Zong to Invest Over $300 Million Into 3G & 4G Infrastructure in 2016

Zong Friday has announced plans to expand the scope of its 3G and 4G services across the country by ensuring 100 percent 3G and 60 percent 4G coverage by pumping $300-$400 million in the current year.

With over $ 1 billion already invested and more than 250 cities currently receiving 3G and 4G services, the entire country would be able to benefit from these high-speed technologies by the end of this year.

This was announced by Zong’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Niaz A Malik while addressing a press conference here on Friday. Currently, more than 2,700 sites of Pakistan are powered with 4G services, he said. As part of Zong’s Future Plan for 2016, these would be doubled in number, Malik added.

Elaborating on Zong’s perspective on different contemporary issues concerning the telecom sector, the deputy CEO said entire Pakistan would soon benefit from Zong’s superior 3G and 4G services.:

We are working on war footing on this front. Soon, there would be good news, not later than this year. We are focused on the delivery of 4G and we have made immense investment on this front. Our 4G internet SIM is the fastest in terms of speed and high-powered features.

He said that owing to unprecedented demand of Zongs’ 4G services, the company’s mobile broadband (MBB) devices have often been outnumbered by the ever-growing consumers’ strength. He added:

We have the highest number of 4G subscribers and the rapidly growing demand for 4G services has, at times, resulted in the shortage of our MBB devices. We are fully cognisant of the situation and are assuring their availability, accordingly.

Dismissing the reports suggesting slow cellular signalling on part of Zong, the Zong official cited UK Open Signal Report that ranks Pakistan as 57th in Global LTE Coverage Comparison.:

The report is based on Android users only who use Open Signal application. In Pakistan, this application is not very famous as most people use Ookla for this purpose and according to Ookla, we are way better than rest.

Please be aware of the fact that we rolled out our 4G services just a year ago and any improvement on this front requires time. Pakistan does have better coverage of 58 per cent compared to 49 per cent of India, as reflected in the report.

Niaz said Zong was the official PSL partner with the sole aim to promote cricket:

Pakistanis are a cricket loving nation and we at Zong are strived to do our best to bring this great sport back to this great country that is yearning for cricket for the last many years. Our aim is to revive dead cricket here.

Malik lamented over the fact that excessive taxes in telecom sector were not only adversely affecting the telecom industry but were eventually adding to the miseries of cellular subscribers.

Punjab has set a great example by abolishing 19.5 per cent tax on mobile internet services. We hope that other provinces will follow the course. This is essential in order to allow the telecom industry to flourish further. That would strengthen Pakistan economically and help its people.

On Telecom Policy 2015, Malik commented:

The policy is silent on taxes and a greater role of the regulatory bodies will be required to address this issue with the government so the dream of digital Pakistan can be realized and our economy can flourish further.


  • Zaeem

    Meanwhile Telenor is providing this 3G Speed:P

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      Loolz

      • Sayen Banda

        Upload Speed to chalo Zayda hai :D

        • Zaeem

          Hahaha..:D Sachiiii..upload speed waqai zaida hai;) :D

      • Zaeem

        ROFL :D

    • Rizwan Yaqoob

      PTA is one bottleneck that is responsible for the substandard 3G services. While other countries were offering up to 40Mhz per operator and beyond for 3G services, only 5Mhz spectrum for Telenor and Ufone and 10Mhz spectrum for Zong and Mobilink has started to cause bandwidth capacity issues for the operators and these issue aren’t going to vanish anytime soon because operators have already signaled to boycott upcoming 3G / 4G auction.

      • AbdulB1

        bhai not just 40mhz they offer nearly 50 or 60 mhz to each operator. pta has to compete with india no wonder they allocated just 5mhz or 10 mhz each.

  • Fawad Hassan

    Zong 4G in DHA Phase 2 Islamabad :P

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      Wow so fast! ???

      • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

        dude use Zong’s server , then it will show true speed :P

        • AbdulB1

          it will show zong’s own network’s speed. For real test use Californian server as most websites like google msn etc are hosted there.

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Zong 4G right now in Faisalabad.

      • Muhammad Faheem

        bro these speed test and downloading speeds u get on torrents just match altogether

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          Only for you my bro

          • Aon Bilal

            Koi New Speed Test Bhi Kar Lain Evening Main
            6 Months Se Yahi Movie Download Ho Rahi Ha

      • Amer

        The major reason behind this extra ordinary speed is “Ericsson”. Faisalabad is the only city where Zong has deployed Ericsson LTE radio equipment. Rest all is Chinese.

        • AbdulB1

          I am not sure thats the only reason. The thing is that 10 years ago chinese equipment was cheap and low quality now it is cheap and high quality as said by former Ericsson and nokia network ceos. And it has been proven , zte and huawei has grown their market share Ericsson and Nokia have lost their share. I think they are short of equipment or they are using equipment which is not designed for such high number of users.

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          Kyun ji Fsd myn myn ZTE ko jugtain parrti hain ya Ericsson ka apna plant Faisalabad myn hai?

    • Rizwan Yaqoob

      Zong’s performance (speed and stability) has dropped significantly. Once again we are left with none other than PTCL.

      • AbdulB1

        PTCL is a monopoly and will not die. Sad fact :(

    • AbdulB1

      try testing on california server. or zong’s server

  • Saqib

    Probably they want to preempting the competition they are going to face after mobilink-warid merger.

  • All this means nothing until they don’t stop throttling speeds on their LTE network and stop capping them at about 100 kB/s.

