Telenor Launches Pakistan’s First 4.5G Network

Yet another industry-first for Telenor Pakistan as it claims to have launched cutting-edge 4.5G technology in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad showing unrelenting commitment to empower Pakistan through a high-speed data network that enhances customer experience.

Sigve Brekke, CEO, Telenor Group who is visiting Pakistan on a 4-day agenda inaugurated 4.5G by placing the first call over this advanced LTE network. Today, over 80% of Telenor Pakistan’s network supports 3G/4G services and the launch of 4.5G services is a milestone towards bringing the latest technology to Pakistan.

Utilizing the advanced 4.5G feature of ‘Carrier Aggregation’, Telenor Pakistan is the first to aggregate its LTE 850 and LTE 1800 networks as one to give excellent data service experience for supported handsets. This feature leverages the available frequency of different bands, thus enhancing the customer experience.

Telenor Pakistan acquired the license for the provision of Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) across Pakistan in 2014. This opened a whole new era of opportunities in mobile broadband services in the country which fueled exponential data growth in the market.

Later on in 2016, Telenor Pakistan acquired bandwidth in the 850MHz spectrum to bring 4G services. Maximizing efficiency on the existing spectrum, Telenor Pakistan has also refarmed its existing 1800 MHz band for LTE services.

“We envision a digital Pakistan where the fast-evolving communication technology benefits all,” said Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group. “With Advanced LTE we continue to introduce new technology that furthers the digital revolution in Pakistan.”

“In a new milestone today, we have launched 4.5G that will be a bridge for future mobile data applications leading on to 5G,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO Telenor Pakistan.

“The technology will enable us to provide faster upload and download speeds while delivering superior user experience by ensuring immediate reaction time for applications and web services with the promise of uninterrupted data experience. 4.5G will also give us the readiness we need to drive the development of IoT and tech-based solutions for government, administration, health, agriculture and home management. Being the most innovative company, we proudly welcome Pakistanis to the future of mobile,” he added.

All of Telenor Pakistan’s current 4G subscribers with compatible handsets will be able to receive the faster speeds automatically. The 4.5G features have already been activated across Telenor sites in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi/Islamabad. This development certainly brings Pakistan closer to its digital inclusion goals.


  • YARaza

    Good
    VoLTE aor eSIM k bary mein koi update ?

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Volte is a thing of the 2020 here

      • Murtaza Saeed

        I don’t know why this guy is obsessed with eSIM. It brings no real benefit to the user in terms of quality of service and only a handful of phones actually support it.

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          This guy is an enthusiast. He is excited about every new technology. He should be PTA chairman and we might see 5G before Korea

        • YARaza

          Basic needs hein bro

          • Murtaza Saeed

            LOL, electricity and water are basic needs.
            eSIM is useless and it would be stupid if local telcos invested in eSIM over more worthwhile tech.

            I’m starting to think you are the next Abdul Wahab….

            • YARaza

              Abdul wahab mery senior hein 😁 aor Bhai jan apko off topic bat mat krein aor eSIM pay search krein phir apko is k benifits ka pata chal jay ga , abi ap k pas buhat kam info ha is bary mein

        • Ammar

          Because carrier aggregation is something everyone will immediately benefit from, right?

          • Murtaza Saeed

            Yes I’d rather have something that gives you a more reliable LTE connection than a stupid unnecessary gimmick.

            Since you are probably a ShitPhone XS owner, you must be dying to use eSIM, as it is something you can brag about to all your peasant friends who are using inferior Android devices that don’t support it.

            • YARaza

              Every next android flagship will support eSIM , google announce it .
              XS is the top mobile phone in the world to date
              eSIM is the next standard and by 2024 , 70% mobile phones supported eSIM only (without traditional sim) ab behas mein parrny ka faida nhi ha jnaab

              • Murtaza Saeed

                Please list some benefits of eSIM in a country like Pakistan. Think long and hard about that.

                Would love to know your thoughts.

                • YARaza

                  1 replacement free of cost
                  2 eSIMs enable constant connection to mobile networks, they optimize connectivity management, including security-wise. Security is the most basic thing for communication sector in Pakistan
                  3 end users enjoy a seamless experience on a plethora of devices, knowing they are securely and intelligently connected to ubiquitous mobile networks. This remotely provisionable SIM is the vital enabler for the future growth of the machine to machine market

                  • Murtaza Saeed

                    1) Bhai 100 rs bhi nahi de sakte aap? I don’t know about Telenor, but on Jazz and Ufone, SIM replacements are either free or for 50 rs. Besides, you do realize that you would STILL have to visit the office for biometric verification. Jazz even does home delivery of SIM cards, for FREE.

