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Logiq Partners with Comviva to offer digital wallet and payment services

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NEW DELHI: Logiq, a US-based leading global provider of eCommerce and fintech solutions, has joined forces with Comviva, a global leader in digital financial solutions, to offer digital wallet and payment services across Indonesia.

The services based on Logiq’s PayLogiq digital wallet will be powered by Comviva’s mobiquity Pay platform.

Logiq also recently partnered with Yabx, a fintech venture of Comviva to offer credit-based financial services such as cash advance for merchants and ‘buy now, pay later’ (BNPL) options for consumers.

Mobiquity Pay is one of the world’s largest digital wallet solutions, powering over 70 digital financial services across more than 50 countries and will play an essential role in Logiq’s new partnership with Koperasi Mona Santoso Berjaya (KMSB).

Together with KMSB, Logiq is providing micro-lending services to members of Badan Perlayanan Jaminan Sosial Ketenagakerjaan (BPJSTK), the social security agency that provides retirement and pension plans on behalf of Indonesian government entities.

The new micro-lending services will benefit BPJSTK’s 48 million members and 600,000 small-and-medium sized businesses (SMBs). The partnership with Comviva will allow Logiq to extend swift, convenient and secure digital wallet services to BPJSTK members and SMBs.

Using Logiq’s digital wallet, BPJSTK members and SMBs will be able to perform multiple financial transactions quickly and securely, including money transfers, receiving and repaying loans, accessing insurance, buying airtime or data, paying bills or merchants—all on their mobile phone, anytime, anywhere.

“Our partnership with Comviva enables us to provide best-in-class digital wallet services to thousands of individuals and SMBs in Indonesia,” said Matthew Brent, chief strategy officer at Logiq. “Digital is quickly becoming the preferred method for transactions, and the global pandemic has only accelerated that transition. By providing digital access to an array of financial services instantly from the convenience of a mobile device, we see our combined platform enhancing the lives of many people, helping to grow their businesses and boosting the country’s economic activity.”

Srinivas Nidugondi, COO and EVP of Digital Financial Solutions at Comviva, commented: “Our mobiquity Pay is a feature-rich, scalable and flexible digital wallet platform that has been deployed across five continents. We will bring our global expertise in digital wallets to this deployment with Logiq. The platform will enable Loqiq to accelerate the growth of digital wallets in Indonesia by introducing innovative digital financial services to transform the way Indonesians save, borrow, transfer and make payments.”

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Pakistan temporarily suspends all social media platforms

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Friday temporarily suspended the services of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to stop their use to organise demonstrations following violent protests by a radical religious group that has now been banned by the government.

The government banned Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday following three days of violent protest by it to force the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year.

The TLP had launched the country-wide protest on Monday after the arrest of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.

The TLP supporters clashed with the law enforcement agencies in several towns and cities earlier this week, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured.

To stop the protests after Friday prayers, the Interior Ministry directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend social media services for four hours from 11 am to 3 pm.

The PTA said in a notification that complete access to social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Telegram) may be blocked.

The reason for the suspension of the services was not stated by the PTA but official sources said that it was feared that protesters could use social media to organise demonstrations.

Suspension of internet and mobile phone services is a common practice in Pakistan to forestall protests and acts of terrorism.

But this time only social media has been particularly targeted as the TLP was reportedly using it effectively against the government action.

On Thursday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed warned the TLP against using YouTube to upload propaganda videos. The TLP came to prominence in November 2017 when it staged a sit-in at the Faizabad interchange near Islamabad and cut off the capital from the old international airport.

Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) was in the government then and Imran Khan, the current prime minister, and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party had supported the protest.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Spectrum Auction 2021: Telecom Department assigns frequencies to successful bidders

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NEW DELHI: Department of Telecom (DoT) today (16.04.2021) successfully completed the assignment of frequencies to successful bidders of the Spectrum Auction, 2021. Frequency assignment letters were issued to successful bidders today.

The frequency assignment was accompanied by a frequency harmonization exercise, whereby spectrum blocks assigned to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in the current spectrum auction have been made contiguous with the spectrum blocks already held by them, wherever possible, in various bands in different Licensed Service Areas (LSAs).

The harmonization of spectrum was accomplished in 19 LSAs in 800 MHz band, 8 LSAs in 900 MHz band, 21 LSAs in 1800 MHz band, 3 LSAs in 2100 MHz band, and 16 LSAs in 2300 MHz band.The harmonization exercise facilitates more efficient utilization of spectrum held by TSPs, leading to improved Quality of Service for consumers.

As a part of the frequency assignment, the Government has also accepted the request of two TSPs – M/S Bharti and M/S Reliance Jio, for assignment of immediately available unsold spectrum blocks in place of spectrum blocks in the same band and LSA assigned to them from later dates. An amount of Rs. 2306.97 crore (Rs. 157.38 crore from M/s Bharti and Rs. 2149.59 crore from M/s Reliance Jio) has been received immediately by the Government, rather than in August/ September, 2021.

It may be recalled that a total quantity of 855.60 MHz of spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 2300 MHz bands was acquired by Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in the Spectrum Auction, 2021, conducted on 1st and 2nd March, 2021.

The total amount payable by the successful bidders for the total quantity of spectrum acquired is Rs 77820.81 crore.

Of this, an amount of Rs 21918.47 crore was received as upfront payment from the TSPs on 18th March, 2021, as per terms and conditions of the Notice Inviting Applications.

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UserTesting names Jon Pexton Chief Financial Officer

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NEW DELHI: UserTesting, a leading provider of on-demand human insights, today announced the appointment of Jon Pexton as Chief Financial Officer.

Pexton brings a strong financial background at both private and public companies and his leadership experience will serve as a strong asset in helping UserTesting continue its global growth.

“The UserTesting Human Insight Platform is well positioned to help companies better understand, empathize and improve their customer’s experience. It is a timely solution as many aspects of life are changing quickly, and becoming more digital. Delivering great experiences is critical for success and differentiation,” said Pexton.

“I’m excited to join the leadership team at this pivotal time and help the company continue its global expansion and leadership in this category,” he added.

Prior to joining UserTesting, Pexton was CFO of Workfront, a SaaS-based enterprise work management platform that was acquired by Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE). Before Workfront, Pexton served as CFO of two financial technology companies and in leadership positions at CallidusCloud, Vitria Technology and Remedy Software. With more than 25 years of financial leadership experience, Pexton started his career at Ernst & Young and has led finance teams for all stages of companies.

“We are at an exciting time here at UserTesting, and Jon’s outstanding background in helping high growth technology companies scale and operate at a higher level is an ideal match for our current growth trajectory,” said Andy MacMillan, CEO of UserTesting.

“More importantly, Jon is an outstanding leader, and he is a great fit for our executive team as we move into our next phase of growth,” he added.

 

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