    If I’m paying for a 150 GB / month package, then it is my choice how I use it. Zong should have no right to throttle and limit speeds. I shouldn’t have to turn on a VPN to get 3 MB/s download speed.

    • Ammar

      When do they throttle it?

    • umer

      Which vpn?

      • I have my own server in the US running a VPN tunnel.

    • windie

      They started throttling a week back for torrents (not sure about video streaming services). Max speed of 100KB/s. As of yesterday no more throttling. I hope they dont go back to it. I even called them and told them I have proof you guys are doing it, blah blah lame generic excuses they give.

  • Irfan Bilal

    This is what I got from Zong 4G in malir Karachi a few days back.

    • Irfan Bilal

      Here is another proof of Zong 4G wingle.

      • Aon Bilal

        Morning Main To Ufone Bhi 1200Kbs Speed Day Raha Hota Ha

        • Adeel

          Aon bhai kisi cheez se to satisfy ho jao ?

      • AbdulB1

        u r using torrent on mobile. trying testing again on PC.

        • Aon Bilal

          Sir G Ab To Kery Ban Chuky Hain Net K
          Zong Sirf Speed Test Ki Had Tak Ha Jesy Torrent Par Downloading Start Hony K Kuch Dair Bad Network 3G Par Convert Ho Jata Ha Islamabad, Rawalpindi Main

          • AbdulB1

            sedhi baat hai un ka 4g network overload hogaya hai wahan. but it also depends on u, to prefer 3g or 4g in phone or wingle settings. It can be possible they r throttling torrent speeds to provide good service to other users. Anyway compared to Ufone and telenor I think it is still okay.

  • adnan

    Zong Super 3G in Gujrat

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      So fast! ?

  • Ahmed

    Investing Worst ZTE that’s why have biggest spectrum and not providing real 4G.

  • Ahmed

    Investing Worst ZTE that’s why have biggest spectrum and not providing real 4G.

  • Someone tag UFONE here. :)

  • JUnaid

    Zong 4g faisalabad

  • Ahmed

    Having Warid LTE on motorway M2 at moving speed of 120km, data speed test result. Now a days its speed in Lahore is not good but with 0.3 percent of spectrum as compared to zong and speed is almost equal to Zong. Consider what if they have same spectrum. This is just because of Ericsson equipment which zong do not wants to invest in quality of service

    • Muhammad Faheem

      Agreed.. zong speeds fluctuate badly… warid is more consistent and reliable

  • Muhammad Muaavia

    ZONG 4G Karachi

    • adnan

      Loot Machi hai :)

  • Badar Khan

    mobilink 3g speed in village of ghotki sindh

  • Badar Khan

    ghotki kay villAge men

  • Rj

    Sary network cities ko cover kar rahy halan k wahan tu aur oprion bhi hoty hain ..faida kia aisemobile broadband ka

  • Ahmed

    These press conference do not cover up the poor strategy and inconsistent quality of service.

  • Abid Saleem

    First Zong improve basic services (GSM) which disappear in rural areas during load shedding after that they can think about 3G and 4G. They too using pathetic ZTE equipment like Tel-Not (Telenor).

    • ahmed

      1000% agreed

      • omer

        I am using Telenor as my primary connection for months now. I am amazed that how they are providing consistent speed with large no. of subscriber base and only 5mhz spectrum. Telenor speed is not super fast. but remains between 2-5 mbps. which is good to go for me

        • Aon Bilal

          Bhai 4G Use Karo K To Maloom Ho Ga Speed Kia Hoti Ha

          • omer

            dear aon I have warid and zong 4g sims also. I have experienced both . zong works like a rocket for me . but cant do torrenting on both 4g network. reason is they don’t offer unlimited data . my daily usage on average remains 7-8gb . only Telenor suits me for Rs. 60 they are providing unlimited for that day. and youtube also consume a lot of data now for me as its ban is lifted few weeks ago

            • H M Arshad

              how to unlimited in 60 can you explained it?

              • Aon Bilal

                Weakly 7Gb 5:am To 5pm

                • omer

                  no dear its not weekly one.
                  use Telenor 3g at its default rate without any package. they deduct 60 rupee and for the rest of the the day till 12 midnight you can use it as much as you want. their website says 1.5gb limit apply. but actually its unlimited

  • Shoaib

    Huge investment that would boost mobile broadband services(3G/4G).Well done Zong.

  • Saleem

    4G speed in my village (but I live in Spain)?

    • Muhammad Muaavia

      (:)

    • ahmed

      Than it should be above 100Mbps in Eastern Europe have checked Orange it has in city above hundred

  • Easy

    What do we need high speeds for? Downloading movies, songs? Any beneficial thing to do with such high speed internet facility? Only a few percentage of people use internet for productive and halaal purposes.

  • Haroon Rashid

    Mr. Niaz Malik has convincing argument to justify Zong performance. Sir everybody knows Pakistan is used for trails. Zongs experience for testing 4G/LTE is to get ready for 5G, @the GSMA2016 ZTE has MoU WITH PTCL for 4G/Lte/5G bouquet. which will be tested. Zong is not in the league.
    China Mobile undisputed leader in China has taken full benefit of PTA/FTA for utilising Pakistan which Ericsson cannot, hence they pay higher taxes than Huawei or ZTE. Provincial taxes for mobile broadband is a matter to convince the FBR tribunal why they Sindh should pay, when Punjab is not paying. What is the rationale of the province to demand this broadband tax? Reference could possibly be obtained from ITU, Geneva for taxation on mobile broadband and a petition be filed with the high court to dis-allow taxation. Hope Karachi would get better quality, and lower prices for their initiatives for cooperation.