3G finally comes to Pakistan!

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We have good news finally. The grand auction of 3G and 4G technologies was held on 23 Apr 2014 under the auspices of PTA. The total amount coming in Government’s kitty is about $ 1.2 Bn, WOW! From what I have heard and followed, Ufone, Zong, Telenor and Mobilink participated in the auction while Warid preferred to stay away. So now the latest picture is like this;

  • Ufone got a 5 MHz 3G slot.
  • Mobilink got a 10 MHz 3G slot.
  • Telenor got a 5 MHz 3G slot.
  • Zong got a 10 MHz 3G and 10 Mhz 4G (Read LTE, in 1800 MHz) slot.

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What are the benefits of 3G/4G netwroks for Pakistani consumers?

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So Pakistan is going to have 3G and 4G soon. So what? How is it going to affect you and me? Or as they say the average Joe? What is the single or a few big benefits that a common consumer will have from this much talked and discussed technology? This small post will attempt to dispel some big doubts about 3G and 4G/LTE.

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PTCL EVO Wingle–User Experience

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Hi, just moved in to a new city, Karachi that is! I was pretty disconnected for three days at least. The whole bunch of PTCL wireless devices advertised in a local daily caught my attention. What great timing I thought. So off I went to the local PTCL office in Karachi Saddar, after talking to the helpline. The helpline guy told me EVO Wingle which promises great speed, would cost Rs. 7500, with three months of paid connectivity. But alas, the customer care guy had another story to tell, he asked for Rs. 9000 for the same contraption due to some tax thing which I found hard to understand. The next stop was a local vendor aka PTCL franchisee. These guys sell Wingle at Rs. 2200 a piece with an additional Rs. 1500 for a months service (30 GB limit). Although there’s another plan which gives 75 GB of download data limit for Rs. 2,500 per month.

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