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Dec
09

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Sep
25

Mobilink has enabled 4G services on its network at various places, we have checked.

According to reports that we are getting from ProPakistani readers, they were able to find “Mobilink 4G” in network searches they made on their smartphones.

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Above network search results were obtained at I-10, Islamabad and Satellite Town Rawalpindi

While Mobilink hasn’t announced the launch of its 4G network, we are certain that company is in process of testing its 4G network across various locations.

Sources in Mobilink confirmed us that it is testing the 4G network and may soon launch services in multiple cities at once. A timeline for 4G launch is however still not confirmed as of yet.

It won’t be out of place to mention that Mobilink and Warid recently completed its merger, and as per plans, both companies are now in process of integrating departments and infrastructure of both the companies.

During this integration process, which may take up to another 6-9 months, both companies will keep operating as separate entities and networks.

However, during the while, Mobilink will have a 4G network live and running on Warid’s 1800MHz spectrum that it received as part of merger.

While we don’t have confirmations, we are anticipating that Mobilink will be ready to launch its 4G network, at least the trials, in next few weeks.

It maybe recalled here that Zong, Warid and Telenor already offer 4G services in Pakistan. Telenor launched its 4G services in six cities with coverage in small patches. They are still expanding the coverage and may take few months until more saturated 4G coverage is offered to consumers.

Mobilink, with over 50 million combined customer-base, is best positioned to disrupt 4G market if they are able to offer better speeds and coverage in urban areas at least.

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Sep
25

3G and 4G users in Pakistan are about to hit the 33 million mark in Pakistan, said the latest stats issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

Total number of 3G and 4G users reached 32.70 million by the end of August 2016, according to the recent most stats by the regulator.

Mobilink tops the league with 10.41 million 3G users while Telenor lags behind with 8.80 million 3G users on its network.

Zong reported that it had 6.75 million 3G users on its network by the end of reported month and Ufone stood with 5.25 million 3G users by the time.

Zong, for its 4G network, reported 921,526 4G users while Warid reported 555,167 LTE users by end of August.

Pakistani mobile phone companies, during August 2016, added a combined total of 919,513 3G and 4G users to their networks.

More in below graphs:

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Mobile Phone Subscriptions About to Touch 134 Million Mark

Mobile phone users, overall in the country, reached 133.91 million with Mobilink topping the charts at 40.13 million subscribers with 640,907 new additions during the month of August 2016.

Telenor, for the first time in a long time, showed negative growth during August 2016 and lost some 20,069 customers — under the head of data cleanup — during the reported period.

Ufone lost 362,374 customers during the month to finish with 19.13 million subscribers a the end of August.

Zong and Warid reported 25.89 million and 10.71 million subscribers respectively.

More in below graphs:

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Sep
04

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Reliance Jio 4G data tariff is here, and its definitely cheaper than its rivals. It starts at Rs 149 and goes all the way up to Rs 4,999 for postpaid users. Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani announced company’s 4G data plans at AGM (Annual General Meeting) on September 1. Reliance Jio 4G services are currently free under company’s Preview offer ad users will only be charged form January 1, 2017. Ambani is calling this the ‘Jio Welcome Offer.’ The best part is – all Reliance Jio 4G plans come with an access to free local and STD voice calls. Also, the company will not charge for roaming within India from Jio customers.

Reliance Jio 4G offer is now open to most smartphone brands including Samsung, LG, HTC, Asus, Intex, Videocon, Gionee, Vivo, Micromax, Lava, Lenovo and more. The Preview offer was only compatible with Reliance Lyf smartphones earlier. Another way to use Reliance Jio 4G services is through company’s JioFi device. The Reliance JioFi device is a WiFi hotspot that can connect to up to 10 devices at a time and one more through USB.

Also, getting a Reliance Jio SIM card is easy. Users need to walk in to a Reliance Digital Store or Digital Xpress Mini store with required documents and passport size photographs to buy a Jio 4G SIM card. The process of submitting documents, will however, be bypassed once e-KYC solution is introduced.

We compared Reliance Jio 4G data plans for postpaid users with those of its rivals – Airtel and Vodafone. Here’s what other telecom operators are offering in the Delhi, Delhi/NCR circle in terms of postpaid 4G plans:

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First things first: All Reliance Jio 4G plans come with free unlimited access to local and STD voice calls in home and withing India.The data plans also include free access to Jio apps.

Read: Reliance Jio 4G: Here are the devices supporting the service

Postpaid plans

• Reliance Jio postpaid plans starts at Rs 149 for 300MB and comes with a validity of 1 month. Also, there’s access to 100 free SMSes.