                    As for the other suggestions, you just copy/pasted them from a Google search lol. Stupid troll.

                    • YARaza

                      Hazart Moosa (A.S)ny farmaya tha mujhy murdy ko zinda krty waqt itni aajzi mehsoos nhi hoi jitni ahmaq ko aqal ke bat samajty hoy hoi.

                    • Answer

                      Hazrat Essa A.S ne farmaya tha.

              • Hassan Gillani

                That’s vague claim that XS is top mobile phone of the current tech industry. Don’t think so. It’s not e-sim we should be worried about but carrier interconnect charges. Government should force carriers to stop charging each other. That way we’ll get batter any time any network bundles.

            • Ammar

              Oh God. You PMS here on ProPakistani as well?

              • Murtaza Saeed

                Yes and after so long all you could come up with was some playground insult rather than an actual advantage to having eSIM over CA?

                Not surprising at all. Keep it up.

                • Ammar

                  Says ‘shitphone XS’. Proceeds to say I’m using playground insults. Please go be a keyboard don on PG. And let me know if the post mensural pains don’t go away.

                  • Murtaza Saeed

                    Oh my bad, I forgot that insulting Apples clearly superior tech is hurting you directly.

                    Still waiting for a valid argument btw. Nobody here to laugh at your jokes.

          • saeed

            yes, cell phone basically will use both spectrum together and you will get better Throughput because you will double the spectrum like 10 Mhz+10Mhz= 20Mhz.

            • Ammar

              Yes but what’s the point of all that bandwidth? Cellular data plans are still heavily capped by volume. So it’s not like I can stream 4K video all day with these high speeds.

              • Murtaza Saeed

                You say all that bandwidth as if people are now getting 200 Mbps over LTE… coming from barely 10 Mbps on Telenor 4G, an upgrade to 40-50 or whatever their network is now capable of is a huge difference, especially for people who have Telenor MBBs.

        • Netherdrake

          eSIM has alot of advantages.

        • Anonymous

          Bro with E-SIM support we can use Smart Watches on network. That will be cool

    • Kashif Nawaz

      بھائی یہاں سعودیہ کے موبائل نیٹورک بہت ایڈوانس ہیں۔ یہاں ابھی تک ای سم اور وی او ایل ٹی ای نہیں تو پاکستان میں کہاں سے آئے گی۔ اور ویسے بھی میں نے آئی فون کے علاوہ کوئی موبائل ای سم والا نہیں دیکھا تو کمپنیاں کیوں کر اس پر انوسٹ کریں۔

    • D Cheema

      Guys please help me, I am a British Pakistani, born in England. Last year I took a Telenor sim-card out, and I have lost it, how much will it cost me to have the number replaced and get a replacement sim card? As one of the Telenor franchise said to me to give them 15,000PRK, which I was very shocked about, I think they were trying to rip me off.

      • Zaeem

        It just cost 50 PKR.they are trying to rip you off.

      • YARaza

        Rs. 50 Only

    • Anonymous

      btw when ever I tried searching networks on my E-SIM Samsung Gear S2. I could only see Telenor…. and thats 2 years back when I had a Gear S2. Telenor must be very close to launch E-SIM.

  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

    Lol. At many places its 5 MHz of 850 MHz and 3 MHz of 1800 MHz. And at some places the ratio is 5 MHz+5MHz of both bands. That makes their 4G 8 or 10 MHz in total. Jazz and Zong are already using 15 and 20 MHz of 1800 MHz for 4G respectively. Zong is also refarming 5 MHz of its 2100 MHz out of 10 MHz for 4G and testing carrier aggregated 25 Mhz 4G+ in Lahore. Since their 4G customer are increasing over their 3G customers, this is high time for them to use 2100 MHz spectrum for good.
    Meanwhile let Telenor enjoy 8 MHz 4.5G :P

    • rahails

      Telenor has shitty internet speeds in rawalpindi. I suspect this is another marketing gimmick they use to boost their userbase. Zong 4G all the way. I have been using zong since 2017 and have nothing but praises for the speed and connectivity.

