership, edotco, the largest independent tower company in Pakistan with over 950 towers, will construct new towers in strategic areas to meet Pakistan’s rapidly growing coverage and capacity requirements and acquire a number of existing towers. edotco continues to be a key nation building digital transformation partner for Pakistan, aiming to help the country shape its telecommunications landscape for future 5G-readiness.“Building a digital nation requires the collective investment of various stakeholders within the ecosystem. Our partnership with Jazz today marks a new milestone for Pakistan’s connectivity agenda. We offer our partners a sustainable and optimal model to accelerate their network deployment initiatives by capitalising on our advanced solutions and best in class practices, ensuring that the country has the right infrastructure in place to enhance the nation’s digital readiness,” said Arif Hussain, Country Managing Director, edotco Pakistan.Describing the partnership as strategic for Jazz’s market leadership, Aamir Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of Jazz said, “Pakistan’s telecommunication landscape is maturing as the country accelerates its push for digitalization. This transformation will result in Jazz streamlining its network operations and meeting the demands for fast, reliable data, which is essential for a rapidly evolving digital landscape. As the nation’s leading communications company, it is our mission to spearhead Pakistan’s digital agenda through such innovative partnerships”.

Jazz second time running the Speedtest award from Ookla

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Islamabad(Cliff News)For a second time running, the Speedtest® Award from Ookla® has gone to Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company. To win this award, Jazz achieved a Speed Score™ of 16.01, with average speeds of 17.13 Mbps for download and 10.74 Mbps for upload. The results are confirmedbyOokla® who analyzed results of user-initiated tests taken on the Speedtest iOS and Android mobile apps from all major mobile operators in Pakistan during Q3-Q4 2018.Jazzis the country’s fastest mobile network. This is significant becausenot only is Jazz the largest operator of the country, but also has the largest mobile internet user base of over 20 Million customers. Now, as Pakistan’s fastest mobilenetwork provider, Jazz consistently looks to offer subscribers the best online experience.CEO of Jazz, Aamir Ibrahim said about theSpeedtest® award, “Ookla’s Q3-Q4 2018 report reaffirms Jazz’s commitment to delivering the best mobile broadband experience to masses nationwide. This consecutive Speedtest® award is a testament to the work being carried out by the Jazz family in not only ensuring exceptional service, but constant innovation in network optimization, so our customers can enjoy lightning fast, reliable internet connections.”“With millions of tests taken using Speedtest every day, Ookla has developed a robust and comprehensive view of worldwide internet performance. It is our pleasure to recognize Jazz as the fastest mobile network in Pakistan based on our rigorous analysis. This award is a testament to Jazz’s exceptional performance, as experienced by their own customers during Q3 and Q4,” said Jamie Steven, Executive Vice President of Ookla.

Pakistan’s fastest network by a huge margin

Jazz’s Speed Score™ of 16.01 is significantly higher than other competing networks during Q3-Q4 2018. This Speed Score™incorporates a measure of each operator’s download and upload speed to rank network speed performance. For this result period, Jazz’saverage download speed was clocked at 17.13 Mbps with an upload speed of 10.74 Mbps.

Jazz’s best-in-class mobile experience

Jazz lives up to subscribers’ demands with an ambition to roll-out the latest services and products, and a fast, reliable data network spanning the length and breadth of the country. These are reasons why the mobile operator is the network of choice for over 56 million subscribers and has the highest number of mobile internet users at over 20 million customers.

 

About Jazz

Jazz is Pakistan’s largest digital telecommunication company. Serving over 56 million subscribers across the country.

About Ookla

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest®, is the global leader in fixed broadband and mobile network testing applications, data and analysis. Over ten million tests are actively initiated by consumers each day across all Speedtest platforms, with over 20 billion completed to date. As a result, Ookla has the most comprehensive analytics on worldwide internet performance and accessibility. Ookla solutions have been adopted by a significant number of internet service providers and mobile carriers worldwide and have been translated into over 30 languages for use by thousands of businesses, governments, universities and trade organizations. Ookla’s headquarters are located in Seattle, WA with additional offices in Dublin, Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

JazzCash achieves 5 million Monthly Active Mobile Account Subscribers

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Islamabad(Cliff News)JazzCash, Pakistan’s leading mobile financial service provider, achieved the milestone of five Million Monthly Active Mobile Account Subscribers. This signals Pakistan’s steady rise towards financial inclusion and upward economic mobility of communities. This would not have been possible without the customer’s trust who have processed nearly half a billion transactions approximately amounting to PKR 1 trillion in 2018, a growth of 59% in transactions and 75% in value compared to 2017.
Commenting on the 5 million mark for JazzCash, Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, Jazz, said, “We always knew Pakistan had the readiness to adopt technology, but the pace of digital transactions uptake is far greater than expected. JazzCash is not just any Mobile Account, It is an end-to-end service for all customer needs using state-of-the-art financial services.”In the last six months, JazzCash has also upgraded its Mobile Application. The Mobile Account registration through the Mobile App for both Android and iOS users is made extremely simple. Now users belonging to any mobile operator can sign up on the mobile app within minutes. The JazzCash Mobile App now allows for features such as Instant QR payments from its home screen, Passport Payments and Ticketing, etc.
Mr. Aamer Ejaz, Chief Digital Officer at Jazz, commented on this achievement and said,” JazzCash continuously strives to improve its offerings for its valued subscriber base and tries to ensure that their payment journey remains convenient and seamless. This huge milestone achievement of 5 million monthly active mobile account users, along with the remarkable growth in transactions conducted through JazzCash is testimony to not only the popularity of our services but also our success in gaining customer confidence for our offerings.”.During 2018, JazzCash also introduced an improved EMV (chip-based) VISA Debit Card for Mobile Account subscribers, which is the most secure card currently available in the market. This card provides convenience to shop at more than 50,000 merchants nationwide or withdraw cash at any bank’s ATM.JazzCash Mobile Account is increasingly becoming popular in providing digital financial services to Pakistanis from all backgrounds. With a simplified USSD interface and Mobile App that is available for both iOS and Android devices, the account can be accessed anytime, anywhere by customers across the country who can deposit and withdraw cash from over 75,000 JazzCash Agents. The product fulfills all basic financial services needs of the customers including deposits, money transfer, bill payments, mobile top-ups, savings, insurance, ATM cards and payments for a variety of services.

