Published on March 14th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir4
Technology Neutral License – 3G or 4G to be Operators Choice
In our last post discussing the subject Dr. Yaseen had put a question on his personal blog: I would like to start a discussion on an important question that should Pakistan go for 3G networks or beyond it, by beyond I mean 4G, E-Edge?
In a recent development, PTA is considering to throw the license and let operators decide to opt for either 3G or 4G. This was highlighted in Express Tribune report.
“Since licence is technology-neutral, it is the commercial choice of an operator,” Yaseen told The Express Tribune, while responding to a question about whether it would be more feasible to skip 3G altogether and go for 4G. When asked that this meant that the operators will be able to go for either 3G or 4G, he replied: “Yes”.
Considering the present low ARPUs telecom some operators are still reluctant to jump for any technology upgrade while some are are technically ready with forward compatible equipment.
A telecom industry expert pointed out that some telecom operators have acquired equipment that is forward-compatible with some forms of 3G system, which analysts believe was a smart and progressive move. “This will probably be the best solution, since telecom companies which have already acquired 3G technology would be able to utilise it, while companies which have not, will still be able to invest in 4G equipment,” said an analyst.
Be it 3G or 4G, the bigger question that remains the major concern of investors is: Whether Pakistan mobile market is ready for an technology upgrade? The demand for which is seen to be very low.