And Now, 3G/4G
Pakistaniswill be able to use third and fourth-generation mobile technology as the long-awaited spectrum auction was finally held in the country. The auction fetched $1.1 billion. Telecom giant Zong managed to secure licences of both 4G and 3G spectrums while Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone secured only 3G licences.
The event received extraordinary media attention since the auction process was postponed on three different occasions in the past. However, many people questioned the wisdom of introducing 3G technology so late in the country since 3G is a decade old technology now. The technology now more in evidence is 4G as it provides faster speeds, ultra-broadband and data-intensive services. Research is also being conducted on 5G which is expected to be introduced soon in many parts of the world.
Users in Pakistan will not be able to use 3G and 4G connectivity immediately since the timeframe agreed upon between the PTA and mobile operators calls for a rollout in six months of the auction. Also, initially, the services will be available in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta only.