With 2,800 Cell Sites, Telenor Expands its 3G Services to One Third of its Customers

Telenor Pakistan has announced that it has expanded its 3G footprint to 55 cities in the country to enable its one third of customer base to have mobile broadband access while on the go.

Telenor, in a press briefing, said that its 2,797 cell sites (out of total 7,500 cell sites that Telenor has on its network) are now 3G enabled with over 1.7 million customers who are currently using company’s 3G services.

Irfan Wahab Khan, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan, during the briefing said that more than 33% of Telenor customers have now access to 3G services.

With 2,797 cell sites (out of 7,500 total sites) in 55 cities on 3G, Telenor currently has 1.7 million 3G subscribers on its network.

Commenting on the uptake of 3G in Pakistan, Mr. Khan said that there has been a continuous and strong surge in adoption from all areas of launch with exponential growth in data volume every month. He said that the average data volume usage of a 3G customers almost doubles every month, hinting that customers are data hungry.

While explaining about the timeline of Telenor’s 3G network stretch, CMO said that Telenor started its 3G services with four cities in June this year. 10 More cities were added in July, 5 in August, 13 in September, 12 in October while another 10 in November to take the total count to 55 cities till date.

We know that Telenor’s 100% cell sites are 3G ready, thanks to a network modernization project that company completed last year. After this one-time network-wide up-gradation, Telenor now requires minimal investment and effort to convert a 2G cell-site to 3G network.

Irfan, while commenting on company’s strategy for expanding network in rural and urban areas alike, said that Telenor’s growing 3G footprint, comprising both urban and rural areas, is yet another testament of our ambition to bring ‘Internet for All’. Ifran said that his company strongly believe that internet is something for the mass population of Pakistan, and not just the select few.

Below is the list of cities (in month-wise order) where Telenor has stretched its 3G network so far:

June:

  • Islamabad
  • Rawalpindi
  • Lahore
  • Karachi

July

  • Multan
  • Faisalabad
  • Gujranwala
  • Gujrat
  • Peshawar
  • Abbottabad
  • Sargodha
  • Sialkot
  • Sarai Alamgir
  • Kharian

July

  • Dera Ghazi Khan
  • Swabi
  • Mandi Bahauddin
  • Quetta
  • Hyderabad

August

  • Attock
  • Bahawalpur
  • Bannu
  • DI Khan
  • Jhelum
  • Kohat
  • Mardan
  • Muzaffargarh
  • Okara
  • Arifwala (Pakpattan)
  • Sahiwal
  • Wah
  • Taxila
  • Along with the entire Rawalpindi-Lahore GT Road

October

  • Lodhran
  • Khanewal
  • Malakand
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Murree
  • Nathia Gali
  • Lower Dir
  • Mansehra
  • Sukkur
  • Larkana
  • Ghotki
  • Bhakkar

November

  • Haripur
  • Gujjar Khan
  • Jhang
  • Swat
  • Kasur
  • Buner
  • Nowshera
  • Charsada
  • Chiniot
  • Rajanpur

In areas where Telenor launches its 3G services, customers are initially offered free service trials for two weeks. Subscribers are notified about the end of free 3G trial service via SMS and Telenor Pakistan’s official website. Under the free 3G trial offer, customers can enjoy 50 MBs of free data every day. Data services on 2G will be charged as usual.

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


  • No doubt Telenor is the best growing network of Pakistan and the future belongs to Zong and Telenor. No poor companies like Ufone or Warid will survive in such competitive environment.

      • Mobilink will still remain the dominant force…. but sohail is right that both telenor and zong will surpass mobilink. whereas no other company (ufone or Warid) has guts to challenge these top three operators. . . .

        • I do not agree with you at all. It is also a fact that more speed will result in more quick consumption of 3G internet bundle. I am experiencing buffer less video streaming with good tariff which is enough to fulfill my needs.

