Zong, that has won 4G license in Pakistan, can take around a year or so in launching 4G network in Pakistan, said Dr. Fan Yunjun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zong, yesterday during its press conference on 3G and 4G.
When asked by ProPakistani, Dr. Fan confirmed that it has contracted a vendor for 4G deployments, however, a live 4G network may take several months to surface in the country.
Zong said that its parent company China Mobile is World’s largest 4G operator with over 252,000 4G sites across China and is that it targeting to double the number of 4G sites by end of this year.
Zong said that it will beat rollout obligation for 4G network in Pakistan too. However, the setup of network from scratch may take some time for the users to experience 4G technology.
On the other hands, company is all ready to launch 3G services after getting a license and NOC from the government of Pakistan, that is planned during first week of May 2014.
Mr. Sikandar Naqi, advisor to CEO of Zong, however hinted that 4G will be made available at a certain location as an experience centre well ahead of launch. “Customers will be allowed to experience 4G services with-in this experience zone before commercial launch of Zong’s 4G network”, confirmed Mr. Naqi.
It is anticipated that Zong will be able to offer 10-15Mbps (actual) speeds on 4G networks.