Pakistan

Court muzzles watchdog on ICH issue
PTCL launches winback promotion
Warid gearing up for 4G launch
PTCL to drop WiLL service
Mobilink launches 3G services
Telenor to expand 3G network
Mobilink sets date for 3G launch
Zong, PTA aid NWA relief effort with SIM handout
Warid LTE launch planned for September
Warid signs up Ericsson for LTE deployment
Mobilink 3G launch delayed
Warid sets sights on H2 2014 LTE launch
Govt suspends Islamabad and Rawalpindi mobile networks; PTA ordered to halt Afghan roaming
House of the Rising Sums: PTA ordered to shut down ICH after tariff hikes increase grey traffic
Mobilink extends free 3G trial as reward for customers
Zong gearing up for 3G launch
Telenor launches Pakistan’s second 3G network
Ufone extends 3G to nine cities, rivals still on starting block
Telenor to launch 3G on 1 June
Ufone leads the 3G charge, Warid tests LTE
Pakistan awards 3G/4G concessions
PTA taking ‘all necessary measures’ to extend 3G/4G to AJK and GB
More details needed before Warid can launch 4G, PTA says
3G launch expected for 10 May; Warid ads confirm LTE plans
Ufone offers free 3G trial; Telenor set to launch within two weeks
Cellcos offer phone swap to encourage 3G expansion
Zong to plough nearly USD1bn into wireless data networks
Pakistan spectrum auction nets USD1.1bn, Zong secures only 4G licence
First four rounds of 3G sale complete; SC dismisses last-minute attempt to halt tender
Warid looks to side-step spectrum auction with LTE launch
Zong snaps up fixed licences
Furious finance minister may scrap 3G auction over poor turnout
Four bidders for 3G/4G licences
PTA and MoITT to deal with ICH after spectrum auction
Qubee/Wateen enlist Huawei for network upgrade
PTA to enforce biometric verification
Mobilink network to be 3G-ready by July
Apex court challenges government’s use of USF finances
Telenor completes network overhaul
Vimpelcom drops out of running for Warid
Turkcell mulling participation in spectrum auction
Warid takeover talks scrapped
PTA publishes outline for spectrum sale
Government approves April auction
Proposals for 3G/4G spectrum sale leaked early
Govt looking to expand mobile market
PTA to complete auction terms by mid-February
PTA temporarily suspends PTCL WiLL licences
PTCL continues to fight PTA over illegal spectrum use
PTA orders cellcos to halt call set-up charge
PTCL enters binding offer for Warid
3G/4G licences to go on sale in March 2014
Zong finally issued LDI concession
Former PM, president and IT secretary accused of accepting more than PKR1bn in bribes
PTA and FIA bust illegal gateway operation
Wateen and Qubee to merge wireless broadband ops
Ufone ready with new thumbprint scanners
PTA selects 3G consultant
PTA shortlists 3G consultants
Ashura blackout costs cellcos PKR1.8b; biometric SIM registration rollout begins
3G plans make progress; full chairman appointed to the PTA
Warid sale expected before 3G auction
PTCL’s investment in broadband begins to reap rewards
3G auction back on track
Zong drops Warid takeover plans, Wateen unaffected by sale
Court orders deactivation of Afghan roaming
PTCL submits non-binding offer for Warid
PTA leadership battle nears end
Zong keen to snap up Warid
PTCL to provide free data centre service to ministry
High Court summons officials and executives on illegal sale of SIMs
PTCL to invest in new submarine cable
PTA looks to block remaining unregistered SIMs
Task force shuts down 31 illegal VoIP providers
Vimpelcom weighs-in for Warid acquisition
PTA funds dry up as top positions left vacant
PTCL reports positive performance for second quarter
Telenor reconsiders investment plans after tax and 3G price hikes
Pakistan’s Warid put up for sale; China Mobile, Etisalat cited as possible bidders
Telenor pledges USD1bn
Association head calls on govt to accelerate 3G/4G licensing
LINK abandons consumer market
Telenor explains need for network overhaul despite 3G licencing failure
PTCL tests 100Mbps broadband
PTCL profits up nearly 40% to USD34m
Tax office introduces new levy on handsets
Warid looks to reacquire Wateen shares
SeaMeWe-4 damage hampers internet access in region
