We have a New Home !!! June 27, 2007Posted by Mustafa in blog, bloggers, Blogroll, moved, World, Worldwide.
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SingTel eyes 30% stake in Warid June 26, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Cellular, consumer, Global, GSM, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, telecom, World, Worldwide.
According to the Financial Times, SingTel is close to securing a 30% stake in Pakistani cellco Warid Telecom, in a deal that would value the country’s third-largest mobile operator at USD1 billion. Citing unidentified people familiar with the situation, the FT said SingTel had emerged as a strong favourite to buy the stake, ahead of MTN and Vodafone. ‘A deal between SingTel and Warid could be signed as early as next month,’ the newspaper quoted one of its sources as saying.
Warid is owned by the private Abu Dhabi Group, which is one of the largest foreign investor groups in Pakistan and owns Bank Alfalah and Wateen Telecom. Warid owns wireless and broadband operations in Bangladesh and Uganda.
Orascom Telecom buys 11% of Mobilink for USD290 million June 26, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Cellular, Global, GSM, mobile, Paksitan, telecom, World, Worldwide.
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Orascom Telecom Holdings has confirmed it has purchased an 11.3% indirect stake in its Pakistani GSM operation, Pakistan Telecommunications Company (Mobilink), for USD290 million from Saif Telecom. The company said it now owns 100% of the cellco, through direct stakes held by its wholly owned subsidiaries. Orascom said it will fund the acquisition with proceeds from the USD750 million senior notes issuance that closed in February.
At the end of April 2007 Mobilink claimed 25.21 million subscribers from a total 58.39 million wireless users across the country, according to figures compiled by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
APNIC 24 / SANOG 10 Fellowships June 9, 2007Posted by Mustafa in forums, Internet, Training.
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The 24th APNIC Open Policy Meeting will be held with SANOG 10 in Delhi, India, from 29 August – 7 September 2007. The APNIC meeting offers an opportunity to participate in activities and processes that are critical for managing Internet resources in the Asia Pacific region and globally. APNIC and SANOG are offering fellowships to provide opportunities for people in developing countries to attend and participate in the meeting.
Enroll In Pakistan Telecom Grid June 8, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Blogroll, Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, telecom, Trainings, Webcast, World, Worldwide.
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If you enjoy reading local technology blogs like this one (or this, or this, or this, or this, or this) and enjoy contributing information and commentary on the same, we are building up a mailing group and we are calling it Pakistan Telecom Grid. The group membership is open to all and other blog authors (like Babar, Tariq and Sajjad and anyone else who care to join) will be upgraded as managers so that we’ve a collective stewardship of the collection.
About the group: An informal grid of Telecommunication and Network Services professionals and insiders of Pakistan. Inspired from the fact that the collective authors and respective audience of the relatively few technology blogs that relate to Pakistan can be team up as a virtual pool of guys with an interested in communications technologies. This assembly can be used to enhance social interaction between the members, get-together events, private discussions, rumor sharing and rumor milling etc.
Join in now.
Ericsson signs CMPak contract June 1, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Cellular, consumer, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
Ericsson has inked a contract with China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) to expand the cellco’s GSM network through the southern part of the country. Under the terms of the project – which is due to commence this year – the vendor will provide a complete GSM network to extend coverage to 312 cities in the densely populated Sindh and Balochistan regions. Financial details of the project are unknown.
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Just wanted to share this information with all of you … ComVu’s ‘PocketCaster’ has a GREAT potential to penetrate almost all level of users who have access to a Cell Phone with a Camera & an Internet Connection (GPRS, Edge, EVDO/3G etc).
It supports Live Webcast to a Blog/YouTube & creates an archieve to be downloaded / Stored for later use.
I test the application using a Nokia E50 & a Nokia N95 using GPRS & Edge over Mobilink & Warid networks. It’s just amazing to see the Technological Advancements & how they can be put to positive use.
