Marketing Project Report covers in detail the history and background of Warid Telecom Private Limited, Mission Statement, Vision, Warid Telecom’s brand values, Pakistan Demographics, Pakistan Cellular Market, Warid Coverage Zone, Warid Services, Pre-paid Advantages, Post-Paid Value, Sales Objectives, Sales Vision, Sales Strategy, Sales Targets, Warid Network and Coverage, SWOT Analysis, What is SWOT Analysis, SWOT Analysis Limitations, SWOT Profile, Warid Strategies, Warid Strategic Objectives, Warid Business Strategies, Warid Marketing Strategies, Market Penetration Strategy, Market Segmentation, Warid marketing Mix, Warid Telecom (Communication Strategy), Warid Branding Philosophy, Warid Competitor Analysis, Conclusion, Index, Glossary and Bibliography.
Back Ground of Warid Telecom (Pvt) Ltd
Warid is the hub of telecommunication in Pakistan. Backed by the Abu Dhabi Consortium, led by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, we at Warid Telecom cherish our team, vision, shareholders and associated companies. With complete dedication to our users, we have the background as well as sincerity to cater to their demands. Warid Telecom takes pride in being backed by the Abu Dhabi Group, one of the largest groups in the Middle East and the single largest foreign investor group in Pakistan. It has a diversified business interest in the institutions that have enjoyed commercial success as a result of its strong financial resources and extensive management expertise. We have made no compromise on investments required for research and development. With a capital expenditure of over US $500 million, Warid Telecom has been set up to provide a premium quality GSM service.
Warid began its operations on May 23, 2005. In less than a year, we have a customer base of over 4.8 million and operate in over 110 cities across Pakistan, providing quality service to our customers.
Warid Telecom has a substantial experience in professionalism and a strong financial standing to support their vision which is to be the leader in the Telecom industry of Pakistan.
Warid Telecom decided to opt for GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) technology as it is the global standard for digital cellular telephone service. GSM networks support enhanced data applications and more than 1 billion customers in 109 countries are using this technology. Warid Telecom would be launching its cellular services based on 900 and 1800 GSM technology, in order to optimize the utilization of frequency, thus ensuring the highest quality and service.
“To be the leading telecommunication service provider both domestically and internationally”
We believe in the future, with a mission to be the first for service, quality innovation and choice.
Quality of Service
Premium Quality of service
Second to none
Ease of use
Making Communication simple
Clear and straight forward
Transparency / Openness & Fairness
Open and honest – Nothing to hide
What you see is what you get
We say what we do and do what we say
Customer focus and Listening
Affordable solutions for you
Speaking your language
Being there for you when you need us
Bright ideas – the only thing that restricts us is our imagination
Continuously improving through challenging the norm and looking at things differently
Leading the way in adding value to your life
Warid Telecom’s vision is “To be the leading national communication provider with a strong international presence.”
Warid Telecom’s brand values include:
technology easy to use
To consistently strive to
provide leading edge
Truly sensitive to
Best in class
Quality – We want to make a difference to people’s lives. Our optimism is contagious. We are passionate about what we do and we have confidence in ourselves.
Simplicity – For us, clarity comes through simplicity. We recognize that we are people communicating with other people. We are always direct and easy to understand.
Innovation – We constantly look to do things differently and in a better way. We give colour to all that we do. We are ready to push the boundaries and take risks.
Honesty – We are always open and honest. We say what we do and we do what we say.
Friendliness – We enjoy working and succeeding together by building close relationships. While we have a sense of purpose, we also have a sense of humour. We consider the needs both of our customers and of each other.
Warid Telecom’s aim is to be perceived not only as a telecommunication operator of voice services, but also as a universal provider of comprehensive communications services for both residential and business customers. We strive to provide optimum level of support and care through our highly skilled and motivated team of professionals and through maximum network coverage and connectivity. To establish ourselves as the leading provider of mobile communication services for the corporate sector by introducing new trends in customer care and support for expediting trust and confidence with our prestigious corporate clients.
To be the market leader in telecommunication sector by 2012.
To penetrate into the corporate sector and reach the high revenue generating customers through dedicated services and offering a complete range of telecom services. Highly professional team of account managers will also create brand equity.
Pakistan Cellular Market
Voice and basic Services
Communicate on the latest GSM 900/1800 networks.
