Trial: Mobile phone operators to test 3G, 4G services

By APP
Published: February 27, 2014
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Mobile operators will be granted a free trial licence for 3G and 4G to prepare before its complete adoption. PHOTO: FILE

Mobile operators will be granted a free trial licence for 3G and 4G to prepare before its complete adoption. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Mobile phone operators, under the regulator’s decision of granting them a free trial permission on non-commercial basis for 3G and 4G services, will test and finetune services before the spectrum auction takes place.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had announced that all mobile operators will be granted a free trial licence for 3G and 4G so that they prepare accordingly before its complete adoption.

A web-based telecom site on Wednesday reported that after the announcement, operators had requested PTA for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for commencing trial services.

The regulator, in response, had asked the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) to allocate the required spectrum to cellular companies so they may start offering trial 3G/4G services.

The FAB now has all the necessary approvals from the cabinet division and mobile phone companies are set to launch trial such services soon.

It merits mentioning here that such a testing of 3G services are for trial and non-commercial basis, as operators would not offer high-speed 3G broadband services to customers.

Instead, they will internally test the infrastructure and equipment to get prepared for the proper launch after the auction, planned for April 2014.

The subscribers will be able to enjoy 3G (and possibly 4G as well) within two weeks after the licence auction in April.

When contacted, an official at PTA confirmed that mobile phone operators are being provided with limited permission by the FAB with an aim that telecoms can identify their technical challenges before rolling out the new services to the masses.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • 42
    Feb 27, 2014 - 1:49PM

    “A web-based telecom site on Wednesday reported that after the announcement, operators had requested PTA for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for commencing trial services.”

    If you are going to quote another site you should link to it.

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  • AliG
    Feb 27, 2014 - 11:58PM

    Finally… Progress!!
    We all can just hope that this process completes successfully. If implemented properly then this auction can become an important turning point for the nation.

    Lets hope for the best now.

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  • azeem ktk
    Mar 3, 2014 - 7:30PM

    When 3g have been start.Recommend

  • Tariq Baloch
    Mar 7, 2014 - 5:20PM

    Hope this just not remain a trial, keeping in mind the previous attempts to pass spectrum auctions.Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2014 - 11:45PM

    I hope this will be a positive step its great and im enjoying free 3G services

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  • Jul 9, 2014 - 2:47PM

    although 3g services have bee started but too expensive for a common men.. The people can only buy 3g phone but cant use as a 3g phone. as you can see on this website http://pkr.com.pk/cell-phones-tablets

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