I would surely recommend to give it a test & amaze yourself
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Warid to sell off minority stake? May 21, 2007Posted by Mustafa in 3G, CDMA, Cellular, consumer, Global, GSM, mobile, Network, Paksitan, Service Providers, Uncategorized, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
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|Monday, 21 May 2007|
According to industry sources, Pakistan’s third largest cellco by subscribers, Warid Telecom, is in talks with several foreign firms, including SingTel, to sell a minority stake. ‘Warid has been approached by several international telecom companies over the last six or eight months, including those from the Far East, the Middle East and Europe,’ said a source close to the company, before adding, ‘But no final decision has been taken as yet. The picture will become clear by July or August.’ The operator is currently owned by the Abu Dhabi Group of the United Arab Emirates.
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The worldwide 3G subscribers base will grow at a CAGR of 55.93% for the period spanning from 2006 to 2010, where major share is contributed by Asia-Pacific regions, according to the latest research from RNCOS.
Among its key findings include:
- CDMA2000 and WCDMA market is forecasted to account for 41% of the total worldwide wireless market by 2010.
- WLAN industry is set for wider acceptance across all industry segments. Particularly, the high growth will come from WLAN home applications.
- The standard 802.11n, anticipated to be formulated by 2007, will create exceptional uptake of technology as it has improved speed and security features.
- China presents the major opportunity area, where WLAN customers will increase as prices of WLAN equipment are seeing downward trend.
- The Indian hotspot market is on the cusp of a period of sustained growth. There are clear opportunities for full-fledged billing, PIN/security administration for hotspot users, and roaming solutions. Also, a more appropriate model around the hotspot (something similar to the Indian STD/ISD PCO or long-distance public calling office) needs to be developed making it a more attractive proposition to run a franchise or manage one.
- Consumer Electronics and Mobile phones, IT Security market will present new growth opportunities for WLAN industry.
‘Joost’ announces Friend Invites!!! May 7, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, Internet TV, ISP, Paksitan, TV.
Here’s what they say about ‘Joost’
Try out Joost beta – Now For Friends
How to get an invite?
The new way of watching TV
All the things you love about TV, fused with the interactive power of the internet – just the way you want it. Enjoy the ride!
If you are interested in an Invite – Leave a comment with a ‘valid’ email address & your name & I’ll send an Invite your way. Enjoy !!
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By Zamir Haider
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: May 4, 2007, 6:00 PM PDT
The first cellular phone company to offer television on mobile in Pakistan faces government objections. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which regulates radio and TV in Pakistan, has served a notice to Telenor, a Norwegian telecommunications company, that it can’t offer a mobile TV service in the country without a license. According to the news report carried by the leading English daily of Pakistan, Dawn, Telenor has already sold more than 300 TV connections.
The controversy started after Telenor started offering the service on April 28. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority gave Telenor a license to operate a mobile phone service four years earlier, but it’s not clear whether that license covered TV. Telenor believes it does, but PEMRA disagrees. According to the Dawn report, Telenor should not have offered its mobile TV service to its subscribers without a formal license from PEMRA.
WiMAX in notebooks in 2008: Intel May 4, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Wifi, WiMAX, Wireless, World, Worldwide.
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Intel will add WiMAX to notebooks in 2008, the chip giant told delegates at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. WiMAX Vision spoke to Intel’s Christian Stavig, manager, WiMAX programme office, about his company’s WiMAX roadmap.
In a technology demonstration at the Developer Forum, David Perlmutter, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Group, showcased for the first time Intel’s mobile WiMAX with MIMO solution integrated into a concept Centrino-based notebook.
An evolution of its Santa Rosa processor, Intel’s “Montevina” processor will be available in the latter half of 2008. It will contain 40 per cent smaller components making it “ideal for mini- and sub-notebooks,” Intel said in a statement.
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The increased take-up of portable and mobile WiMAX services will mean that, starting in 2009, growth in revenues from non-fixed WiMAX services will outstrip growth in revenues from fixed WiMAX services, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media.
