Telecom operators in Pakistan are going to commence trial 3G services in Pakistan with-in few days, confirmed us a source who had information about the development.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had announced that mobile operators in Pakistan will be granted free trial license for 3G so they may test and fine tune their services before the license auction.
After the announcement, operators had requested PTA for NOC for commencing the trial services. PTA in response had asked FAB to allocate the required spectrum to cellular companies so they may start offering trial 3G services.
FAB has now all the necessary approvals from cabinet division and mobile phone companies are set to launch trial 3G services.
It merits mentioning here that such testing of 3G services are for trial and non-commercial basis, i.e. operators will not offer high-speed 3G broadband services to customers. Instead they will internally hard test the infrastructure and equipment to get prepared the proper launch after the auction that is planned in April 2014.
It maybe recalled that government has announced the auction of three 3G and two 4G licenses in April. IM for the auction is expected today or tomorrow at most, which will reveal an exact date of the auction.
Masses will able to enjoy 3G (and probably 4G too) with-in two weeks after the license auction in April.