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.