Variety of packages available both in prepaid and postpaid.
Identify the caller and allow customer to receive or reject the call.
There is no charge for this service.
Transfer calls to any number in Pakistan. This is a handset dependent feature. Most handsets provide the following possibilities in the Call Settings menu under Call Divert:
Divert all voice calls (unconditional)
Divert if busy
Divert if not answered (after 6 rings)
Divert if out of reach (out of Warid coverage or switched off)
Divert if not available (any of the conditions 2-4)
Allows the customers to put a caller on hold while answering a new call or switching between calls.
Free, called party charged for outgoing call or interconnects.
Allows the customer to receive notification of incoming call during an active call.
Free, called party charged for outgoing call or interconnects.
Allows the subscriber to initiate and engage a call to two or more different callers at the same time.
A caller can initiate five calls and bring all of them in a conference call.
Unanswered callers can leave a voice message in the mailbox of the called party.
Voice Mail can store up to 20 messages, with each message having duration of 30 seconds.
Messages can be stored for up to 3 days.
You can set your own password for complete security of messages.
You can select Urdu or English as your preferred language.
You can greet your callers with a personal message in your own voice.
You will also receive SMS notification for new messages.
Short messaging Service (SMS)
The user can send SMS/text messages to both national and international numbers
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
MMS allows for richer content that includes text, sounds, images and even videos to be send to any mobile number in the world that supports MMS
This will allow customers to surf the web on his handset (if the handset supports WAP or has a built-in Internet and Email client) or using his handset as a modem
Effective usage of the Radio resources
Lower cost to access Data Networks
Higher Data Transfer Speeds (Max. 171.2 kbps)
Short access delay
Shorter connection setup time
Keep connection open at all times
Flexible and Easy Roaming Services
Flexibility and support of access to various data networks – Public Internet, Corporate Intranet etc
Complete suite of the STK application. Customers can pull information on weather, namaz timings, set alerts etc.
All STK applications are SMS based. Hence standard SMS charges apply. Subscription alerts will carry a monthly/daily charge.
Friends and Family
Subscribers can provide a list of on-net numbers on which they can call at a reduced rate and enjoy the flexible call rates
Interested in Roaming freely?
With Warid, you don’t have to worry about roaming about the world freely. No matter where in the world you may end up, our connection will keep you completely connected, safe, comfortable and carefree.
Warid International Roaming provides you the liberty to use your existing number even when you travel outside Pakistan. Warid gives you the power to roam anywhere & everywhere around the Globe. We keep you connected to all those who matter, may that be your friends or family. With Warid exclusive international roaming service you stay connected in 170 countries across 320 operators.
VAS & Content Charges
For only Rs. 3 per transaction, enjoy any of the following VAS:
Surf Now (Mobile Internet) download (per 200 KB)
Picture Messaging & MMS (per 100 KB)
Voice Mail (no deposit or retrieval charges)
Friends & Family: Breaks the Rs. 1.5 barrier in terms of call rates providing a 50 % discount on the next best On-net rate in the market Rs. 2.99 in case of Ufone (First time in Pakistan)
30 Second Pulse (Another First)
On-net rates Rs. 1 less than the next best in the industry
Undoubtedly the best and most extensive content on offer
MMS & GPRS
Free Supplementary Services
Warid is significantly cost effective than other operators. Warid is the only operator that has a Zero Line rent (Silver) Package on post paid. Average Rates from Silver to Gold to Platinum to Diamond comes done by 8%, 9% and 17% respectively as the customers spends more they should get better rates. Other competitors do not operate like this.
Customer Services Initiatives
In order to provide dedicated and personalized services to this sector following initiatives are recommended to make a difference and convert corporate to Warid network;
One collective bill for corporate and enterprises
Group reward will be mentioned on the bill for collective redemption
Priority help line at call centers to handle queries
Priority call routing
Corporate sales and customer services will work together on certain accounts
Primary contact will be corporate key account manager
Secondary contact will be customer services person dedicated for that particular account.
