COMSATS Internet Services conducts first online auction for CDA Islamabad
Islamabad, November 21, 2013 COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, conducted the first online auction for Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi simultaneously using video conferencing between all three cities from November 18th to 20th at the Convention Center in Islamabad. The auction was monitored and supervised by different Members of CDA who were part of the auction committee. This was the first live auction for CDA where bidders participated not only from Islamabad but from other cities also. In Lahore, bidders were located at Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) and in Karachi, bidders were located at Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI). The three auction sites were connected using high resolution video conferencing equipment and fiber and wireless connectivity at all sites. Primary link for each site was on fiber with backup on wireless. Video of the whole event was recorded for three days. The auction started on Monday at noon with plots being offered in different sectors of Islamabad. The auction fetched Rs. 7.43 billion for CDA over three days. The auction concluded at 9 PM on Wednesday. In the closing ceremony, Chairman CDA, Mr. Nadeem Hassan Asif, and all Members of CDA called the CIS team on stage and appreciated their efforts for conducting a live auction for three successive days without downtime or any major issues.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer CIS, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, said that “CIS displayed its professionalism throughout the live auction for three days by testing connectivity between all three sites five days before the actual auction and monitoring power and connectivity throughout the live video conference for three days. Multi-way video conferencing is the future for meetings with remote sites to save on travel, time, and costs.” CDA plans on conducting more live auctions in 2014.
View of CDA’s 3-way live auction at Convention Center, Islamabad
COMSATS Internet Services launches its first telehealth clinic at Gokina
April 2, 2013 ,COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, today announced the launch of its first telehealth clinic in Gokina village near Pir Sohawa, Islamabad. Telehealth is a social service from COMSATS where patients in remote areas get free tele-consultations from doctors and specialists in cities using video conferencing and telehealth equipment. CIS has installed latest telehealth and video conferencing equipment at Gokina clinic as well as hired paramedical staff for the clinic. A doctor sitting at CIS headquarters would remotely examine and diagnose patients visiting the clinic in Gokina village. When patients visit the telehealth clinic, they first get registered in the telehealth system by the nurse.
The nurse then attaches telehealth equipment to the patient such as digital stethoscope, vital signs monitor, examination camera, or ultrasound probe depending on the patient’s problem. The video signal is transmitted to the doctor at the remote end who examines the patient and the data before coming up with a diagnosis and treatment. Basic medicines are given to the patients at the clinic free of cost. Teleconsultations are given for outpatient care, dermatology, ENT, and gynecology. Operating hours for the clinic are 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer CIS, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, said that “Keeping in line with COMSATS mission of using technology for social service, this is a proud moment for CIS that we are offering a social service to enrich the lives of people in rural areas of Pakistan. Our telehealth service will enable patients living in remote areas of Pakistan to get quality healthcare as well as to save on time, travel, and costs.
The next telehealth clinics are being planned in Golra village near Islamabad and rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. CIS plans on establishing a network of nineteen telehealth clinics in rural areas of Pakistan over the next five years.
“COMSATS believes in using technology for social service”
CEO, CIS. Interview in Teletimes International
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COMSATS Internet Services conducts annual employee event at Serena Faisalabad
Faisalabad, December 12, 2012. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, organized a festive event “CIS Rising 2012” for its employees at Serena Faisalabad on Wednesday, December 12th. Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Tajammul Husain, Advisor COMSATS. The event was also attended by Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, and management and employees of CIS from different cities of CIS including Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Faisalabad, and Sialkot. Mr. Nayab Gul Deputy General Manager Marketing welcomed all guests and employees to the event. GM Administration, Mr. Muhammad Hassan, talked about the activities and achievements of Administration Department during 2011-12. This was followed by a comprehensive presentation by Chief Executive Officer where he talked about the achievements of CIS during 2011-12 and plans for 2013. The CEO mentioned that despite the economic recession, CIS revenue grew by 18% during 2011-12 and forecast for 2012-13 is even brighter because of offering new services such as video conferencing and cloud computing next year. He said that CIS is also offering social services such as telehealth, training, and software to benefit society. GM Faisalabad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid, announced the launch of a new CIS training center in Faisalabad which will offer training courses in Cisco, Microsoft, Linux, and web development. This was followed by a shield and awards distribution ceremony to employees who had contributed to the success of CIS last year. Chief Guest, Mr. Tajammul Husain, congratulated CIS on its success last year and mentioned that COMSATS is recognized for the quality of its services be it education or internet for the last 16 years. He hoped that CIS will continue its success next year also as well as contribute to COMSATS mission of using technology for social benefit through services such as telehealth and training.
