Mobile Companies Awarded 3G and 4G Licenses

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Today, just moments ago, mobile phone companies were awarded 3G and 4G licenses during a ceremony held in Sarena Hotel, Islamabad.

This landmark moment was witnessed by Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar Minister Finance, Mrs. Anusha Rehman, State Minister for IT and Telecom, Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

Ufone, Mobilink and Zong were represented by their respective CEOs while Mr. Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs of Telenor, represented his company during the signing ceremony.

Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA, did the signing part on behalf of Government of Pakistan while Mr. Rashid Khan, CEO Mobilink, Mr. Abdul Aziz, CEO Ufone, Mr. Fan Yun Jun, CEO of CMPak and Mr. Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs of Telenor represented their respective companies.

Mobilink, Ufone and Telenor were awarded three 3G licenses while Zong was given a 3G and a 4G license that they had won in last month’s auction.

It maybe recalled that Ufone and Telenor paid their 50% up front fee for the spectrum while Zong and Mobilink paid 100% up front fee for the spectrum they had won. Additionally, 10% withholding tax on license fee will be deposited to government as well.

After this license award ceremony mobile phone companies are all good to launch 3G and 4G services in the country.

Pakistan’s 3G and 4G spectrum auction received positive reviews from local and global analysts. Country generated US 1.2 billion dollars out of the auction with 2 unsold licenses worth US 505 million still in hands.

Keep coming back to this place for all the updates.

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


  • Foqaan Shaikh

    Thanks for the update. What is the status of launching these services?

    Still there is nothing from Zong’s end…

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    mufta khatam

    • Munaeem Jamal

      Yes, Mufta Khatam

    • Munaeem Jamal

      Yes, Mufta Khatam

  • Naveed Ahmed

    I was in the cermony. Ishaq Dar said, that there are two more licesnes to award and they wish to see one new company. They also said that around 900K jobs will be created with respect to 3G and 4G in next five years.

    • Guest

      Bro! Can you explain how 3G and 4G will able to create 900K jobs?

      • Ezee

        We can’t explain. Because I can smell you’re a PTI supporter :-)

        • Guest

          hahahahahahh!!!! If you don’t know the answer it is better to keep silent bro! Nobody is forcing you to give answer. In the election, I did not vote any party. I don’t like politics or any party.

        • Guest

          hahahahahahh!!!! If you don’t know the answer it is better to keep silent bro! Nobody is forcing you to give answer. In the election, I did not vote any party. I don’t like politics or any party.

          • Ezee

            Thanks God, I was waiting to be abused after I made this comment :-)

            • Technocrz!

              You shouldn’t, every body has his own opinion but in Pakistan we have special problem, im right and others should be killed.

            • asamieh

              Expansion of 3G network is creating a lot more jobs i cannot assure 900K but there are significant job opening now but for telecom engineer related to this field…

          • Ezee

            Thanks God, I was waiting to be abused after I made this comment :-)

          • Khurram ShahzAd

            You would have voted someone, not voting hurts more.

          • Khurram ShahzAd

            You would have voted someone, not voting hurts more.

        • unknown

          dude 900000 jobs are u out of you mind or you swallowed it with qeema wala naan

          • Ezee

            Ye huva na PTI wala comment :-)

          • Ezee

            Ye huva na PTI wala comment :-)

          • Shahid Saleem

            What they forgot to say was 900000 CHINESE will get the jobs. PM already approved 90k chinese work visas.

            • asamieh

              How many technical people are in Pakistan with experience of working in 3G environment??

              • Shahid Saleem

                Do you honestly think 900k people are needed for this sort of stuff???

                Think about it. 900k. Even all the good technical universities cannot produce 900k engineers in ten years. There are probably fewer than 900k software engineers in all of Pakistan.

      • Ezee

        We can’t explain. Because I can smell you’re a PTI supporter :-)

      • Zain

        Actually they are trying to get a new telecom company in so that itself would bring many jobs.
        apart from that 3g will help better use of those services which were considered fruitless due to low internet speed like video calls and mostly education in those areas where you dont have good facilities.