The minimum waiver allowed for different packages are as follow:
Packages Minimum Waiver allowed
1. Silver 1000
2. Gold 1000
3. Platinum 1000
4. Emerald 3000
5. Sapphire 4000
6. Diamond 5000
What is SWOT Analysis
SWOT analysis is a simple framework for generating strategic alternatives from a situation analysis. It is applicable to either the corporate level or the business unit level and frequently appears in marketing plans. SWOT (sometimes referred to as TOWS) stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The SWOT framework was described in the late 1960’s by Edmund P. Learned, C. Roland Christiansen, Kenneth Andrews, and William D.Guth in Business Policy, Text and Cases (Homewood, IL: Irwin, 1969). The General Electric Growth Council used this form of analysis in the 1980’s. Because it concentrates on the issues that potentially have the most impact, the SWOT analysis is useful when a very limited amount of time is available to address a complex strategic situation. The method used to acquire the inputs to the SWOT matrix will affect the quality of the analysis. If the information is obtained hastily during a quick interview with the CEO, even though this one person may have a broad view of the company and industry, the information would represent a single viewpoint. The quality of the analysis will be improved greatly if interviews are held with a spectrum of stakeholders such as employees, suppliers, customers, strategic partners, etc.
SWOT Analysis Limitations
While useful for reducing a large quantity of situational factors into a more manageable profile, the SWOT framework has a tendency to oversimplify the situation by classifying the firm’s environmental factors into categories in which they may not always fit. The classification of some factors as strengths or weaknesses, or as opportunities or threats is somewhat arbitrary. For example, a particular company culture can be either strength or a weakness. A technological change can be a either a threat or an opportunity. Perhaps what is more important than the superficial classification of these factors is the firm’s awareness of them and its development of a strategic plan to use them to its advantage.
Custom-made network for Pakistan’s environment.
Congestion-free connectivity in all coverage areas.
Roll out plan for complete national populated coverage by 2006.
Fully redundant network.
Robust design catering to future needs.
Future professional network (EDGE compatible and 3G upgraded with soft switch and media gateway architecture)
State of the art IP based contact centre and leading data centre.
Launch of WiMax services across Pakistan by the end of 2005 with revolutionary 3.5 GHz broadband solution.
Backed by Abu Dhabi Group.
System (operational Infrastructure).
Billing system is flexible.
Affinity channels / Partners (like bank Alfalah etcâ€¦)
Experienced and skilled Human Resources in Telecom Sector.
Committed to providing superior levels of professional services to all its customers – before, during and after the deployment of our leading solutions.
Deployed a state-of-the-art 2.5 G EDGE compliant network.
All business processes are ETOM compliant as per accredited international standards.
The strategic alliance agreement held in Lahore recently is for Ericsson to provide Warid Telecom a complete “turnkey state of the art” GSM network solution, which encompasses the supply of core and Radio network equipment, network design, rollout as well as professional services like full operations and maintenance. The network will be GSM / GPRS based and its coverage build out will commence immediately.
Rich human resource capital from Pakistan and abroad covering a broad spectrum of telcos both from the vendors and operators sides.
Best quality at competitive rates.
At some post job descriptions are not clearly defined.
Expansion Planning is slow.
Marketing campaigns are not up to the mark.
Diagonal communication is almost missing.
The market positioning is extremely dynamic. Under these circumstances quality of service, marketing strategies, pricing, promotions and brand loyalties all will interplay and have their individual impact. Collectively whoever masters this set of strategies and is able to develop a synergy will be our greatest competitor.
Low Tele-density in Pakistan in comparison to other Asian economies, government policies and current leadership are encouraging factors for Warid.
Tremendous growth potential and market dynamics of Pakistan Telecom sector and extensive development and privatization taking place with a lot of unmet demand in the telecom sector has given a chance to the group to invest in the lucrative industry.
Creating awareness in masses; in the corporate sector by creating awareness and providing knowledge.
Tariffs are very flexible with relative to competitors.
Expanding operations in less developed countries e.g. (Congo) without any competitor.
Mobile market in dramatic growth stage
Avenues to achieve competitive advantage through differentiation as opposed to pure price-based competition
Frustrated customer base that considers current mobile service to be generally poor
Use of personal selling can offer genuine opportunities to stimulate customer acquisition
Low Tele-density resulting in mobile substitution of fixed services
Youth are more influential in social decision-making processes and the youth are key to widespread mobile adoption
Increase in disposable income across Pakistani households
Significant latent demand especially in the rural markets
Mobile number portability will reduce switching barriers for operators
Designation of SMP status to Mobilink will reduce the power of the most dominant mobile player
Poorly positioned major competitors
PTCL has been privatized and acquired by Etisalat, UAE. It will definitely enhance the competition and Telecom sector will see more growth and at a faster pace.
