Telcos to Commercially Launch 3G Services With-in Two Weeks

Pakistani SIM

After successful auction of 3G and 4G spectrum yesterday, each and every mobile phone user is now waiting for the commercial launch of 3G services in the country.

The information ProPakistani received yesterday revealed that despite winning the spectrum, the commercial commencement of 3G service may take a week or two at most.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that it will hold License Award ceremony after operators will pay their remaining license fee.

“15% of earnest money is already with the PTA, while remaining license fee will be settled with-in a week or so”, said Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA, in an interview with ProPakistani.

He said that after all the payments are settled, through consensus, PTA will set a date for the license award ceremony.

“After getting the license and NOC from PTA, mobile phone companies can start 3G services very same day”, confirmed us Chairman PTA.

As explained, this date for license award ceremony isn’t finalized yet as operators will have to clear their dues ahead of this ceremony. Just to add, mobile phone companies had maximum of 30 days to pay remaining license fee.

We will let our readers know the date once we have any word on this.

On a related note, mobile phone users won’t have to get new SIMs for availing 3G services. All current mobile phone users with their currently working SIMs will be able to use 3G services. Yes, a compatible handset is a must.

Meanwhile, mobile phone companies will continue to offer 3G services on trial bases to hard test their network and capacities.

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

  • Malik Mohammad Baloch

    How about in Quetta???? Is 3G coming to quetta as well in the first phase???

    • alam

      yeah its coming obviously to quetta

    • I also wonder if it will be available in Quetta when it’s commercially launched for other cities ..It should be
      @Amir bhai: can u confirm it, please for readers of propkistani in Quetta.

      • ayega . all provincial capitals should get 3G in the 1st phase.,

        • Fahad

          It depends on which operator are you on and their equipment readiness in the area. For instance, Mobilink is doing network swap these days so if they can’t provide 3G service in areas where they don’t have new equipment installed!

          Telenor has already deployed 3G ready sites all over Pakistan.

          • No , this rule is defined by pta. all major cities including peshawar, islamabad, quetta, lahore and karachi should get 3G in the first phase

    • Analyser

      Queta is a integral Part of Pakistan, Just like Lahore, Islamabad, RawalPindi, karachi, Peshawar. . .

      Yes you will get not only 3g but also avail 4g LTE !

    • Naeem Ikram

      Dear Brother, The first phase is for Postpaid Customers and It,ll be available withing a first month after the companies get the licenses and NOCs from PTA.In the first phase the 3G/4G Services Must be launched (As per the license Terms and Conditions) in Lahore, Karachi, Capital Territory Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. And within two months it,ll be available to Prepaid Customers also. After 7 months the companies have to expand 3G/4G Network to 90% of their coverage area (as per license Terms and Conditions). While Warid Telecom who was not part of this auction, is planing to acquire the most advanced 4G and LTE licenses later in August this year.

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Cant wait to See LTE Signal on my Zong….

    • xsan

      My LET enabled Xperia is ready to heat up for the fun.

      • Mansoor Arif

        can you confirm the area??

        • they are dreaming, not happening yet

          • Yasir Mahmood

            Bit True…:p

    • Abdullah

      Bhai LTE signal dekhne k lye mobile b to 4G compatible hona chahye esa to ni hoga k apke pas 3G compatible mobile ho aur ap 4G k signal ka wait kro.

      • Yasir Mahmood

        I have LG Optimus G,

    • Alamdar Raza

      Bhai… Lte is going to take at least a year because China Mobile is also deploying Lte in China. Let us all enjoy 3g for the time being, a yummy appetizer b4 the delicious main course :)

    • Fahad

      Zong doesn’t have 4G enabled network yet, it will take sometime for them!

  • Yasir Mahmood

    and Well Done @amir_Attaa For Such a Brilliant Live Coverage on 3G bidding Ceremony

  • arslan

    really appreciated Aamir Bhai for yesterday auction coverage

  • Basit147

    Now The MILLION $ Question Is

    Is Qmobile High Speed 3G & 4G Compatible ?

