Mobilink has decided to cut its cost in terms of new sites (BTS) development and is looking forward to share the sites with Telenor and Warid and vice versa, told us sources at Mobilink. This all is in line with the instructions from Orascom HQ for cost reduction and controlling overheads of the company.
In the past PTA has also told all GSM operator companies to share each other’s sites and installations in various areas to avoid the towers congestion in term of numbers and related possible hazards on human lives.
We know that new operators were already looking for such offers, to cut their network expansion costs, however, then Mobilink had reservations for network sharing, due to its huge number of towers compared to lesser amount of towers from new operators. But now, the scenario has changed as relatively new operators are competing well in terms of coverage. Moreover, the cost element has also dragged Mobilink to negotiate over sharing the infrastructure.
There is this news in the market as well that both Mobilink and Telenor may launch the 3G project jointly and shall share each other’s resources and assets. Nowadays Mobilink’s FA (fixed asset) department is transferring the assets to a joint project for 3G launch in Pakistan. There are lots of other rumors in the market but coming days will verify the business strategies of various GSM operators and who will emerge as winners in terms of more market share and customer delight, compared with competitors.