    • Ufone is the only 3G network in Pakistan, who is offering the most discounted bundle like Mega Internet Bundle. In Mega Internet Bundle customers are getting 50 GB bundle in just RS 5 with speed upto 5MB. Where as their 3G coverage is also expanding. So good coverage with better 3G bundles is making Ufone different from other companies.

      • well with a crappy speed as well. whats with the disocunt when u dont get speed their 5MB speed is all a lie…

  • yet i still sit in my office in Blue Area, Islamabad and getting 1 signal and edge internet on my iphone 5s, i have to move to the window to make a call. i live in f-11 and when you are in around f-11 markaz only then you get good call quality. telenor is a disgrace. i have called so many times btu the problem persists.

  • CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELLME WHO TO CONTACT TO GET SIGNALS IN BLUE AREA, THE CALL QUALITY IS SO FILTHY AND 3G signals drops every second

  • telenor is the worst of all companies i experienced…they don’t hv 3G coverage in my area despite being the fact that it is shown in their coverage map lol…so far mobilink has been the real deal for me

    • And mobilink’s speed is also better than telenor’s … cuz mobilink is having 10Mhz spectrum as compared to 5Mhz of telenor’s.

    • As far as I know, every company is expanding network in areas where data users are more frequent. Your time will come in a few months I guess when the data uptake increases. 1.7 million subs out of probably 35 million is’t really a big number to support expansion in areas with low data usage. What do you think?

  • With 33% 3G enabled network spreading over 55 cities and 1.7 million 3G customers, Telenor is now leading the data/internet market along with Mobilink and Zong.There may be some quality problems in some area but overall quality of service is excellent and will improve with passage of time.Things are moving in right direction for broadband customers all over the country.

  • 2800 cell sites of Telenor have been upgraded to 3G which is a positive sign.Hope company will upgrade remaining 4700 cell sites in coming 6 months by accelerating pace of upgradation work.

  • whatever people comment. Telenor is the only one giving unlimited package. It has the most 3g cell sites. It is operating in most of the cities and it has most number of 3g users. welldone Telenor

      • Those “best” packages were all limited time offer till 30th Nov. lets see if they continue with them or revert back to old tariff now.

        • they have extended data incentives for more 10 days. I have no idea what are they thinking with these extensions. They should have made these enhanced data bundle as their regular bundles already.

      • and am getting 1.4 MB/sec download speed. I get same on zong but sometimes speed goes 40 kb for no reason.

    • unlimited? I could not see any such offer on telenor website. Can you please share the unlimited package detail?

      • Telenor’s internet becomes unlimited for the day if u use 3G worth Rs.50….. so by unlimited he means this. unlimited 3g for 1500/month

  • If Telenor will be able to convert 2800 more cell sites to 3G in next 6 months, they will capture 4 million 3G customers easily.

  • Good to see Telenor growing at this pace. My only reason to switch from Telenor to Mobilink was the signal strength. If Telenor gives good reception for calls & data, they will surely be the leaders. On the other hand, come one Mobilink, please cover more areas for 3G.

    • yeah you are right … mobilink is lagging just a bit behind telenor in terms of expanding it’s 3g footprint. .. .but mobilink’s 3g speeds are way better in comaprison to telenor …..the only operator providing better 3g speed than mobilink is zong … zong’s speed remains between 10Mbps-20Mbps

  • But they should also improve their quality..In Islamabad i’m getting 7-8 mbps on downloading while in my home city dgkhan i am getting 1-2 mbps ..

  • Telcos r spreading there 3G coverage in kpk Punjab on priority bases…why theory r ignoring sindhi and Baluchistan

  • Now Telenor in “Kasur” also. But i have personally check different places in kasur but there is still no 3G in any area. what is this?

