Wi-tribe launches wireless broadband service in Pakistan

Qtel backed company announces launch of WiMAX internet service in Pakistan

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Wi-tribe launches wireless broadband service in Pakistan Dr. Nasser Marafih said Pakistan has huge potential for broadband services.
By  Roger Field Published  June 30, 2009

Wi-tribe, a wireless internet provider backed by Qatar’s Qtel Group, has launched a wireless broadband service in Pakistan. The deployment, which uses WiMAX technology from Motorola, covers major cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, and Rawalpindi.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, chairman of Qtel Group, said the launch, which is Wi-tribe’s biggest project to date, marks an important stage in the company’s aim to become a top 20 telecom player by 2020.

“Following our launch in Jordan, Pakistan marks a major stepping stone towards our expansion strategy and our intention to leverage the scale and strengths of the Qtel Group in order to deliver the latest technologies to our customers,” he said.

Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO Qtel, added that broadband represents a “major pillar of growth” for the company, particularly in markets which have low broadband penetration rates, such as Jordan and Pakistan.

“Broadband penetration levels in new emerging markets are currently very low compared to markets in the region. However, consumer demand for wireless services is growing at a fast pace. So we will continue to focus on this area in the future as we see good business opportunity and significant growth potential,” he said.

While Pakistan already has about 50 ISPs, services are limited outside metropolitan areas. Access to high speed broadband and mobile broadband is also limited.

As of February 2008, Pakistan had about 100,000 broadband users, although the government has set itself a target to increase this number to 1.6 million by 2010.

Qtel entered Pakistan in April 2007 when it acquired a 75% stake in wireless telecoms operator Burraq Telecom, in a joint deal with and Saudi Arabia's A.A. Turki for Trading and Contracting.

605 days ago
Dag Edited by ITP.net

The questions is if the WiMax system they have employed will be taken over by LTE from competitors such as PTCL. As pointed out here, deploying WiMax to rural area's is expensive with little benefit due to low penetration. LTE is more more aligned with rural coverage due to it's superior mobility.

1339 days ago
Nasir Ali Khan

Surely you mean wine and not vine. Vines can only age so much. After that they need to be pulled out of the ground and new ones planted. Wine is aged in cellars. Where is this discussion going?

1341 days ago
Usman Mir

Good service excellent rates

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