        • PTI Wala

          You mean Ittefaq telecom?

          • asamieh

            No… a telecom company of jews… jo k end me GIFT ho ga logo ki asset declaration pe ;)

      • Zain

        Actually they are trying to get a new telecom company in so that itself would bring many jobs.
        apart from that 3g will help better use of those services which were considered fruitless due to low internet speed like video calls and mostly education in those areas where you dont have good facilities.

      • Naveed Ahmed

        Well I think 900K is overrated, or it includes everyone, from security people, teaboy to CEOs… If a new company comes in, definatly more job will come in…. Moreoever I cant explain how they will create the job… i jusr passed the message….

      • Naveed Ahmed

        Well I think 900K is overrated, or it includes everyone, from security people, teaboy to CEOs… If a new company comes in, definatly more job will come in…. Moreoever I cant explain how they will create the job… i jusr passed the message….

      • M Ashraf Kaleem

        Good Question. Ha Ha Ha Ha…

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      900K is overrated stuff. Nothing like that going to happen. They should consider In this country wireless and wired internet is already available and is much much much cheaper than those data rates being provided by telcos for 3G, so people will prefer those ones over this one.

      But still its good that we are moving on to new technology and rates to come down in future.

      • Naveed Ahmed

        I agree…

      • JahanZaib Yousaf

        I think Max 5k jobs will be created..
        It is 3G not Gold Bucket.

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      900K is overrated stuff. Nothing like that going to happen. They should consider In this country wireless and wired internet is already available and is much much much cheaper than those data rates being provided by telcos for 3G, so people will prefer those ones over this one.

      But still its good that we are moving on to new technology and rates to come down in future.

    • Realistic

      As what we see with the market of 130m cellular user, only 20 percent people are literate enough to use 3g 4g. Even the companies free trial had poor response…It will take atleast 5 years for take off of this industry but all depends on education and literacy and purchasing power of economy that is the first thing…and 900k jobs we think one 0 is additional in it,.. because ill literate people are using cell phone but cant use high speed data and contribune to 80% of existing cellular users… So educate every one to boost economy is only solution for every industry..!!

    • Realistic

      As what we see with the market of 130m cellular user, only 20 percent people are literate enough to use 3g 4g. Even the companies free trial had poor response…It will take atleast 5 years for take off of this industry but all depends on education and literacy and purchasing power of economy that is the first thing…and 900k jobs we think one 0 is additional in it,.. because ill literate people are using cell phone but cant use high speed data and contribune to 80% of existing cellular users… So educate every one to boost economy is only solution for every industry..!!

    • waqar

      mein telecom engineering kr raha hon. Final year hai. Lakin mjhy tu koi sorat e hal nazer nahin aa rahi market mein. yeh 90k pta dnahin konsi hain.?

    • Foqaan Shaikh

      Baki 2 licences b thook k hisab sy sale hongy kia? :p

    • Muhammad Fawad

      Most of the jobs will be given to Chinese persons.

  • FR

    A memorable event in the history of telecom industry of Pakistan!!!

    • Xeeshan

      Aisa na kaho bhai, PTI wale a ker maa bhen aik ker dein ge ap ki :-)

    • Xeeshan

      Aisa na kaho bhai, PTI wale a ker maa bhen aik ker dein ge ap ki :-)

  • Muhammad Aamir

    Good! it represents that Moblink and Zong are rich company. So it is time to compare packages and speed.

    • Munaeem Jamal

      Waiting for their package plans?

    • Munaeem Jamal

      Waiting for their package plans?

      • Muhammad Aamir

        hmmm! as well as speed quality!

      • Muhammad Aamir

        hmmm! as well as speed quality!

  • Khurram ShahzAd

    Finally this happens, I was very much waiting for this moment. Now lets hope the packages offered by these telcos are not too costly and ridicules.

