Warid Conducts Successful 4G LTE Trials with Plans to Invest USD 400 Million in Pakistan


Warid Telecom is today celebrating its 9th anniversary with successful 4G LTE trials that it conducted with-in its Lahore office yesterday and today, we have confirmed with sources.

These trials, conducted on company’s 9th anniversary, are announced along with an investment plan of US 400 million dollars in country’s infrastructure and economy.

If sources – and screenshots that they have shared with us – are to be believed than we can safely say that company was able to test the the best available wireless broadband speeds in the history of Pakistan.

Yes, with a total pipe of 50Mbps, Warid 4G LTE speeds were recorded as high as 35.5Mbps for downloads and a speed of 8.52 Mbps for uploads (we have screens of these tests with us) on a live cellular network site deployed with-in the vicinity of Warid’s Lahore office.

This speed is better than any wireless broadband speed in Pakistan.

Mr. Muneer Farooqui, CEO of Warid Telecom, in a statement issued moments ago said:

With the support of our parent Group, we are confident that company will remain competitive within this new telecoms paradigm.

On company’s 9th anniversary, Mr. Farooqui was quoted as saying:

“Warid” what it is today is its dedicated employees and loyal customers. Our service philosophy makes a solid difference in our level of services; it is at the heart of our success.

I am grateful to each of our customer who has made our brand a great success.

I am also thankful to our stakeholders for their trust, to our honourable Chairman His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Board of Directors, all our associates and everyone involved in making Warid a success.

After today’s successful 4G LTE trials, at least 15 locations (with-in Lahore) will be having 4G LTE with-in a month’s duration, told us official sources.

With such massive investment plan – aimed at deploying 4G technology — Warid is looking to start offering its customers trial 4G LTE services by end of June. A commercial launch, however, may not be possible before August this year, confirmed us sources.

Not to mention, Warid has its even bigger plans for August 14th this year, we have ascertained reliably, but details of the said plan are still unclear.

Timings for the successful 4G LTE trials from Warid is especially crucial because it was just yesterday that four local operators were awarded with 3G license while Zong was given a 4 license against a cumulative cost of US 1.22 billion dollars.

Warid, on other hands, decided to launch 4G LTE on its existing license and spectrum due to a fact that it has least number of subscribers, who – according to company – will be well accommodated for next-gen technology on already available resources.

Warid went public with its 4G LTE plans early this month, which met strong opposition from competing operators who had paid millions of dollars for 3G and 4G licenses.

Warid, however, is standing firm on its logical stand of having a technology neutral license with which it can offer 4G services.

PTA, on the other hands, has said that it will grant Warid the go-ahead for launching 4G only after inspecting the quality of service standards.

Warid is confident that it will be able to meet all the requirements and KPIs laid out by PTA to ensure parallel network quality for 4G consumers. Along with, company believes, service qualify for 2G subscribers will remain intact.

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

  • good to see this but i still think they will take time to commercially launch 4G LTE.(maybe 1 year)

    • They will definitely take their time, I assume they have started thinking towards LTE bandwagon after they saw everyone else is gonna get to next generation technology. So by that logic, they would have zero equipment installed on ground till few days ago.

      • They have already deployed 4g-lte ready sites in lahore & karachi, im not sure about Islamabad / Rawalpindi.

    • According to my opinion, Warid 4G LTE and Zong 4G LTE will be released on the same day. Yet, Zong 4G LTE is not ready. We should wait till the launch of Zong 4G LTE. But! I hope Warid will launch 4G LTE as soon as possible.

      • I dont think so as Zong clearly said that they will launch 4G no later than a year or so.. but on the other hand they have 3G to support there customers.. Warid needs to launch 4G LTE way before that atleast in major cities so that customers dont leave them and go to other networks.. :) so lets hope for the best :)

      • Ur reply on all the comments. are you official Warid representative or this article is a paid content?

  • WOW Now thats what we call 4GLTE ;) Warid is going boom boom :) Lets see when they can give trials now ;) Come on WARID YOU CAN DO IT :) LOL

  • WOW… That was amazing. Warid Rules. Hey come early in KHI as well. I am shittin tired of Mobilink and Ufone rubbish 3G. 5mb/sec. This is what we call SUPER SPEED.. 35MBPS/Second

    • Bro! It’s 35 Megabitspersecond not 35 Megabytepersecond! 35 Mbps equal to well-nigh 3.5MBps! Our normal USB transfer rate is about 4 to 5 MBps which is equal to approximately 40 to 50 Mbps!

  • Is there anyone who face Wrongly Balance Deduction during usage of Internet, having enough data left?

    • Have you read previous Propakistani article about deduction of balance?

    • hahahahha….!!! PTCL will unable to provide such a masterpiece internet speed. Believe Me!!!

      • PTCL is holding a region based license. It means connection subscribed in 1 region shall not work outside that region. They were convicted in courts for violating this rule and more cases are in hearing. btw, I would love to look at your face when that 36mbps ‘konection’ shall give you hardly ek em bee shpeet. Jaisy company, waisi subscriber base.

