Get 4G License for the Price of 3G

offerThe relief of various telecom operators may get disrupted, especially those who were advocating for 4G in order to escape from 3G rollout and the investment, if the title mentioned above turns true.

And the news is, that Government may think of allowing 4G rollout for the price of 3G, meaning that operators will have to pay for 3G license, and they will be allowed to rollout 3G or 4G based on their strategy, needs and the will.

According to Express Tribune, this groundbreaking idea is revealed by Dr. Yaseen, Chairman PTA, himself.

This actually shows how keen the government is to giveaway 3G licenses, apparently, not because that the people of Pakistan need it (if this was the case then we could have 3G back in Feb 2009), but for a fact that current government wants to make some money out of 3G license auction – more than a billion dollar at least, according to industry experts.

If, as opined by Chairman PTA, government eventually allows such a liberty to operators to opt between 3G and/or 4G rollout, all those anti 3G and pro-4G voices will dissolve, who were resisting 3G on the shoulders of 4G to avoid 3G and to save their reputation at the same time.

Based on level of disinterest shown in 3G seminars, it is apparent that telecom operators are in no mood of investing anything, due to low or no profits at all.

However, on other side, government has given the task to Chairman PTA to prepare the industry for 3G, at any cost. Reportedly, current government is trying to reap the potential of 3G license fee, based on India’s recent experiment of making 14.6 billion dollars from 3G licenses.

But again, the question is: Do we really need 4G or even 3G? Do we need to invest billions of dollars for the facilitation of very fewer numbers of customers who may need higher broadband on the go?

And just for a hint: telecom operators are planning to offer 3G services with 2G license. Don’t ask me the how part for now, as things are at ultra classified level for now.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Sumair

    hahahahahahahaha………..OMG!! I cant stop laughing. Our government is so desperate for money. But look at the bright side, we the consumers can now get 3G as well 4G. The desperation to make money can make AT LEAST this dream come true…..

    Picture this……
    Telenor, Zong & Ufone introducing HSDPA or HSPA+ (3G)
    and Mobilink introducing WiMax along with HSDPA service as well……..HTC EVO 4G anyone?? :D

    • Ahmed

      Broadband on the move isn’t a bad idea, tiny miny Middle East states have 3G but I can bet not more than 5% use actual 3G services on the move, still some new operators there came with 3G like Vodaphone in Qatar. Still 3G service in ME are very very expensive.

      Bhai Sumair,

      If every Pakistani pays Rs.500 each then Govt will be able to collect 1 Billion $ , every Govt should always find ways to generate revenues, but this desire of revenue generation should be for people of the country, not for individuals’ hunger. Ap samajh rahay hain na hamari baat ;-)

  • zubair

    Very wise step we are tooo late in 3G launch
    PTA is on right track

    • imran

      mr. zubair,

      would you like to invest Rs. 1000 against Re. 1 return in a month.

      The 3G or 4G is like that in Pakistan for telecom operators.

      actually the motive behind this investment for the governement is that they will be no more in next two years (quiet sure even before that). so they are just aiming to swallow as much as they can. they give a damnsh_t to pakistani civilians.

      ultimately as the requirement by the customer comes like in DSL people ask for high speed internet so the companies invested more and more into that business. so same thing will happen for 3G and 4G inshallah.

      • Zaib

        “would you like to invest Rs. 1000 against Re. 1 return in a month.”- true for some months, but when it becomes popular those companies will start getting 2000 for a 1000 per month!

        • imran

          zubair meray dost meray bhai,

          what is our first priority, 4G or Electricity, 3G or Clean water or even Natural Gas which is becoming short and short.

          we should decide at this time.

          • Zaib

            Dude, these billions of $ which we are talking about will not be taken from the public…it will be taken from the multinational companies who earn billions from the public and will go into govt’s treasure (which if properly used can be very beneficial for the people of Pakistan)…so its a Win Win situation for the govt and people of Pakistan.

            • imran

              Yaar khuda ka wasta hai,

              the technology which we are having right now still it is not being utilising properly.

              no doubt many people are using the mobile phones right now but how many are using more than recieving a call and making a call.

              don’t you think this is the time to go for solar energy or wind energy to atleast run the existing industry and to let them stand on their feet, increasing the resorvoir for water for future crop irregation, drilling for new rigs for GAS and Oil reserves.

              These all things become the Gold mines for Pakistan, just adopting a 3G or 4G will never put Pakistan ahead to Japan or USA.

              spend those billions of dollar on these contructive work. Atleast if we start putting money in these reserve companies will start investing by their ownselves into new technologies and more communication will develop and people will strive for better livily hood.

              • Rameez Kakakhel

                @Imran:
                .
                You will know the benefits once someone comes up with the number of Jobs it will create and investment made. If we can progress in one area why not go for it?
                .
                We shouldn’t buy cars because most of us can’t afford bikes?
                Don’t buy Being 777 or Air Bus A380 because our Train System is ****.
                Don’t take Cold Drinks because we don’t have Clean Water?
                Don’t import Artificial Salt because most of the people are Diabetic?
                Don’t buy a 12MP Nokia N8 because your monitor can’t display that High Res. Picture?
                .
                .
                jo abhi sahi ho sakta hai wo tho honay do? Ya sari zindagi dosre maslon ka rona rotey rehna hai?