Mobilink is the main competitor surviving in the market for the last 12 years.
Telenor is also one of the main competitors as it has expanded its operations to Afghanistan and is also providing its services in 200 plus cities as well as at international destinations.
Although Warid has procured the licence of WLL but WLL is also a threat for every mobile operator, at least in the densely populated areas.
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is a great threat for all the mobile operators in Pakistan as heard by PTA that in the near future all numbers would be controlled by the PTA, that one can have any number of any operator by the PTA.
Increased buying power will lead to price erosion over time.
Introduction of competing WLL operators.
Revitalised PTCL could stimulate fixed services usage at the expense of mobile operations.
Competitive intensity set to increase.
Price is even more sensitive in rural areas compared to urban areas. Low arpu’s
Potential delays and high network roll-out cost due to site sharing not being mandatory.
PTA could potentially delay network rollout due to the need to grant network approval prior to full launch.
Network rollout may be adversely affected by lack of appropriate frequencies for backhaul connectivity.
Regulator has not fully developed interconnect regimes and this could cause delays in developing interconnect contracts.
Policies of ruling authorities Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is also a great threat for Warid, as the policy changes made by PTA may be worse for Warid.
Backed by Abu Dhabi Group
System (operational Infrastructure)
Billing system is flexible
Affinity channels / Partners
Experienced and skilled Human Resources in Telecom Sector
Ericsson is the key vendor, had provided the turnkey project.
Nortel the world largest VOIP group is working in a contract with Warid.
Expansion Planning is slow
Marketing campaigns are not up to the mark
Diagonal communication is almost missing
At some post job descriptions are not clearly defined
Tariffs are very flexible
Expanding operations in less developed countries e.g. (Congo) without any competitor
Creating awareness in masses
Less Tele-density in Pakistan.
Cellular subscription growth rate is very high in Pakistan.
Competitors (Mobilink, Telenor)
Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
Policies of ruling authorities (PTA)
WLL is a threat because of Tele-density n Pakistan.
Telenor is one a major threat to Warid because of its expansion planning.
Every Organization has its own mix of strategies to excel in the competitive market. In case of Warid there are five other mobile operators offering the same product at the same time. So the question here is that who will excel and will be the Number 1. Because all the players are competing with one another each having its own strength and weaknesses and the market positioning is extremely dynamic. Under these circumstances quality of service, marketing strategies, pricing, promotions and brand loyalties all will interplay and also have their individual impact. Collectively whoever masters this set of strategies and is able to develop a synergy will be the market leader.
Warid is also using a set of strategies to get the competitive edge in the market. Some of Warid strategies are as marketing strategies, competitive strategies, business strategies and branding strategies.
Warid Strategic Objectives
To become a leading telecoms operator within 12 month of launch with a market share amongst the top 3 operators.
Become the market leader for quality in Pakistan.
Ensure 95% customer satisfaction
Become the leading mobile brand and attain Brand awareness level of 95% within urban population.
Enrich the life of customers by providing innovative products & services and a unique customer experience.
Accelerate Tele-density / penetration through
Educating customers and.
Ensuring availability & affordability.
Warid Business Strategies
Aggressive customer acquisition to gain at least 20%market share
Focus on customer retention & monetization through innovative products & packages while maintaining drive on customer acquisition
Continuously improve in all areas while maintaining leadership position:
Quality Service & tight operational controls
Staff training & development
Improve product profitability & customer spend
Warid Marketing Strategies (Macro & Micro Market Environment)
To best understand first we have to make a look at the market situation and conditions.
