MTN, Ericsson to optimize network in Afghanistan

Updated 30 May 2012
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MTN, Ericsson to optimize network in Afghanistan

MTN has signed a managed services agreement with Ericsson to operate and optimize MTN’s mobile network as well as its charging systems and value-added services such as mobile applications.
This deal is part of a groundbreaking agreement that covers end-to-end managed services.
Under this groundbreaking managed services agreement, Ericsson will deploy its end-to-end solutions and systems to help MTN in Afghanistan achieve better network efficiency, simplify operations and ensure better quality network through 24/7 network monitoring.
The agreement is in line with MTN growth strategy and its continuous focus to enhance customer experience through improved network capacity.
“Afghanistan’s telecommunications market and our customer base is growing rapidly. In order to reinforce our focus on our customers’ fast-evolving needs, we have chosen Ericsson, leveraging on the company’s global experience and competence in managing such complex projects,” said Hassan Jaber, CEO MTN in Afghanistan.
“Ericsson will ensure that our network and IT operations are managed effectively, we will focus on tailoring our services to better cater to our customers’ needs.”
Ericsson signed more than 70 managed services contracts in 2011. In all current managed services contracts today, Ericsson manages networks that together serve more than 900 million subscribers worldwide. More than 20,000 employees have been transferred to Ericsson from operators around the world.
“Afghanistan has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the country’s communications market over past few years. Not only are we seeing significant investments and job creation, with over 100,000 telecoms jobs generated in 2011 alone, but we are also seeing demand for advanced services as customers’ needs evolve,” said Anders Lindblad, president Region Middle East at Ericsson.
“This Managed Services agreement is a clear sign of the Afghan telecom market’s maturity and we are confident that MTN Afghanistan will begin to see immediate benefits, as a result of this partnership.”


UK core pay growth strongest in nearly 11 years, but jobs growth slows

Data showed the unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent as expected. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 July 2019
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UK core pay growth strongest in nearly 11 years, but jobs growth slows

  • Core earnings have increased by 3.6 percent annually, beating the median forecast of 3.5 percent
  • The unemployment rate fell by 51,000 to just under 1.3 million

LONDON: British wages, excluding bonuses, rose at their fastest pace in more than a decade in the three months to May, official data showed, but there were some signs that the labor market might be weakening. Core earnings rose by an annual 3.6 percent, beating the median forecast of 3.5 percent in a Reuters poll of economists. Including bonuses, pay growth also picked up to 3.4 percent from 3.2 percent, stronger than the 3.1 percent forecast in the poll. Britain’s labor market has been a silver lining for the economy since the Brexit vote in June 2016, something many economists attribute to employers preferring to hire workers that they can later lay off over making longer-term commitments to investment. The pick-up in pay has been noted by the Bank of England which says it might need to raise interest rates in response, assuming Britain can avoid a no-deal Brexit. Tuesday’s data showed the unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent as expected, its joint-lowest since the three months to January 1975. The number of people out of work fell by 51,000 to just under 1.3 million. But the growth in employment slowed to 28,000, the weakest increase since the three months to August last year and vacancies fell to their lowest level in more than a year. Some recent surveys of companies have suggested employers are turning more cautious about hiring as Britain approaches its new Brexit deadline of Oct. 31. Both the contenders to be prime minister say they would leave the EU without a transition deal if necessary. A survey published last week showed that companies were more worried about Brexit than at any time since the decision to leave the European Union and they planned to reduce investment and hiring. “The labor market continues to be strong,” ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. “Regular pay is growing at its fastest rate for nearly 11 years in cash terms and its quickest for over three years after taking account of inflation.” The BoE said in May it expected wage growth of 3 percent at the end of this year.