The report-‘WiMAX Broadband Convergence: Emerging Fixed, Portable & Mobile Revenue Opportunities’-also says that non-fixed-service revenues will account for almost 80% of total WiMAX service revenues by 2012.
As the first portable WiMAX devices arrive, in the form of PC cards and notebook computers, portable revenues will start to increase strongly and will provide almost half of total revenues by 2012, the report says.
Mobile devices will follow, according to the report, with revenues from mobile users growing even faster, albeit from a small base, to reach 30% of total revenues by 2012, showing the value that will be placed on the ease of use and flexibility provided by a variety of device form factors.
The largest element of WiMAX revenues worldwide will be access charges, growing to US$17 billion in 2012, Informa’s report says. Value-added services for both the consumer and business sectors are forecast to grow significantly faster, reaching about 30% of total revenues in 2012, while advertising is expected to start later but show the fastest growth of the three revenue streams, reaching just under 13% of the total by the end of the forecast period.
WiMAX revenues by service type, 2007-2012 (US$bn)
Source: Informa Telecoms&Media “The assumption is that WiMAX operators will continue to charge flat-rate fees, similar to wired broadband fees, albeit with usage limits,” says Mike Roberts, a principal analyst at Informa. “This is in contrast to the per-megabyte fees charged by some mobile operators.”
Global Wireless ARPUs May 4, 2007Posted by Mustafa in 3G, Cellular, Global, GSM, mobile, Paksitan, Wireless, Worldwide.
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New research from TeleGeography’s Wireless Operator Metrics Research Service reveals that monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPU) is declining globally, but the gap between operators with the world’s highest and lowest monthly ARPU remains huge. From a data set of more than 130 mobile operators, between September 2005 and September 2006 ARPU fell by an average of 6.4%.
Not surprisingly, providers with higher ARPU tended to be in countries with relatively high incomes—predominately in Western Europe and the U.S. Surprisingly, tiny BTCI, Turkmenistan’s dominant mobile operator, topped the rankings, with ARPU of USD83, far ahead of any other operators. At the opposite extreme lies Bangladesh’s Banglalink, which generated monthly revenues of only USD3.3 per subscriber.
In saturated markets lower voice tariffs and declining minutes of use contribute to the decline in ARPUs, whereas in fast-growing emerging markets the addition of incrementally less wealthy users to the subscriber base is the main cause behind the fall. TeleGeography analyst Mark Gibson commented, “a trait shared by most high ARPU companies is a low percentage of pre-paid users and high 3G subscriber growth. Growing data revenues are helping these providers to offset declining voice revenue.”
Clearwire receives WiMAX card approval from FCC May 3, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Wifi, WiMAX, World, Worldwide.
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Clearwire Corporation has received final approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first WiMAX laptop card. The card will connect to the Clearwire network and is on target to be available during the second half of 2007. Clearwire Chairman and CEO Perry Satterlee said ‘The FCC’s approval of our laptop card is a significant milestone in bringing to market a ‘true broadband’ wireless service with a device that facilitates even greater portability than our existing modem permits.’
Clearwire offers service in 37 metro markets, covering approximately 8.9 million people in more than 350 municipalities in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin in the United States, as well as 1.2 million people in Ireland, Belgium and Denmark (under the Clearwire name through Danske Telecom).
Clearwire puts the ‘how’ in WiMAX April 30, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, mobile, Paksitan, WiMAX.
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This is an Update to my previous Post ‘Intel Sets up WiMAX Ventures with Orascom and Enertel‘
Clearwire puts the ‘how’ in WiMAX
WiMAX is getting a bad rap, but Clearwire has a way to make it work
There is a recurring scene in nearly every Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk asks Scotty to give him more power, and Scotty, with his heavy Highlander accent replies: “Captain, I’m gevin yeah all she’s got! Any mohrrr and I’m afrrraid she’ll blow.”
Scotty’s famous and often-parodied line just about sums up recent realities about WiMAX.
The recent, much-anticipated IPO by Clearwire and its subsequent and sobering 20% decline only seems to validate that, at least for now, WiMAX gave us “all she had.”