SC issues summons over ICH
ICH threatens to block calls over FCC recommendation
FCC orders telcos not to pay termination fees to Pakistan
CCP proposes deceptive marketing regulations
Abu Dhabi repurchases Warid shares
PTA to be left in ‘total chaos’ until March
Zong looks to acquire LDI licence
Zong books 34.1% subscriber growth for 2012
Etisalat refuses to budge on PTCL payment
3G process delayed again as PTA chairman ordered to pay for sacked consultants
PM urges Etisalat payment
Accountability watchdog launches probe into 3G consultant selection
PTA investigates ISPs for allowing access to YouTube
Cellcos abandon ‘vulgar’ tariffs after PTA reveals recording calls with ‘obscene content’
PM overturns PTA bans
83 million subscribers across 50 cities left without service for two days
Cellcos challenge ban on ‘vulgar’ tariffs
3G auction back on track, expected in January 2013
PTA bans ‘vulgar’ tariffs
PTA continues banning spree
Cellco takes legal action against PTA over network closures
Ministry interference leads to further blackouts
Government shuts down SIM sales and MNP
3G hit by further setbacks
Mobilink signs up vendors for network overhaul
Pakistan wireless networks shut down for festival
High court suspends new tax on incoming international calls
Tip-off leads to seizure of 35,000 illegal SIMs
PTA responds to accusations by banning 20,000 sites
PTA face Lahore court over blasphemous film
Ufone readies for 3G whilst it waits for licence
Wireless blackout hits cellco wallets
PTCL row over spectrum use
NTC to investigate new submarine cable
Tax evasion telcos to reach out of court settlement with FBR
PTCL revenues grow 8% for 2011-12
Pakistan resurrects great (fire)wall to block ‘obnoxious’ content
PTA to bar tax scam cellcos from 3G auction
PTA calls for emergency meeting on blocking illegal SIMs
Please sir, can I have some more? PTA goes begging for more cash
NAB encourages telcos to cough up dodged taxes
Islamabad finally agrees Etisalat-PTCL deal
Wateen WiMAX operations to be restructured
PTA restricts maximum number of SIMs
NAB intervenes in tax evasion case
PTCL accused of anti-competitive practices
PTCL wins USF project for Balochistan
High court ends dispute after six years
3G concessions may be awarded in November
SeaMeWe-4 damage disrupts Pakistan’s internet access
SingTel’s aggregate mobile base climbs to 445m in Q1
Rising costs outweigh revenue growth, driving Telenor into loss
PTCL Q3 profits jump 43.8% y-o-y
LinkdotNet to quit Pakistan
3G licences no longer expected before June
Etisalat and Islamabad to complete deal after six year standoff
Qubee reaches 200,000 WiMAX subscribers in Bangladesh, Pakistan
WiMAX makes up 50% of Pakistan’s urban broadband connections
Telenor inks five year overhaul deal with ZTE
Ministry shelves plans for Great (Fire)wall of Pakistan
China Mobile to take part in Pakistan’s 3G auction
FT and Vodafone deny 3G rumours
PTA pushes 3G auction back
PM and PTA chairman defend 3G auction plans, promise transparency and fairness
3G licence attracts overseas investors
PTA confirms 3G auction plans; sale to take place on 29 March
PTA instructed to complete 3G auction within next three months
MNP to be barred in Pakistan
PTCL loans mobile unit PKR11 billion for network investment
Pakistani PM gives in-principle approval for 3G policy
PTA updates PTCL’s basic fixed voice tariffs
PTA head suggests using PKR80 billion from USF for broadband development
Pakistani government creates subcommittee to tackle 3G auction issue
PTCL unveils FY2010/11 financial results
PTCL launches 3G EVO Tab – claims a first for Pakistan
Pakistan to offer 3G licences in October 2011
Wateen inks deal with USF for fibre rollout in Balochistan
Petitions against Pakistan’s APC dismissed, as PTA suspends five fixed line licences
PTA finishes third phase of SIM verification; starts blocking unregistered users
Pakistani SIM users given until 17 May to register
Ufone and Mobilink sign tower sharing deal
Qubee launches pre-paid WiMAX option
PTCL to introduce VDSL2 bonding; speeds to rise to 50Mbps
Pakistan subscribers to get 3G by end-2011?
