And Now, 3G/4G

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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