MNAs Call 3G Speeds Unimpressive!

Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications are reportedly not happy with 3G and 4G speeds that cellular operators are offering in the country.

Media reports suggest that lawmakers — in a committee meeting chaired by MNA Captain Safdar — complained about the speeds they get on 3G networks. Members of National Assembly were quoted as saying:

We feel very ‘little difference’ after switching from older data packages to the new 3G and 4G services.

MNAs were particularly concerned about the speeds, however, they were apparently okay with coverage and the roll-out speeds.

Majority of the committee members were of the opinion that telecom companies were cheating consumers by not providing the services that were promised in advertisements and yet charging full price for the service.

Responding to the complaints, PTA officials contented that authority had set a minimum speed of 256Kbps for 3G operators and 2Mbps for 4G operators and that operators are in process of rolling out their networks and they will probably require more time before consumers can enjoy actual high-speed internet on their mobile phones.

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


  • Ammar

    “256Kbps for 3G operators and 2Mbps for 4G”
    itna takalluf kyun? put the minimum requirement to just the status bar showing 3G or 4G.

    • Umair Sharif

      This is a very pathetic standard. The bar should be raised to ensure quality of service.

    • Muhammad Aamir

      The real question arises, who set the limit 256Kbps for 3G..!! The person – who made the terms – doesn’t know the differences, I presume! Merit speaks itself!

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        nice joke bhai

    • ZohaibSN

      Realy???? i think you are wrong

      • Arsalan Shah

        He was just being SARCASTIC!

    • zee

      Is anyone else surprised? This happens in everything that is launched in Pakistan. False advertising, false promises, false claims. The only thing that is real there are telcos making billions by cheating their customers over and over and over and…

    • Eli Ehsan

      LOL! Truer words have been spoken.. :D

  • Nono

    MNAs be like: totay tu chaltay nahi, 3G ka faida?

    • Saqib

      LOL :D

    • Arslan

      Totay?

      • UstaadG

        buddy, he is talking about playing online version of angry birds.

        • Guru

          hahahahahahah

        • Arslan

          :D ok

          • daratoo

            Totay matlab tumhari behen k nangay mujre

        • daratoo

          usay bata de na jo phuddi main lora dalnay wali video hoti hai usay totay kehtay hain kiun becharay ko tarsata hai

      • daratoo

        Totay matlab tumhari behen k nangay mujre

  • Saad

    Well… Better speeds will only come with more competition which is missing. I’ve used telenor 3g for a few months and it was superb. No complains other than maybe coverage area and at times dropped signals.

    • Shoaib

      It is just start and people have high expectations that will be met with passage of time.3G Users are now more than 4.5 million and rollouts are in progress.Companies are working for upgrading their technical infrastructure to come upto the expectations of customers.Technologies are new just wait for sometime for their successful working.

  • Qaisar

    hay hay 3G mere shahr mein aa jaa boht intzaar kia hai mein ne tera
    my precious meri anmool

    • Kashif

      Golum Golum

  • ali

    Sahi kaha MNA nay jhote advertisement karte hay yeh.

    • ZohaibSN

      Yeh Acion Ufone ky khilaf hona chahye :D

  • and here I’m concerned more about the volume limits . . .

    • Shoaib

      Mobilink has already offered unlimited 3G just at Rs 600/ per month.No problem of data volume.

      • Speed will be reduced after 30GB, sorry it doesn’t count as unlimited.

        • Shoaib

          Then,You can get extra 7GB at Rs 60 per week only.

        • ZohaibSN

          30GBs is best :)

          • I can consume 30GB in 3 days, provided that Mobilink 3G speed remains optimal.

            • Guest

              then use telenor unlimited @rs50 day :)

            • Shoaib

              Weekly 7GB bundle at Rs 60/ is most suitable for you.Just subscribe it daily and consume 7*30=210GB data volume mo nthly just at price of Rs 60*30=Rs 1800.Enjoy

              • Taha Najam

                You can’t subscribe a weekly bundle daily lol.

                • Shoaib

                  In future it will be offered in cut throat competition

                • Arsalan Shah

                  We can. We just need to unsubscribe the last one, and resubscribe the next one without any problem!

          • Shoaib

            Agreed.The consumption of almost 75% customers is not more than 30GB per month.

  • Geekpk

    PTA is good only for making lame policies and blocking websites.

    • Zeta

      *Blocking progressive, liberal websites rather than taliban/sectarian ones.