No-brainer: PTA suspends Braintel’s licence over VoIP platform claims
PTCL unveils commercial CDMA EV-DO Rev B service
Unlucky seven: illegal telecoms exchanges raided
PTCL ups broadband speeds as customer numbers pass 500,000
PTA orders WiLL operators to register customer data
Huawei deploys Home Location Register solution for Telenor Pakistan
Qubee awards USD7.2m WiMAX modem contract for Pakistan, Bangladesh
PTCL posts net profit of PKR9.3bn for FY09/10
Telenor Pakistan and CMPak deploy solar cell sites in rural regions
PTCL boosts wireless broadband speeds with EV-DO Rev B
Pakistani mobile operators ink MoU on infrastructure sharing
PTA to launch 3G auction within three to four months?
PTCL broadband subscribers top half a million
Telenor Pakistan completes rural solar-power cell site rollout
PTCL’s EVO coverage reaches 100 cities and towns
Pakistani government presses Etisalat for USD500 million payment
Mobilink to spend USD258m in remainder of 2010
PTA suspends Redtone’s long distance concessions
Pakistan claims PTCL stake sale was ‘unfair’
China Mobile to spend USD300 million in Pakistan
MoIT asks PTA to reconsider MVNO licence fee
Etisalat to withhold Pakistan payment once again
PTA sets new deadline for WiLL duo to roll out infrastructure
PTA considering spectrum fee increase for range of services
TeleCard has WiLL licence suspended
Etisalat to make USD800 million for its PTCL stake by end-March 2010
ISPAK presses PTA for intervention over PTCL broadband activation
Etisalat withholds payments related to PTCL acquisition
Wateen and Motorola update WiMAX CPE deal
Mobilink hints at leapfrogging 3G
Pakistan’s USF awards contracts valued at PKR1.25 billion
Telenor Pakistan signs solar-powered cell site deal with NSN
PTCL revenue and net profit fall amidst increased competition
PTCL and DSL operators sign long-delayed interconnection deal
PTA revises MVNO framework in a bid to increase investment
Pakistan, Bangladesh WiMAX firm Augere sells stake to equity house
PTCL continues to defy orders to sign new DSL interconnection agreement
Telenor Pakistan completes USF project
Pakistani High Court orders against sale of PTCL assets
Telenor Pakistan commencing work on 3G upgrade?