    • This is evo chaarji speedtest on 18th, using evo chaarji wifi, speed is better on dongle chaarji

  • LTE SPEED IS 150 Mbps whereas the speed results here is showing much lesser speed

    • hahahahahahahahahah………….!!!!!!!!! PAAA GGGG!!! 150MBps is equal to 15000 Mbps…!!! Even Google Optical Fiber, which is the fastest internet provider in the earth, cannot provide 150MBps..!! In America, Some 4G operators are providing speed from 100 Mbps to 10 Mbps! Please check their speed test first.

      • Pls go to doc. and ask him to test your vision, i have written 150 Mbps

        • You need to go to the DOC :) you have written 150 MBPS :P which is the answer given above :)

        • LIE LIE LIE!!!! You edited your comment OK..!! Naveed:is my witnesser!!!

          • But even considering 150Mbps, it’s around 25% with no stress on network.

            • Suppose, you are getting 150Mbps, and you have 3GB limit then it will take only 5 to 10 mint to download 3GB and if you are getting 35Mbps, then it will download 3GB file less than 20 mint. What you will do 150Mbps with only 3GB data limit, even 35Mbps can stream HD video. Can you tell me?

              • The comment wasn’t about what we may do with the 150Mbps connection with a limited cap. Even 35Mbps is more than most users would need, even me. But as I have no idea of which 4G tech Warid is supporting it’s useless for me to comment on it. But it would be cool to see some speed test result to go beyond 100Mbps, even if it is meant for testing and would not be released to subscribers.

      • Please update you knowledge. This is the Google Fiber Speedtest Screen Shot taken 1-2 days ago

        • I Know! 1Gbps is equal to 1000Mbps, which is an ideal speed. You know the rate of speed may be affected by many factors i.e., number of users, distance etc.EVO provides 3.1Mbps speed ideally, but they cannot provide the exact speed all the time. 4G LTE provides 150Mbps ideally, but they unable to provide this speed. Our 32GB USB is equal to 29GB so on..

        • I Know! 1Gbps is equal to 1000Mbps, which is an ideal speed. You know the rate of speed may be affected by many factors i.e., number of users, distance etc.EVO provides 3.1Mbps speed ideally, but they cannot provide the exact speed all the time. 4G LTE provides 150Mbps ideally, but they cannot provide this speed.

          • Actually
            1 Tbps = 1024 Gbps
            1 Gbps = 1024 Mbps
            1 Mbps = 1024 Kbps
            1 Kbps = 1024 bps
            In computer systems 1 Giga = 1024 Mega which is different from mathematical 1 Giga = 1000 Mega and this difference of 24 is not negligible.

    • LTE and LTE-Advance are two different things.. i think Warid is at LTE which is not considered as true 4G by experts… they call it 3.75 G…
      as far as this speed… it is normal in low population areas and will go down as the number of users will increase after commercial launch and it would remain around 10-15 Mbps…

    • Amount of spectrum being used determines a great deal how much speed can be achieved. They are just using one carrier of 5 MHz. You cannot achieve 150 mbps with one carrier….

      • They are using 8.8 Mhz which is close to 9 Mhz. Did you see their previous screenshot which was published in Propakistani, they were getting only 5Mbps at that time. Now, they have brought speed from 5 Mbps to 35 Mbps.

        • It depends on the area main cell site gets gull speed other area can be as low as 5mbps.

  • This is great, eagerly waiting for launch in Islamabad / Rawalpindi. :)

  • مگر مسلہ تو وپی ہے۔۔۔اس سپیڈ کی پرائیس بہت زیادہ ہو گی۔۔۔

  • Good to see that telcos are advancing. I am seeing Pakistan to be in the list of top speed internet country in near future. Inshallah

  • I am Warid user since from day of Lunch and now I’m in UAE with Warid IR. Great new for Warid customers

  • what do we need in the device to run 4G network speed ( i mean 3G network can work if the device supports WCDMA) Right?

  • Can you confirm which LTE band Warid will be deploying for its network. I have the Nexus 5 NA variant [LG D820], so I’m kind of confused if Warid’s LTE will actually work on it or not. Here’s what I was able to dig up the differences b/w the 2 variants of N5:

    North America (Nexus 5 D820) model:

    # GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    # CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10

    # WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19

    # LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

    The Rest of World (Nexus 5 D821) model:

    # GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    # WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8

    # LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

    • Warid will be deploying 4GLTE on 1800MHZ so it should work on your Nexus 5 :)

    • Warid is using 1800 Mhz band to deploy LTE which D820 doesn’t support but D821 does.

    • No I won’t work only 2G and 3G will work . Warid and Zong both will launch at Frequency band of 1800MHz and operating band 3 which is not supported by NA version however 2G and 3G will work .

    • This is not the latest it was taken on 9th may 2014.
      Click the link youll see

  • they are going to capture a big customer base of EVO if they bring it in time. also users from other networks will port in to warid . they need to speed up the work.

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