BYKEA onboards Jazz as its business solutions partner

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Karachi(Cliff News)Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, has signed a transformative business agreement with ride-hailing service BYKEA. In choosing Jazz, BYKEA will now have streamlined operations for enhanced digital connectivity and efficiency.Jazz will be providing internet connectivity to not only BYKEA riders, but also the ride-hailing app’s offices throughout the country. Apart from this, Jazz will also be providing financial solutions to BYKEA in the form of an Internet Payment Gateway for the app, rider payment collection at all JazzCash agents and enablement of incentives on digital disbursements for their partners through their mobile-wallets.BYKEA has also opted for Jazz’s Mobile Business Line solution, whereby a master number will be operational for the company. All employees will be assigned mobile extension numbers that BYKEA customers can reach without having to dial personal mobile numbers. This solution also offers automated calling times per operating hours so employees receive calls on their mobile extensions. They will have a smart operator where a telephone operator can manually forward calls to desired mobile extensions and a professionally recorded voice menu to guide the caller to relevant extensions and to share other pertinent information relevant to BYKEA.Jazz will also be offering its Campaign Management Tool for Bulk SMS services allowing BYKEA easy to use, efficient, measurable, and cost-effective ways of broadcasting brand messages to target audiences.“Our B2B solutions allow customers to create a digital hub – a central place where devices, software, applications, and connectivity come together to deliver platform agnostic, user-centered and relevant services” said Faisal Sattar, VP Business Services Division – Jazz.“We are looking forward to assisting BYKEA in further improving their operational excellence through our top of the line business solutions,” he further added.“We’re very excited to partner with Jazz to help enhance for our partners and customers the communication and transaction experience. We believe this partnership will be a harbinger of change in the collaboration between tech startups and the telecom sector in Pakistan,” said MuneedMayar, CEO – BYKEA.Over the years, Jazz has established itself as a dominant business-to-business (B2B) converged solutions provider in the communications and information technology sphere and is trusted by over 25,000 companies. In terms of B2B reach, Jazz is an industry leader given its nationwide presence; dedicated round-the-clock support and responsive sales services.

 

 

Jazz and Careem join hands for customer facilitation

Jazz and Careem Join Hands for Customer Facilitation

Islamabad(Cliff News)Jazz, the country’s leading digital communications company, has partnered with Careem, Pakistan’s leading ride-hailing app, to offer doorstep services to current and potential Jazz customers. This partnership will allow people to buy Jazz SIMs,port their current mobile numbers to Jazz’s platform, get their SIMs replacement and recharge their accounts without leaving their homes – all via the Careem app.Speaking about this unique partnership, Asif Aziz, CCO – Jazz, stated, “Jazz is committed to a Digital Pakistan agenda. We are the first Telecom in Pakistan to facilitate our customers by delivering them our products at their doorstep through Pakistan’s top ride hailing service provider. Being customer obsessed, we always keep the customer at the heart of all initiatives we take. Collaboration with Careem is a milestone towards digital innovation and direct to customer service in shortest available time”.Commenting on importance of this partnership Shahzad Jamal, General Manager Islamabad, said, “At Careem, we believe in simplifying lives via technology, the partnership with Jazz is one such example how businesses can work together and offer ease to customers at doorsteps.”For now this facility will go live on 25th of February, 2019, for people residing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Jazz brings A.R Gurney’s “Love Letters” to Lahore

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Lahore(Cliff News)Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, has partnered with renowned director Hameed Haroon, to showcase a play called “Love Letters.” Written by Pulitzer-prize nominee A.R. Gurney, the play was performed by two world-class artists Rehana Saigol and Imran Aslam. The letter reading depicts a story of two people in love who write soulful letters to each other from their youth to their advanced years. Literature enthusiasts, as well as Jazz’s business partners came together to find solace in a lost art form.Jazz is in its 25th year in Pakistan and has played a significant part in the digital revolution. To this end, the event also shed light on how communication has transformed over the years. This latest Jazz adaptation of the famous play is unique in a way that it transforms the age-old letter writing into digital social media conversations to depict a sharp contrast between communication, then and now. Increasingly, conversations have moved towards becoming less profound and more fleeting on the smart phone.The actors, giants in their own right, sit side by side at their tables and read the love notes, letters and cards they had exchanged over 50 years. They discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats as they live apart, making separate experiences.Through this unique take on the play, Jazz sought to convey the message of the importance of words and the craft of persuasion. “Hameed Haroon is one of Pakistan’s most inspiring intellectuals,” said Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate & Enterprise Officer at Jazz. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with him for an evening dedicated to enjoying great art, but also to remind people that digitalization can and should find a way to continue to connect people.”Both actors shared their views, as well, where Rehana Saigol said, “Relationships are all about communicating. The difference between then and now is the incredible immediacy of modern communication.” while Imran Aslam stated, “Communication – now it’s sooner. Back then it was later.”With about 200 people attending, the event concluded with a networking dinner. During the evening, guests visited a booth to send family and loved ones old-fashioned letters, digitally.