Intel Sets up WiMAX Ventures with Orascom and Enertel April 27, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, WiMAX.
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This article is from from the June 2006 WiMax report, comment if you have any update on the subject.
Intel Sets up WiMAX Ventures with Orascom and Enertel
Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, has announced agreements to form WiMAX joint ventures with two firms, Egypt’s Orascom Telecom and Enertel Holding of the Netherlands. Intel will set up Orascom Telecom WiMAX Limited with Orascom Telecom and Worldmax with Enertel. Both investments are expected to be completed shortly, following the fulfilment of certain conditions and the receipt of various approvals. The telco partners will be the majority shareholders, with Intel as the lead investor. Orascom Telecom WiMAX Ltd will focus its efforts on working with governments and companies throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia to obtain suitable spectrum for the deployment of WiMAX services. The creation of the new firm is the first fruits of Intel’s Middle East and Turkey capital fund which was set up in November 2005.
StarHub joins consortium to build Asia-US submarine cable link
Singaporean telecoms firm StarHub has joined a consortium made up of 17 companies – including AT&T, India’s Bharti, BT Global Network Services, the Government of Brunei Darussalam, PT Indosat, Telstra, Telkom Indonesia and Telekom Malaysia – to build a high-bandwidth optical fibre submarine cable system linking the Southeast Asia region directly to the US. It is estimated the project, called the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), will cost about USD500 million to complete and will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2008. The 20,000km cable system will link ten locations in eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the US West Coast. A consortium comprising Alcatel-Lucent and NEC has been awarded the contract to construct the AAG cable system.
Users around the world are using their mobile phones for more and more applications as devices become more sophisticated, so it seemed just a matter of time before a quantum leap was made in the type of content being sent. Now, for better or worse, the age of mobile self-expression and social networking is about to dawn in the mobile world.
Is ADSL up to the task? April 26, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, WiMAX.
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Is ADSL up to the task?
Apr 11, 2007
By Al Senia
Carriers preparing for IPTV rollouts in Asia and the rest of the world are placing a large bet on ADSL and VDSL technologies to provide the bandwidth necessary for successful deployments. While DSL-based solutions often provide a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to full-scale fiber deployments, they too, present significant challenges for service providers.
Complexity, standards confusion and interoperability challenges are all combining to delay VDSL deployments in markets such as Asia and North America.
In a recent study, Vince Vittore, a senior analyst with Yankee Group, concluded that large-scale rollouts of VDSL.2 – a base technology for deploying triple-play services and IPTV – will be delayed until at least the middle of next year. Additionally, Vittore added, the lifespan of ADSL2+ (which is being used by some service providers as an interim step to VDSL) will likely be expanded because of continued VDSL snags.
"You’ve gotten delays in every flavor of DSL that has rolled out," says Vittore. "These are the types of delays you would get in any new technology."
In his report, Vittore notes that the complexity of VDSL.2 is causing difficulties. The first VDSL.2 standard, ITU G.993, was approved in 2005 with the expectation that many telcos would deploy it by the end of last year. But that hasn’t been the case. "In an effort to push through the first of the two standards that make up VDSL.2 faster than normal, the ITU allowed multiple parties to contribute to the final standard," notes Vittore. "The result is a standard that has become highly complex and has several iterations."
He isn’t the only analyst with concerns. In a recent report about FTTP and VDSL, Analysys analyst Martin Scott warns that ADSL2+ lacks sufficient capability for IPTV when high-definition television is included in the equation. "Real-life speeds of all DSL technologies can be as much as 40% lower at source than their theoretical maximum, and despite continuing improvements in digital processing, ADSL2 does not leave a lot of reliable bandwidth to play with over and above one HDTV stream," he says. He adds that ADSL2+ can’t cope adequately with HDTV bandwidth needs, so when it becomes the standard, VDSL.2 or fiber will need to be used.