    • Shoaib Khan

      Its 3g compatible for Sure… but for LTE need to take a closer look.

      • aasim

        most of qmobile doesn’t have 3g capability . like mid range .but some of have ..

    • Almost all low end Chinese phones by qmobile, voicemobile etc don’t support 3G 4G. (mostly prices below 10K Rs)

    • Mustafa

      I dont think so Qmobile supports 3G with high speed. I guess it supports speed upto 14.4 mbits/s .


      ya q mobile a900 is compatible for 3g and 4g

    • Saleem

      Check your mobile specification if supports 3g HSDPA

    • Bahaval Chauhan


    • panjgoori

      yes. some of their models are 3G compatible but not 4G. If you want 4G but a cheap and nice phone. go for BlackBerry Z10 LTE version.

    • umair

      lol thats true

  • sana

    great job done by PTA well done finaly the auction is done and we are proud that pakistan has join in 3g and 4g and will compete with other countries.

  • Rashid Iqbal

    first of all congrats all Pakistani and specially zong costumer great work by Pakistan Government and PTA

    • Khurram Shaikh

      Yes congrats to Pakistanis – with 3G / 4G they will be able to get cheaper bread and butter – but this service may be costly – so better go for cheaper bread and butter

      • Saifullah

        hahahha nice answer sir

  • Muhammad Aamir

    After the service lunch, will Mobilink provide 3G on the 9000 cell sites or only major cities?

    • Masood Akhtar

      Yes entire country will be using Mobilink 3G within 06 months time.

    • Dont Mess with me

      what is service lunch? :)

      • Muhammad Aamir


  • Zafar Iqbal Khan

    in how many days 3G will be available in Mianwali pls informe.

    • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

      I also want to know i am from Mianwali

      • Amir R

        Apko PML(N) ny Signals(including Tower) dy dea hai already I think :P

        • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

          yar maze na lo please koi proper jawab do agar desakte ho to please

    • Raja Maja

      bhai wahan PTI apnay booster lagai gi warna KPK say signal mangwa lein. ha ha ha.

    • Masood Akhtar

      InshaAllah within couple of weeks.

  • Arshad

    Hats off to Government for the 3G/4G auction. Good Work guys.

    • Arshan

      Also its about time that the Government should also take steps to unblock youtube.

  • Muhammad Akbar

    zong maidan maar gaya. baaqi paisy bachaaty rahy. 10mhz 3g spectrum is persuading me to jump to zONg from teleNOr

    • Fahad

      Muhammad, 10 MHz or 5 MHz doesn’t matter for 3G customers, speed will remain the same. Its more towards network planners to plan the sites accordingly. So don’t worry, you will get similar speeds on your existing SIM

      • bilal

        wish ppl wud understand 5mhz & 10mhz in relation to network architecture rather than thinking of it as speed!!!
        is qaum ko jo sab say zyada ooncha bolta hai bas wohi acha lagta hai….akal ho na ho!

        • Hassan

          Bilal could you please tell me the main difference between 3G 5MHz and 3G 10MHz? Will these different architectures affect the speed or not?

        • Pakistani

          for few customers on one site speed may be same but in congested areas/more users yes 10mhz can serve more users.

          • Adnan Shuja Bajwa

            for 5Mhz more cell sites are needed to cover areas and on 10Mhz less cell sites are required to cover area . SIMPLE :)

    • Shahrukh

      Bro i also hv telenor sim telenor 3G (H+) is amazing

  • Atif

    I already got 3G testing since Yesterday on Mobilink in Rawalpindi.

    • Masood Akhtar

      Very good I think it is not available in Wah Cantt as of yet.

    • Abu Zaid

      What speed are you getting?



    • hassan

      Entire Lumia range of Nokia: 520, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925

      • PRO FAN


        • Mustafa


        • Tanveer

          I Think No

      • Masood Akhtar

        Does Nokia Lumia 925 supports 4G.

        • test


    • companies will also give 3g and 4g enabled handsets lists on their sites

      • PRO FAN




  • Fooks

    whats happening with Warid & its customers?