          • rehan

            well said imran..

            • Hassan

              100% agreed with Zubair We should go for 4G

              • Hassan

                he is right

  • MAHAR

    good idea aur ab waqt a gaya hai ke cellcos pta aur MoIT mil beth kar ek plan banayien aur us par amal karien agar yeh networks next gen services ke liye nahien jate to yeh in ka khud ka nuqsan hoga.AND THEY SHOULD GO FOR NEXT GEN SERVICES INSTEAD OF THIS AND THAT

  • Waqas

    SALAM.amir br. Can you please tell me if we’ve 4G technology,will a phone with 3G be able to use that.i mean 4G is an upgradation of 3G or is it totally other way around?
    Waiting for your comment please.

    • Asad

      No you will not be able to use any of existing devices with 4G.

  • a khan

    senseless and wasteful. Licenses in the country are technology neutral, companies need to buy spectrum. 3G and 4G spectrum is separate, will they give away 4G spectrum free with 3G? that will be stupid.

    They should skip 3G and goto 4G, thus saving 2100 MHz (3G) spectrum for some future technologies.

    • Shahid Saleem

      Okay, so if they get 4G, what then? NO PHONES ON MARKET SUPPORT REAL 4G! 3G phones cost less than 10k. Lots of people already have 3G phones!

  • farrukh

    This is for all who blame the GOV for unavailability of 3G yet. SEE!! how desperate they r to provide us the new TECh LOL… .But the service providers r not interested .THEY r only interested in making profit from there night packages and there confusing hidden charges

    • Shahid Saleem

      When companies wanted 3G (2007) the government said no. Then, things got very bad in the economy. Now the government wants $$$ and companies have no $$$.

  • Ali

    i don’t think so k 3G b abi Pak main aye ge and PTA 4G ki offer kar ra ha

  • Asad

    Good decision…. This is called a decision based on concensus instead of forcing own choice of 3G as liked by PTA chairman or a few high-ups. Now the real compitition will start & PTA playing the true role of a neutral regulator. This will lead to the ultimate 4G dominance in next 3-4 yrs

  • Omer

    It would be good if you guys read the current telecom licenses given to operators.

    All licenses are technology neutral so you can deploy any technology you want.

    People who talk about skipping 3G and going 4G essentially dont have a clue what they are talking about.

    You should talk about either doing WCDMA/UMTS/HSPA road map (aka 3G) or you can go for LTE route, (wrongly but popularly called 4G).

    And the choice of technology to deploy has nothing to do with licenses awarded in PK since the Mobile Cellular policy 2004 was wise enough to not follow the European or Indian model of binding cellular licenses to any particular type of technology.

    So lets start with a common understanding of what we mean by 3G or 4G cuz too many people are talking about it without knowing what they are talking about.
    any operator can do a 3G or a 4G today given they are willing to spend the money.

    PTA will only be issuing licenses for new frequencies on which these technologies can be deployed.

    • Asad

      Piyare bhai mere… freuency hi ki to baat hoti he… Lets say PTA had given licenses for 2G GSM & offered spectrum in 5.8 GHz 4.9 GHz so aap kia kehte k PTA to GSM ko lana chahte tha lekin cellular companies hi interested nhi then invest krne mein????…. My dear I understand k u knw about 3G & 4G but it doesn’t mean k PTA & all cellular operators k paas engineers hi nhi jo unhen samjha sakte k wht is 3,4G & wht deregulation policy says & what they can do with licences & spectrum…

  • Billabadmash

    I am wondering do we really need the high speed on the go????

    for me i will buy that service but to tell you the truth i really dont need that and almost all the people i know even techno type never need that service much so my question how many of you use that service in true sence other then downloading torrents or pirated stuff???

    • imran

      really no need now.

      only for few people which you even count on your finger tips.

  • Munnu

    3G he aye ga pak mein because 3G ki demand hai not 4G so be Ready for it.

  • no tension

    even if they sell the Licenses for a billion dollars, where will the money go? How many R&D centers have been setup in pakistan? European and chinese suppliers are doing huge business here, but PTA cannot get a single R&D center opened here… they just want to fill thier pockets, nothing else.

    • imran

      this all money will go into the pocket of these politicians.

      i think behind story sirf aap ko aur mujhay samajh aaey hai baki sub technology technology kartay phir rahay hian,

      ghar mein electricity hai nai, water hain nai, Gas hai nai.

