2013 is almost passed but the public of Pakistan is still waiting for third generation networks to arrive in the country. The public is dependent on the miserable and slow 2G networks and the government is silent in taking any effective and quick steps towards bringing 3G technology to the country.
When we talk about the mobile networks, they have upgraded their technology to 3G in all major cities of the country and now are waiting for license to be issued by Pakistan Telecom Authority. Soon after PTA issues the licenses, the networks will launch their 3G service. Last year, we heard that PTA is going to issue the licenses but later, we came to know about yet another update that the licenses available are four for five demanding networks.
In a recent interview by AFP, one of Telenor Pakistan’s officials said that Telenor is upgrading its technology and will soon complete this modernization. After the upgrade, Telenor will be 3G and 4G ready.
“Telenor Pakistan is presently going through a massive network modernisation exercise which is expected to finish by the end of this year and is essential in making our state-of-the-art network 3G, 4G and LTE enabled” the official told to AFP.
After the recent government change in the country, it seems a little possible that the new government will take any quick actions to bring 3G technology to the country. It is being said that the decision of selling the 3G licenses has been taken to overcome the financial crisis of the country. In a recent interview with AFP, Pakistan’s state minister for IT Anusha Rehman told that the process can take around 6 to 8 months for its initiation.
“The base price for 3G licenses is not set yet. Only once it is done will I be able to give a figure on how much revenue will be generated by the licenses sale” She said.
When we look around the globe, there are a few countries where financial problems are severe than Pakistan. Afghanistan is an example where 3G technology is available. But in Pakistan, public is still dependent on 2G networks to avail the facility of wireless connectivity.
In India, 4G is launched by Bharati Airtel in four major cities and all other networks are 3G. But the consumers always complaint for the poor services of the networks. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how Pakistani mobile networks provide the service to its consumers.
If you are reading this article, it means you are waiting for 3G to arrive in Pakistan. We can expect the new government to take some quick steps towards this by the end of 2013. But as state minister has said that the process can take 6 to 8 months for its initiation, it seems that the “EXPECTATIONS” will move over to 2014 and may even go farther.