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Ufone’s 3G Network Stretched to Nine Cities, Mobilink Eight and Telenor in Four Cities

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cell site Ufone’s 3G Network Stretched to Nine Cities, Mobilink Eight and Telenor in Four Cities

Its been slightly over a month now that trial services for 3G were started by cellular operators in Pakistan.

Starting with Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi, cellular operators – other than Zong — are expanding their reach to serve their customers with next-generation 3G technology at earliest.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had made this obligatory for all 3G operators to make 3G services available in minimum of five cities (including four Provincial and Federal Capital) during first nine month of the 3G launch.

With current rollout status, it appears that operators have almost fulfilled their respective rollout obligations way ahead of the deadline, i.e. with-in first month of license auction.

Ufone is clearly winning the race during the first few weeks by taking its 3G network live in nine cities across three provinces of the country. Ufone’s 3G network is available in following nine cities as of today:

  • Islamabad
  • Lahore
  • Rawalpindi
  • Karachi
  • Peshawar
  • Faisalabad
  • Multan
  • Gujranwala
  • Sialkot

Ufone has proved that their readiness for 3G network was optimum, probably this is the reason that Ufone was able to commercially launch 3G ahead of all other operators. Its quality of network for 3G in covered areas is also said to be super, hinting that they have some plans for the months to come.

Ufone, it appears, is also trying to get its 3G network to cities where no one else has penetrated yet. Take example of Sialkot and Gujranwala where no other operator is offering 3G except Ufone. This approach is definitely going to earn the company notable number of extra customers during early days.

Mobilink, on the other hands, has its 3G network in eight cities. Below is the list:

  • Islamabad
  • Rawalpindi
  • Peshawar
  • Lahore
  • Karachi
  • Multan
  • Faisalabad
  • Quetta

Mobilink also has this unique feature of 3G network availability in Quetta where no other operator has reached yet.

Telenor, which is set to commercially launch its 3G services on June 1st, has managed to grab four cities with its 3G network. Telenor’s 3G network is available in following cities:

  • Islamabad
  • Lahore
  • Rawalpindi
  • Peshawar

While we know the fact that these cities are not entirely covered by cellular operators, it is said (and observed independently) that telcos are swiftly expanding the 3G network with-in the covered cities.

This on-going process of network expansion with 3G network will continue for several years, but early impressions suggest that operators are pretty aggressive with their rollout plans.

Zong – quite surprisingly – just commenced its trial 3G services at selected locations in Lahore. It’s commercial launch – we are told by sources – isn’t happening anytime before mid-July, which is quite odd for a company like Zong as they looked best or say over-prepared for 3G launch during the auction.

Overall, I would say, operators are doing a wonderful job with 3G network rollout. Not only the 3G coverage, but the service quality is also commendable. These speedtest results screens (from hundreds of ProPakistani readers) speak volumes.

Having said this, it is just a start and a lot has to be done yet. Telecom companies will have to continue expanding the 3G network along with fair quality of service during the years to come.

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  • Ali

    I don’t understand why no telecom company is covering the region of Bahria town, eden villas and Eme society in lahore. Although some really big company owners and their relatives are living in these posh areas. Also i can bet every individual can afford even the expensive terrif plans in these areas.

    • Guest

      They will launch soon Bro! You know, “the fruit of patience is sweet”.

    • Guest

      They will launch soon Bro! You know, “the fruit of patience is sweet”.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        yes, change the color sky how how :D
        badalta hai rang asmaan kese kese

        • Muhammad Aamir

          hahahha..!! You are so funny ;)

        • Muhammad Aamir

          hahahha..!! You are so funny ;)

      • Test

        Zada sabar karne se Khajur Chuhara ban jati hai :p

    • AcerQuantum

      Companies like ptcl and mobilink have to pay bribes to the owners of bharia town before the owners let them in. As usual its the customer that waits and suffers the most.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      they are not covering in rawalpindi too, these posh areas located outside the city, as far i know in rwp and went to lahore, the bahria town was like adjacent to lahore same in rwp.
      that is why they are getting delayed, and about the users…i think in these posh areas maximum people just use their home for sleeping purpose and rest of the time they spend in city..my guess maybe wrong

