When to Expect 3G Services in Your City?


While we know that telcos are all set to commercially launch 3G services with-in two weeks from now, mobile phone users across country are super anxious to know the expected arrival date of 3G and 4G services in their respective areas.

Exactly like how it had happened with 2G services, the commercial launch of 3G services won’t go beyond few major cities of Pakistan.

For now, let’s just absorb the fact that rollout of 3G services across the length of the country will be little sluggish, however, demand of 3G services and associated ARPUs are going to remain major factor in increasing operators’ quest to reach out in more areas of Pakistan.


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Initially major parts of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad / Rawalpindi are going to experience 3G services at the launch.

During first phase, according to 3G IM, Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar must get 3G services before January 2015.

Minimum possible coverage in another 10 cities (minimum two in each province) should be added till October 2015.

According to rollout obligations attached with 3G license, at least 160 cities or 75 percent of all district headquarters are supposed to have 3G services by 2018.

Just to add, above mentioned rollout plan is based on minimum possible requirements included in the license terms. Actual rollout plans will be must faster than the ones mentioned here.

Initially, even the covered cities might face unparalleled coverage. Moreover, some areas of the country might have better performing 3G coverage than the others. But all this will get better with time.

Since the whole play is about converting 2G cell sites into 3G, it will depend how better the transition would be in coming days.

Idea is to wait for some weeks (if you are in major city) or months (if you are in tier two city) to let the 3G service hit your smartphone.

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

  • Amir bhai, can you please tell me why ufone is increasing its Internet Bucket Charges from April 29? I’ve seen it on ufone.com, plus, is it for the current EDGE internet or 3G?

  • What about those networks who say we are 3G ready? Can’t they roll out 3G all over the country at a time?

    • You misunderstood them 3G ready means ready to buy 3G, rolling it out is different story which we just read above.

      • No, it can’t be that they are ready to buy 3G. It should mean their network is capable of providing 3G service.

        @aamir7 please rectify us

        • Amir kya bataey ga mai bata raha hon na, if their network was ready, i know they are business hogs, they would have started right after the buying.

  • How come it takes more then a year for complete roll out of 3g in all over Pakistan despite the fact that telenor has upgraded 100% their cell sites to 3g and ufone is cleverly marketting about their 3g ready network since last two years

    • any company saying in ads that their service is all across pakistan ?

      they are ready means ready to deploy the technology not deployed

  • These are just obligations by PTA. Companies would spread their service very fast as most of networks have 3g supported infrastructure and just they need an activation.

    • you did not understand the article i guess.
      pta says minimum requirement for roll out plan they did not say you cannot give before the time and btw no company is ready to give service all across pakistan

  • Weird because Telenor has been saying they are 3G ready already and Ufone as well. Why will it take “weeks” before launch?.

    • Ahmed if only you have went to school and taken education, then you would have known, sadly you are too illiterate

      • Weird because Telenor has been saying they are 3G ready already and Ufone as well. Why will it take “weeks” before launch?.

        i am agree with Ahmad’s but if something different scenireao, then educate us.

      • Well, since you are a PhD in mobile communication, please educate all of us here. We are all ears to your valuable knowledge.

        • Didnt you read article here at propkaistani & on PTA site that they will start rolling after 2 or 3 weeks?

          • Well that was my question according to the things we heard in the news months ago, as to why something already in place will take like 3-4 weeks or months. Turns out that you have not read my post completely or maybe your English to Urdu translator went dodgy.

    • Optimization my friend, everything has a plan, and not ke jabh chaha switch flip kiya aur 3G on.

  • Hey Aamir Attaa, You blamed Zong for copying ad from French company. On the other hand every image in your post is taken from internet. Take above picture for instance which has copied from India . What do you say about this?

    • they are not making advertisements here, its just for the informational purpose..this is not an Ad

  • I got a message from UFONE “UMobile internet speed (EDGE) Download 60-150kbps & upload 20-50KBPS (GPRS) DOWNLOAD 24-36kbps and upload 8-16kpbs charges Rs 18/ MB (POSTPAID) AND Rs. 20/MB PREPAID

  • Me expecting 3G from Mobilink in Multan in firat phase , bcoz its on testing these days in Multan , and no other network is testing 3G in Multan except Mobilink . Well done Mobilink .hopes Mobilink will be the largest 3G network of Pakistan .getting 850 kbps downloading in Multan on Mobilink

  • What to expect? well: 1) high increase in tariffs leading to higher taxes 2). Speeds less than 1Mbps while on 3G, 3) Disconnects in connection 4) Poor network coverage 5) Disappointed service experience

  • it is not necessary actually 2018 is deadline for network provide full coverage in Pakistan.(it only max time period for provide service in Pakistan)
    the thing is that whole depend on network infrastructure and a bond signed by networks with pta for fulfil speculated terms.
    so may with in 6 month 3G service covered all Pakistan and may be more time, whole depend on network infrastructure, like telenor have all over Pakistan 3G ready infrastructure so they may provide over all Pakistan 3G coverage to make edge over competitor and repo their bond payment from PTA.
    so time is of tough competition let see who fast more????

  • Salam. My name is khurram. I just connected data network on mobilink and after click on site . I am amazed that everything going speedy. I have the sign on network state I.e 3g. H. H+ . In settings the same case. I have getting it right now. I have gfive g9. Can anyone tell how to take screen shots on gfive

  • According to rollout obligations attached with 3G license, at least 160 cities or 75 percent of all district headquarters are supposed to have 3G services by 2018. SERIOUSLY!! .. 2018 me mayeb 5G introduced hojye :(

    • Korea ma already 2017 tak realease ho jana ha aur hum yahan 4G ka 2100 MHZ ka License sale kar raha hun ga May Be.LoL

  • Guys i think accoring to pta. When operators made full payment of the license fee than they will be able offer 3g or 4g services to consumers

  • They doubled each and every package a while ago and even didn;t inform! Like city based offer was 9 Rs and now its 18. UWon was 1 Rs everywhere and now its 2 Rs.

    • Oops. Let’s see how much will be the price for using 3G. Can only hope for economical rates after observing the current increase in tariff.

  • Can anyone tell me the current speeds of 3g that you guys are getting and when will it come to sialkot?

  • And the artwork in this post is done by propakistani? If its taken from somewhere, I do not see an acknowledgement. Not much different from what Zong did.

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