All of this is causing confusion and some concern among carriers that have cast their lot with ADSL2+ and VDSL.2. Timeliness is a key issue for carriers in competitive markets such as North America. They are desperate to deploy IPTV as part of a triple-play solution to match aggressive cable competitors. For example, in the US, AT&T opted to proceed with a VDSL-based IPTV deployment because it was much less expensive (one-third to one-quarter the cost) than the estimated $25 billion being spent by rival Verizon to lay fiber to the curb in its service area.
But AT&T has significantly slowed its original deployment schedule and lags behind Verizon. In March, the company quietly admitted its broadband network will reach only eight million of the 18 million homes it originally promised to pass this year. The service is now available in only 13 markets in five states.
Vittore notes that AT&T is using compression technology to squeeze its IPTV signal to move it over ADSL2 lines until the VDSL.2 standard is finalized.
Such a solution is suitable, but not preferred: customers wanting to use AT&T’s system on separate HDTV systems in their homes, for example, probably would not be able to do so because of bandwidth constraints.
Another problem with VDSL.2,Vittore adds, is that it includes eight different profiles to satisfy disparate carrier needs. As a result "vendors have had difficulty developing chipsets that meet such varying requirements in the early phase of the VDSL.2 lifecycle," he notes.
The Asia region is actually out ahead in VDSL deployment, at least for the moment. VDSL is popular in Asia because it is better suited for densely populated areas and multiple-dwelling implementations. Select Asian markets such as Japan and Korea have deployed the earlier VDSL.1 standard for several years to meet surging demand for ultra high-speed data above 25 Mbps. Yankee Group estimates there are nine million customers for VDSL.1 in those countries.
"Carriers in both of these markets have shown a willingness to deploy ‘pre-standard’ equipment, and are under intense competitive pressure to offer residential data services up to 100 Mbps," Vittore notes in his report. "Both markets also have a high percentage of residents living in multi-dwelling units where copper loop lengths are extremely short."
In Hong Kong, PCCW currently serves 750,000 IPTV subscribers using ADSL. "We predominantly use ADSL for our broadband provision, but this is changing to ADSL2+ as we ready for HDTV," explains Paul Berriman, head of strategic market development. "We do deploy VDSL in commercial buildings for commercial customers."
Berriman adds that PCCW will probably move to VDSL for residential broadband in the future "as demand for higher-speed uplinks and symmetrical services rises." Although he concedes that VDSL is more complex and isn’t yet fully standardized, he is confident ADSL2+ will be suitable, even with HD included, to meet short-term needs.
In fact, ADSL has many strong proponents, despite the problems and complexities. Danny Goderis, director of product marketing for Alcatel-Lucent’s access division, calls ADSL "the winning broadband access technology for high-speed Internet access. It’s reliable, it’s available, and it serves mass-market needs very well." AT&T, Korea Telecom, Swisscom, Belgacom, KPN and Deutsch Telecom are among the companies deploying VDSL today, he said.
"As with any new technology, VDSL needed some time for deployment and experience to optimize and exploit the full broadband copper capabilities," Goderis says, adding the technology benefits from being relatively easy to deploy and manage.
"The initial challenges were in the operational deployments and in development of tools and functions to make VDSL stable for IPTV, because the quality requirements for IPTV are much higher for Internet access," Goderis notes.
Vittore says Yankee Group expects that worldwide VDSL.2 deployments will be delayed as chip vendors work on resolving the issues. "At the same time, we expect an increase in deployment of ADSL2+, which is more stable," he says. "Using ADSL2+ carriers can offer total bandwidth of up to 15 Mbps over loop lengths up to 6,000 feet. That is sufficient to provide a single high-definition video channel and perhaps one or two standard-definition channels, assuming the latest compression technology is used." Carriers that haven’t yet committed to FTTP deployments likely will be forced to rely on ADSL2+ for longer than they expected. He urges telcos to plan for these longer-then-expected ADSL deployments, revisit their FTTP plans in markets where competitors launch consumer services above 25 Mbps, and push interoperability but not require it.
The good and bad of WiMAX April 26, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Broadband, Broadband Pakistan, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Uncategorized, WiMAX.