  • adil

    Mna kon sa google fiber istimal karte rahe hain yeh bhi to ptcl hi chalatr hon gai 8 mbps in k pyo ne bhi nahi dekha ho ga

  • Muhammad Mashhood Iqbal

    zong providing 21Mbps on 4G and 3-4Mbps on 3G while they are claiming that up to150Mbps on 4G and 42Mbps on 3G… while telenor speeds are better providing 9Mbps download and almost 3Mbps upload speed.

    • Gordon

      Zong is providing 10 to 12Mbps on 3G , my personal experience.

      • Muhammad Mashhood Iqbal

        I never got this speed in Islamabad… where r u from?

        • adil

          My experience is 18 mbps in lahore mughalpura

          • Mohammad Yahya

            Bhai aik dafa 18MB milnay ka matlab hargiz ye nai hota…average bataao…cell site ke neechay kharay hou ke off peak hour test ko benchmark na banao…4G LTE zong ka mushkil se 14Mbps cross krta hai mai ne 50 dafa speedtest kiya hai..or maximum 20Mbps ko touch krta hai one in 100 times speedtest…not everytime

            • adil

              Speedtest raat ko 8 baje kia tha phir agle din subha kia 20 mbps aur speedtedt main ne ghar k andar kia tha mujhe to pata bhi nahi zong ki cell site kidhr hai mere ghar k kareeb to kisi ka cell nahi hai

            • adil

              Speedtest raat ko 8 baje kia tha phir agle din subha kia 20 mbps aur speedtedt main ne ghar k andar kia tha mujhe to pata bhi nahi zong ki cell site kidhr hai mere ghar k kareeb to kisi ka cell nahi hai

            • adil

              Speedtest raat ko 8 baje kia tha phir agle din subha kia 20 mbps aur speedtedt main ne ghar k andar kia tha mujhe to pata bhi nahi zong ki cell site kidhr hai mere ghar k kareeb to kisi ka cell nahi hai

        • Mirza Moazzam Baig

          That claim about Zong’s speed is correct bro …. right now only zong is the single company which is offering unmatchable speed …. that’s my experience as well

        • Naveed

          Check this speed test .. I did that in Blue Area and I get same speeds in Rawalpindi too :P

          • Fakhre Alam

            zong upload speeds are pathetic . ain’t? i expect at least one third of the download speed

            • Naveed

              Yes on 3G it is .. but not on 4G.. I am getting 1-2MB/s upload and 2-3MB/s download speed on ZONG 4G :)

              • Shoaib

                There is no match with 4G, as time will pass all these upload and download speeds will increase further.

          • Mohammad Yahya

            Ye 4G enabled package ki speed lag rahi hai..3g bundle par kabi 7Mbps se above nai jaati zong ki :P

            • Arsalan Shah

              A 4G enabled package has NOTHING to do with the mobile internet being run on H+ (3G) If it was 4G LTE, it would run on 4G LTE. He also shared his speedtests before 4G was launched, and had nearly the same speeds…. Was 4G launched exclusively for him, then?

          • Guest

            This is H+ on 4G enabled bundle…is liye LTE ki speeds mil rahi hai…koi 3G package ye speeds nai provide krta.

            • Naveed

              This made me laugh .. Lmao at the time of doing this speed test , I was not subscribe to 4G package and this is a ZONG Employee sim .. They didnt have any 4G packages at this time so I was using 3G.. This is actually 3G speeds .. If i am not subscribe to 4G enabled package I dont get that speed..

            • Arsalan Shah

              Lol. You don’t really know what you’re talking about, are you? Unless LTE is enabled, how can it have LTE speeds? Anyways, think what you want, no point in explaining a non-technical person, a technical thing… My 3G package provides nearly the same speed (12 – 14Mb/s) on the same network (Zong) in ISB/RWP.

          • Arsalan Shah

            Exactly, my speeds are always over 12 Mb/s in ALL OF ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI. The least I’ve ever had is 7.25Mb/s.

        • Mohammad Yahya

          Yes u right getting this crazy speed only one time in lifetime does not mean zong is providing 10Mbps on 3G….try atleast 5 times speedtest then you will know actual real speed of 3G is 5Mbps…and on 4G it is 12 to 14Mbps

    • Muhammad Aamir

      150Mbps is a theoretical speed brother, there is a no operator in the universe that has a prowess to provide such speed on 4G LTE. Even if you look at the USA internet speed review, you will notice that their must of operators provide the same 4G speed (or even less) as we are getting in our beloved country Pakistan!