Group photo of employees of COMSATS Internet Services at Serena Faisalabad
COMSATS Internet Services launches VPS service at Pak China Business Forum
Islamabad, April 16, 2012. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, announced the launch of its VPS (virtual private server) service at Pak China Business Forum today. The exhibition was held at Pak China Friendship Center in Islamabad from April 15th to 18th on the occasion of 2nd meeting of COMSATS Commission. CIS is the first ISP to offer VPS with local hosting in Pakistan unlike other VPS providers who offer foreign hosting. With VPS, a customer uses a dedicated server on a rental basis hence saving on the costs of purchasing a full-fledge server. CIS has created multiple VPS instances for customers on its Intel-based modular server using virtualization software. Both Windows and Linux platforms are offered. VPS packages range from 1 GB to 8 GB memory and 40 GB to 500 GB for storage. Bandwidth ranges from 1 Mbps to 4 Mbps. Customized packages are available also. To learn more about VPS packages offered by CIS, please click on http://comsats.net.pk/vps/.
CIS has also installed a new Juniper SRX® series firewall in its data center to provide network level protection and security. The firewall provides a complete set of Unified Threat Management (UTM) security features including IDPS (intrusion detection and prevention system), IPSec VPN, Kaspersky® anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, Symantec® anti-spam, and Web sense® web-filtering. In addition to VPS, CIS is demoing its other services including Tornado™ (wireless P2P), outdoor hotspots, and telehealth at the forum. Through telehealth, a doctor sitting in Islamabad diagnoses a patient sitting in Zhob, Baluchistan through a video link. CIS has also setup a free Wi-Fi zone at the exhibition for laptop users. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer CIS, Asim Shahryar Husain, said that “Keeping its tradition of being the pioneer, CIS is pleased to announce the launch of its secure VPS service for its customers with local hosting. Now, customers can rent virtual servers from us on a monthly basis instead of having to invest in a full-fledged server. Also, these servers are hosted locally instead of abroad which reduces bandwidth cost and improves security for customers”.
COMSATS provides web design training to visually handicapped students
Islamabad, February 15, 2012. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) in partnership with Directorate of Special Education & Social Welfare concluded a 6-week web design training course to a group of 25 visually impaired students at National Library and Research Center (NLRC), Islamabad. The training was conducted from January 2nd, 2012 to February 10th, 2012 at the library by Manager Software of CIS, Mr. Abid Rizvi. The training covered many web design topics including HTML, CSS, page layouts, Notepad as editor, Dreamweaver, Firebug, domain registration & hosting, and website update and maintenance.
The 6-week training was concluded by a certificate distribution ceremony at NLRC where Director General Special Education & Social Welfare, Mr. Syed Mustafain Kazmi was the chief guest. Other guests included Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, CEO, COMSATS Internet Services, and Ms. Munazza Gilani, Manager, Sightsavers Pakistan. The ceremony started with heart-warming recitation and naat by visually impaired students. This was followed by fifteen students presenting websites which they had developed during this course.