• The next 7 plans come with a validity of 28 days and 100 SMSes per day. The 4GBdata plan at Rs 499 and gives users an access to 8GB of free WiFi data.

• There’s 10GB plan at Rs 999, which also comes with 20GB free WiFi data.

• The 20GB plan is priced at Rs 1,499. It comes with 40GB free WiFi data.

• Up next is 35GB plan, which costs Rs 2,499 and gives users an access to 70GB free WiFi data.

• The 60GB and 75GB 4G data plans are priced at Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999 respectively. These come with 120GB and 150GB of free WiFi data respectively.

• Additionally, the 20GB, 35GB, 60GB and 75GB data plans come with 30, 50, 80 and 100 free ISD minutes.

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Aug
10

Zong has announced that it will be making available 3G and 4G wingle and a 3G/4G MiFi device for its mobile broadband customers starting next week. There’s a 3G dongle on the offering as well.

Initially 3G and 4G wingles and MiFi device will be made available with free internet for first three months. Each device will come with variety of free incentive and discounts.

All 3G and 4G Wingle and MiFi devices use Zong’s 3G and 4G network and speeds will be dependent on the network conditions in your area.

Our tests with 3G and 4G Wingle and MiFi devices got us similar 3G and 4G speeds that we received on our smartphone tests. So speed is going to remain the same, other than the fact that you will get an other than smartphone device to connect to Zong’s 3G and 4G network.

Check below the details for each device and their pricing details.

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Zong 4G LTE Wingle

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Features

  • 4G LTE speeds
  • Plug n Play
  • Supports upto 10 Wifi devices such as tablets, laptops, smartphones etc
  • Connects to any power source (USB power socket, USB car deck etc)

Price and Packages:

  • Device comes at a initial charge of Rs. 12,000, which includes:
    • 60GB data limit for three months
    • Double the volume on the first 3 subscriptions of any MBB bundle.
    • Usual MBB packages available after first three months (given at the end of post below).
  • Total Price includes device, 4G SIM card and data limit for first three months

Zong 3G Wingle

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Features

  • Super 3G speeds
  • Plug n Play
  • Supports upto 10 Wifi devices such as tablets, laptops, smartphones etc
  • Connects to any power source (USB power socket, USB car deck etc)

Prices and Packages:

  • Device comes with following three prices
    • 3G Wingle Start Pack – Rs. 3,500:  20GB data limit for one month
    • 3G Wingle Gold Pack – Rs. 4,500: 40GB data limit for one month
    • 3G Wingle Platinum Pack – Rs. 5,500: 60GB data limit for one month
  • Above prices include device price with SIM card and free data for 1st month
  • Buy a 3G Wingle and get double the volume for first three months on any MBB plans (given at the end of post)

3G MiFi Cloud

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Features

  • Connects to any power source (USB power socket, USB car deck etc)
  • 3G speeds
  • Supports upto 10 Wifi devices such as tablets, laptops, smartphones etc
  • Built in rechargeable battery
  • Battery time of up to 6 hours- Standby of 300 hours.
  • LCD for status display
  • Acts as a mobile hotspot

Prices and Packages:

  • MiFi 3G device comes with following prices
    • MiFi Starter – Rs. 4,850:  4GB data limit per month for first month
    • MiFi Bronze – Rs. 5,150: 8GB data limit per month for first month
    • MiFi Silver – Rs. 6,000: 20GB data limit per month for first month
    • MiFi Gold –  Rs. 7,000: 40GB data limit per month for first month
    • MiFi Platinum – Rs. 8,000: 60GB data limit per month for first month
  •  Above prices include device price with SIM card and free data for 1st month
  • Buy a Super 3G Mifi and subscribe to any MBB bundle and get double the volume for 3 Months

Zong 3G Dongle

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Features:

  • 3G speeds
  • Plug n play
  • Supports 1 super 3G connection only with a laptop or PC only

Price and Packages

  • Packages:
    • Dongle Starter – Rs. 2,650: 4GB data limit per month for first month
    • Dongle Bronze – Rs. 2,950: 8GB data limit per month for first month
    • Dongle Silver – Rs. 2,800: 20GB data limit per month for first month
    • Dongle Gold – Rs. 4,800: 40GB data limit per month for first month
    • Dongle Platinum – Rs. 5,800: 60GB data limit per month for first month
  • Above prices include device price with SIM card and free data for 1st month
  • Buy a Super 3G Dongle and subscribe to any MBB bundle and get double the volume for 3 Months.