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Zong and Moblink packages may be cheap as compared to Telenor and Ufone. It is a guess!

      • Khurram ShahzAd

        Yeah i had seen telenor dongle package on their site, it was 1500/month with 3G data limit for month, thats too costly. Later I was not able to find that page,May be they have took down for a while to see the packages from other telcos.

      • Khurram ShahzAd

        Yeah i had seen telenor dongle package on their site, it was 1500/month with 3G data limit for month, thats too costly. Later I was not able to find that page,May be they have took down for a while to see the packages from other telcos.

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Zong and Moblink packages may be cheap as compared to Telenor and Ufone. It is a guess!

  • Saqib

    Now anxiously waiting for the packages….

  • Saqib

    Now anxiously waiting for the packages….

  • WYVV

    Dear Amir Bhai,

    It confuses me a bit. Telenor owns VimpelCom while VimpelCom owns Mobilink. Therefore Telenor Owns Mobilink then why Telenor did not paid 100% full payment ?

    • aamir7

      It has to do with the business plan, not with who owns whome.

    • Alamdar Raza

      I think Telenor owns a percentage of shares in Vimpelcom, but management belong to Vimpelcom… Just like Etisalat owns only 26% of Ptcl, but have all management command of Ptcl and Ufone.

  • WYVV

    Dear Amir Bhai,

    It confuses me a bit. Telenor owns VimpelCom while VimpelCom owns Mobilink. Therefore Telenor Owns Mobilink then why Telenor did not paid 100% full payment ?

  • Saud Naeem

    900K jobs Bhuahahahahhaahahhaha. in ya dreams :p

  • Saud Naeem

    900K jobs Bhuahahahahhaahahhaha. in ya dreams :p

  • Jazib

    lo bhai ptcl nay b mazay karwa dye… mery 1 mb connection py 4mb wali download speed a rehe hai… check yours

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      Wo month kay end main 4mb wala bill b bheij dein gay. They upgrade packages without consent of their customers, without asking. Pata tab chalta hai jab, you get the bill from them.

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      Wo month kay end main 4mb wala bill b bheij dein gay. They upgrade packages without consent of their customers, without asking. Pata tab chalta hai jab, you get the bill from them.

      • Jazib

        nai yar is it possible???

        • Khurram ShahzAd

          Yay, just call support and confirm :-) Just ask them, which package is activated on your dsl. If its 1mbps, you are good.

          • Jazib

            kar lya hai confirm yar.. wo keh rahy hain ye 30 june tak hai and i have posted it on my website too…

            • Sajid Ali

              After 30 June, they do not downgrade automatically, so from June, if you do not downgrade yourself by calling, you will still be using 4Mbps package and you have to pay for 4Mbps package price. This happen on all their previous promotions too, and for current promotion too.

              You can confirm this by calling helpline.

          • Jazib

            kar lya hai confirm yar.. wo keh rahy hain ye 30 june tak hai and i have posted it on my website too…

        • Khurram ShahzAd

          Yay, just call support and confirm :-) Just ask them, which package is activated on your dsl. If its 1mbps, you are good.

      • Jazib

        nai yar is it possible???

    • Munaeem Jamal

      Bhai! Paisa be kat lete hai Bach ke.

      • Jazib

        nai yar confirm kiya hai ptcl helpline se.. This is for free till 30 june 2014..

    • Munaeem Jamal

      Bhai! Paisa be kat lete hai Bach ke.

    • imkhalid
    • iffi

      1mbps :(

  • Jazib

    lo bhai ptcl nay b mazay karwa dye… mery 1 mb connection py 4mb wali download speed a rehe hai… check yours

  • Ghazanfar

    Free trial is over now pay and use

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      I guess, today is the last day, so use it :-)

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      I guess, today is the last day, so use it :-)

  • Ghazanfar

    Free trial is over now pay and use

  • Munaeem Jamal

    When will these companies offer 3G packages? Any idea

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Today or tommorow!

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Today or tommorow!

