Ufone (Pakistan Telecom Mobile Ltd) a wholly-owned subsidiary of PTCL commenced its operations on 29th January 2001 as a GSM 900 service provider. Since the outset, it has expanded its coverage and customer base at a rapid pace and established itself as one of the leading cellular service providers in Pakistan. Ufone is now considered to be one of the most active, aggressive and innovative players in the mobile sector of Pakistan.
The growth of the cellular industry is a direct result of the successful implementation of the telecom deregulation and cellular mobile policy by the Ministry of IT and Telecommunications (MOIT&T) and the support, guidance and timely enforcement of regulatory process by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The growth of the cellular sector in Pakistan can also be attributable to good governance policies of the government of Pakistan and the Privatization Commission. In April 2006, Etisalat International Pakistan, which is commonly known as Etisalat, has assumed management control of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) – part of the $2.6bn deal to buy a 26% stake in PTCL. The successful privatization of PTCL is hailed as ushering in a new era for telecommunications in Pakistan.
Now, under the management of Etisalat, Ufone will concentrate on customer needs and benefits and is more determined than ever to be the leading cellular player in the market. Ufone has been known for providing superb propositions and quality service to its customers. With the new expected investment, Ufone can now aggressively expand its network coverage.
Ufone has always played a pivotal role in the development of the cellular market in Pakistan. For the most part, it has been a step ahead in introducing innovative products to the market. Ufone was a pioneer in launching the GPRS services and Multi-media Messaging Service (MMS) in Pakistan, and lead the way in introducing Postpaid GPRS international roaming and prepaid international roaming for these services in the Pakistani market.
The customer focus and best offering has allowed Ufone to build a subscriber base of over 24 million in less than a decade. Ufone has network coverage in 10,000 locations and across all major highways of Pakistan. Ufone currently caters for International Roaming to more than 307 live operators in more than 140 countries. Ufone also offers Pakistan’s largest GPRS & BlackBerry Roaming coverage available with more than 233 Live Operators across 126 countries. More recently, Ufone has become a focused and intensive leader in VAS, constantly introducing innovative services, which have been the first of their kind in the Pakistani cellular industry.
While keeping its tradition of being the trend setter in the industry, Ufone changed the image of mobile phones from a luxury only affordable by the elite, to a necessity affordable by the common man. Since its inception, Ufone has positioned its brand for masses. In keeping with the upcoming competition and market dynamics, Ufone increased its focus on the youth segment (which comprises 50% of the population), with the Prepay brand. By designing market focused products, Ufone’s brand team launched aggressive campaigns, which further increased the brand equity. The new brand image gained huge popularity amongst the targeted market. A recent marketing survey conducted by a prominent marketing research company showed that Ufone has considerably increased its brand visibility and image. Ufone’s Prepay brand is now considered to be one of the most favored brands by the youth market and is followed by other mobile operators launching their respective brands for the youth market.
Ufone provides International Roaming facility with more than 307 live operators in more than 140 countries. Ufone has GPRS roaming agreements with several international operators and also provides prepaid roaming facility to selective destinations.
Ufone is proud to have an efficient and friendly customer service through 23 company-owned Sales & Customer Service Centers and nearly 250 franchisees across the country. The outlets are able to service the customers with innovative solutions, and are empowered with Web based franchise management systems. Ufone is poised to face the ever increasing challenges of the market and is confident it will attract new customers. It has the ability to retain its existing customer base with a high level of customer satisfaction via optimum network service and a 24 hour call center facility.
Ufone has always believed in a solid commitment to growth, security and reliability. Therefore, Ufone has always balanced its expansion efforts and quality of service. Ufone has network coverage in more than 10,000 locations across the country.
Ufone has been instrumental in the growth of the cellular market in Pakistan. It is a company committed to excellence. Under the new vision of Etisalat and with the support and collaboration of its employees and vendors, Ufone aspires to be the best in the market by offering customer focused products and a quality service and sales network.
U Microfinance Bank (Rozgar Microfinance Bank)
PTCL finalized the arrangements including regulatory compliances to acquire 100% ownership of Rozgar Microfinance Bank Limited. The acquisition is in line with PTCL Group’s initiative on Digital-Commerce. The initiative includes offering digital payments and banking solutions. The Bank has been acquired and its name has been changed to U Micro Finance Bank
Branchless banking brings a bouquet of financial services to consumers on the go. The services include P2P (person to person) Money transfer, mobile wallets, cash-in cash-out, bill payments, G2P (government to person) payments, merchant/retail payments, loan disbursement, loan repayment and more.
Branchless banking is used to substantially increase the financial services outreach to the mass unbanked communities. It represents a significantly cheaper alternative to conventional branch-based banking that allows financial institutions and other commercial sectors to offer financial services outside traditional bank premises by using delivery channels like retail agents, mobile phones etc.
Acquisition of Rozgar Microfinance Bank is an economic and cost effective regulatory compliance for PTCL Group to realize the benefits of opportunities being offered by branchless banking.