      • AbdulB1

        They use 800 MHz which is good for connectivity not speeds

      • timematcher

        I use Telenor 4G and its amazing in speed. The only issue is about bandwidth not moving forward to the next month which I would have liked if I wanted to stay. Currently on fiber.
        Also it uses 850Mhz as far as I know. 850Mhz has better indoor coverage compared to 1800Mhz or 2100Mhz frequency ranges.

        • rahails

          Please Share speedtest results with a server outside of your city.

          • YARaza

            rahails , please share the mobile phone model ? u r using now ?

            • rahails

              nova 3i.

              • YARaza

                Phone is LTE-A supported.

  • Faizan Ali

    My Zong sim is also showing 4.5 G network

    • AbdulB1

      How

      • Faizan Ali

        may be they are testing 4.5G as well.

        • Murtaza Saeed

          Yes, Zong is testing B1+B3 4.5G.

          Are you in Lahore?

          • Faizan Ali

            yes

            • Murtaza Saeed

              Yeah I saw a screenshot a few days back of 4G+ on Zong, however the speeds weren’t impressive at all.

    • YARaza

      Zong ny already Lahore mein service de ha LTE-A ke
      4.5G means LTE-A or LTE Advanced or LTE Advanced Pro

  • AbdulB1

    Jazz is the worst

    • Zong is worst now. Jazz doing well.

    • umar5150

      dont forget someone named UFONE

      • Mian Zahid

        ufone directly 5G le kar aye ga market main. lolz

  • Azhar

    Any update on VoLTE?

    • Murtaza Saeed

      Next year everyone except Ufone is expected to launch VoLTE. Jazz, Telenor and Zong are already testing it.

      • Adeel Ahmed

        jazz were released a press release last year about voLTE but still nothing gonna happened

        • Muhammad Fawad

          JAZZ is in testing phase. In Islamabad I think they tested it and got a very nice speed (108 MB/S, which is very nice), as per my information.

  • Naru-hudo

    ullu bana rahy hain awam ko

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    let first correct the facts, 4.5 4g network was first introduced my witribe

    • Murtaza Saeed

      Wi-Tribe can’t be used in mobile devices, it is more of an alternative to fixed line subscribers since the modem/router they provide isn’t really portable.

      So while they may have been the first 4.5G network in Pakistan, Telenor is the first of the four telcos to have officially launched it.

  • Ali Khan

    لاھور میں مسلم ٹاون تو سگنل ھی نہیں آتے اور بات کرتے ھیں 4.5 کی۔

    • AbdulB1

      Change your phone

  • Tayyab Shahzad

    I just want to ask one thing. Will it also reduce the ping or not? Because Jazz is Pakistan’s only wireless network which give 120ms ping (In some areas, of course) and all other give more than 180 ping. By the way I’m talking about the ping used in gaming (PUBG, Fortnite, and CS-GO etc) not about speed test ping.

    • Netherdrake

      No it won’t improve ping.

  • Netherdrake

    RCS kei barei mei kya update hai? Telenor actually support RCS in foreign countries. Don’t do that here.

    If anyone doesn’t know about RCS then:

    Rich Communication Services is a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier, aiming at replacing SMS messages with a text-message system that is richer, provides phonebook polling, and transmit in-call multimedia.

    RCS sei basically sms free mei send kar sako gei and even send videos on messages.

  • saeed

    They are just combing two bands with Carrier aggregation feature to increase Throughput and call it 4.5 G. 5G is the way to go but you need lot of spectrum to achieve 20 Gbps.

  • Zeeshan

    Will HUAWEI bolt device support it ? Can’t find specs for that device

    • YARaza

      Existing mobile broadband devices are not compatible currently , thy will replace old devices with new devices soon

  • Ali Maken

    As per my knowledge a company named wi-tribe Pakistan launched 4.5 G network in Karachi & Lahore almost 15 months ago … a company like TP should consider all facts before publicizing such PRs.

    • AbdulB1

      4.5G is LTE-A Pro and 4G+ is another name for LTE-A.

  • Muhammad Shahjahan

    Array Bhai…wi-tribe have launched 4.5G in Pakistan two years before. 4.5G is not new in Pakistan

    • YARaza

      Wi-tribe is a
      ‘Wireless Local Loop Operator’
      Just like
      PTCL
      Wateen
      World Call
      ,
      Not a
      ‘Mobile operator’
      Just like
      Jazz
      Telenor
      Zong
      Ufone

      • Cgill

        SubhanAllah. Finally someone spoke

  • Haroon Ahmed

    This is totally fake news and nothing but a marketing gimmick. Wi Tribe already released statement of being the 1st pakistani operator to launch 4.5G.