      • Masood Akhtar

        What about Mobilink 3G Service in Wah Cantt @Muhammad Aamir

  • Munaeem Jamal

    When will these companies offer 3G packages? Any idea

  • Shan

    Dear Ammir, what about Warid ? it seems Warid & Govt. is waiting other companies to pay 1st ,then they will announce Warid 4G? True?

  • Naveed

    So Finally it happened :) Lets see the packages now :)

  • Yasir Ali Raza

    2 unsold licenses kon say hen yar , 1 he nhi tha reh gea 1800 MHz wala ???

    • aamir7

      aik 850Mhz wala bhi hy, insta wala

      • Yasir Ali Raza

        Yeah , Right , Thanks

  • Ghazanfar

    1800mhz or 850mhz is it possible to create more spectrums what is the methodology?

    • Yasir Ali Raza

      Govt can sale these 2 remaining licenses to any operator without any auction

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        soon you will see add on olx for sellling the unsold licenses :)

        • Yasir Ali Raza

          Hahahahahaha

  • Guest

    Guys any news on Warid 4GLTE? Desperately waiting, otherwise will switch to other network, kindly share if you have heard anything about that.

    • Yasir Ali Raza

      Wait , at least 1 week , then deside , finally ,,,

  • xaeed

    Dear Customers: From 23rd May 2014, all customers using 3G services in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi will be charged for 3G services as per their package plan.

    • Guest

      This line has just been deleted from Ufone’s website

      • Ahmed

        It’s still there. Mufta khatum hogeya hai gareebon LOL

        • Guest

          Ya Ufone rolling it again but it wasn’t there before 30mnts

          • Ahmed

            Now it’s revised to 24th May LOL. AIk aur muftay ka din :D

            “Dear Customers: From 24th May 2014, all
            customers using 3G services in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi
            will be charged for 3G services as per their package plan.”

            • Guest

              Ahmed tum gareebon ka tu mazay ho gaye, Aik pora din aur. LOL.

  • Technocrz!

    Who cares, the coverage of 3G is nothing i used almost all the companies while they were testing, totally diappointed now waiting for the last nail in coffin i.e. Tarrif.

  • Muhammad Fawad

    Any update regarding packages ?

  • abhanan93

    Thanks for the update man! Now what is the date when 3G and 4G services will be given?

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    Guys, ufone is using microsoft’s windows 8 icons schemes on thier new website. i have identified some of them. Please refer to attached image.

  • KCh

    I think they still require NOC from PTA to commercially launch the service

  • Arsh

    U can watch full length movie (1:30min) for Rs 5/only on mobilink 3G

    • Adnan Najeeb

      1:30 min hahahaha

      • Arsh

        Es mein daant dekany wali kia bat hai ? 1:30 ka matlb janty ho? 1Hour and 30mins ,standerd duration for hollywood movie,,

        • Taha

          How you know bro that it is so cheap??

          • Arsh

            Watch mobilnk add.

            • Muhammad Aamir

              Send Me Link of that Ads! PLZ

              • Arsh

                I saw it on tensports bro.

        • Athar

          Amazing coment…hahahaha..loved it…thanx Arsh

  • Munaeem Jamal

    Why has mobile companies not launched their 3G plans?

    • Muhammad Ashraf

      They will reveal their packages in mid night. Stay tune to their websites

    • Guest

      UFONE customers will be able to get 3G tariffs details by dialing *3# from May 24, 2014.

  • Hasnain

    Muftaa continues….. Received following msg just while ago… Thank you Mobilink.

  • 3G/4G Will Take 2 or 3 Months To Launch Commercially because A lots Of Barriers Are Facing By Telecom And That’s The Reason Telecoms Didn’t launch The Services HOPE FOR GREAT

  • Athar

    On Ufone Website..
    “Dear Customers: From 24th May 2014, all
    customers using 3G services in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi
    will be charged for 3G services as per their package plan.”

    • KCh

      Price will be charged @ Rs. 20/Mb Hahaahaaa