  • Syed

    Bravo brabo…Telenor 3G isnt fast either…telenor will definately loose out the here

    • Ali Rizvi

      Yes their 3G is slow

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    in my opinion telenor has best speed than others.
    The biggest problem regarding coverage in Karachi is none of the operators has covered S.I.T.E AREA which is one of biggest industrial area of Pakistan

  • Guest

    They are launching 3G service one to two cities (or more) per month. It means, every year 3G will be launched 20 to 30 cities.What do you think coverage rate is enough to spread 3G service 100-200 cities within 1 to 2 years. Even EVO is available only in 128 cities.

  • Naveed

    Thanks for thee article but lets see how much coverage ufone has given.. if you go on ufone’s website and see the coverage map for 3G .. when you say they are covering more cities which looks stunning but when you see the coverage area in those cities which is pathetic.. they should first cover one whole city and then move to other rather giving less coverage area in all the cities which is useless.. on the other hand telenor has more coverage than ufone but less cities which is good..

    • Guest

      Right! They want to show that we have a 3G service in more cities, but actually only limited area.It is better to spread the 3G service whole cities or only a major parts. For instance, Bahari Town which is one of the richest area in Lahore, there is no operator which is offering 3G service. Perhaps, they have a plan.

    • Guest

      Right! They want to show that we have a 3G service in more cities, but actually only limited area.It is better to spread the 3G service whole cities or only a major parts. For instance, Bahari Town which is one of the richest area in Lahore, there is no operator which is offering 3G service. Perhaps, they have a plan.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      all companies currently not covering the whole cities, maybe the covered the minimum area compared to others. but its marketing strategy…1 can cover the maximum area in one city and one can cover minimum area but in more cities.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      all companies currently not covering the whole cities, maybe the covered the minimum area compared to others. but its marketing strategy…1 can cover the maximum area in one city and one can cover minimum area but in more cities.

  • No 3G coverage

    Just give me one example where any operator has expanded its 3G coverage area in Karachi ????

  • No 3G coverage

    Just give me one example where any operator has expanded its 3G coverage area in Karachi ????

    • Omar

      Dear they are only giving this facility only in VIP areas like Clifton and Defence.

    • Omar

      Dear they are only giving this facility only in VIP areas like Clifton and Defence.

    • Omar

      Dear they are only giving this facility only in VIP areas like Clifton and Defence.

    • Omar

      Dear they are only giving this facility only in VIP areas like Clifton and Defence.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        in areas where people use internet services on mobile, they are not political parties rather they are businesses

  • http://www.ifadey.com/ Fawad Hassan

    Ufone have least 3G covered area in pindi/isb :(

  • http://www.ifadey.com/ Fawad Hassan

    Ufone have least 3G covered area in pindi/isb :(

    • Naveed

      yes thats what I am saying.. Compared to Telenor has more coverage area in RWP/ISB than any network

      • Yasir Mahmood

        Telenor’s 3G is Way Better then Any Other Company

      • Yasir Mahmood

        Telenor’s 3G is Way Better then Any Other Company

        • Naveed

          Agreed

  • http://www.ifadey.com/ Fawad Hassan

    Ufone have least 3G covered area in pindi/isb :(

  • Tauheed Essa

    How costly is the 3G hardware?

  • Tauheed Essa

    How costly is the 3G hardware?

    • Guest

      Poch Kar Ata Hon :D

    • Guest

      Poch Kar Ata Hon :D

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      i guess dont know exact but around 9 million $ for one site.

      • Muhammad Aamir

        I don’t think so! Mobilink has 9000 cell sites(According to the previous Propakistani article), then total cost will go around 9000*9=81000 million dollars, which is equal to 81 billion dollars..!! LOL! Bill Gates, who is the richest man in the world, only has 74 billion dollars in his pocket ;D It is a interesting question, we should research about it!

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          maybe one site mean a specific area of km2, i told you i don’t know exact.
          and worth of bill gates is his own worth, btw companies worth morethan that.microsoft worth i guess more than 500 or nearly 1000 billion dollars and we are talking about companies.