    • Muhammad Umair

      I think Warid got no money ;)

  • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

    Hello friends
    If any one of you is in Mianwali please check whether there is 3G or not??

  • ibrarghani

    what about mansehra,i know it will be there but when??
    and 4g will take how long//

  • Athar

    You can not compete unless the minimum charging pulse for data is reduced to 1K instead of 64K. This divides 1MB data in 1024 units while 64K cuts it in only 16 units. 64K chunk eats up you Data Limit rapidly hence your money. While 1K chunk gives you more data in less money….Lets see !!!

  • Alamdar Raza

    @aamir attaa First of all thank u for all those live updates yesterday. If there is a reward or shield that the government gives to those who offer unique special services like u did yesterday, u deserve it… Just a couple of questions, bare with me : 1) Which 3g networks are all the operators going to deploy? Would they start with normal UMTS 3g, then move along to HSPA, and then to HSPA+, or just start with the fastest one? 2) When Zong launches their 4g lte services, will they be Td-lte or Fdd-lte? Which would be better, or whether they would launch LTE-ADVANCED, the same technology they are going to deploy in their homeland China?… More than just a couple of questions, but u would really be a dear if answered them in a little detail :)

  • AZhar

    I’m getting HSDPA on my mobilink sim…..

    • leo

      location ??

      • Sajjad Khan

        May be ISB or RWP

        • omer

          getting 4g sign in multan on mobilink set is moto atrix hd
          and 3.5G sign on e5

          • Adnan

            Omer area kaunsa hai aapka Multan main?

            • omer

              kalma chowk as called as pul mouj darya

              • Adnan

                Okay, Is that the only place where you getting 3G sign or have you tried other locations also? Also tell me if 3G sign is still on your smartphone.


              • @Omer Please contact me.

            • Umar khan

              I m getting 3G , HSDPA and HSDPA+ IN MULTAN .IT keeps on changing . And getting 3G in cantt , gulgast,, ghanta ghar , katchery areas .getting around 600 kbps downloading speed

          • Hamza

            omer bhai mobilink ne to 4g licene ke purchase he nahe kya plus ap ka set artix hd 4g lte 700mhz and 2100mhz mein support karta hai jb ke pakistan mein 4g 1800mhz mein aya hai. kamzakazm jhoot mat bolo yaar

            • omer

              it shows 4G on main screen , while settings> about phone > network type HSDPA:8
              may be this phone show 3.5G network as 4G…give me your email. I can send you screen shot dear. I don’t need to lie … koan sa medal milna hai mujhay….

  • Sajjad Khan

    Ummat newspaper stating that it will take more 6 months for 3G and 12 months for 4G to deploy.

  • leo

    unexpected results from yesterday auction !! by the way whole day was productive for future generations technology, i was considering Telenor and Ufone for 4G participation.

  • Hannan Aziz

    ProPakistani ???????? Are you ufone biased or what ??? Why you didnt approve my post ????

    • Hannan Aziz

      Using since morning at Telenor Netwrok :)

      PS not a Telenor Employee :)

      • lovely-price

        not good speed, then evo wingle are better.

        • Hannan Aziz

          Lolx so where would u like to plug ur wingle in your phone :D Btw this is just a trial period you will soon seeing it clocking at 6-7mbps :) wait n watch.

          • Freak

            Just wondering, are they charging for 3G data ?

            • Hannan Aziz

              No its being consumed from existing data plan :) no extra charges.

          • Hannan Aziz

            Latest Results

            • sulman

              Hannan Aziz bhai. ap kis area me hain
              please sms me at 03457810099

              • Hannan Aziz

                Hi I am in Gulburg 3 Lahore (at office) but using it all the way at from my residence Iqbal Town, On the way to work which covers Wahdat Colony, Muslim Town, FC College :)

            • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

              Good yar enjoy

          • kazim

            Hunnan buy a CDMA set and PTCL can enable it for 9.1 Mbps,
            i think it also sounds good but you cannot compare both of these.

            • Hannan Aziz

              Exactly :) totally two different venues.