Warid expands GSM network to 480 cities
Zong and Worldcall ink deals with Pakistan’s USF
PTCL inks three deals with Universal Service Fund
wi-tribe Pakistan launches commercial WiMAX
Zong set to spend USD500 million on base station expansion plans
1.16 million subscribers added in May
PTCL mulling merger options; market due for consolidation says CEO
Pakistani cellcos demand reduction in sales tax
Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund announces two projects for unserved areas
PTA allows ISPs to purchase bandwidth from alternative operators
PTCL net profit drops as fixed line subscribers continue to fall
PTCL and Wateen ink deals with USF for broadband project
Telenor Pakistan and Nokia Siemens Network sign five-year expansion contract
Islamabad court dismisses Pakcom appeal against licence termination
PTA to auction 800MHz spectrum for iDEN services
Alcatel-Lucent inks USD52 million GSM/EDGE expansion deal with CMPak
Telenor Pakistan grabs USF funding
Afghan and Pakistan regulators to cooperate
CMPak sets aside USD500 million for investment in 2009
New SOP for issuance, activation of SIMs begins
USD250 million equity investment for Warid Telecom
PTA boosts rural telecoms services with creation of new telecentres
PTCL and Huawei sing DWDM deal
ZTE and CMPak in USD100 million base station deal
USD40.8 million profit for PTCL; FTTH pilots in deployment
Warid to expand to 250 more cities
PTA raises PKR26 million through WiLL auctions for AJK and NA
Zong launches network coverage along Karakoram Highway
Mobilink expects 50,000 WiMAX users this year
PTA announces formation of broadband study
PTA to conduct countrywide survey
Wateen and Motorola sign WiMAX expansion deal
PTCL and Telenor Pakistan sign satellite communications deal
SIMS to be activated through NADRA from January 2009
Zong expands GSM network coverage
10.5 million unverified connections blocked by PTA
Motorola and wi-tribe Pakistan sign WiMAX agreement
BroadHop selected by Wateen for WiMAX deployment
PTCL’s financial year ends with PKR2.8 billion net loss
USF awards contract to Telenor
PTA aiming for 3G spectrum auctions by end of 2008; rural telephony and broadband also to expand
Zong reaches five million subscribers
Huawei deploys HLR for Telenor Pakistan
3G spectrum groundwork complete
TeleCard announces WiMAX contractor
Zong launches service in Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Huawei to deploy WiMAX network for Mobilink
PTA awards licences for AJK and NA
FDI slumps as basic mobile rollout complete
3G concessions ‘to be issued this year’
CMPak becomes Zong
LINKdotNET Pakistan launches
Warid selects Ericsson for network expansion and upgrade
PCTL to extend its WDM network
Diallog gains 450MHz licence to operate across Pakistan
PTCL reports 1H loss
Pakistan cellular subscriber growth slows
Omantel acquires Worldcall stake
Wateen Telecom awards WiMAX contract to Moto
Telenor celebrates 15 millionth customer in less than three years
PTA terminates Pakcom licence
Mobilink smashes 30 million barrier
Wateen launches 22-city WiMAX network supplied by Moto
Mobilink selects Motorola to deploy WiMAX
Mobilink deploys NSN Release 4 softswitch
SK Telecom eyes unnamed Pakistani telco
Omantel board approves Worldcall purchase
Alcatel-Lucent chosen by Mobilink to deploy WiMAX Rev-e network
PTCL profit slumps 25%
Etisalat may double PTCL stake
CMPak signs GSM network contract with ZTE
CMPak extends licence area
Ericsson and Warid Telecom strengthen managed services partnership
Omantel purchase of Worldcall to be concluded this month
Omantel releases first half results and reveals details of Worldcall deal
SingTel seals Pakistani buy
SingTel buys 30% of Warid for USD758 Million
SingTel eyes 30% stake in Warid
Orascom Telecom buys 11% of Mobilink for USD290 million
Omantel to acquire majority stake in Worldcall
Warid Telecom selects Telcordia for mobile number portability
Ericsson signs CMPak contract
Warid to sell off minority stake?
China Mobile acquires outstanding Paktel shares
Pakistan to award three 3G licences in 2007
Qtel to acquire Burraq Telecom?