Zong Mobile Broadband Packages

  • Please note that all prices mentioned above with the devices include device price and free data bundle for first month.
  • Devices also include double the volume limit for first three months.
  • After third month, packages can be selected from below list:

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Also Read: Zong Starts Offering Same Packages for 2G, 3G and 4G

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For those who don’t know, here’s the difference between Dongle, Wingle and MiFi devices:

  • MiFi == Operates without USB socket, and can run on battery for six hours. It creates WiFi hotsport.
  • Wingle == Will need a USB charging socket (Laptop, Car socket) to operate, will create WiFi hotspot.
  • Dongle == Will need a Laptop/Computer USB socket to operate — it can be used with a single computer. It won’t create WiFi Hotstop.
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Aug
01

Quite simply, the “G” stands for Generation, as in the next generation of wireless technologies. Each generation is supposedly faster, more secure and more reliable. The reliability factor is the hardest obstacle to overcome. 1G was not used to identify wireless technology until 2G, or the second generation, was released. That was a major jump in the technology when the wireless networks went from analog to digital. It’s all uphill from there. 3G came along and offered faster data transfer speeds, at least 200 kilobits per second, for multi-media use and was a long time standard for wireless transmissions regardless of what you heard on all those commercials.

It is still a challenge to get a true 4G connection, which promises upwards of a 1Gps, Gigabit per second, transfer rate if you are standing still and in the perfect spot. 4G LTE comes very close to closing this gap. True 4G on a wide spread basis may not be available until the next generation arrives. 5G?

What are the Standards of the G’s

Each of the Generations has standards that must be met to officially use the G terminology. Those standards are set by, you know, those people that set standards. The standards themselves are quite confusing but the advertisers sure know how to manipulate them. I will try to simplify the terms a bit.

1G – A term never widely used until 2G was available. This was the first generation of cell phone technology. Simple phone calls were all it was able to do.

2G – The second generation of cell phone transmission. A few more features were added to the menu such as simple text messaging.

3G – This generation set the standards for most of the wireless technology we have come to know and love. Web browsing, email, video downloading, picture sharing and other Smartphone technology were introduced in the third generation. 3G should be capable of handling around 2 Megabits per second.

4G – The speed and standards of this technology of wireless needs to be at least 100 Megabits per second and up to 1 Gigabit per second to pass as 4G. It also needs to share the network resources to support more simultaneous connections on the cell. As it develops, 4G could surpass the speed of the average wireless broadband home Internet connection. Few devices were capable of the full throttle when the technology was first released. Coverage of true 4G was limited to large metropolitan areas. Outside of the covered areas, 4G phones regressed to the 3G standards. When 4G first became available, it was simply a little faster than 3G. 4G is not the same as 4G LTE which is very close to meeting the criteria of the standards.

The major wireless networks were not actually lying to anyone when 4G first rolled out, they simply stretched the truth a bit. A 4G phone had to comply with the standards but finding the network resources to fulfill the true standard was difficult. You were buying 4G capable devices before the networks were capable of delivering true 4G to the device. Your brain knows that 4G is faster than 3G so you pay the price for the extra speed. Marketing 101. The same will probably be true when 5G hits the markets.

4G LTE– Long Term Evolution – LTE sounds better. This buzzword is a version of 4G that is fast becoming the latest advertised technology and is getting very close to the speeds needed as the standards are set. When you start hearing about LTE Advanced, then we will be talking about true fourth generation wireless technologies because they are the only two formats realized by the International Telecommunications Union as True 4G at this time. But forget about that because 5G is coming soon to a phone near you. Then there is XLTE which is a bandwidth charger with a minimum of double the bandwidth of 4G LTE and is available anywhere the AWS spectrum is initiated.

Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have all advanced to the LTE technology with each carrier adding their own combination of wireless technologies to enhance the spectrum.

5G – There are rumors of 5G being tested although the specifications of 5G have not been formally clarified. We can expect that new technology to be rolled out around 2020 but in this fast-paced world it will probably be much sooner than that. Seems like a long ways away but time flies and so will 5G at speeds of 1-10Gbps.

Where does it go from here and why does this page exist? Not sure where this path will lead but the reason I wrote this page was to try to understand the lingo a bit better. I think I cleared it up for myself so I thought I would pass it along. Hope it helps!

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Jul
25

Launching Soon: Telenor Starts Issuing 4G SIMs to Employees

Telenor_4GTelenor Pakistan today started issuing 4G SIMs to its employees, we have checked with sources working at Telenor.

This is a clear indication and a sign that company is soon going to introduce 4G services in the country; however, an internal test for employees might be conducted before the service is finally made Continue Reading…

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