  • No 3G in Ghotki after 1month Telenor officially announced
    I have call to Telenor helpline maney times but helpline he/she says in Ghotki Telenor 3G available but reality is no 3G in Ghotki

  • 1st December 2014 Monday
    oil market is equals to 65 us dollars / barrel
    one us barrel is equals to 159 litter
    today’s dollar rate is 101.5

    so today’s diesel Rate in Pakistan should be as low as 41.25
    and petrol must be 15% lesser so petrol rates should b as low as 35.27

      • Qadri baaji, oil ke transportation charges oil ki 2.5x price ke barabar nahin hotay. Worldwide (transportation from KSA to USA) takes only 15% on oil transportation. Pakistan is 30 times closer to KSA than the USA. Transportation charges/taxes/duty/comission should not be more than 25%, which would mean max Rs. 45/ltr. Ok take that as Rs. 50/ltr, but NO MORE THAN THAT! We’re paying 85/ltr atm.

          • Mer jaan, stupidity ki intiha hoti hai :P Mulk TAXES pe chalta hai. Everywhere in the world. And even in developed countries, taxes on things such as petrol, electricity, food, necessities is usually very less. VAT on electricity/gas in UK is just 5%. Taxes collect karne hain to ameeron se karein, NS&IK se karein. Why kill the lower class with taxes on petrol and commodities?

      • OK brother gold as per today’s market is 1180 dollar/ once now come to me i can provides it to u on the same rates now what u says.. information doesn’t means the knowledge u people have a kind of information but u don’t know the mean of it..

        the rates are shown by the company will provides u on the same rates including transportation and labor coast.. brother now please chant once GO NAWAZ GO

  • I’m very happy! Telenor is giving me a great speed! I download 10GB of data daily! Keep It up Telenor!!!

    • i think for azad kashmir telcos have to bid again. :( azad kashmir main tu signal he her jaga nai ate 3g kia ana hai. sorry to say.

      • I dont think so they have to bid again…
        And coverage is same as in pakistan…
        Baaz jaghen hi aisi hoti hein jahaan signal nahi pohnch paaty….

  • bekar service hai call milao tu connection error or network busy aur call mil b jaye tu kuch samj nhi aati baat ke, aur yeh hr city mein 1 , 2 tower upgrade krty hai aur khty hai list bna daty hai k etny city ho gy, bad network

  • Telenor was good in the beginning, they are not even covering full Islamabad for 3G. Calling someone from Telenor gives network busy error even with full signal strength.

    • It will be the best speed if you they offer a package just like Telenor — 5GB only at Rs.8. But Zong offers 30GB at Rs.3,000. Being a Telenor User, I download 30GB data only at Rs.50 in 3 days via 2 SIMs. :D

  • i have a question there is telenor default rate that says after 50rs
    its unlimited for the day. has someone used it . how much is the limit
    how does it work ?

    • Use it every day. There is no limit to the data you use. I have downloaded more than 10GB in one day without any additional charges. Enjoy :)

      • Dats 1500 per month . Why wont everyone use it if its really unlimited and no fair usage policy. And how does it work. At 50 it automatically stops charging u ?

        • People are using it.many of my fend are using it.after 50 rest of day is free and speed is very good too.enjoy

  • @aamir atta, Dear bro, you forgot one city to include in the list and that is Kamalia,a city in which i am resided and it is also 3G enabled City by Telenor.Telenor is currently offering free trails to its customers n i m using it too :-P
    If you say,i can provide snapshots of it.But keep your list updated plz.

  • they have “2800” cell sites providing 3G, one third of there customer base. looks good by these numbers but what about there quality, Indoor usage and while we are driving how persistence and easily it is to switching between different cell towers to stay in service?
    those are somethings i really care for, if we limited to use it in certain area’s better than other having 3G over 55 cities make no sense.

  • the most farigh network (atleast in lahore). Breaking sound, dropped calls, calls not going through, messages being delivered after 24hours! To top it all, the reason why i got telenor (3g) isnt still covered where i live in lahore!

  • they should stop covering random sites and should cover all sites of the city before moving to the next one.


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