Pakistan's Warid Considering LTE Deployment in Existing Radio Spectrum
Published on: 18th Apr 2014
Pakistan's Warid Telecom is reportedly considering deploying a LTE network using its existing 1800Mhz spectrum as it declines to participate in the forthcoming spectrum auction.
Citing unnamed sources, ProPakistani reported that the network operator, which has been put up for sale by its Dubai owners, is looking to deploy the LTE network in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
The company was the only major mobile network not to sign up for the regulator's long delayed 3G.4G spectum auction, which was presumed to be due to its parent seeking to sell the company. However, if it can refarm its existing GSM spectrum, the company maybe able to offer a limited LTE service.
The service would have to be limited simply because the network has insufficient 1800Mhz bandwidth to offer a full LTE capability. A fixed wireless network might be an option.
The mobile network's 1800Mhz spectrum license is also technology neutral, but it would still need regulatory permission before launching any new services, including ones based on LTE technology.
The regulator, stung by the weak interest in its own spectrum auction may be inclined to delay such approvals though.
On the web: ProPakistani