Telenor Launches WiFi Hotspots in Karachi

Telenor Pakistan has launched three WiFi hotspots in Karachi as a pilot project. These WiFi hotspots will offer internet services to Telenor customers travelling with-in the the coverage range of these hotspots.

Telenor told ProPakistani that these hotspots are launched as test project and that it might launch more WiFi hotspots at more locations and cities in coming time.

Irfan Wahab Khan, CMO Telenor Pakistan, in response to a query said that through this pilot initiative Telenor is offering free wifi hotspots for all Telenor GSM customers at following three locations.

  • Pie in the Sky, ZamZama DHA
  • Butlers’ Cafe, ZamZama DHA
  • Dunkin Donuts, ZamZama DHA

Telenor customers visiting these locations will have to connect their smartphones/tablets to an open Wi-Fi wireless network (SSID: Telenor). After opening the browser, the customer will be diverted to a portal where they will be able to subscribe to Telenor’s Hotspot using their Telenor numbers. Customers will receive verification code by SMS to chose a free package after which they can freely surf the web.

Offering internet services through WiFi hotspot to cellular customers is a proven idea. WiFi hotspots not only save the telcos the precious cellular bandwidth but they also offer customers a premium mobile internet connectivity.

Customers with-in the hotspot coverage areas of their respective mobile operators are usually offered free internet with which they can surf the internet outdoors, read e-mails, communicate, get informed and entertained. Some operators (in the west) offer free value added data bundles for WiFi usage in addition to cellular data usage, while others offer free internet with WiFi hotspots but of course with fair usage policies.

Even if WiFi services are charged, they are preferred by cellular customers due to strong in-door coverage and better speeds. Some surveys reveal that along with cellular coverage and quality, WiFi footprint of a particular cellular operator also plays a vital role in customer loyalty and retention.

While Telenor didn’t clarify us about its future plans, but with emergence of 3G and increased usage of mobile internet, we should expect more WiFi hotspots at malls, bazaars, airpots, metros and so on.

Yes, you must expect other telcos to start offering similar modelled WiFi hotspots too.

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


  • SUPER BRAINS

    so far telenor is the only operator who is taking 3g expansion seriously they have not covered whole cities but then again other operators are doing nothing. zong showed the it has a lot of money but is doing nothing about 3/4g.

    • Badar

      Zong’s 3G has covered all karachi…i have my phone on WCDMA only since zong laubched 3G and have never lost signals anywhere in karachi
      Clifton defence kemari tower kharadar shahra e faisal gulshan gulistan e johar malir landhi quaidabad even shah latif town n gulshan e hadeed r 3G only areas for me….
      Which is a big leap by Zong since day One.
      Which speeds around 3-5Mbs.

      • SUPER BRAINS

        well karachi in not whole pakistan. so far telenor has the best packages more cities covered(accepted not whole) they have a usb dongle and now they are launching wifi hotspot. so telenor is more serious than other operators I THINK.

        • Bilal Aahil

          only way 3g is going to get some recognition is if its available in more cities and with better coverage even if we are travelling.. its been only 5 months.. i can be patient if by next year 3g is more accessible..this is just starting

        • Ahmiq

          Telenor 3g works in my remote village in kpk!

          • sher

            Where is it bro?

      • Muhammad Ali

        well what can I say zong can’t even launch 3G trial in Faisalabad which is 3rd largest city of Pakistan bravo on the strategy of zong, here other three companies has started their services but only in main city areas which is also a drawback

      • Arsalan Shah

        Same with Islamabad and over 75% Rawalpindi!

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        Same in Abbottabad.zong has covered the whole city.

    • Geekpk

      Zong is doing a great job in Lahore and we get 10+mbps and strong 3g signals throughout Lahore. Zong is now about to launch 4g soon.

    • Zain

      Well I will disagree with you. I was using Telenor but never received 3G signals to enjoy free trial in Lahore. I had Ufone and Mobilink’s SIMs as well. There was no Ufone 3G coverage at that time in my area. Mobilink worked but its 3G signals got weak to nil in indoors. Zong 3G signals remain stable at all the time and internet is really fast. What I don’t like about Zong 3G is Rs. 10/mb base price as sometimes internet is turned on my mistake and background apps gives bill shock.

      • Arsalan Shah

        Zong Roxxx is Lahore, since before it even launched 3G commercially! Do you live in a cave? :D

        • Zain

          Would you like to rephrase your statement.

          • Arsalan Shah

            No, thanks. I’d rather not.

    • M Ammar

      Zong to launch 4g trials soon received a call from call.center. I will be receiving my 4g enabled sim soon. Dont know why propakistani never covers news related to zong!!

  • Atta Rahman

    great job telenor

  • Bilal Aahil

    Telenor is putting lot of time and energy to make mobile internet more accessible, at least in major cities.. if all goes well by Summer of 2015 we might be welcomed with more wifi hotspots and better internet all around us.. lets see how this will effect pakistan in 2015

  • Haida Kay

    Amazing initiaive 0r offering by Telenor Pakistan .. But yahan Har koi apnay Ronay Rona shuru kr deta haii Zong acha Zong ne ye krdia wo krdia 10mb 50mb laakh MBx, Janab ye telenor ki news hai usne wifi hotpsots launch kry hyn free mey initially 3 locations pe de rha hai 0r baad mey expand karengay to the other hubx of city n other cities, Hud hogaii hai yar !!

    BTW im a Warid prepay user.

  • Adeel

    Telenor Pakistan is the best network of our country and unfortunately PTCL is the most worst network of the world.
    I got 4 – 7.5 mbps on Telenor 3G network and PTCL EVO WINGLE 9.3 gave around 0.5 – 1.5 mbps, and also Telenor introduce some attractive packages with more data limit.

  • Eli Ehsan

    No 3G for Larkana Still.. :( #KeepingItRelevant

  • Abdul Maalik

    Zong covers many areas of Lahore where no other operator exists, wrt 3G

  • Ahmad

    porey Pakistan mei 3014 tk be coverage nhi ho sake gi,,

  • The heading should accurately be

    “Telenor Launches WiFi Hotspots in DHA Karachi”

  • Jamshaid Ghauri

    Zalmo bahria town lahore main koi 3G hi le ao :-‘

  • Moeen

    Good move by telenor but they should leave no place alone with free wifi hotspots

  • Jameel Ahmed

    BTW, have tried couple of times at one of these locations – the hotspots don’t work!