Exclusive – Interview with Mr. Naveed Ahmad
Please give us a brief overview of your journey prior to joining Transworld.
Well. I’ve been in this industry for past 8 years. After completing my graduation in 2008, My first day at work was with Mobilink in an internship program, After first Internship in Mobilink and second in international NGO, My first Job was with PTCL and during four and half years at PTCL, I have worked in domains of Business Intelligence, Business Analytics and PMO Commercial Division.
We would like to know your experience in Transworld including your accomplishments in this period and the added value to Transworld as an employee.
I believe two things are very important to “Make it Happen”. First, a clear sense of purpose and secondly, the opportunity to pursuit that purpose, thankfully, at Transworld we can found both.
On any given day you can find me behind the screen of my computer, pro-actively working on some kind of analysis or number crunching exercise that enabled me to develop statistical structures and arithmetical models for creating price calculators and analyses tools that help Management in the decision making process and sales team in successful closure of the opportunity. One of the major achievements is to establish/maintain Opportunity Tracking mechanism to ensure the successful execution of sales strategy as per the vision of Commercial leadership, this exercise has been enabling commercial division to yield positive results for a second year in a row.
Creation of BI Tool, development of TES CIR Packages and playing part in successful major RFPs are the accomplishments that have added value for Transworld. Best things is that Transworld not only recognize but also reward its employees accordingly and that is why all of my three appraisals were either Exceed expectation or Outstanding.
Despite all those accomplishments, I’ve only just begun to realize potential and purpose.
What problems did you encounter during your journey in Transworld?
Success is not an entitlement, but something we need to earn, every day. Therefore I firmly believe there is an opportunity in every challenge and blessing in every difficulty to not only groom us but also paving a way for us to “Make a difference”.
Did you have any training relevant to your position and scope of work given by Transworld?
Training on Strategic Marketing in year 2014. Otherwise there is always something new to learn every day and that is what we call On Job training.
Where do you see TWA in next ten years?
Advent of new submarine cables, indirect entry of PCCW in the market as third operator, and possibility of cross border inks are factors having ability to shift or turn the equilibrium of market. But when we look at strategic initiatives of TWA management, like landing of SEA-ME-WE 5 and entry in to consumer market (through GPON), it boost confidence in our company to be the “Number One” operator in term of overall market share within next ten years.
SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable System & Consortium triumphs at the Global Carrier Awards
The consortium which developed the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable has won the Project of the Year – Subsea award at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris on the 8th November 2016.
The award recognises the SEA-ME-WE-5 Submarine Cable System & Consortium’s strong industry commitment, financial stability and technical know-how in developing one of the most ambitious and successful cable projects.
The 20,000-km SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.
When it is ready for service by the end of 2016, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cables’ advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).
Over the past 11 years, the Global Carrier Awards have become the biggest and most prestigious awards event in the wholesale telecoms calendar. This year’s event was attended by more than 380 attendees. A record number of over 200 entries were submitted for this year’s awards. The winners were decided by a panel of over 20 judges, which include leading analysts, industry experts and Capacity’s senior editorial team. They were aided by a new scoring system, which was refined to ensure that the shortlisting and winners decisions remained objective and transparent.
Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium:
Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International (CMI), China Telecom Global (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, Turk Telekom International (TTI) and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA).
TES – GPON Brand Story
TES Marketing Team has shortlisted five agencies based on the presentation of concept from more than 25 advertising agencies. We are aiming to conclude the GPON branding process within December.
Business Operations Unit
From January 2017, new team will be constituted within commercial division to handle business operations.
TWA Services Extension Options
Transworld corporate is exploring options to extend its Optical Fiber network in Metropolitan cities of KHI, LHR & ISB. For this purpose, the company is exploring state of the art solution to lay optical fiber network in dense urban environment. MOU with foreign technology companies is likely to be achieved by next month.
Extension of GPON Coverage Area
TES has extended its coverage area to Block 9 Clifton for consumer broadband.
New GPON signoffs showing positive trend during November 2016. As December closing in, sales team is ensuring smooth signoff flow in all activated areas. After Zamzama, Engineering team is targeting to rollout GPON services throughout DHA Phase 5 during 1st phase, then complete DHA and Clifton/Bath Island.
SMW 5 Updates
Shore end cable protection work in Karachi was completed on 5th Nov, 2016. Commissioning testing has been completed successfully on 25th Nov, 2016. SMW5 parties will start purchasers testing from Dec, 2016. PLSE of SMW 5 has been completed and currently the cable is under testing and likely to achieve its RFS date.
Social Media Updates
We are now going to offer 30Mbps of internet as a promotion to all new sign ups till December, 2016. This activity has been active on TES social media and queries have been continuous on social. All leads are forwarded to the Sales Team, if the lead lies within the coverage area.
We have seen a continuing increase in Social Media exposure with TWA Facebook page touching 2419 Likes this month. TWA LinkedIn page has reached 3585 followers, with 71 individuals additionally following our company. TES Facebook page has seen a 8% increase in its fan base compared to 5% in the previous month. Additionally, TES LinkedIn page has seen an increase of 5%, of which most of the followers are entry level or mid-career level.