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Breaking: Warid Urges to Deploy 4G Network with Existing License

By | April 17, 2014 65 Comments

Warid Telecom is seeking its chance to deploy 4G LTE network for high-speed broadband with its existing license and spectrum from 1800Mhz band that it had bought in 2004, we have confirmed with sources. Despite the fact that the spectrum allocated to Warid (in 1800Mhz band) might not be sufficient enough for parallel and smooth quality of service for mobile broadband, Warid has decided to [...]

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PTA Announces Qualified 3G / 4G Spectrum Bidders

By | April 17, 2014 22 Comments

In accordance with the timelines mentioned in Information Memorandum (IM) for the Spectrum Auction of Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan, PTA has announced the names of the qualified bidders for the auction to be held on April 23, 2014. PTA has received bids from four existing Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on April 14, 2014 for 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz Spectrum. After scrutiny of [...]

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SC Directs for Uninterrupted 3G License Bidding Process

By | April 17, 2014 20 Comments

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the process of auctioning 3G and 4G spectrum licenses should continue uninterrupted. The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja resumed the hearing of a petition filed by Khurram Shehzad Chughtai, an information technology expert, who had sought a court order for the government to complete the process of auctioning 3G spectrum licenses on an urgent basis [...]

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Mobilink Phone Trade Program: Exchange Your Old Phones with 3G Enabled Handsets

By | April 17, 2014 18 Comments

Mobilink has launched Pakistan’s first “Phone Trade Program” enabling its customers to exchange their old cell phones with the latest 3G supported smart phones of their choice by paying the differential cost. The program is aimed at providing Mobilink customers with affordable access to 3G smartphones through a trusted retail channel for exchange of their devices. The newly purchased phones will come with Mobilink pre-loaded [...]

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ZonG and UNICEF Join Hands to Defeat Polio in Pakistan

By | April 17, 2014 2 Comments

To create an enabling environment for polio eradication in Pakistan, ZonG and UNICEF has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening the use of mobile phone messages to ensure more children are vaccinated during the polio campaign. The widespread usage and viability of cell phones across Pakistan provides a great opportunity to reach out to communities who are most at risk of the disease. [...]

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PTCL Inter-Media Cricket Tournament Continues in Full Swing

By | April 17, 2014 No Comments

The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here in Islamabad. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The tournament, which earlier kicked-off with an exhibition match between PTCL-XI and National Press Club XI, was inaugurated by Governor KPK, Engineer Shaukatullah Khan. The first [...]

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Telenor to Lay off Over 100 Employees in Pakistan

By | April 16, 2014 32 Comments

Telenor is planning to lay off at least 100 employees from Pakistan to outsource major Finance and Accounting tasks to Accenture Bangladesh, we have confirmed with sources. Sources confirmed that Telenor Group is in process of taking a decision on the matter and final outcome is expected around last week of April 2014. Interestingly the labour in Pakistan is more cost efficient than Dhaka, however, [...]

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Understanding 3G / 4G and the Auction Process [Complete Guide]

By | April 16, 2014 30 Comments

Pakistan’s Telecom industry is undergoing its most crucial time since the deregulation of the telecom industry back in 2004. Amid spectrum auction of 3G and 4G licenses, there have been serious confusions – particularly amongst the media – which is not only causing serious damage to the people of Pakistan but to our economy as well. Through this post we will try to help you [...]

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Illegal Grey Traffic Crippling Legal and Licensed Industry for Nearly a Decade!

By | April 16, 2014 10 Comments

By an LDI Operator Grey traffic operators have been earning billions of rupees openly selling their illegal services for over a decade now. As early as 2005/6, the PTA annual report of 2006 reported a loss of approximately Rs. 3 billion during 2005 due to illegal termination of international incoming traffic. The unchecked greed of grey traffickers is fed at the cost of crippling a [...]

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Warid Presents the ‘Bus Timings’ App

By | April 16, 2014 4 Comments

Having a hard time knowing the inter-city bus timings, or scheduling your journey from various cities of Pakistan? Need to know where the nearest bus stop is? When would the next bus leave for your desired destination? Then you should look no farther, as Warid brings the “Bus Timings” app for Android phones. Let’s explore this app in much more detail with screenshots from the [...]

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Spectrum Demand in 3G / 4G Auction is More than Supply: Chairman PTA

By | April 15, 2014 45 Comments

First round of 3G and 4G license auction in Pakistan gathered more demand from operators than the supply available in the allocated spectrum, confirmed us Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Yesterday four local operators submitted their bids for the first phase of 3G and 4G auction. Dr. Ismail told me that demand for spectrum is more than the supply and hence auction will [...]

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Zong Gets Local Loop Licenses for 14 Telecom Regions of Pakistan

By | April 15, 2014 21 Comments

After recent announcement by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority regarding the issuance of new local loop licenses, China Mobile Pakistan or Zong was quick enough to secure 14 local loop licenses for all telecom regions of the country. With Zong joining the league, there are now 18 operators with Local Loop licenses for various telecom regions of Pakistan. It maybe recalled that an LL Licence authorizes the [...]

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Confirmed: Ufone, Mobilink, Telenor and Zong Submit Sealed Bids for 3G / 4G Licenses

By | April 14, 2014 20 Comments

As we reported earlier today, its confirmed now that four local operators – namely Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, Ufone and Zong (China Mobile Pakistan) – today submitted sealed bids for the auction of 3G / 4G licenses, confirmed a statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Statement said that authority received four bids for spectrum auction for Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan till the deadline of [...]

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3G / 4G Auction Starts: Four Operators to Submit Sealed Bids Today

By | April 14, 2014 105 Comments

Telenor, Mobilink, Ufone and Zong are submitting their sealed bids for 3G and 4G licenses today to leave behind Warid, the only operator in the market to have not participated in the bidding process. Market sources confirmed ProPakistani that four operators are submitting their sealed bids today in order to qualify for the final bidding process to be held on April 23rd, 2014. Unlike it [...]

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Pakistan to Deal with Grey Traffic, ICH After 3G / 4G Auction

By | April 14, 2014 2 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom are all set to deal with grey traffic and International Clearing House (or ICH) amicably after the auction of 3G and 4G licenses later this month. Sources who are familiar with the development confirmed ProPakistani that a massive and thorough plan has been prepared for complete elimination of grey telephony that is causing loses — [...]

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