Warid was absent from the recently held auctions for 3G and 4G network licences where Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone won the 3G while Zong secured 4G with 3G licence.
Warid had previously already obtained a spectrum that would allow the roll-out of 4G. The company’s existing licence, which was acquired in 2004, is also technology neutral but is not service neutral, which meant the company would have to share all details of its new services prior to their launch.
While Warid planned to launch 4G LTE (long-term evolution) to compete with the 3G/4G licence-holders, the PTA had insisted that the company needed permission from the regulator for the introduction of the new services.
According to the reports, Zong and other cellular companies have serious reservations over this decision by the PTA, as they paid heavily during the bid and also invested their time.
Reacting to the announcement, Zong held a press conference and lashed out at PTA’s decision. While Zong would require at least a year to offer a complete new array of services to its customers, Warid could easily launch its service within months after the PTA’s permission.
With more than 120million teledensity, Pakistan is considered technology hot-spot in Asia region.