      • Shoaib

        Practically 60Mbps to 70Mbps is possible in 4G.But Zong will have to work hard for achieving this by upgrading their technical infrastructure.Means getting more IP Bandwidth from International long haul operators(that is IP Transit)

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Read It and laugh loudly..!! It’s the same speed which we’re getting via Zong 4G LTE. :D

          www phonearena com/news/Speedtest-data-shows-that-T-Mobile-has-the-fastest-4G-LTE-pipeline-in-the-nation_id51188

        • Bilal Iqbal

          40 in most of the cases..4G

      • Ammar

        You can easily get around 50mbps LTE in New York. In Canada Rogers offers speeds up to 90mbps.

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Are you joking brother!!

          The best speed was 16.8Mbps on 4G LTE in the USA.
          Read It
          www tmonews com/2014/06/fastest-mobile-networks-2014-results-are-out-t-mo-lte-finishes-2nd/

          • Ammar

            Maybe you should read it, especially the part where they explain how the speed results are calculated. Like I said, in major cities speeds of up to 50mbps are very common. Otherwise in good coverage areas the likes of Verizon can reach the 80mbps mark.

          • Ammar
          • Arsalan Shah

            Lol. I’ve tested 40Mb/s in the USA.

      • Muhammad Mashhood Iqbal

        bro I know its theoratical speed but you must know many of the 4G operators in the world give 50Mbps speed on 4G LTE but zong is way behind….

        • Mirza Moazzam Baig

          Bro atleast spare them for now, as they are in early phase of 4g rollout … you’ll definitely see improved benchmarks … very soon

          • Shoaib

            Sure, they will upgrade their network and desired speeds will be possible.

      • zeeshan

        Speed is ok for Pakistan better coverage is what we need, bonga damad inka. Picture: Rogers in Canada.

        • Zeeshan

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        • Muhammad Aamir

          Right! But 16.8Mbps is the best speed recorded in the USA. There are very few countries in the world who offer maximum speed on 4G LTE.

          Proof: www tmonews com/2014/06/fastest-mobile-networks-2014-results-are-out-t-mo-lte-finishes-2nd/

          • Ammar

            Bhai mere article 10 dafa share karne se pehle parh to lo usse!!! No where does it say 16mbps is the best speed recorded. Hadd hai.

    • Arsalan Shah

      Zong is providing around 12 – 14 Mbps on 3G. The least i’ve had from Zong on 3G in all of Islamabad and Rawalpindi is 7.25Mb/s. That’s the least.

  • adil

    In ksa 3g speed hasn’t been more than 2 mbps I have tested every network zain stc mobily and on 4G not more than 15 mbps so I think pakistan is getting best possible speed

    • Shoaib

      Yes, Extra ordinary Speeds are available on 3G/4G networks in Pakistan.

  • Samad Khan

    Any news about 3G in AJK? @Aamir and All

  • Guest

    I am Agree with MNA’s

    • adil

      I am not agree with you : P

  • ZohaibSN

    Yeh Report toh PTCL ky khilaf honi chahye thi, galti hoyi hai kahi kyon ky All opretors Super Speed dy rahay hein jab ky EVO 3.1 aur Wingle sarf 150KBs par sec dy rahay hein PTA PTCL ky khilaf Action ly SUkriya

  • Shan

    Warid Lte It’s 3G in the name of 4g lte :p

  • Shan

    Warid Lte its 3G in the name of 4G Lte :p

    • naam nhi dasna

      Bhai kisi aesi device pe test karna tha jis pe 150 mbps doen support ho to phir 20 mbps ban hi jata

      • Shan

        Bro I’m using on iPhone 6 and it supports 150 Mbps

        • naam nahi dasna

          Iphone to hai hi farigh :P

          • Shan

            Bro I get the point but what it has to do with the speed.. Coz on the same phone with zong 4g I got 25mbs

  • Imran Abdulghaffar

    This is what I get on Zong LTE, when signal is full I get 18 down and 10 up. People need to careful what units you’re using. whether Megabits or Megabytes. there are 8 bits in a byte.

    • adil

      Yar 3g pe 18 mbps ata hai lte pe bhi 18 mbps yeh to galat baat hai china ka 4G :D

      • Imran Abdulghaffar

        Zong 3G is really HSPDA, normal 3g tops at about 8 while Zong HSPDA which also gives around 18 down, but upload is only about 1 UP. I don’t know about the other networks.

        • adil

          O bhai mere mujhe zong 3g pe 18 mbps mila tha yani 2300 kb/s yani 2.2 MB aur 4G pe bhi itna hi to galat baat hai ap k upar wale carrier lte wale trst ki baat kar raha tha apne 3g trst k muqable

  • umer daraza

    kya koi batae ga, pakistani ke kon se company ka 3G best hai?

