3G technology enters Pakistani market

Published: June 22, 2010

Growth indicators show the country needs 3G or 4G

ISLAMABAD: For the first time, Pakistan enjoyed third generation (3G) technology, which delivers improved and faster data to support a suite of multimedia and rich cellular call applications.

At a soft launch of this latest technology by Nokia Siemens Networks on Monday, its Country Director Saad Waraich said: “only during the past two years, broadband users grew from150,000 to 800,000.”

Waraich said Pakistani market was much more ready than Nigeria, which has already launched 3G technology. Growth indicators reflect that Pakistani market needs 3G or 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology, he said.

In fact as per a broadband survey conducted by Nokia Siemens Networks in 2009, the desire to use mobile and data applications in Pakistan – surfing the web and application downloading – reaches up to 55 per cent of the population.

When asked whether 3G would affect general consumers and would they need to buy new and expensive handsets, Waraich said most of the handsets were 3G-enabled and the consumers did not need to purchase new sets.

“With Pakistan’s telecommunications industry witnessing a strong growth, the need for a richer communications services is increasing the demand for 3G and 4G. New services now and in the future require higher speed at an affordable cost,” he said.

Broadband can change the country as it connects rural businesses and consumers to the rest of the world, provides new ways of doing business and adds agility to urban enterprises, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • khuram Ali
    Jun 22, 2010 - 9:54AM

    it is Huge Devolpment Towards I.T And Mobile Media I m Waiting 3G from 3 Years. bcoz Gprs And Edge Is Not Give Such h Fast Speed Like 3G…bundle Of Thnx Nokia Siemens. Recommend

  • ishaque anjum
    Jun 22, 2010 - 5:51PM

    can anyone elaborate which mobile company implemented this 3g technology. Nokia-Ericsson are technology VENDORS not the mobile network operators. few days ago sardar latif khosa said in karachi that govt is evaluating the options to enhance current mobile networks to 3g technology. Recommend

  • ishaque anjum
    Jun 22, 2010 - 9:19PM

    Pakistani mobile network operators already minting billions of ruppees with their old and overcrowded infrastructure and billing their customers by 20/30 second units and charging customer for enquiring about their remaining balance. Pakistani Mobile Operators are only intrested and eyeing on customers pockets if they have an little be custoomer care on their corporate agenda they should have expanded their network based on their customers. What reflects on part of Mobile Operators side when a call drops or a network is constantly busy. The wors example is sub keh do. which has only one motto that increase your customers regardless of service quality. Who cares!!!Recommend

  • Faizan Ali
    Jun 23, 2010 - 12:45AM

    Wow….. I was waiting for 3G in Pakistan for a long time, Now Good Bye Edge & Gprs, Both of u r soo slow and Aged !!! ! and Welcome 3G, Good job Nokia siemens….. =)Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jun 24, 2010 - 2:46AM

    LHC is banning search engines. We are going in stoneage and one day they will ban the whole Internet in Pakistan. Whats the use of 3g. Hoping for best.Recommend

  • Umer
    Jul 14, 2010 - 12:38AM

    I am also waiting 3G in PAKISTAN………………Recommend

  • Hellodrsoul
    Oct 5, 2010 - 5:13AM

    We pay for 3g enabled Phones since last two-three years. This 3g part of our handsets is going wasted and paying for that part is a an extra burdon on our pockets. If possible, we should jump directly to 4g, as 3g is already overtaken by 4g and new deployment should mean the latest technology.Recommend

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