PTCL as a socially aware and responsible entity is determined to do its utmost in furthering worthy causes that contribute to the lives of individuals and help better the standards of society as a whole.
PTCL employees donate One-Day salary for IDPs
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited employees have contributed their one day salary that amounts Rs. 20 million for the support of internally displaced people of Swat and other affected areas.
CEO and President of PTCL Mr. Walid Irshaid called on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at PM’s House and presented him a cheque of Rs. 20 million on behalf of PTCL employees for PM’s Special Fund for the Relief of Victims of Terrorism.
While thanking PTCL employees for their generous contribution and appreciating their willingness to help IDPs, Mr. Waild Irshaid said that PTCL employees have exhibited their profound sense of sharing and empathy on this occasion. This highly speaks of the strong commitment of our employees with this national cause.”
“Contribution from our employees during these days specially donating one day salary for IDPs in these testing times shall be greatly helpful in mitigating IDPs miseries and will go a long way in their rehabilitation process.
Donation to SOS Villages
PTCL keeping with its healthy tradition of supporting non-governmental organizations recently donated a sum of Rs.2.5 million to the SOS Villages. As most people would be aware, SOS is an organization that looks after the well-being and education of orphans and the destitute.
Last year, PTCL organized a special event at the SOS Village Rawalpindi, which the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shaukat Aziz, attended. He handed over a cheque of Rs.2.5 million, donated by PTCL for this noble cause, to the SOS Children’s Village.
Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities
Another recent CSR initiative taken by PTCL was announced at the World Telecommunication Day held on May 17, 2008. This year the worldwide theme for the Day was “Connecting Persons with Disabilities.” To raise awareness of this theme and support initiates focusing on less privileged persons, PTCL chose to become the lead sponsor of the World Telecom Day event in Islamabad contributing PKR 6.8 Million.
During his address at the event, PTCL’s President/CEO, Mr. Walid Irshaid announced five academic scholarships per year for persons with disabilities so that they could pursue their career of choice by obtaining higher education at any university with Pakistan. PTCL would bear the full tuition costs and living expenses of those awarded these scholarships. PKR 1.5Million was announced focusing on the education of the special people
Collaboration with Universal Service Fund (USF)
The Universal Service Fund (USF) and PTCL have entered in a contract to provide basic telephony and data services to the population in the yet un-served areas of Baluchistan districts of Pishin, Killa Abdullah and Quetta. PTCL is making consistent efforts to enhance Pakistan’s capacity to develop and produce a globally competitive telecom sector and industry.
Making a determined effort develop Pishin, a far flung area of Baluchistan is a clear manifestation of PTCL’s resolve to bridge the digital divide. With the support of USF, PTCL is set to extend the benefits of its ubiquitous network coverage to the under-served communities in the un-served areas. PTCL is contributing Rs. 149 million to this endeavor in an effort to bring information and communication technology to the remotest areas. The total cost of the project is PKR 2000 Million out of which PTCL contribution is PKR 1275 Million while USFCo contribution is PKR 725 Million.
Thus, PTCL, as a socially responsible corporate entity, has been pursuing different social causes touching on areas of culture, sports, music, environment and general welfare by supporting different initiatives. As such, PTCL’s CSR activities and new ventures are warmly welcomed.
Donation to Earthquake victims in Baluchistan
Earthquake struck the western telecom region Quetta leaving terrifying effects in the region. Mr. Walid Irshaid President & CEO PTCL donated Rs.10 Million for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the area.
Donation to Benazir Income Support Program
Mr.Walid Irshaid President & CEO PTCL donated Rs.10 Million to the Benazir Income Support Program. This program directly focuses on the poor populace of Pakistan.
Sponsoring Event at LUMS
PTCL was the lead sponsor for Synergies 2008; the 1st ever Business School Competition in Pakistan organized by Lahore University of Management Sciences costing PKR 1 Million.