Introduction of CPP
Govt taxes related to mobile connections (further reductions expected)
Reduction in handset costs and growing ‘used handset’ sector
Affordability, reduction in airtime charges and favourable tariff adjustments
Flexible payment terms for the purchase of handsets
More powerful and widespread advertising campaigns
Introduction of value added services
Availability expanded distribution networks increasing accessibility
Youth generation experiencing ‘mobile mania’
Increasing use of the mobile as a lifestyle aid
Political stability emerging
New systems being developed to nurture country stability
Disposable income growth
Inflow of Investment
Social trends now further supporting mobile growth:
Increased decision-making power in the hands of the youth population
Increasingly, disposable incomes are being spent on convenience and luxury home appliances
Micro Market Drivers
Macro Market Drivers
Market Penetration Strategy
The initial focus is on corporate giants e.g. Tetra Pak, ICI, and Shell etc. By providing them the free trial period and alternative to existing communication networks with reduced and improved communication services. Providing incentives like effortless conversion of communication network. The idea of not just being a communication service provider but a change agent and bring about a healthy revolution among the corporate clients. Personal relationships and care instead of a strict professional approach to attract more and more customers. The focus is on being the only communication service provider for the entire organization. There is no concept of a small or large changes for organizations both are equally opposed. Encourage corporate connections for more employees by low cost and greater ROI. The gap between the observation, decision and action time should be minimal. Following are the core strategies followed by Warid.
Corporate Calls / visits
To identify the high potential net worth market and allocate corporate accounts to the account manager for personalized delivery of telecom solutions.
Corporate team will make planned calls to all major corporate clients.
Sales Team Incentives
Corporate sales team will be incentives on number of new connections.
Focusing strong potential business areas, and presenting Warid products to a specific industry.
Tele Sales Support
Tele sales team will provide support to our corporate sales team, providing all leads coming up from corporate sector for post paid sales. Each tele marketer will be assigned a corporate account manager
Corporate customer services targets
Customer services team will have targets based on revenue assurance, percentage of churn, and incremental revenue.
In order to create awareness in the corporate sector and develop brand loyalty following activities will be carried out time to time; conduct conferences, holding seminars, conduct road shows, special functions to be hosted separately for corporate and enterprise, and preferred invitation will be sent to all corporate for all Warid sponsored events.
Warid Market Segmentation Strategy
Focus on core groups of consumers (early adopters, revenue drivers, advocates, segments not addressed)
Ensure appropriate offerings are created for these communities which are targeted strongly at the key products/services those consumers desire most
Customise and tailor products to optimise take-up and usage
Ensure appropriate channels and promotions are used to maximise customer take-up
Manage a virtuous feedback loop between Warid and the consumer, via our specialised teams and products.
Warid Segmentation Community Strategy
This community strategy approach will enable Warid to:
Understand, listen to and delight customers.
Target segments currently not being addressed by competitors.
Ensure we do not alienate those customers addressed by our competitors.
React quickly to customer and market requirements.
Differentiate our technology/products in a competitive market.
Optimal packaging & pricing to maximise customers and usage/revenues.
Encourage a ‘community of one’ through packaging and personalisation.
Warid Segmentation Community Definition
Community: “A set of individuals, a segment of the population or a group of people with similar characteristics or interests that can be identified and targeted”
Common Culture or Lifestyle.
Conscious or unconscious sense of pride/belonging.
Similar interests, needs, wants or desires.
Community members may have a strong affinity and desire to interact with the Community.
Community members may merely want to be informed about the community.
Commercial Media exists targeting these groups of interest (press, TV or Radio).
Corporates/Organisations targeting groups of individuals.
Warid Segmentation Factors Influencing Consumer Behaviour
(Stable over time; deep-rooted)
(Visible above the surface; influenced by values, attitudes, and life stage)
(the inevitable fact of growing older…)
(shift with wind and currents)
Warid Segmentation Approach
Three Dimensional Segmentation Strategy
Consumer and Market Understanding
“I’ve given this some thought and it will be a useful way to improve my quality of life – I know what I want”
“It’s seems to be reliable, easy to use, it makes life more safe and it’s highly recommended – I’ll buy one too”
“It’s new, it’s advanced,
It’s fun and it’s the future
– I want it”
“It’s new, it’s fascinating,
It’s fun and it looks good
– I want one too”
“It’s impressive, helps me in my everyday life and it looks like a good deal for me”
Segment positioning on the adoption life-cycle will indicate the rate of acquisition and prioritisation of segment targeting.
Product life cycle & T5
Warid Marketing Mix
Warid marketing mix consists of these functions:
Pricing & Packaging
It can easily be seen that today’s main revenue line is voice, however with the inception of SMS it has been proven that there is a large untapped and un catered for market for content and application’s. Currently competitors have a long list of basic services with limited customer relevance or customer education.
Revenue shift from voice to basic data
The share of data revenue dominated by communication (P2P SMS & MMS) will drop from 72% in 2003 to 42% in 2008.