PTCL will Compete for 3G License: Walid Irshaid

PTCL_President_CEOPTCL will bid for 3G license, revealed today Mr. Walid Irshaid, CEO and President of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) during his keynote address today at UAE Trade and Investment Conference 2011 held in Karachi.

This statement from PTCL came at a time when government of Pakistan is convincing Etisalat, PTCL’s parent company, to extinguish an agreement according to which GoP can’t issue any telecom license till March 2013 as part of sale purchase agreement for PTCL’s 26 percent shares.

“We are going for 3G and we will be the first to compete for a 3G license, we have no option but to succeed”, said Mr. Irshaid, showing that company is keenly looking for 3G auction expected in next few months.

Mr. Irshaid said that today PTCL is not just a telephone company, but it is the integrated telecommunications company of Pakistan. He said that PTCL was the last company to enter Pakistan’s broadband market, and yet today it is the largest broadband provider in the country.

“This has been our transformation over the last 5 years,” said CEO & President PTCL. “We don’t just have a business plan; rather we have a mandate to bring broadband to five million people of Pakistan – a mandate given to us by our shareholders, our Board of Governors and our valued customers.”

Industry analysts responding to Mr. Irshaid’s statement said that PTCL’s decision to participate in 3G bidding wasn’t unforeseen. They said that PTCL is best placed to offer wireless broadband through 3G to multiply it’s broadband customers’ count.

However, they weren’t sure about the manner in which PTCL would buy 3G license. In fact Analysts are somewhat divided over possibility of PTCL going for 3G license separately and independently, while others opine that company might partner with any other cellular company to bid for 3G.

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


  • Kashif Bashir

    first they should pay to govt of Pak for 26% shares of ptcl than should bid for 3G. hr baar mufta nhe lagta.

  • Faizan Elahi

    The sooner we get 3g, the better. But it is really unfortunate that Etisalat has still not paid their dues for their shares. I fail to see why then their agreement with the government of not issuing anymore licenses is still valid.

  • Sunny B

    why not go 4G direct?

    • Azi

      hahah bhai thanda kar k khao

  • Awais

    Because 4G technology is immature. Can’t do data/voice at same time yet. And they will obviously partner with a cellular company; THEY OWN UFONE.

    • Kamal Asif

      “Can’t do data/voice at same time yet” ??

      Come on man, there are 50+ commercial LTE networks in the world.
      Why would you say such an absurd thing with out doing proper background research?

      • Awais

        On 4g bands completely. Alternative bands are used for voice. Its sort of a hybrid system.

  • Pir

    LOL, they planning for 3G and they have a the worst customer service and billing system

    • Ab!

      G bilkul sahi farmaya apne,
      worst customer service and billing system in whole world

  • great step by ptcl we want 3G in pakistan.

  • umer daraz

    3g come in pak,march 2013, to much late

    • Azi

      Dair aye drust aye

  • voil

    Will 3g b readily available in March 2013 or only deployment of network will b started???

  • Every company will try their best to get 3G.

    Telenor jesi makkar companian apnay employees main phela rahi hain kai saal say kay 3G unka interest nahi ta kay baat dosri companies tak pohanch jayay aur unke 3G kay liyay hosla shikni ho, jab kay Telenor khud sab say aagay aagay ho ge 3G kay liyay.

    Sirf yeh he nahi Zong, Ufone apnay towers per 3G/4G/LTE equipments install ker rahay hain.

  • Ammar Ejaz

    I think PTCL should invest money to improve their currently deployed infrastructure first.
    They are already into 3G as they are providing the so-called EVO-3G which is absolutely crappy and is getting worse day by day.
    while ISPs around the globe are increasing the Broadband speeds and giving average customer 8 Mbps of speed,PTCL is capping the bandwidth.

  • Syed Hassan Gillani

    For those, Who says why not LTE? 3G is not a slow network.

    Lets say 3G initial speed is 200 or 384 kbps. Then just like GPRS network which started with 64 kbps now maxing out on 2.5 or EDGE 236 kbps.

    Same scenario works with 3G network as there is a 3.5G HSPA+. An HSPA+ network can theoretically support up to 28Mbit/s and 42 Mbit/s.

    Would that be not enough for us to stream 1080P YouTube to our mobile devices?

    My two cents

  • usman khan

    Thanks Great By PTCL want 3G USB &PCMCI Card TABLET PC Laptop in pakistan.

  • Abdul Shaffaque

    Ptcl is only the operator in Pakistan can compete and able to provide the services in every corner of the country because of Infrastructure , resources and customer care setup. As compare to other operators PTCL has good backend support , visibility , One stop shops almost in the every city of the country , a great billing and complaint system 24/7 hours call centers with the great vision of President/ CEO walid Irshad for 5 Million BB connections , presently more than 1 Million customers enjoying the PTCL services through out country even though in remote areas . Making customers is not a fun but providing flaw less service is the key of success which is the witness of customers data base intact . Ptcl road map is contineous upgradation of the telecom infrastructure i.e Transmission ,Access and switching system to meet with the bandwidth requirement for voice , Data and video applications .Ptcl is the first company providing the FTTH in Pakistan

  • Imran

    Ye 3G Hum Abi dek rahy hai India may ab 4G agya hai… Now pak Must make it quick

  • Hassan Gillani

    Which indian network launched LTE? Only last december they launched 3G network. Even UK won’t see LTE for an other two years. 3G with HSPA+ will be enough for us.

  • Supremes

    First step it important and that leads u to ur destination,i’m glad PTCL is also join bid and we will enjoy which is enjoyed by others too.

  • Seems like great news, now finally it seems the job are going to be open with in the telecom market.

  • Yasir Khan

    Its always great to learn about progress in our country, especially in the telecommunication sector. it is my personal belief that whichever organization has been privatized has done a great job, and telecom is at the top of the list. It would be a sensible thing for our incompetent government to privatize both, PIA and the Railways sector. They wouldn’t only provide better services, but would also be profitable. By introducing 3G into communications, we would have a state of the art telecommunication sector, which would be another milestone. Hats off to the success of PTCL and my very best wishes for their new venture :)

  • No doubt PTCL is best at providing broadband services & one of the best devices among is PTCL EVO WINGLE with wifi. Due to launch of smart phones wingle became necessity just becuase of electricity issues where other devices dont work & it is as smart to carry as comprre to any other dongle devices.