          • Guest

            Someone I know uses this in his pocket to connect to Evo ;)

            • Alamdar Raza

              It’s a power bank… Don’t u pay attention to the ads on this page lol

          • Muhammad Umair

            People use this to connect to Evo, fits in pockets very nicely ;)

          • haris

            Nope it wont be 6-7mbps …
            At max u will get 3mbps

  • Bonga

    Notwithstanding all the chatter about speed and supported handsets, UFone informed it’s customers yesterday that the 4 GB @ Rs. 500 data bucket has been reduced to 3 GB. Inclusive of 19% tax, the cost of 1 GB EDGE data is now approximately Rs. 200, which tells me that the 3G data cost will certainly be higher than the prevailing rates. Will subscribers pay Rs. 300-400 or even higer per GB for 3G data? I have my doubts.

    • Sajjad Khan

      Yes you predictions are correct.. I think price will be PKR1200-1500 for 4-5GB

      • Muhammad Aamir

        In the start, the price will be high, but with the passing of time the price will gradually decrease.

  • Hasaan

    Amazingly strange!!! Zong k signals tak tou stable hain nahi ab 4G…. lolzz Allah kher kary….

  • Monster

    what will be the price ?

  • Amna Liaqat

    Butt telenor still activate 3G as well… I’m using it since laste night.

    • az

      Dont think so

    • Hannan Aziz

      so am i :)

  • S.A

    Still need 1,2 weeks….lol

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Ab Operators Ko Chiye Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Sony Wagaira Ka Sath Mil Ke Contract Pe Phone Sale Karna Shooru Karain!!

    • Muhammad Umair

      Yes this is much needed…

  • Athar

    people all over lahore enjoying 3g from mobilink n telenor; but no one claiming from ufone, zong.. both are sleeping..

  • Muhammad Umair

    I thought that these companies would need to setup hardware also, so is the hardware already setup or the same hardware can be used? I am not a telecom guy so don’t know of this stuff…

  • tiwana

    Check the availability of 3G in your area on telenor by dialing *7799#

  • Sumair

    Can anyone tell me what technology our companies will provide on 3G?? HSPDA, HSPA+ or DC-HSPA+

    • Salman

      Zong has tested DC-HSDPA (Dual Carrier or Dual Cell High-Speed Downlink Packet Access)

  • shakeel khan

    what about Peshawar charsadda and mardan??? is 3G coming to these places in the first phase

  • Minhaaj

    Actually the term 4G is better than 3G has no meanings. There are so many intricacies, ifs and buts involved. What 4G is that? HSPDA, Wimax or LTE? How is it deployed? What is infrastructure being used? Secondly how do you intend to use 3G/4G is crucial. If you are only using voice 4G is pretty much useless for you. Actually if you keep 4G on without the network coverage you will have serious battery issues and it will drain rapidly.

    It is yet to be seen if the rates are affordable and coverage is as promised. Remember we don’t live in Sweden or Norway where you get what you have been promised :)

    In essence, zyada uchalne ki zarorat nahi ha, abhi 2G hi enjoy kero.

    • mariyam

      tm 2g use karo na, kis ne roka ha hum sab 3g 4g use karay gy Insha Allah

  • tungi

    does a galaxy s3 have 4g in it!the i9300 version?

    • mariyam

      no, u have to change ur handset to 4g at mobilink mobile exchange offer

      • tungi

        leh mobilink say exchange kero or sim loon zong ki

    • Waqas Tariq

      No, Galaxy S3 has 3G (3G) and 3.5G (H+).

  • Suhail

    2 weeks time for Warid subscribers to change network to enjoy state of the art 3G technology. Hurry up guys…………….

    • haris

      They gona also bring something .. May be merge qith some one … No need tp switch too quickly .. As prime reason for network is quality and warid is without a doubt is best in Pakistan

      • Muhammad Aamir

        Yeah! Warid is the best!

