Mobile Networks in Pakistan 2011
In the last decade, the telecommunication industry has seen a rapid growth through out the world, but when it comes to Pakistan, it is widely believed that Pakistan has a superior Telecommunication infrastructure in the region. Despite the fragile condition of country, big investors and telecommunication companies see a future in Pakistan and investing to expand their coverage and improve infrastructure regularly. Today’s topic is an informational post, which covers the list of mobile network operators in Pakistan, their fundamental achievements and other mentionable details. Following are the main Mobile network companies working in Pakistan, details on company start date, packages offered, services provided and other relevant information is elaborated in easy to understand format .
Mobilink (Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited PMCL) is owned by Orascom Group. It started operations in Pakistan In 1994 as the first GSM Mobile service provider. It was founded by Motorola Inc. and then sold to Orascom Group. Its headquarters is in the capital city Islamabad, 1-A Kohistan Road, F-8 Markaz. Its Prepaid version is named as Jazz and Postpaid version is called Indigo. Mobilink’s total number of subscribers in Pakistan are about 30.75 million, that’s why it’s the largest network in Pakistan. It works with the Network Technology of GSM 900/1800 and has planned from UMT 3G/HSPA 3.5 G technologies in the future.
Warid telecom is Abu Dhabi based company, founded by Abu Dhabi group and co owned by SingTel. Warid Telecom bought an operating license for 291 million US dollars and launched its services in May 2005. It attracted more than 1 million consumers in just first week of the launch. Warid is now the second largest network in Pakistan with 20.10 million subscribers. Its Prepaid version is named as Zem and Postpaid version is called Zahi. It works with the Network Technology of GSM 900/1800. Warid is also wide spread amongst other countries, such as Bangladesh, Congo, Uganda and trying to make presence in Ivory Cost as well. Their Package, Glow is their new brand innovation to target youth and their current brand ambassador for 2011 is Atif Aslam.
Telenor is a Norway based company. Telenor got license for providing services in April 2004 and started working March 15, 2005 in some of the major cities but then expanded to the whole country on March 23, 2005. Corporate headquarters of Telenor are located in Islamabad. Subscribers of Telenor are about 20 million, which proves its substantial growth across the country. Its prepaid versions are of two types TalkShawk and Djuice and the Postpaid version is called Persona. It works with the Network Technology of GSM 900/1800 and has planned from UMTS 3G/HSPA 3.5 G technologies in the future. Telenor has also stepped into Mobile Banking in Pakistan, their product which was codenamed EasyPaisa is gaining large publicity as it covers the huge gap in payment system, ease of this service is responsible for its growth, it can be used to pay utility bills, air time top ups, international and local money transfer and mobile wallet.
Ufone is owned by PTCL and Etisalat, started in 2001, with its headquarters in Pakistan Islamabad. Originally it was founded by PTCL but after the privatization of PTCL, Ufone is also owned by Etisalat, Etisalat isAbu Dhabi based company, which was founded in 1976. Ufone also provides Prepaid and Postpaid packages. Ufone has 20.23 million subscribers in Pakistan as of last September, 2010 and makes it one of the largest mobile networks. When it comes to technology, Ufone uses standard GSM 900/1800. Ufone has recently been announcing android and low budget phones, such as Verve, Ideos and image, all three are android powered, they were released in partnership with Huawei, they also launched Htc Flyer. Ufone G1000 is one of their latest release in the market, this set costs merely 999/- RS.
Zong was formerly named as Paktel. Paktel which is one of the very first cellular companies of Pakistan was bought by China Mobile in 2008. It has 6.1 million subscribers, which is pretty good target to achieve in such a saturated market. Previously Paktel was only on AMPS technology but with Zong it’s upgraded to GSM 900/1800. Zong is a new company in market so it has less subscribers then the other big four companies, but it is competing against them equally. Zong’s providing new services which were never before offered and have also brought a new advertisement wave.