WiMAX in Dubai Vs Pakistan

DU, the integrated telecom service provider in the UAE, in collaboration with Motorola successfully implemented Mobile Wimax operation for Dubai Metro. Here is what the press release said:

With the implementation of Motorola’s WiMAX network, du offers its customers wireless internet access whilst travelling on the metro at speeds of up to 90km/hr using PDAs or laptops via Wi-Fi services. “Offering city-wide internet access on the Dubai Metro is part of ongoing efforts to ensure our customers enjoy the convenience of exceptional connectivity, on-demand, wherever they travel.

We are delighted to partner with industry-leader Motorola on this initiative to provide a first-rate WiMAX network which benefits the thousands of commuters using the Dubai Metro,” said Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice President, Network Development, du.

When I came across this news, I was amazed at kind of technology advancement these guys are having in Dubai. Looking back in our own backyard, I was surprised that why we don’t have these facilities for our own people in the first place? Its surprising that we have got huge market for wimax operation, but the operators are busy in mincing money and working out to get return on investment from the DAY ONE.

If Pakistani WiMAX operators offer facilities like these, people will automatically switch over to them. We know that there is some kind of mobility license issue with PTA but that can be rectified if operators want to.

Wimax Operators are only trying to penetrate into population via price wars. They offer lowest possible rates to attract the customers. But they don’t work around to give something new to the customer other than regular internet. We can have this internet facility via PTCL DSL guys. Its pretty straight fact that they can’t compete against PTCL due to the penetration of PTCL and High cost of Wimax operation.

Give people something new and people will come to you.


  • akram Khan

    First of All, just make one thing sure , u want new thing , Pakistanis are enjoying the liberty of easy access to broadband and cheap mobile services, u have just read press release and spice up ur website with no knowledge that , in UAe if u want internet connection here in u.a.e u have to sweat hard..Please don’t use misinformation to just fill ur website.WIFI and wimax are widely available here in uae , but u know the charges , just check dear and then talk.it is not for normal people.

    • Hidden Eyes

      Dear Akram Khan, we salute your concern. But we don’t have knowledge of the rates over there. If you can share with our valuable readers, the rates from the industry. We will welcome you.
      Rest, we ask for initiative for public services from broadband industry.Thats all.

  • dead nation

    agreed with Akram……we love to spice things up for our pleasure but forget that we curse like hell if a call is charged 5 pisa more
    Rememeber great people make great nations & great nations have great technologies so please everyone talk logic and sense while keeping Pakistani culture in view

  • Akram Khan

    @ Hidden Eyes
    Dear for our valuable readers, this is the
    normal 1mb Broadband cost us in UAE ,250 AED means around 5675 PKR , which is available for just 1200 PKR in Pakistan , than one must have a proper Residence Contract to get Broadband , not for bachelor hostels , not for anyone sharing living space,
    For bsinesses the normal 1 MB Dsl cost 800 AED means 18000 PKR , includes small , shops , cafes , etc .
    For normal End user this is a lot expensive where average wage is only around 1500 AED ,

    For WiFi and Wimax it cost 15 AED /hr around 300 PKR , and Setup charges are Extra.

    Technology is not only the thing , but its affordability and usage is the main issue which make nations Great.

    So the Best the Technology Penetrates the better are the Results.

    That is Why Great IT companies are choosing India , Pakistan and other nations with less costly and affordable IT Back. UAE is only meant for Corporate offices of Big Guns not for Businesses.

  • Jon Mushtaak

    I don’t get it…there is a WiMax operator in lahore that offers internet via usb stick…you can plug that stick into your laptop and drive around – that should work fine. So how is Pakistani service any different from the dubai one?

    • Wimax on USB is being offered by operators here but they don’t advertise it during mobility. Have you seen one in Pakistan? No. Reason is that there is some kind of licensing issue that is hindering their path. If they could have worked on PTA on this one, they would have the liberty to give roaming service too..

      In Dubai Metro, you have the provision of using it on the way where as in Pakistan, you are not allowed officially..though people can use it un-officially @ maximum of 60Km/h..

      • Jon Mushtaak

        I see…so your beef is with PTA not giving them the license for the mobility feature. But it does work though, I’m pretty sure the company which invested millions in this are trying to get clearance for this issue as well.