  • mohammaD

    any body please tell me, what frequencies are used for the test services. 5 or 10 mhz

  • Abbas

    can some please tellme i have LG F200K cell phone. can i use 3G on this? or i have to change it. cuz it supports 2100 Mhz but i can use only gprs on it no edge connectivity. but in specs it says Hspda 2100 ? will appreciate your answer

    • Alamdar Raza

      U can use 3g on it… Just wait for your operator to officially launched the services

  • Haseeb Ali Khan

    Is 3G or 4G available in Taxila or Wah because they are tehsil of rawalpindi please tell me anyone

  • kszndg

    In Multan used 3G today …Really super fast on Mobilink network …After taking a speedtest i found download speed of 9.6 Mbps…

  • عبدالعزیز میئو

    Good Job Aamir bhai

  • hafiz majeed

    Time to buy a zong sim

  • Talal

    Now, it’s time that these wireless internet providers who are using Wimax should opt in for faster internet than 2 Mbps. They have made Pakistanis enough fool for past several years with slowest speeds.

    • Sumair

      totally agreed. WiMax par araam se 20mbps ki speed provide ki jasalti hai lekin ye saray ullu k pathay 2mbps se ziada nai provide karte!! :-/

  • Naqvy

    Koi bta ga k azad kashmir main b 3g service ho gy

    • Mustafa Jamal

      Obviously it will be launched over there periodically.

  • Adeel

    Whats the difference between a 5mgtz 3G and a 10 mgtz 3G??

  • Awais Gondal

    3G sialkot me kb start hogi any idea?????? Plz tell me

  • Saidkn

    In Hangu district & all it’s TEHSIL areas, there is no covereg of Zong until now,
    Then how can see 3G or 4G networks

  • Qasim Siddiqui

    Almost kitnay charges hon gay 1 GB kay ?

  • Khurram Shaikh

    Yes please certainly they are in a hurry to recover these 1.182 Billion dollars manifold from Pakistan nation.

  • Khurram Shaikh

    It is learnt that the service will be much costly. What is fun in 3G or 4G. We have to be cost conscious and avoid subscribing these kind of services unless extremely unavoidable.

  • saeed

    will it come in sialkot

  • Sohail Gagai

    Cmon guys where ever the signal cones, you will get 3g and 4g, so stop asking lay man questions lol

  • Telecom Analyst

    The Telecom industry in Pakistan has always flourished during the tenure of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (MNS). The telecom industry got the first-ever big boost during 1991 when MNS deregulated the telecom industry in Pakistan. As a result, a number of private players entered the Pakistani market and the monopoly of T&T (exorbitant pricing but still loss making) broke. The initial players were:

    1. Digital Communications [DC Pager]

    2. Cable & Wireless [Paktel]
    3. Arfeen Group [Instaphone]
    4. Saif Telecom [Mobilink]

    The efforts for privatization were started in that era with corporatization (of T&T) into PTCL and unbundling of National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) for the government organizations.

    The telecom industry has been inhibited by General Musharraf’s secret deal with Etisalat in 2006 (in return for taking kickback in the form of a penthouse in Southridge, downtown Dubai) due to which the buyer of PTCL is still not making the remaining payment of US$ 700 Million and Pakistan has been unable to auction the 3G licensing causing huge loss to Pakistan.

    Better late than never!

  • Khalid Sajjad

    I love u pakistan

  • Fendi

    Do we have any expected dates for the commercial roll out of 3g services by different telcos?

  • Abdullah

    When will 3G be available to use in Islamabad ?

    • Syed Arslan Tahir

      Bro , use telenor, in ISB , it is working in G9, blue area, G6, I sectors, H8 F8 F6 F10 E10 E11 , and more,

  • Mudassar Riaz

    Will 3g be available in shorkot city? ( minor cities)

  • javed khan

    salam plz yai 3g sab sa phela gawo me ho n cahyai q ka city me dsl be kam kar ta hai evo usb be kam kar ta hai kpk me 3g cahlo ho jai ga

  • Muhammad Kahsheem

    Guys have any idea of when 3G is coming to peshawar??plz reply

  • Raja Waqas

    please tell me that when the 3g is coming in jhelum punjab?

  • Jamal shah

    R 3G allowed in Sialkot city in any connection means telenor , jazz etc