Mobilink Contracts Huawei to Deploy Pakistan’s First 100Gbps Optical Network

Mobilink has awarded a contract to Huawei to upgrade its existing network to 100 Gigabytes per second (Gbps) Optical Transport Network (OTN), a first of its kind in Pakistan.

The 100Gbps OTN will be deployed across a long haul fiber network on a nationwide basis which shall facilitate Mobilink in fulfilling the ever growing data and speed requirements of subscribers and guarantee the introduction of differentiated services.

The decision by Mobilink to upgrade its nationwide optical network will ensure an improved experience for its subscribers through the availability of greater bandwidth, efficiency and reliability.

Here is why the 100G OTN is a very important development.

  • Improved network user experience in term of voice quality and coverage
  • Huge bandwidth for different corporate clients specially for the Banking, ICT industry, education public health and many more departments
  • Cost effective wholesale, internet peering and datacenter interconnectivity, this will provide fast internet accessibility for every one even in the rural one.
  • More flexibility for ‘Triple Play’ services like Video, Voice and Data, online education
  • It will put Pakistan in line with developed countries as this technology is mainly deployed in the Europe and rich countries of Middle East

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Jeffery Hedberg, President & CEO Mobilink said:

Customer satisfaction is Mobilink’s first priority on all fronts of our business. In view of the changing customer requirements and the exponential growth of data traffic on our network we have chosen Huawei to install Pakistan’s most advanced optical network for Mobilink.

I am confident that the enhancement in our network infrastructure will provide greater end-to-end quality of service and a seamless end-user experience for the many years to come.

CEO of Huawei Pakistan, Aragon Meng said:

Once the 100 Gbps OTN is deployed, services like super-sized cloud storage and Ultra High Definition (UHD) videos will be available to Mobilink users across the country, while corporate clients will be able to access huge amounts of bandwidth to satisfy their growing enterprise data and analytics requirements.

This upgrade shall also ensure that Mobilink is well equipped to introduce 4G LTE services in the near future.


  • Syed Salman Haider Rizvi

    The B in Gbps should be capital if it is bytes

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      I think that they do know what a simple difference of B or b may cause.
      But still, if they really have made a mistake… they should correct it.

    • Network bandwidth is usually expressed in bits per second (bps); modern networks typically have speeds measured in the millions of bits per second (megabits per second, or Mbps) or billions of bits per second (gigabits per second, or Gbps).
      so if the system is 100Gigabytes it should be in GBps

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        I already unserstand that bro and i absolutely agree. But what im saying is maybe it really is 100 gigaBITS per second…
        so it may or may not be necessary to point this out…

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        Oops, i made a mistake.. just read the article more closely… he has written gigaBYTES when describing the speed in words, but used the gigaBITS repesentation when using short-form.

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        Thats a mistake there..

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        Ur absolutely right

    • Shoaib

      It is 100 Gbps not 100 GBps.

      • Muhammad Aamir

        I’m right? 100GBps ( Gigabytes per second)=10000Gbps (Gigabits per second)?

        • Shoaib

          Yes you are right Dear.

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Um, i dont seem to understand, is it going to improve lined internet facilities or will it improve the 3g speeds??

    • Daniyal Ahmed

      Fiber network is the backbone of 3g internet.

    • Shoaib

      It will improve 3G speeds tremendously.

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        I see… so in essence, our 3g will be quite a lot faster ! I wish mobilink improve their packages. Then i’ll surely buy a mobilink sim !

  • Ali

    Complete it fast current 3g speeds are terrible.

  • Muhammad Aamir

    We need the Google Optical Fiber system in Pakistan. The price as same as South Korea, 1Gbps at 30$ per month. :D

    • mrtomatohead

      one can only dream

      • Muhammad Aamir

        A rich person+interest in fast internet=Google Optical Fiber System. :)

    • Shoaib

      Many companies are investing in FTTH.You will see the results soon.

