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Pakistan Gets 2nd WiMAX Network

Posted on: November 4, 2008

Tee Emm writes that Pakistan has its claim to fame to mostly negative news in the international media. But the Muslim nation of 160 million (half of which are young adults) is a telecommunications pioneer — with a second nationwide Wimax brand going live from Mobilink Infinity.

Mobilink, which has the highest subscriber base of over 30 million subscribers (out of the total 80 million users nationwide), has launched its Wimax brand called Mobilink Infinity. Orascom Telecom is the parent company of the Mobilink Wimax venture under the Mobilink Infinity brandname.

The network is essentially 802.16e based mobile Wimax and has been launched in Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan and also the second most populous city in the world with 16 million citizens. The CPE costs Rs 6,000 ($77) one-time and monthly subscriptions are available in 256kbps, 512 kbps and 1 mb categories. The integrated VoIP based analog voice port allows local loop telephony to the user with preferential rates for the (dominating) Moblilink network.

Earlier Pakistan got the worlds largest nationwide Wimax Network from Wateen Telecom, a new telecoms business venture of the Abu Dhabi Group that also owns the popular cellular brand Warid in Pakistan. Wateen’s Wimax (built on Motorola Wimax gear, pdf) has received mixed response and some believe that the less than perfect launch of the much hyped product has more to do with the company’s operations rather than the technology limitations.

The problems have accumulated enough to give Wimax a bad name. New operators are expected to avoid the technology name (wimax) in their upcoming products in the local market due to this reason.

Around two weeks ago, Worldcall, an overseas investment of Omantel of Oman in Pakistan, launched its CDMA EvDO services on top of its popular CDMA based Wireless Local Loop voice services. Marketed under the catchy marketing campaign using ‘Footloose ‘, the service uses Anydata ’s USB modem as its EvDO CPE.

Some estimates puts Pakistan’s teledensity as the highest in the region.

DATA (Rs.)

256Kbps

512Kbps

1Mbps

15 GB

1,000

1,200

1500

5 GB

450

700

900

Additional data rate will be Rs. 30 per 100 MB.

VOICE (Rs.)

LR 100

LR 200

LR 500

Line Rent

100

200

500

Free Minutes

To Mobilink

50

100

200

To Fixed Line + Mobile

25

50

100

VOICE PACKAGE (Rs.)

Infinity to Infinity

Free

Calls to Mobilink GSM

1.50

1.25

1.00

Mobilink F&F (up to 3 numbers)

0.75

0.65

0.50

Off-net Mobile Calls

3.00

2.50

2.00

Off-net Fixed Line Calls

2.00

2.00

1.50

International

Same as GSM rates of Mobilink

INSTALLATION / UPFRONT COST (Rs.)

Rs.

Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)

6,000

Security Deposit Refundable (for 5 GB)

2,000

Security Deposit Refundable (for 15 GB)

2,500

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1 Response to "Pakistan Gets 2nd WiMAX Network"

Pakistan has become first counrty to deploy wimax, including internet, telephony etc.

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