The request of Warid telecom has been accepted by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to allow it to launch its 4G services in Pakistan. On 23rd April 2014, an electronic auction was held by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for the licensing of 3G and 4G services in Pakistan. Warid did not take part in 4G auction. Rest of the 4 telecom operators of Pakistan took part in it i.e. Ufone, Telenor, Zong and Mobilink.
Though, Warid dint participated in the 4G auction but they are planning to make the most from their technology neutral license to launch 4G services in Pakistan. Warid has at present around 12 million subscribers and has 8.8 MHz spectrum from 1800 MHz band that is in addition to 5 MHz bandwidth in 900 MHz band, which Warid had bought at the time of its launch in 2004. This license in not service-neutral. It means that Warid has to share the details of its to-be-launched services to the customers before the commercial launch.
As Warid has decided to launch 3G/ 4G services in Pakistan to have a competition with rest of the cellular companies, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had claimed Warid that it needs authorization from the regulator for the launch of new technology and services.
It was previously assumed that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) might hold the request of Warid for launching of 4G technologies as the interests of other telecom operators is also considered as they paid $1.12 billion to buy license for 3G and 4G spectrums. As other companies have paid a lot of money plus time on the bid session of 3G & 4G spectrum license, so now they have serious kind of reservations with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
On the announcement of Warid to launch 4G spectrum, Zong gathered a press conference in which it burst out on Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) because Warid can now launch 4G services within a small period of 1 month after the permission granting by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). On the other hand, Zong at least needs a period of 1 year to do the same.
On social media, a screenshot was posted which reveals the test result that to date looks extremely all right.
On clause of secrecy, an official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) confirmed that, “The technology neutral license of Warid telecom allows it to upgrade its service after sending a notification to the regulators and it does not require any authorization. Any commencement certificate is also not needed to Warid by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that will be issued subsequent to the confirmation of authorization and verification of each and every one parameters of license. There are no time outer limits or any other provision that could possibly hold back future plans of Warid.”
It means that Warid does not need to satisfy on the subject of the service quality of 4G LTE technology as per as the international principles in addition to the voice quality that will be provided corresponding to the data services prior to it starts presenting the service on commercial level. An earliest likely commercial launch of 4G LTE service by Warid telecom could be just 5 months away from the customers.
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