STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan mobile service provider Warid Telecom has selected network vendor Ericsson as its supplier of 4G LTE.

“Warid is gearing up for the 4G LTE launch with the best available network solutions and Ericsson has been committed to provide us with the technologies and services,” said Warid Telecom CEO Muneer Farooqui.

Ericsson has recently announced its association Indian telecom service provider Bharti Airtel to supply 4G LTE equipment when it rolls out 4G service on FD-LTE technology.

Warid Telecom has started an internal trial to test the network capacity and service reliability. The company has already started delivering free 4G LTE SIMs to its subscribers who have 4G LTE enabled handsets.

Pakistan is in the midst of an internet revolution, at the heart of which is the increasing uptake of smart devices and mobility. Connectivity via handsets already exceeds the number of connections through fixed line, and majority of first-time users experience the internet for the first time through their smartphones.

Warid will now directly jump from 2G services to 4G technology.

PTA said that 4G LTE services by the existing licensee will have to go through a process as per their license conditions as well as requirements of assuring proper coverage and quality of service, enhanced monitoring requirements and commencement permission by PTA.

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