    #Falsemarketing

  • Asrar Ahmed

    Wrong Info…. I think an ISP named Wi Tribe claimed to be the 1st one to launch 4.5G Network. Bas Kar do yar Telenor, 4G to chala lo pehlay

  • Zulfiqar Satti

    Yaaaaaaaar Jhooot panay ki bhi koi limit hoti hai. Wi Tribe…..: Make a Vine on Telenor as well. :p

  • Umaar

    Aba o jhout0000000 wi-tribe walo na pehla keya tha…

  • Umaar

    Aba o jhout0000000 wi-tribe walo na pehla keya tha…

  • Mahii

    Are you guys sure . This is not true wi-tribe done it first …

    • Umar

      Exactly bana k jhout bol raha han…

      • Umar

        Kbe Keh raha 3G sa 4G pa ao ab 4.5G hahhaha 2G chala raha han abe tk yeh.

    • Umar

      Kbe Keh raha 3G sa 4G pa ao ab 4.5G hahhaha 2G chala raha han abe tk yeh

  • Mahii

    Are you guys sure . This is not true wi-tribe done it first …

  • Faisal Aslam

    sir phelay telenor walo say kahee k saddar regal chowk karachi par aapkay signal bohat week hen. kindly tower lagaen. net bhi week chalta hai.

  • Shahmeer

    I think there is a lot of confusion. From what I understand Telenor has two bands of spectrum which they can use for 4G. 850 mhz and 1800 mhz, they have more spectrum in the 850 mhz, which means better coverage and signals but lower throughput or speeds.

    What they will now do is combine both those spectrums together in towers that support it, it will allow you to basically use both spectrums at the same time.

    So this means you are getting twice the speed in theory, about 300 MBps at max, from their setup.

    Let’s see how it is rolled out and if the speeds do indeed improve. Also wi-tribes ‘4.5g’ is garbage and more of a marketing gimic than actual ‘4.5g’. I haven’t seen one test over 50 mbps. Here in Australia, we have true 4.5g, I’ve personally gotten speeds of over 400 mbps on the streets. And wi-tribes 4.5g struggles to get 20 mbps.

    • YARaza

      Bhai for your kind information Wikipedia pay detail ha ap check kr lein , list of mobile operators in pakistan likh k
      850Mhz aor 1800Mhz ko combine nhi kr sakty , aisa mumkin nhi ha , network upgrade kia ha 4G say LTE-A
      ap 4G vs LTE-A likh k search kr sakty hein

      • Shahmeer

        Thank you for clarifying the LTE-A isn’t just carrier aggregation but a part of LTE-A includes Carrier Aggregation. However, I would like you to search up interband CA because it certainly is possible to do it, it is just more difficult.

        • Murtaza Saeed

          Ignore him, he’s an idiot and doesn’t understand how LTE-A works.

  • Telenor cannot offer proper services in Karachi’s business heart. Poor connectivity and no connectivity in different areas of Karachi

  • Adnan

    Ek baat samajh me nahi ati Telenor ka 4G baqi cities mein Band3(1800Mhz) pe kyun kaam nahi karta kyunke mostly 4G handsets Band5(850Mhz) ko support nahi karte jese Huawei Mate10 Lite pe Telenor ka 4G nahi chalta jazz aur zong ka chalta hai.

    • monis

      kuch saloon ki baat hia phir yeh maslay masail khatam ho jain gay, saray smartphones support karian gay majority of bands ko.

  • AbdulB1

    4.5G is LTE-A Pro and 4G+ is another name for LTE-A.

  • Noaman Ahmed

    Does anybody knows whether the old Jazz/Warid Telenor and Zong MBB Devices (wingle and Cloud) are capable of taking advantages of the carrier aggregation technology ?

    @disqus_f4KOfxsOH9:disqus you seem to know alot about MHZ :-p

    • monis

      no they aren’t. Only latest cell phones are capable.

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Jazz and Zong devices do not even support 850 MHz band 5 forget CA. Telenor’s MBB device supports both the bands separately but CA is highly unlikely.