This was followed by speeches from Manager Sightsavers, CEO CIS, and DG Special Education. Manager, SightSavers mentioned that Sightsavers will be sponsoring more trainings for visually impaired students in future where they will be able to learn advanced design tools such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. CEO CIS highlighted that mission of COMSATS is to use technology for social benefit through programs such as telehealth and training and it is a proud moment for COMSATS that it has trained these visually impaired students to be able to design websites sitting at home. This would create new employment as well as business opportunities for these students. DG Special Education congratulated students on completing the course successfully and that it was a major achievement for them to be able to design websites despite their visual handicap. This was followed by certificate distribution by DG Special Education and CEO CIS to all participants of the course and group pictures.
COMSATS Internet Services organizes customer seminar to celebrate 15 years of Internet Services
Islamabad, December 16, 2011. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, celebrated its “15 years of Internet Excellence” at a customer seminar at a local hotel in Islamabad. Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. Muhammad Yasin, Chairman, Pakistan Telecom Authority. Other guests included Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director, COMSATS, Mr. Parvez Ahmed Butt, Founding Executive Director COMSATS, and customers and employees of CIS. The event started with recitation from Holy Quran followed by welcome address from Assistant Manager Marketing. This was followed by a slideshow on the achievements of CIS over the last 15 years.
Chief Executive Officer CIS, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, gave a presentation on the present and future plans of CIS. He highlighted the achievements of CIS during 2011 including upgradation of data center and training center, new offices in Karachi, Peshawar, and Lahore, and launching of seven new product brands known as “The Colors of CIS.” These include Freedom™ (Wi-Fi DSL), Tornado™ (Wireless P2P links), Hurricane™ (On-demand broadband), Hawaii™ (Domain & hosting), Comtrain™ (IT training), Prism™ (Web development), and Viacon™ (Video conferencing). He said that CIS is a diversified ISP offering seven different services mainly to government organizations and corporate customers. His presentation was followed by a detailed presentation on the different services offered by CIS by GM Sales & Marketing, Mr. Arshad Quddus Qazi. He mentioned that CIS will be launching some new services in 2012 to meet the hosting needs of its customers. This was followed by comments from different customers of CIS including UNDP, CIIT, and Savior Group who acknowledged the quality of services and support provided by CIS to its customers.
Chief Guest cutting the cake
Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, stated that COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization, dedicated to the facilitation of south cooperation in science & technology amongst its 21 member states. COMSATS major projects in Pakistan include CIS and CIIT (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology). The role of CIS is to advance COMSATS mission of using technology for social service which distinguishes it from other ISPs. COMSATS was the pioneer in telehealth in Pakistan when it opened telehealth clinics in Skardu, Gilgit, and Gujar Khan. He mentioned that COMSATS has opened a new telehealth clinic in Zhob, Baluchistan also this year. He also talked about the participation of CIIT in a project of CERN which is a nuclear research organization based in Switzerland.
Chairman PTA, Dr. Muhammad Yasin, congratulated CIS on completing its fifteen years of Internet operations in Pakistan and said that CIS has a rich history and customer portfolio. He said that there were only 25,000 broadband users in Pakistan five years ago. But this number has crossed almost 1.5 million subscribers now with 4.8 million face book users in Pakistan. The broadband forecast for Pakistan is 5 million users by 2015. However, the growth in broadband in Pakistan has not been as fast as the growth in mobile market in Pakistan. It is because computers cost a lot more than mobile phones. Hence, to trigger broadband growth in Pakistan, companies should offer cheaper computers and there should be no taxes on computers either.
He said that whereas ecommerce has become a reality in many countries, online buying is still not enabled on many Pakistani portals because of lack of an online payment gateway and legislation protecting against misusage of credit cards online in Pakistan. He said that instead of focusing on speed and tariffs only, ISPs should market applications and benefits of broadband to increase broadband penetration in Pakistan. He said that broadband can be used for ecommerce, e-education, e-health, and many other uses. He said that telecom market is moving from quality of service to quality of experience. PTA has recently published the criteria for evaluating quality of experience for mobile networks to be followed by similar criteria for data networks. He was glad that CIS is conducting surveys of its customers to get feedback about quality of its services. His address was followed by a shield distribution ceremony for all of the speakers. The seminar ended with a cake cutting ceremony followed by lunch. The seminar was attended by management, customers, and employees of COMSATS Internet Services.
