Going green’ one of Telenor’s top business priorities

ISLAMABAD (PR): Electronic waste, commonly known as e-waste, is one of the most rapidly growing segments of the waste stream in Pakistan which is detrimental to the environment. The European Union estimates that e-waste will grow every year by 3-5%, and e-waste now constitutes a larger portion of municipal waste than diapers or drink containers, according to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and the Basel Action Network. This is clearly a serious problem if e-waste cannot be recycled properly. E-waste sometimes contains toxic materials that present health hazards and environmental damage through land contamination and water and air pollution.

Telenor Pakistan has upgraded its network and services to offer next generation communication solutions in the country. With thousands of tons of e-waste generated from these operations, the company has also taken the lead to recycle 4,000 tons of e-waste that was generated through the modernization of its network to 3G technology, and from network operations in 2013.

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The e-waste was recycled by Telenor Pakistan in line with international environmental protection standards and was driven by its commitment to run environment friendly operations. Components removed from the old network were recycled in a carefully developed process observing environmental regulations.

Significant portion of 3,000 tons of waste that was generated through the network modernization was reused in the network expansion. Remaining portion was reprocessed and subsequently reused in the form of racks, aluminum cabinets and cast iron. Similarly, the entire 1,000 tons of hazardous e-waste, generated from network operations, was recycled after segregation in the local market with the help of recycling contractors after their capacity building at par with local laws and international standards.

“Telenor Pakistan believes in keeping its environmental impact to the minimum. We take pride that the old equipment was dismantled, and reused or recycled as per international standards and procedures as stipulated in our company’s governing policies,” said Faraz Shahid, Head of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) at Telenor Pakistan. “With the successful recycling of electronic waste, we have yet again demonstrated our commitment towards promoting sustainable growth and environmental protection that can serve as a model for the industry,” he added.

Telenor Pakistan has implemented environment management system in accordance with ISO 14001 standards and the waste management system follows the philosophy of 3Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle all the waste. In 2014 alone, 180 tons of network waste was carefully sold for reuse, 233 tons of hazardous network waste was recycled, 1,532 tons of batteries recycled through EPA approved facility and 7 tons of IT waste reused or incinerated through an EPA approved facility.

For efficient management of non IT waste generating from Telenor Pakistan’s offices around the country,3 bins are placed on each office floor of office buildings. The bins clearly identified by color coding are used to segregate the three types of waste i.e. paper, plastic and metal.

For calculating the impact of these measures, promising numbers appear when a comparison of 2013 with 2014 is drawn. Municipal waste reduced by 24% in 2014, electrical and electronic equipment waste was reduced by 60%, carbon emissions were reduced by 24% and energy consumption was 25% less during 2014 as compared to 2013.

Capitalizing Solar Power is also one of the focus areas for Telenor Pakistan. As of December 2014, 170 sites of Telenor Pakistan run on solar energy

“Telenor Pakistan as a responsible corporate citizen is always striving to live up to its reputation of a green organization and considers environment friendliness as one of its top business priorities,” said Faraz.

Chinese chef for ‘Suzie Wong’

KARACHI (PR): Karachi Marriott Hotel has announced the arrival of new Chinese Chef HuanYing Yan for its newly refurbished Chinese restaurant Suzie Wong.

The chef HuanYing originates from Guangzhou, China and graduated from a prestigious culinary training. Having learned the tricks of his profession initially at the Guangzhou Marriott, he spent the last 8 years in some vibrant and demanding culinary cities such as Jakarta and Dubai with Inter-Continental and Shangri-La, and most recently in Doha with Marriott, says a press release.

He embraces the philosophy of serving authentic Chinese and simply prepared dishes, created to evoke the full flavors while using the highest quality seasonal ingredients combined with genuine Chinese sound cooking techniques.

Chef Huanying first tasks will go towards training of his brigade prior to the opening of the New Suzie Wong next month, after which it will evolve in repositioning the Suzie Wong as the most exclusive Chinese restaurant in Pakistan.

Huawei plans to sale 100m smart phones in 2015

LAHORE (PR): Research, innovation and market segmentation have been Huawei’s strategies to gain ground in a market as competitive as the technology. In 2014, the global shipment of Huawei smart phones reached 75 million units, with an increase of 45%. In the first quarter of 2015, Huawei sold 17.5 million smart phones; the shipment target of this year is 100 million units. Huawei now is acknowledged as the world’s fourth largest influential Smartphone manufacturer. The mid-to-high end Smartphone market will be continually influenced by Huawei.

Huawei, founded in 1987 in China has achieved a turnover of US $ 12.2 million in 2014, representing an increase of 30% over the previous year. The marketing of units around the globe also rose 45%, reaching 75 million in the same period.

Director Devices, Huawei Pakistan believes that Huawei has little to envy from Apple, which has set many trends in the market, because Huawei has the potential to achieve highest market growth rate in the sector. The increase in the growth rate and market success Huawei has achieved due to the development, supply chain and marketing strategies, the company has implemented and Huawei deserves the recognition as the fourth most influential manufacturer in the world.

Bruce expressed that Huawei aims to come closer and closer to the target audience, the most recent case is the Mate 7 which is aimed at the users who need a safety device through the fingerprint sensors. He said, “We do not just solve the ordinary problems but think of the infrastructure equipment and we have much to offer in the industry. In the past five years the company has developed its capacities to address different markets.”

This has certainly helped Huawei in getting to competition with technology titans: Apple and Samsung. Definitely one of the greatest interests of Huawei smart phones is and will be to continue betting on medium and high range.

CloudClinik in Qatar

LAHORE (PR): CloudClinik, an e-health offering of Lahore based INFOGISTIC Pvt Limited, has taken a leap in to Middle East by launching Qatar’s first cloud-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management System. The launch was made possible with a strategic partnership with Ooredoo, Qatar’s leading telecom operator. CloudClinik, which has gone live, supports a wide range of automated services for primary care health facilities in Qatar.

Hosted in the advanced Ooredoo Data Centre, CloudClinik will use a dedicated connection to enable the private healthcare sector in Qatar to manage patients’ clinical information in an efficient way.

The new service, which was announced in partnership with Ooredooat ITU World Telecom 2014 in Doha, deploys the latest technology and Ooredoo’s biggest, fastest network to manage high volumes of patients’ private information securely and effectively, as well as simplifying daily tasks for employees.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “Smart healthcare solutions will play a key role in delivering the Qatar National Vision 2030, with health being one of the key Human Development pillars. Ooredoo is building on the foundations of our network, which is the biggest and fastest in Qatar, to introduce first-of-their kind smart services for the healthcare industry. The launch of our new EMR and Practice Management solution will deliver immediate benefits for physicians, patients and the whole community.”

Speaking on the occasion, Sajjad Kirmani, Founder & CEO, CloudCliniksaid: “The healthcare industry is evolving very rapidly. CloudClinik, developed using the industry’s best practices and new generation technologies, offers an easy-to-adopt digital platform for the practitioners to bring about significant efficiencies in the primary healthcare paradigm. Collaborating with Ooredoo, we are all geared up to support the Supreme Council of Health’s vision to make Qatar a role model and a leader in smart healthcare facilities.”

Built under the guidance of renowned medical specialists, CloudClinik delivers a superior web experience to help doctors optimise their efficiency and profitability. Key features of CloudClinik includeonline and walk-in patient registration, e-prescription, appointment tracking via SMS and email, insurance claims generation, and customisable templates and order-sets.