Ufone to Aim Hard at 3G

Ufone-logo_all_about_u3G is a term you will read a lot about on this website in coming weeks and months. As we know that Information Memorandum is already floated by PTA and cellular companies are working out on it to determine their best options to deal with 3G license auction on March 29th.

Meanwhile we are going to keep an eye on happenings to discuss the developments going around.

We will start our series of commentary with Ufone, which we believe is best placed to get a 3G license based on the fact that it has Etisalat on its back.

Its not that other (telecom) groups are struggling with pockets, but Etisalat has this edge of holding USD 800 million dollars from PTCL’s sale which it can now lend back to government of Pakistan to get a 3G license.

Even better, don’t touch those USD 800 million dollars, instead sell the properties it has taken control of (90 percent of properties are said to be handed over to Etisalat) to pay the license fee and keep holding the disputed money.

During an interview with a high-up at Ufone, on condition of anonymity, we were told that Ufone will definitely go for 3G by saying “There is no other option”, however he was unclear about the maximum value of license fee Ufone can afford to pay.

“Exact value of license will be determined on March 29th. In January we can only speculate and while considering low ARPUs I hope it doesn’t go too high”, the official said.

Market analysts say that Ufone will try its best to get 3G. They say Ufone will compete with Mobilink in the bidding considering Telenor and Zong are hot favorites.

They ruled out the possibility of combined 3G license for Ufone and PTCL, instead they opined that PTCL will keep focusing on landline, broadband and other services but it will for sure couple the portfolio with Ufone’s 3G services in future.

Analysts said that source of funding is a tricky matter to discuss, but they were certain that Ufone will need injection in case of new license and network expansion.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • the battle is goin to start
    mobilink vs telenor vs ufone vs zong
    the battle of money
    who will get 3g first ????????

  • Telenor cant afford because they paid 700Million $$ to ZTE.
    Ufone, Mobilink and Zong are favourites.
    Warid will not buy because of its less customers.

  • Zong is most the flourshing company than mobilink,telenor,warid and ufone.and zong is the only company which gets ready to take any risk.Zongs service also getting better day by Day.
    So Zong should get this 3g license

  • Ufone can go for it as it is already penetrating in markets by city based offers. From 07 Feb 2012 as it has now made it more lucrative by including free calls to PTCL and Vfone for Karachi offer with time slot decreased by 2 hours to 6pm.

  • I don’t want ufone to get 3g or g3, because there current gprs/edge service is worst in market and same can be expected in case of 3G

  • Warid having the most loyal corporate accounts, could also consider going for this spectrum auction. In the end, if anyone wants to use 3G for service differentiation, corporate segment is the place where money would be.

  • ufone has now sped 2 kbps but someetimes its O and 3g no chnce warid is best for 3g strong signal strenght and 3g suite on warid

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