COMSATS Secretariat hosts National Workshop on Digital Library
Islamabad, July 25, 2011. A national training workshop on “Digital Library using Open Source Software” was organized by eHealth Association of Pakistan (eHAP) at the Secretariat of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad. The workshop was supported by COMSATS Secretariat, COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), DlnetSA, and LISolutions. Librarians and I.T professionals from various government and private organizations, like Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), State Bank of Pakistan and Heartfile Pakistan, as well as academic institutions of Pakistan, like Aga Khan University, International Islamic University, Islamia University, Riphah University, Bahria University and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) attended the workshop.
The workshop was inaugurated on July 20, 2011 by Dr. Haroon Roedad Khan, President eHAP. The workshop aimed to provide the participants with free and open source software for digital libraries and library management comprised nine technical sessions that were spread over three days. Lead trainers of the workshop were Dr. Mohan Raj Pradhan from DlnetSA, Nepal; and Mr. Shafiq Rana and Mr. Ata ur Rehman from LISolutions who delivered lectures and imparted hands-on training for two important free and open source softwares, ‘GSDL’ and ‘Koha’.
The event was concluded on July 22, 2011 with the distribution of certificates among the organizers and participants. Speaking at the Concluding Ceremony, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, felicitated the organizers and participants of the workshop on the successful holding of the event and hoped that it has been a good learning experience for the IT and Library professionals. He also appreciated the role of eHAP in supporting quality e-health services across Pakistan and considered it an important area for collaboration between the COMSATS and eHAP, as the former is one of the pioneers of this field in Pakistan. Both organizations are using the modern telecommunication means to supplement the existing healthcare services in Pakistan.
Also speaking on the occasion, the President eHAP impressed upon the participants the need to practically use at their institutions the knowledge imparted through this workshop. He believed that the libraries in the developing countries like Pakistan need to come at par with the modern technological age to effectively disseminate the most up-to-date knowledge. The three trainers also shared their training experiences in the light of the three-day proceedings and appreciated the support rendered by COMSATS Secretariat and eHAP for the event.
COMSATS Internet Services launches new official website
Islamabad, April 29, 2011. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) formally launched its new corporate website on 29th April, 2011 at www.comsats.net.pk. “All of this work has been done in-house by CIS and no external agency hasbeen used”, said Asim Shahryar Husain, CEO of CIS. “The new website was developed in-house by the marketing and software teams of CIS. The new site gives a very professional look” said Nayab Gul, Marketing Manager, CIS.The new CIS website has a home page which displays all CIS brands and services on a slider. It shows the latest promotions, payment options, coverage areas, and contact us information. There are separate web pages for all services including Freedom™ (Wi-Fi DSL), Tornado™ (Wireless broadband), Hawaii™ (Domain &Web Hosting), Hurricane™ (On-demand Broadband), Viacon™ (Video Conferencing), Comtrain™ (Training) and Prism™ (Website development). These seven brands make up the ‘Colors of CIS’.There is an icon for DSL coverage areas on home page where customers can check the availability of DSL from CIS in their area. Payment options icon is also given on the home page. On the promotions page, all current and past promotions of CIS are displayed. The Contact Us icon gives contact details of all offices of CIS nationwide along with email addresses of sales, marketing, customer support, billing, and human resources. A customer feedback form is also available on Contact Us page.The cities link on the home page gives access to all six offices of CIS. Contact details along with services offered by each office are mentioned on their respective pages. The customers link next to cities gives customers the facility to check their emails and manage their accounts with CIS. The customers menu lists many corporate clients of CIS. A testimonials page is also available which lists comments from customers of CIS.The News & Media menu has sections for Press Releases, Company News, Company Events, and CSR Initiatives. The CSR Initiatives page throws light on the different social activities of CIS such as telehealth and flood relief. The Careers menu consists of Current Positions and job application link.The new CIS website received a very warm response and thumbs up from both employees and customers on the launch day. “I am very pleased with the work done by our marketing and software teams, especially our web developer, Abid. All of this work was done in-house by CIS and no external agency was used” said Asim Shahryar Husain, CEO of CIS.
COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) appoints new Chief Executive Officer
Islamabad, January 2011. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, has appointed Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain as its Chief Executive Officer. He will be taking over the charge from Mr. Pervez Butt, former Director General and founder of CIS. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Butt said “This is really an exciting moment in the history of CIS. We have brought in a young and passionate executive to turn around the ISP. Asim brings with him a wealth of experience in marketing and sales of technical products and services. He has been head of marketing for many technology firms and is capable of leading CIS successfully.
The new CEO thanked the former DG and stated that “CIS is the pioneer ISP of Pakistan and is known for the quality of its customer support. Keeping our tradition of being the pioneers, I am proud to announce that CIS is the first ISP to offer on-demand broadband in Pakistan. Customers can now use broadband on a per-event basis. I will use my technology marketing experience to breathe new energy and passion into CIS. I will do my best to lead CIS successfully in 2011.” Asim has a BSc in Engineering from Stanford University, California and an MBA in Marketing from Duke University, North Carolina. He has 18 years of professional experience in both technical and marketing management positions with firms such as Siemens, Oracle, IBM, Transworld, and Wi-tribe. He joined CIS as Chief Operating Officer in May 2010 and has launched six new brands and services since then. These include Freedom (Wi-Fi DSL), Tornado (Wireless P2P links), Hurricane (On-demand broadband), Hawaii (Domain and Hosting), Comtrain (Training), and Viacon (Video Conferencing). To learn more about COMSATS Internet Services, Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) launches new brands at Dawn Lifestyles
Islamabad, November 27, 2010. COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), Pakistan’s pioneer ISP, announced the launch of four new internet services at Dawn Lifestyles at Jinnah Convention Center Islamabad today. The new brands include Tornado (Long Range Wireless Broadband), Hurricane (On-demand broadband), Freedom (Wi-Fi DSL), and Hawaii (Domain and Hosting). Tornado is a wireless broadband service for businesses which provides throughput as high as 100 mbps over 50 kms. Hurricane is another pioneering service from CIS. CIS is the first ISP to launch on-demand broadband in Pakistan. Hurricane is very suitable for short events such as one-day or one-week conferences and seminars. Customers will pay for broadband on an event basis. Freedom is a Wi-Fi DSL service which enables an internet user to create a hotspot at home or workplace. Modem and installation are free for students. Hawaii is a domain and hosting service from CIS. CIS offers both Windows and Linux hosting in .com and .pk domains. CIS is hosting more than 2500 domains and websites at present.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Operating Officer of CIS, Asim Shahryar Husain, said that “COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) is proud to launch four new exciting brands at Dawn Lifestyles this year. CIS is the pioneer ISP of Pakistan and Hurricane is another pioneering service from CIS. CIS is the first ISP to launch on-demand broadband in Pakistan. On-demand broadband will enable our customers to pay for broadband on a per event basis. We are also pleased to announce the launch of our other brands including Tornado, Freedom, and Hawaii. CIS is the first ISP to offer 6-month and 1-year packages through its Freedom service. CIS is known for the quality of its customer support and we are offering new internet services to meet the needs of our customers.
COMSATS Internet Services will be exhibiting its internet services at Jinnah Convention Center Islamabad from November 27th to 28th. Visitors who place orders for Wi-Fi DSL will get free webcams, USBs and travel mugs. To learn more about CIS, please email email@example.com.