3G and 4G in Pakistan | What is This All About?


Till April 22, 2014, Pakistan had been the only major country in this geopolitically strategic region which was deprived of the post modern 3G and 4G networking standards. However, the very next day has proved to be one of the very fortunate days in the history of the nation, as the licenses for the 3rd and 4th generation communication technology have been sold to the potential buyers. Another piece of good news is that the network carriers for the 3G technology have already started marking their offers to the consumers.

What are 3G & 4G All About?

Here arises an important question, “What is the use of 3G & 4G technologies for Pakistanis?” The obvious answer to this question is that it is the successor of 2G and brings a great deal of efficiency for the wireless network connectivity.

The 3rd Generation of mobile communications technology complies with the IMT-2000 standards as set by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). With its application, you will be able to get benefitted with the fixed wireless internet access, mobile internet access, wireless voice telephony (electronic transmission of voice, fax or data between distant parties), video calls as well as mobile TV.

The cellular companies that are going to offer 3G connectivity are bound to comply with the set standards, i.e. they have to offer a minimum download speed of 256 kilobytes per second (kbps). It simply means that the consumers will be getting benefited with at least 4 to 8 times faster than the current download speeds of 30 to 100 kbps.

So, if you go for the brand new 3G, you are sure to enjoy uninterrupted video calling, seamless video streaming, non-stop music download, as well as amazing social networking and browsing speeds.

So far as 4G is concerned, it is the successor of 3G and complies with the IMT-Advanced set of standards as defined by the ITU. By availing the 4G services, you can easily enjoy a number of awesome features, for example, HD Mobile TV, IP telephony, amended mobile web access, 3D Television, cloud computing, and so on.

It was first used in South Korea in the year 2006 and, later on became famous in other parts of the world as well. However, its Long Term Evaluation version became operational in Sweden, Norway, Oslo and Stockholm in 2009.

3G vs. 4G—How Much Better?

As the very name suggests, 4G is more advanced than the 3G spectrum. The wireless communications technology, already in vogue in Pakistan, is that of the EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) which supports the maximum download and upload speed of up to 48 KB/s and 7.5 KB/s, respectively.

The 3G spectrum, on the other hand, is capable of supporting the maximum download and upload speed of up to 9 MB/s and 256 KB/s, respectively. The most advanced among all these is the 4G spectrum that ensures up to 12.5 MB/s and 6.25 MB/s as the maximum download and upload speeds, respectively.

From the given stats, you can easily realize that 3G is 8 times as much fast as EDGE, while 4G delivers 2 times better data transfer rates as compared with the 3rd Generation.

Vendors for 3G and 4G in Pakistan:

The cellular services providing companies that are already operational in Pakistan have emerged as the successful winners in the auction of 3G and 4G spectrums. They are UFone, Telenor, Mobilink and Zong, where the former three purchased 3G licenses, and the latter (Zong) is going to be the first ever 4G network carrier in the history of Pakistan.

Concerning the origin and ownership of these tech firms, Mobilink is the leading cellular service provider in Pakistan and is originally based in Russia. Telenor is based in Norway, while Zong is a Chinese mobile phone company. Zong, being the leading bidder in the auction, has secured 10 MHz from 2100 MHz spectrum for 3G services as well as 10 MHz from 1800 MHz spectrum for 4G services. UFone, on the other hand, is owned by the Pakistani Government.

How to Get Connected with the 3G and 4G in Pakistan?

As the leading cellular companies have already started providing 3G services in some major cities of the country, the only thing you need to do is to buy a handset that supports such advanced networking standards. Meanwhile, it will be even better if you go for a smartphone that also comes with built-in 4G technology as Zong is striving to provide you with this latest connectivity standard as soon as possible.

The old EDGE had already brought the entire universe of internet at your finger tips. With the launch of the latest networking standards, you will be able to grab all you can from the World Wide Web with the blink of any. In this way, the overall experience of browsing, streaming, downloading and uploading will become extremely delightful and pleasurable.

Summing Up:

Till this time, it was really painstaking to realize that a technologically advanced country like Pakistan was lagging even behind Afghanistan with respect to the availability of 3G & 4G spectrum. But the adversity has now gone as the country’s top political brass has taken a praiseworthy step to equip the nation with the latest connectivity standards.

Now it is up to the citizens that how much they get benefitted with this revolutionary technology. Those who get connected with the advanced 3G and 4G Generation connectivity spectrum will find themselves on a supersonic jet that will bring the whole world of data, at our disposal, within the spur of a moment. Overall, the economy of the country is also expected to boost up, thus bringing prosperity to all and sundry.


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