      • Muhammad Aamir

        soon=1 or 10 or 20 or 30 years :D Because we listen the same, for example, loadshedding will be eliminated soon=2 or 10 or 20 years, but in vain :D

  • Ghazanfar

    So it’s mean PTCL will die soon people will be able to use triple play with TV wifi router and phone. Etisalat has same system in UAE and earning a lot from triple play services.

    • kami

      Dont think PTCL is going to die. All network operator are dependent on PTCL. and they cannot offer prices lower than PTCL. PTCL is cost effective for both Industry as well as home use.

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        This may be a stupid question but… how are other operators dependent on ptcl??

        • Shoaib

          No operator is dependent upon PTCL.Mobilink has its own international long haul connectivity through Transworld cable.There will laying of new OFC CABLE.100 Gbps SYSTEM will be deployed on already deployed OFC Cable.This upgradation will change the whole scenario and mobilink subscribers will enjoy unlimited download on affordable prices.Well done Mobilink.Keep it up.

        • Shoaib

          No operator is dependent upon PTCL.Mobilink has its own international long haul connectivity through Transworld cable.There will laying of no new OFC CABLE.100 Gbps SYSTEM will be deployed on already deployed OFC Cable.This upgradation will change the whole scenario and mobilink subscribers will enjoy unlimited download on affordable prices.Well done Mobilink.Keep it up.

          • Zawyar Ur Rehman

            Unlimited?? Now that is one word that touches the heart ;) but i doubt about it.. maybe the packages will get their caps raised to say, 60 GB or something but unlimited …. really seems hard…

            • Shoaib

              Unlimited is possible in near future.100 Gbps deployment in domestic long haul network is first step.Second step is that Mobilink will purchase more international bandwidth from Transworld.As a result, consumers will get unlimited download packages.Just wait and see.

              • Zawyar Ur Rehman

                If what you say turns out to be true, then i am gonna switch to mobilink right away! XD

              • BadarUI

                Telenor and Warid are also giving unlimited internet on their 3G and 4G with rates of 50 and 200 Rs respectively. Here the only question raised is that is telenor and warid also have 100 Gbps deployment?

              • Bilal Iqbal

                Mobilink is not going to get Free trunk connection…lol

        • kami

          if you dont know about Telecom in pakistan, then dont use word ‘stupid’. This is discussion, not kicking your ass. all mobile network uses ptcl gateway.

  • UvWx Yz

    But if Mobilink will sell its bandwidth to corporate customer/data center it will choke the bandwidth for the mobile users. 65000 online users website can choke 1Gbps. specially video hosting website.

    • Muhammad Aamir

      You’re wrong! 100 Gigabytes per second (GBps)=10000 Gigabits per second ( Gbps)=100,00000Mbps. By dividing this speed to 65000 online users, you will get the speed of 100,00000/65000=153Mbps. It means every user will get 153Mbps, and this speed is enough to stream 20 videos of 4K at a same time, 153/7=20. I hate math :P

      • BadarUI

        But the maximum speed of 3G IS NOT MORE THAN 42 Mbps

        • Muhammad Aamir

          LOL! even Zong and Warid 4G can’t provide you 42Mbps and you’re talking about 3G. The above calculation means that 65000*20=1300000 users will get the speed of 7Mbps. I think you didn’t get that.

          • BadarUI

            You are right. Maximum speed of warid is 37 Mbps. but tell me why they didn’t provide speed?

  • M3RCY

    well done MOBILINK the only network with highest kpi among all network in Pakistan.

  • Danish

    Timeline to achieve this?

  • Why not Pakistan cables is what I’m thinking :P

    • UncleBully

      What About Fast Cables “Taaron Sy Sitaaron Tak” :-)

  • Amir

    so mobilink is going to deploy ofc in all over pakistan???

    • Shoaib

      OFC is already deployed.Mobilink will only upgrade its system to 100 Gbps which will prove beneficial to consumers. in voice,data,video.

  • M3RCY

    Mobilink is the only network to use quality equipment…

  • Sohaib Alee Khan Nagree

    So you are saying OTN is only deployed in Europe and *rich* countries of middle east.