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Jazz has been awarded the prestigious GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund, supported by the UK Government and Scaling Off Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development.

The grant is awarded for Jazz’s “Energy and Line losses Reduction in Pakistan” idea, which uses an indigenous solution developed by their partner CISNR to address the biggest issue being faced by the locals power distribution sector; line losses and electricity theft. An official catalogue has been published by GSMA where Jazz is featured as a grantee for “Mobile enabled electricity theft prevention and system loss reduction solution development for mainstream grid distributor”.

Jazz has been successful in securing the seed grant after an extensive evaluation and due diligence exercise carried out by GSMA among almost 200 + organizations from various markets. Not only telecom operators but technology innovators and development organizations were part of the competition from Africa and Asia region.

 “As one of Pakistan’s leading telecommunications providers, our ambition is to empower customers digitally by introducing innovative solutions addressing the challenges faced by the masses,” said Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Jazz. “Thus, we have partnered with GSMA for “Energy and Line loss Reduction Solution” to tackle the challenges faced by our local power distribution sector. This success surely testifies our pledge to make Pakistan digital and ensure that mobile technology growth has a profound effect upon changing the lives of people in Pakistan.”

The solution utilised the connectivity provided by Jazz to remotely monitor and manage distribution boxes, transformers and grid station feeders to ensure a more efficient and precise process that identifies points of failures, faulty lines and theft locations.

The seed fund would be used to source and install the devices in selected sub divisions of K-Electric, which is one of Jazz’s existing M2M customers. Infrastructure hosting and connectivity would be provided by Jazz. In addition to this, it will also address challenges such as load management at transformer level and consumption wise distribution in order to optimize the distribution network.

K-Electric will be running a successful proof of concept of the solution. Successful execution and scale through this grant will surely prove to be a strong use case for all other distribution companies, which are still not able to come up with a standardized solution to address the on grid-power distribution issues in Pakistan.

The Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund was launched in June 2013 to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services.

About GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as  Mobile World CongressMobile World Congress ShanghaiMobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

About GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities

The Mobile for Development Utilities Program improves access to basic energy, water and sanitation services in underserved communities using mobile technology and infrastructure.

Their work encompasses any energy, water and sanitation service provided to a community, which includes a mobile component, whether it is voice, SMS, USSD, Machine-to-Machine, NFC, a mobile operator’s agent network or tower infrastructure. They aim to seize the opportunity, leveraging mobile technology and infrastructure to enhance access to affordable and reliable energy, clean and safe water and sanitation services in underserved communities. The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities program receives support from the UK Government and Scaling Off-Grid Energy.

For more information, please contact: Web: www.gsma.com/m4dutilities Email: [email protected]

About Jazz

Jazz is Pakistan’s largest digital telecommunication company. Serving over 55 million subscribers across the country offering services to consumers and businesses of all types.

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