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Cellular Mobile Last Updated (Friday, 28 March 2014)

In Pakistan, currently five cellular mobile operators i.e. Telenor Pakistan, Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (PMCL/Mobilink), PTML (Ufone), Warid Telecom and China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) are providing services using GSM technology whereas the sixth operator i.e. Instaphone was providing CDMA services had its license cancelled in 2011. All the GSM operators have also launched GPRS/EDGE services. In the core network, some operators have deployed and some are in advanced stage of deployment of R4/NGN network. As a result of progressive network rollout by the operators, the facilities are now available to over 95 % population of the country.


In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), there are six cellular mobile operators, the five above are Pakistani GSM operators and Special Communication Organization (SCO) providing services. SCO is the incumbent mobile operator since 2003. After the earthquake of 2005, mobile licenses were issued to operators of Pakistan. Now, the AJ&K and GB are at par with the Pakistan in terms of mobile facilities & competition in the sector. The operators have covered most part of the AJ&K and also extended services to main localities of GB. Now, as a result of this, mobile services with data facilities are available in far flung mountainous areas of the country.  The process for Next Generation Mobile services Award will commence soon.


GSM technology is currently used by the mobile operators in Pakistan,  and  Next generation Technologies will now be  preferred like UMTS/LTE. The Federal Government has issued policy directive for auction of Next Generation Mobile Services Spectrum Award, where spectrum in 2100MHz, 1800MHz and 800 MHz (For new entrant only) will be auctioned in an open and transparent auction process. Information Memorandum and draft license templates have been prepared and published. The auction is expected to be conducted in end of April 2014 which will ensure that Pakistani telecom consumers will be able to use the latest communication technologies in coming months.

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