  • Haseeb Iqbal

    8Mbps download speed and they are not satisfied what are they running at home a gigbit line. infact they are totally unaware of internet speed

  • Mohammad Ali

    LOL

  • ahmad

    Zong user in rwp …really happy with both speed and coverage.

  • Mohammad Yahya

    Worldwide speed standard of 3G is 2Mbps and 4G is 12Mbps

  • Mohammad Yahya

    Guys zong ka 4G enabled package lou aur LTE connect bi na kero aapko 4G wali speed hi milay gee WCDMA (H+) par…matlab jiska phone 4G supported bi nai hai wo simply subscribe karay 4G bundle ko aur 10Mbps + minimum speed lay…i have tested myself…LTE sab bukwas hai.unho ne back end system par bus ye command di vi hai jo 4G bundle ke liye pay karay wo 4G speeds haasil karay.Try it and share ur experience!!!

    • Geekpk

      bhai ye zong ki 3g speeds hain. And tell us which phone u r using?

      • Mohammad Yahya

        LG G2 (4G LTE)

  • Mohammad Yahya

    Zong ka 3G bundle kabi 7Mbps se above nai jaata mai ne 20 times speedtest try kiay hain…ye log 15MB, 18MB, 20MB zong ki speeds show ker rhay hain unho ne 4G enabled bundle subscribe kiay huway hain 350rs mey 2GB…

    • adil

      U look really disappointed I subscribed a 150 mbps bundle and did a speed test 18 mbps down and 3 mbps up

      • adil

        O sorry 150 mb bundle for 50 rs

      • Mohammad Yahya

        then upload your speedtest now…dont post old test photo…try it now you will not get above 7Mbps

        • adil

          Main pakistan main hoon hi nahi :D kithon kar deyan

  • Arslan

    Hey can someone tell me whats going on.
    I am using 4mb PTCL internet, and it gives me 8mb speed.
    Is that only me lucky or everyone is entertained ?

    • Mohammad Yahya

      i have heard its the new offer for 4MB customers..they are being upgraded to 8Mbps

    • Taha Najam

      How much volume and at what monthly rate?

    • Mudassar

      You maybe lucky like me when I was using 4mbps in the price of 1mbps. No news on package upgrade.

  • Muhammad Zohaib

    I’m satisfied with Mobilink3G, Speed,Ping and most important its affordable packages all are good enough. I really don’t know why a single user demand/ wish for 50-90Mbps on his/her mobile?

    • Naveed

      Exactly , When we were using EDGE , we were all happy.. Now We are getting 10-12Mbps download (3G) and we are saying that its not good.. Come on ppl give it a break.. And enjoy whats available.. the prices and coverage will get better with time.. :P

      • Shoaib

        Prices will reduce drastically within 6 months when 70% rollouts will be completed.Then you may have unlimited 3G just at Rs 200/ per month and after one year may be Rs 100/ per month.See what happens.3G/4G services are hassle free broadband services that is why these are preferred over all other types of broadband services. Just Enjoy

    • Shoaib

      Agreed.50 Mbps speed is often required by corporate sector. Enjoy available speeds.

  • Hami Abro

    In case of hyderabad city. Telenor 3g is available in city area which is good . Mobilink 3g have coverage in city area too but low signal problem is there . zong 3g is ok but no sign of 3g with ufone

    • Shoaib

      Just wait for some time.You will get 3G/4G services of all operators including Warid as rollouts are in progress.

    • daratoo

      Bro 1 hath se phone pakro aur 1 hath se apne khanjar ko hilao aur dekho kaise signal increase hotay hain !!!

  • Eli Ehsan

    Oh MNA chachaaaa! zara PTCL Broadband ki sapeeeds par bhi tabsaraa kariye na zara…

  • Adnan

    ufone waly tau so rahe hain case tau ufone pe banta hai itne mehnge packages aur wo bhi speed limits k sath mane kisi country me nahi dekha k speed limit 3G pe rakhi ho aur weekly 250mb pe kisi ne kia karna hai :D

  • AbdulBaqi1

    in china i heard 42 mb/s was 3g. because hspa+ can deliver up to 42 mb/s. anyways i think it was expected from this corrupt govt to define a 3g and 4g standard so low. And how do you expect cellular companies will provide good services?.the spectrum offered to them is not enough to offer good speeds. sinking economy , poor law and order , energy generation at its worst why you think these foreign cellular companies would be serving well our public?