      3G 4G
      3G 4G
      3G 4G
      3G 4G
      3G 4G

      • Asad

        Bhai aapko wo behind the story samaj aae hai jo har local hotel pr bethe logon ko ati he aur rarhee waly ki zabaan pr hoti he…
        Ager buri lage baat to go n check in any desi hotel k ye paisa kahan jata he… Baat ye hai k blame krna boht asan hota he, sahi cheez ko appreciate krna chahiye

        • Faisal

          How it is possible to appreciate a stupidity? when genuine issue are increasing and no one want to discuss them. Those who has enough to arrange alternatives has nothing to do with such pity issues but these are the issues of majority of us.
          So let be open to talk on ground realities

  • Jabran

    چلو آئے تو سہی کچھ تو آئے ورنہ تو ان کی لالچ کی نظر ہو رہا ہے سب کچھ

    [Comment Edited]

  • Desi

    yes people is PK deserve high speed on the go…. I can see people in 90s saying who needs cells phones? or early last decade people demanding more stable dial-up connections vs DSL

  • Copper

    Data on the go is needed, but people don’t realize that yet. Its like who need internet (it corrupts minds), who need mobiles in 90s etc .
    Upcoming cheaper android set will pave way for data demand not far from now.

  • Anas Saleem

    i would support the government on this one for sure 4g wud be ground breaker for the local industries

    and this would open the new era in the IT world for pakistan our programmers would get the opportunity they have been dying to get in order to make a mark in the world of programing

  • Y not

    I hope we stop this rubbish talk about 3G or 4G. The operators have a license. give them the spectrum and let them play ping pong with it.

    It’s stupid to impose tehnical standard when the essence of the policy has been technology neutral.

    PTA should know the basics of telecom regulation and stopy copying whatever happens anywhere in the world!

  • Nauman Afzal

    Backward compatibility might be an issue, am not sure though. But if and when 3 or 4G is introduced people are going to go for it. It is like not having an LCD or 3D TV, but when it comes to the market in numbers people will vie to buy it.

  • LoOp

    Despite the bad intentions of our Govt, this move is beneficial for us :)

  • Faisal

    Dear Fellows,

    the problem is the buying power of the people is decreasing day by day what they gonna do with 3G. When economy is fallen down how could the technology can make profit. On the go we hardly use 2G due to street crimes and snatching……. Alas we are all under the curse of so called democracy

  • Only Telenor Pakistan has enough money to start 3G or 4G.

  • suleman

    @ zaib
    multinational companies never invest money on dead cases,we dont need these luxurious things,as a nation we require basic necessaties of life,well if anyone wants such services then they can go for thuraya,and secondly i urge to all as a pakistani to kindly cast our vote this year as the government of pakistan ever is representing 30% population as 70% of us dont bother,if we want change we need to start from basic and after that if we think we require such luxuries then yeah then we can adopt them but not now,so think over it every one,dont take it personally

  • imran

    Yaar khuda ka wasta hai,

    the technology which we are having right now still it is not being utilising properly.

    no doubt many people are using the mobile phones right now but how many are using more than recieving a call and making a call.

    don’t you think this is the time to go for solar energy or wind energy to atleast run the existing industry and to let them stand on their feet, increasing the resorvoir for water for future crop irregation, drilling for new rigs for GAS and Oil reserves.

    These all things become the Gold mines for Pakistan, just adopting a 3G or 4G will never put Pakistan ahead to Japan or USA.

    spend those billions of dollar on these contructive work. Atleast if we start putting money in these reserve companies will start investing by their ownselves into new technologies and more communication will develop and people will strive for better livily hood.

    I hope you people understand what is my point of view

    • Asadum

      Dear we can do anything but only if The Bad Boy Corruption leaves us alone……

  • our government is nuts… :)

    • Rameez Kakakhel

      And you are from the government, right?

  • No doubt, we are facing lot of problems in Water, Power, Energy and other sectors but I beleive whatever the technology, if it is latest in the world, we should jump on that in any cost. As far as 4G license is concerned, I appreciate Government and PTA decision, so now, they should not delay it in the issuance. I also want to say to my Nation about it that dollars (investment) will be in, so let them in please, we need it (investment) by all means.

  • Ali Asghar

    I witnessed lots and lots of dreams shown by authorities regarding 3g/4g since years. Forget about it folks, buy an old wifi enabled second hand devices such as n81, e51 etc and enjoy stealing “open network” wlan broadband arround you (i found these at almost every areas of Karachi) for absolutely free :D. Start downloading way faster than edge. I also saw a statment of khosa arround year ago “3g is an distant idea” and many others like that, and even telecom operators are not intrested. So keep on forgetting 3g and enjoy stealing high-speed data ;) thats what a mobile internet-hungry like me can do.

  • masub khan

    omg:) it should be promoted we wre far back from other countries through out the world we should taste atleast 3G :)

  • hello , this is your president . Sure my ppl will have 6G lol . I will keep you guyz thinking that we are working on something till the end lol. Don’t worry Because 16 Crore Ghadey jis ka naam pakistani awaam hai :D :D

  • Asadum

    Of-course we need 3G and 4G its the future and it will help us more in communication department as well as new ways to interact with digital data and internet also and we are also in the list of heavy mobile user communities so why not we need 4G LTE and may be LTE is more good rather than old 3G thing……

  • jitander kumar

    Can you tell me, what are those factors which is resistant in 4G technology to launch in pakistan?