PMD, Pakistan Mobile Number Portability Database (Guarantee) Limited, is a company owned by the four Mobile Operators (Jazz, Telenor, Ufone, and ZoNG) of Pakistan and and was established on 10 October 2005 to operate the Number Portability Clearing House Data Centre. PMD is a credible technology partner of the Pakistani CMOs and contributes significantly towards achieving their business objectives with the best possible quality.With the passage of time, other Services were housed at PMD, the details being as follows:
Mobile Number Portability Services (MNP)/ Number Portability Clearing House (NPC):
NPC is a Hardware & Software platform having a Centralized Reference Database Serving as the Repository for Ported Numbers. It possesses Interface Processes which provide:
• Centralized Ordering
• Port Provisioning
• Number Administration (Routing) Information for Ported Numbers
PMD also operates the Automated Number Portability Request creation system based on SMS texts via the 667 & 763xx Short-Codes allowing for smooth porting of the subscribers to other networks. A Ported Subscriber Information (PSI) Message Service which provides the Porting Status of numbers is also run by PMD.
| CMOs’ Central SIM Count Database & 668 Service: |
PMD houses the Central Database all CMOs’ active subscribers. This Central Database is used to enforce the “5 Voice-SIMs per CNIC” and “3 Data-Only SIMs per CNIC” limit.
The Mobile Subscribers of Pakistan can check the count of their Voice & Data SIMs against their CNICs by sending their CNIC Numbers to the Short-Code 668, operated by PMD.
Common Biometric Verification Solution(BVS):
PMD hosts the central Middleware for the CMOs’ Common BVS which allows all the CMOs’ to undertake the GSM Sales related activities on their Common BVS Devices across the entire country. The Common BVS Project is the first joint venture of its kind in Pakistan amongst the Mobile Operators, operational since 2014.
Profile of CEO PMD:
Mr. Zafar Sami
|Mr. Zafar Sami is heading PMD as CEO starting from March 2017. He has 25 years in the telecom industry and is a Telecom Engineer by profession. He has performed a wide variety of roles in his career. His previous role was as CEO and President of Nokia Siemens Networks in Afghanistan. Prior to that he has held leadership positions in services, sales, vendor management and technical sales with Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Ericsson. |
Profile of the PMD Board:
Mr. Muhammad Aslam Hayat
|Mr. Muhammad Aslam Hayat, an ICT regulatory professional and Chief Corporate Affairs / Security Officer of Telenor Pakistan, has been the Director on PMD’s Board since October 2013. Before joining Telenor in July 2013, he was working as Centre Director (CEO) of Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC) in Suva, Fiji, a World Bank Project. In his role at PIRRC, he was responsible to engage with all Pacific ICT Regulators and Ministries. Before joining PIRRC, he worked in Grameenphone for five years mainly advising in legal, regulatory and stakeholder management matters, making strategies and building capacity of Corporate Affairs Division. He has also worked as consultant to Telenor Pakistan from 2004 till 2006 advising on legal and regulatory matters. He was part of the team, which worked on ICT policies in Pakistan including Telecom Deregulation Policy 2003, Mobile Cellular Policy 2004 and Universal Service Fund Policy, 2006. He has also drafted various ICT laws for Pakistan. |
Mr. Syed Ali Naseer
|Mr. Syed Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Officer of Jazz, has been the Director on PMD’s Board since April 2016. Previously he was working with British American Tobacco (BAT), where he was most recently based in Hong Kong heading the Corporate & Regulatory Affairs function for Asia Pacific, including Pakistan. In his time at BAT, he has dealt extensively with issues of public policy, regulatory & stakeholder management, external and internal communications, and advocacy on fiscal issues.Prior to joining BAT, Ali has spent 12 years with the Government of Pakistan in various roles. |
Mr. Naveed Khalid Butt
|Mr. Naveed Khalid Butt is currently serving as the Chief Officer, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs in Ufone (PTML) since 2009. He has earlier been the Head of the Customer Operations, IT as well as Commercial departments at Ufone between 2004 and 2009. An electronics engineer by profession, Mr. Naveed Khalid Butt has been associated with Pakistan’s Cellular Mobile Industry in key management positions almost since its inception, with his roles as Executive Director at Paktel (2000-2004) and RGM North/GM Customer Services at Instaphone (1995-2000). He also has a degree in Business Administration with Majors in General Management. He has been actively involved in the key initiatives of the Cellular Industry during this timeframe including his roles as the Member of PMD’s Board of Directors and the Chairman of PMD’s Executive Committee since 2009. |
Mr. Kamran Ali
|Mr. Kamran Ali is the Chief Regulatory Officer at CMPak Limited and has been the Director on PMD's Board since August 2016. With over 20 years of experience in Commercial Law, Telecommunication, and Corporate Management, his professional engagements include the Ministry of Information Technology, National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), World Bank Group, Telenor Group and the World Trade Organization. He was also a board member of PTCL (Etisalat), the UBank (formerly Rozgar Microfinance Bank) and Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP). His memberships and affiliations include Competition Advisory Group, High Court Bar Association of Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Amnesty International. |