          • Umair

            In Pakistan worth of whole Warid Tel was not more than 3 billion USD so Mobilink current worth is not more than 6 Billion USD. How they can invest 81 billion USD ??

      • Umair

        Dr Sb jane dein itna mehnga ni hota :)

  • http://www.allbarbiemoviesonline.com/ Gulab Shah

    seem like paid post if im not mistaken

    • Badar

      no its POSTPAID ;P

    • Badar

      no its POSTPAID ;P

  • Usman Ahmed

    none of them have increased coverage in lahore whne compared to the test service

  • Ahmed

    Ufone is best :P

    • Mughal

      Ufone has the most pathetic services !!!!!

  • jkumar

    Dear all

    Would u like to tell me, Ufone had not complete coverage in single city of pakistan and they start 3G commercial, so do u think it is professionally good step??
    And furthermore Ufone connot try to complete one city coverage instead of this expend it 3g in other citys…

    Note: 3g and 2G charges or charged separately so for 3g you need 2g package as well as …

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      all companies do not cover the whole city, for your kind information
      they are upgrading sites in cities which they are providing

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Poor Zong

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Poor Zong

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Poor Zong

    • duaa khan

      im using Zong 3g trial from 14th may in lhr its amazing…

  • ibmtechie

    Hyderabad is the village, isn’t it? We don’t want any 3G :’(

    • Waqar Ahmed Shaikh

      Thinking the same… :(

    • Mustafa

      I know that feel bro :(

    • Mustafa

      I know that feel bro :(

  • Shuja Siddiqui

    I dont know on which grounds ufone is selecting cities for 3g coverage? 6 cities of punjab as compare to 1 each in sindh and kpk and none in balochistan

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      depend upon their customers and market who use internet services.they are not biased. they are doing business not running a political party.

      • Shuja Siddiqui

        I m not saying that they r biased because they mean business. But fact is there r cities where no of internet users r more than the cities already have 3g.

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          I dont think so, maybe the no of ufone customers were less

          • Shuja Siddiqui

            R u a ufone representative?

            • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

              Do I look like a Ufone representative ?

              • Shuja Siddiqui

                Perhaps, ghalib film daikhi hay aap nay?

                • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

                  yes

                  • Shuja Siddiqui

                    Baysharam ban k geo

                    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

                      ab thek ha

                    • Shuja Siddiqui

                      Kis khushi mein?

                    • Shuja Siddiqui

                      Naa G

                    • Shuja Siddiqui

                      .

              • Shuja Siddiqui

                Perhaps, ghalib film deekhi hay aap nay?

    • Umair

      Ufone management control is with Arabs (who are obviously not Punjabis). Stop spreading hatred from ur polluted mind.

      • Shuja Siddiqui

        Shut ur gutter off. Punjabies r my brothers. I was just inquiring about strategy of ufone regarding spread of 3g u nonsense.

      • Shuja Siddiqui

        Shut ur gutter off. Punjabies r my brothers. I was just inquiring about strategy of ufone regarding spread of 3g u nonsense.

        • Umair

          these are manners u got in ur brought up. Keep it up

          • Shuja Siddiqui

            It applies to u also. Stay in the world of ignorance.

            • Umair

              keep on, good to see ur justification. Shows ur mental caliber as well :)

              • Shuja Siddiqui

                Arguing just to prove that u r right is a state of illness. Better consult a psychiatrist. ☺

              • Shuja Siddiqui

                Ur all argument started on base that i spread bias against any lingual group. Inspite of my clarification, u r more intrested in debasing.

                • Umair

                  may be i was judgmental but ur ill response does not suit to a qualified individual

                  • Shuja Siddiqui

                    Ok, i accept my choice of words were not appropriate. Pardon me for that. And lets end this futile discussion here.

