Published on June 20th, 2011 | by Absar Taqvi2
3G Steep Climbing – Yet To Reach The Top
There was once a time, not very long ago, when one would find unfathomably long threads over 3G and other upcoming technologies in Pakistan at various local and international portals. Technology channels were hitting on the bone of contention by running inside stories with PTA and local operators. That cyber storm now seems to have settled in hue of tiredness, both of writers and presenters. The progress, on the contrary, is on a steep climb with an ever high pace yet to reach the top.
In today’s telecom world, you would find many engineers with a work experience of 4 to 5 years, hurdled by saturation, eager to seek a vent that would place them on a progressive ladder again. In a few observed cases, I found that eagerness subsiding specially in operators who are most likely to launch 3G sooner. Engineers are planning to wait and adjust for a few more months in anticipation of 3G.
While setting up timely objectives in one of country’s biggest telecom operators, a number of RF engineers wrote “planning and maintaining 3G network” as their objective. Moreover, a rather unheard rumor that circulated in Mobilink’s engineering house says “about 300 to 400 3G sites to be on-aired soon”.
Whatever the case is, I have always been bothered about the right use of technology. It would be quite painful to see 3G operators suffering a short setback as WiMAX operators did when they launched the technology. Surprisingly, a few even used Facebook as their sales pitch.
Although the ground 3G might have, seems more fertile than WiMAX’s. It will all come down to how the technology is marketed. Across the border, Indians are doing good teaching after launching 3G. Their advertisements say it all. I hope our operators find that a healthy learning experience.