Zong 4G is expanding its wings in Pakistan during 2016

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Zong will add an additional 1,000 4G sites across Pakistan in 2016. This news was shared today after the company achieved their 2016 4G rollout plan, 3 months ahead of schedule, showing an outstanding execution of their 4G roll out site plan.

The addition of 1,000 4G sites will take the overall tally of Zong’s 4G sites to around 6,000 by the end of this year, making it the largest, widest and fastest in terms of 4G coverage. To facilitate company’s ambitious expansion plans, Zong’s parent company, China Mobile Communications Corporation, which is the largest telecommunications company in the world, has given a go-ahead for additional investment. Through this, the total 4G investment of Zong in Pakistan is going to cross USD 300 Million by the end of this year.

It is to be noted that Pakistan’s fastest growing 4G network recently expanded its 4G coverage to over 100 cities nationwide and was also designated by PTA as the No.1 operator in voice and data services. This expansion plan is a strong indicator of Zong’s long-term commitment to the local telecommunication market.  The rollout will greatly enhance Zong’s 4G coverage and quality of data user experience, reflecting organization’s aspiration to transform the digital lives of Pakistanis through its high speed data services.

Mr. Maham Dard, Director Corporate affairs and Official Spokesperson of the Company said: “The addition of 1,000 4G sites after meeting our 4G expansion target is a huge milestone for us. It testifies our commitment to provide a stable, affordable and reliable network to our customers. We will continue to invest in 4G technology and continue to improve our services to provide a faster, wider and deeper data quality experience to the users. We will continue to invest more and execute more to be able to provide the best quality network to our subscribers”

“Zong envisions enabling a fully connected environment for Pakistanis for which we have invested over PKR 220 Billion so far. Digitization is a catalyst for economic growth and we will continue to enable it by leading the data services market of Pakistan.” he further added.

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GOOGLE Accused: Children’s Data for Marketing and Personal usage

Google accused of using school children data for marketing and personal usage

The digital rights activist organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has accused Google regarding stealing the private information of school going children.

EFF has contact United States trade authority, the Federal Trade Commission to further investigate this issue.

Meanwhile Google has stated that they have not violated their promise of not using the children’s data.

Further on, Google has also stated that the information regarding children data was used for the grooming of their own products and not for any advertisements or spamming means.

EFF has issued a written request to the Federal Trade Commission in which they have further stated that provision of Google Chrome Box was part of the Google apps education project. This contains a specific feature where all the personal information of the users attaches itself to the connected devices, and here no permission is asked from the users while sending their data forward.

The statement from EFF also facilitated that the sent information contains information regarding all the websites, viewed videos, and event the passwords.

The foundation has accused Google on the contrary to Google’s answer that the information is used for personal use marketing as well.

Whereas Google has stated that there are no advertisement content on YouTube and Chrome and they have not used the information for advertisement, spamming or personal use.

“Despite publicly promising not to, Google mines students’ browsing data and other information, and uses it for the company’s own purposes. Making such promises and failing to live up to them is a violation of FTC rules against unfair and deceptive business practices,” said EFF Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo. “Minors shouldn’t be tracked or used as guinea pigs, with their data treated as a profit center. If Google wants to use students’ data to ‘improve Google products,’ then it needs to get express consent from parents.”

You can read more about EFF here and about their survey regarding the spying on students here

Source EFF press releases