Ceremony next week to award 3G, 4G licenses

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is in process of arranging a ceremony to award 3G and 4G licenses to mobile phone operators during next week in Federal Capital.

After winning the 3G and 4G spectrum, Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong are now waiting for license and NoC from PTA to commercially launch services in the country.

The sources aware of the development on Friday said that if licenses are awarded during next week, the telecom operators are all prepared to commercially launch 3G services in the country the same day.

Ufone, Mobilink and Telenor had won 3G licenses while Zong had bagged both 3G and 4G licenses.

It merits mentioning here that the operators which won the spectrum have already started trial 3G services in some major cities.

Warid Telecom has also went public with press ads about its plans for going 4G LTE to possibly become the first operator to deploy 4G LTE network in the country.

A single sentenced message “Deir Aaid Darust Aaid” along with mention of 4G LTE clearly indicates that Warid is pretty much done with its homework and is now all set to proceed with 4G plans after regulatory approval from PTA.

Moreover, few days back, on a related note, Warid also sent an SMS broadcast to its customers to tell them that Warid would announce new data technologies.

Warid has currently around 12 million subscribers and has 8.8Mhz spectrum from 1800Mhz band in addition to 5Mhz in 900Mhz band, which it had bought at the time of launch in 2004.