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Apr 11, 2007
By Robert Clark
WiMAX is very much a good and bad news story. The good news, from a cost and efficiency point of view, is that it’s three to four times more spectrally efficient than 3.5G. That’s the story at least from Nortel, which having shucked off its cellular business has tacked WiMAX high on its mast.
The bad news is HSDPA is coming in a big way, offering 1-2 Mbps on the move, followed by Long-Term Evolution (LTE), which will notionally deliver up to 100 Mbps.
It’s good news that Asian regulators are starting to free up spectrum for the standard.
The bad news is that it’s still difficult to get common spectrum bands opened up across the region. WiMAX runs in the 2.3-, 2.5- and 3.5-GHz bands. For the mobile deployments, the lower bands are a must.
UAE, Pakistani groups may acquire ISPs April 19, 2007Posted by Mustafa in Blogroll, Broadband, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Speed Test, Uncategorized.
Thursday, April 19, 2007, Rabi-us-sani 1, 1428 A.H.
|UAE, Pakistani groups may acquire ISPs http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=51859|
|By Imran AyubKARACHI: Business groups of Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates have entered into a deal with a local telecom consultant to explore investment opportunities in the country with $275 million in purse.
The groups of two different destinations have finally come up with plans of investment in Pakistani telecom which industry sources believe may trigger competition of a new kind and witness stakes’ sell-off by local companies.
“There are strong chances of these two groups acquiring local and small ISPs (Internet Service Providers),” said a source privy to two different deals but wanted to keep the concerned parties unnamed.
“The two groups have committed $55 million each over a period of five years as per business plans agreed by the concerned parties.” He said the two business groups hired the services of the local consultant, who would pinpoint potential areas in the telecom sector of Pakistan with history of higher returns and services of higher demand.
“Potential areas in Pakistan are Internet broadband, data communication services and managed IT and telecom services,” said the source. “But the groups would solely rely on the feedbacks and studies carried out by their consultant. It may take a month or more before a clear picture could emerge.”
Telecom has emerged as one of the fastest growing areas in the country over the last more than three years as it attracted more than $3.5 billion since late 2003 mainly by the cellular companies.
“The telecom shared more than 2 per cent in the overall GDP growth during 2005-06,” said the source citing official figures. Analysts say 2005-06 witnessed a little decline in telecom development compared to previous fiscal but it still offers a lot as the majority of the rural areas in the country lack basic telecom facilities, which attract the attention of both local and foreign operators.
“While being the world’s most rapidly growing market for mobile telephony, Pakistan still has among the world’s lowest penetration rates for the Internet and broadband,” said Ansar ul Haq, an expert in Internet and data communication industry.
“Overall Internet and broadband penetration is very low due to limited fixed-line infrastructures, high domestic and international bandwidth tariffs, inadequate focus of the authorities on Internet and broadband, numerous PTCL (Pakistan Telecommunication Company) issues, but demand is high, and the proliferation of broadband using various mediums including new technologies is expected to deliver a major boost.”
He said local and foreign investment was flowing in as this sector offered significant growth opportunities to service providers, equipment vendors and investors. “But 2006-07 could prove different in terms of telecom development and its share in GDP growth, as the companies in the deregulated environment would focus more on better infrastructure to improve service quality,” Haq added.
The telecom sector topped with the energy sector in attracting foreign and local investment during last financial year, which led to a rise by over 100 per cent in foreign direct investment. The boom in telecom sector managed to attract more than $1.10 billion as total foreign direct investment from July 2005 to June 2006, out of a total of nearly $3 billion, the Board of Investment (BoI) figures show.
Pakistan’s First Public Speed Tests October 23, 2006Posted by Mustafa in Blogroll, Broadband, Cable, DSL, Internet, ISP, Paksitan, Speed Test, Uncategorized.
Pakistan’s First Public Broadband / Internet Speed Tests are now available at http://www.broadbandpakistan.com
Direct Link to Speed Test : http://speed.broadbandpakistan.com