ISLAMABAD: While all the cellular service providers in Pakistan were busy in getting 3G/4G licenses from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Warid chose another way of launching a new technology called 4G LTE (long-term evolution) and saved billion of rupees literally.
But Warid requires a formal permission from PTA to go ahead with its 4G LTE. And PTA might not give its approval in favor of all other cellular service providers who took part in the bidding and bought 3G/4G licenses.
A PTA source said, “The existing licence of Warid is technology neutral but it does not mean that it is service neutral. All newly-launched services require PTA’s consent. For this, Warid will have to send in a proper request.
The PTA will look into such a request based on the licence conditions (assuring proper coverage, quality of service, enhanced monitoring requirements and commencement permissions), and in the best interest of the cellular industry, especially the winners of the 3G/4G spectrum auction.”
PTA also told, “The cellular company’s licence is not “service neutral” and it will have to seek approval for new services.”