PTCL President Mr. Walid Irshaid announces Rs 10 Million for National Press Club Islamabad
The president of PTCL, Walid Irshaid has said that PTCL was still one of the most profitable National organizations, despite all economic and financial crisis and back draws.
Addressing the inaugural of the new building, alongside president NPC (National press Club), Tariq Chaudhry, general secretary Afzal Butt, and other luminaries, including SEVP PTCL Sikandar Naqi, EVP Ali Qadir Gilani. Walid Irshaid expressed the company's willingness and readiness to tackle any impending challenges with élan and preparedness.
Mr. Walid Irshaid also assured press club about his full cooperation and assistance, and during the lunch hosted in his honor by NPC also announced a grant of Rs. 10 million, DSL Internet services, IPTV and other facilities
He said that PTCL would continue to work for betterment of media in Pakistan, and also lauded media services rendered during the last few years
PTCL Gets Environment Friendly
The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has decided to introduce a new bill format for its customers, effective February 2009.
This decision was taken to ensure that PTCL stir towards adopting environmental-friendly and customer-friendly policies inline with the government of Pakistan's efforts, which recommends companies and institutions to go green.
This initiative of PTCL also coincides with the Government’s decision to celebrate 2009 as the "Environment Year". PTCL's decision to reduce the number of billing pages is an environment friendly initiative and is a way forward towards becoming a paperless enterprise.
According to Dr. Sadik Al-Jadir, SEVP Commercial PTCL, preceding bill format comprising multiple pages, would be replaced with a new one-page bill format, thus packing all the essential billing details on a single page. This single page bill format would help save, at least 12 million papers every month that are being used for printing the billing details.
To facilitate the customers, itemized billing details would remain obtainable and accessible. Customers would be able to obtain their itemized billing details by visiting any customer service centre of PTCL and would also be able to access essential billing details through IVR by dialing 1200. PTCL Call center is also expected to start taking orders from customers for their itemized billing details. Subsequently, these details would be delivered to the customers through courier within a certain time frame.
Dr. Sadik said, “PTCL is determined to improve and build good relationship with its customers by providing novel and superior telecom products and services to its valued customers and is striving hard to meet their expectations.”
PTCL, CISCO and NUST to establish Center of Excellence for Internet Technologies
Islamabad: Under the banner of PTCL, CISCO and NUST, Center of Excellence for Internet Technologies is being established at NUST SEECS, Islamabad. The Center – a brainchild of Mr Walid Irshaid, President and CEO, PTCL - is to be set up in the state of the art. An MOU to this effect was signed yesterday by the three parties, with the Chief Guest being Dr Ata ur Rahman, Chairman HEC. The occasion was also graced by high officials from public sector, academia and industrial organizations. The ceremony was a huge success and PTCL, CISCO and NUST’s leading role in taking up new challenges to improve the quality of IT education in Pakistan was greatly lauded by members of academia, industry and the media present at the ceremony.
Mr Sikander Naqi Executive Vice President Corporate Development speaking on the occasion said that by setting up such a Center, PTCL will be able to benefit from world class research that will be of immense value to them. In addition, the human resources that will be developed at this Center will be able to export their skills and expertise to the region and beyond. This will spur growth in the Pakistani IT sector, and will contribute towards enhancing the quality and quantity of exportable IT related skills to the global marketplace.
The Center, staffed by researchers from NUST, will work closely with Cisco engineers in the US who will provide the thematic direction of the joint research. The Center’s research is to be funded by the National ICT R&D fund. Dr. Qasim Sheikh, the CEO of ICT R&D fund, stated that his organization is pleased that PTCL, NUST and CISCO are forming a joint research group that will work on significant problems that are relevant to Pakistan. A research project under similar arrangements, funded by the National ICT R&D Fund, is currently underway with Cisco scientists and Pakistani researchers collaborating to develop open source tools for performance monitoring of network traffic. The output of this work has already generated An application for a US patent is being filed as a result of the work carried out during the course of that research. In addition to its research ambitions, the Center will also be providing high quality professional training courses to PTCL and other telecom companies.