                    • Umair

                      thats fine, enjoy

  • Shuja Siddiqui

    I dont know on which grounds ufone is selecting cities for 3g coverage? 6 cities of punjab as compare to 1 each in sindh and kpk and none in balochistan

  • Faraz

    But they are not extending the coverage area in the Big cities. Even in Karachi we are not getting 3g coverage.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      not in whole karachi i guess.but they upgrading sites in cities which they are providing and you will get soon 3G

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      not in whole karachi i guess.but they upgrading sites in cities which they are providing and you will get soon 3G

  • Mustafa

    Still they are not launching in Hyderabad :(

  • bilal

    aamir bhai kee kachi ho gayee, news lagi thee as usual pro ufone, per ppl r smarter now :)

  • irfan

    زونگ جان بوجھ کر سروس شروع نہیں کر رہا. کیونکہ زونگ کے پاس چارجی کا لائیسنس ہے. اگر زونگ نے چارجی سروس شروع کر دی تو دوسری کمپنیوں کی تین جی کون استعمال کرے گا. یہ میرا ذاتی خیال ہے، ہوسکتا ہے غلط ہو

  • irfan

    زونگ جان بوجھ کر سروس شروع نہیں کر رہا. کیونکہ زونگ کے پاس چارجی کا لائیسنس ہے. اگر زونگ نے چارجی سروس شروع کر دی تو دوسری کمپنیوں کی تین جی کون استعمال کرے گا. یہ میرا ذاتی خیال ہے، ہوسکتا ہے غلط ہو

    • Patriot

      No, the reason must be something else as 80% of the smartphones in Pakistan doesnot support 4G

    • Patriot

      No, the reason must be something else as 80% of the smartphones in Pakistan doesnot support 4G

  • Hamayun Khan

    3G quality in Peshawar really sucks getting connectivity issues in 3G area. Even when it is connected it fluctuates a lot.

  • MMH

    Please ask PTA to stop ZONG from advertising itself as Pakistan’s 1st and only 4G network when it is not even offering 3G!

    • Patriot

      Bhai thora wait kar lo, 3g or 4g ki launch se pehle bhi karobar e zindagi chal raha tha ;)

      • MMH

        Sometimes back Telenor was told to remove its ad from Islamabad’s Blue Area crossing due to its misleading claim of offering 4G when even licenses were not given. Zong must stop misleading on similar lines! It appears that Warid will launch 4G before Pakistan’s 1st and only fraud 4G network!

      • MMH

        Sometimes back Telenor was told to remove its ad from Islamabad’s Blue Area crossing due to its misleading claim of offering 4G when even licenses were not given. Zong must stop misleading on similar lines! It appears that Warid will launch 4G before Pakistan’s 1st and only fraud 4G network!

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          well telenor ad says we are 2G company not 4G at blue area underpass.I saw that advertisement 100 times while going to bahria university.
          at the time no one has license to offer the service, now they have license and they can advertise 3G or 4G whatever.

  • Abdul Samad Siddiq

    Kya ufone doosry shehron mai fori service start kary ga jaisy k Bahawalpur ya ab dair lagy gi saal ya phir is sy zyada?

  • Abdul Samad Siddiq

    Kya ufone doosry shehron mai fori service start kary ga jaisy k Bahawalpur ya ab dair lagy gi saal ya phir is sy zyada?

  • Whats In a Name

    So far Ufone has the worst speed amongst all operators, why is it mentioned as the best?

  • Foqaan Shaikh

    Really disappointed with ZonG..

  • Zacardo

    And only limited areas are covered in those cities! :@

  • Shuja Siddiqui

    Ufone 3g speed test at quetta

  • Raja A

    We need 3G coverage in Azad Kashmir ASAP. Us British folk can’t live without the Internet when we visit.

  • OMUR

    Ufone has launched 3G in Quetta too.
    For coverage in Bahria, we are struggling enough with concerns.

  • akmal shah

    dear sir main telenor postpaid sim use kar raha hn peshawar se belong karta hn telenor 3g peshawar main abe tak launch he nahe howa ap log joot kyo bol rahe ke telenor ne pesawar main launch kiya hai ye sb joot hai peshawar main abe tak telenor 3g nahe aya

  • akmal shah

    dear sir main telenor postpaid sim use kar raha hn peshawar se belong karta hn telenor 3g peshawar main abe tak launch he nahe howa ap log joot kyo bol rahe ke telenor ne pesawar main launch kiya hai ye sb joot hai peshawar main abe tak telenor 3g nahe aya