China Mobile to spend USD400 million in Pakistan; Warid also to receive financial boost
Mobile number portability arrives in Pakistan
China Mobile pays USD30 million to PTA
Nokia and Telenor Pakistan sign network expansion and managed services frame agreement
Mobile number portability date set as 23 March
Huawei to build Telenor's network across Pakistan
MIC completes Paktel sale
Motorola completes WiMAX deployment for Wateen Telecom
China Mobile buys Millicom’s Paktel
PTA figures show wireless subscribers jump 147%
TM Pakistan subsidiary seals USD40 million contract with Telenor Pakistan
MTC mulls bid for Paktel
Telenor seals transmission network deal with Multinet
Mobilink extends Motorola HLS contract
WiLL subscribers cross 1.3 million mark
Millicom mulling Pakistan exit
Warid agrees funding for Ericsson GSM expansion
Mobilink completes USD250 million debt offer
PTCL wins Pakistan’s first IPTV licence
PTCL profits fall as competition increases
MNP delayed by a year
Mobile subs pass 40 million mark
Warid contracts Ericsson for GSM expansion
Worldcall to rollout WiLL network in Karachi and Hyderabad
Telenor extends mobile coverage
Mobilink puts Ladies First
Mytel to deploy northern Pakistan WiMAX network
Telenor extends mobile coverage
Regulator distributes mobile licences for earthquake-damaged regions
Huawei to increase Mobilink’s GSM capacity
Telenor extends mobile coverage
Telenor Pakistan to upgrade billing platform
Telenor to expand in Azad Kashmir and Northern regions
Regulator reports record number of complaints against cellcos
Warid subsidiary to build nationwide WiMAX network
Naya Tel contracts Alcatel for Islamabad’s first FTTH solution
Warid Telecom to invest USD1 billion in 06/07
SingTel eyes Pakistan acquisition
Operators to be allowed into no-go zone?
Regulator orders PTCL to cut international bandwidth rates to boost broadband
Warid signs up three million users in 300 days
Pakistan signs PTCL over to Etisalat
Pakcom given 30 days to pay overdue licence fee
PTCL looks to WiLL to boost growth
Mobilink orders new home location server
Telenor Pakistan targeted by protesters
Orascom moves to improve voice quality
Mobilink upgrades billing platform
Pakistan mobile market grows 150%
MIC hits back at Pakistan exit claims
Telenor Pakistan passes two million subs mark
MIC close to Pakistan exit?
Mobilink launches Blackberry
PTCL sale approved; telco connects to international VoIP network
Telenor selects Azure for billing
Etisalat and PTCL finally reach deal
Telenor Pakistan ups coverage
PTCL seals international VoIP deal
PTCL, Etisalat deal enters crucial week
PTA urges operators to expand
Government wants new IT policy
Omantel and TWA sign undersea cable tie-up
Cellcos launch MMS interconnection
PTA allows telcos to continue operating in AJK
Paktel contracts Alcatel for GSM expansion
Telecoms sector to receive USD4 billion
Islamabad looks to salvage Etisalat deal; MNP to be introduced by April 2006
Etisalat wants PTCL price slashed
Etisalat/PTCL revive acquisition talks
Mobile subscribers reach 18 million
Cellcos to invest USD3 billion in GSM
WiLL operators threaten to quit market
PTCL sale delay could damage FDI
Pakistan hopes to salvage PTCL deal
PTCL sale off?
PTCL sees 12% decline in Q1 profit
Cellcos allowed to operate in Kashmir
Satellite centre installed in Pakistan
US firm to invest in Pakistan telco
17 million mobile users at end September
Etisalat seeks to clarify PTCL ‘issues’
Telecoms sector to receive USD700 million investment
Telecoms sector in good health, say reports
ZTE plans WiMAX trial in Islamabad
Warid to expand network further
Mobile users increase to 15.5 million
New legislation lined up
Lucent completes phase one of WiLL network rollout
Warid contracts Azure for fraud protection
Telekom Malaysia launched in Pakistan
Etisalat to take over PTCL in September
PTA expects USD2 billion telecoms investment
PTA to boost rural services
Mobilink expands to Chitral
PTA to have regular hearings on complaints
Motorola to help improve Pakistan’s networks
Bharti, Reliance and PTCL team up
PTCL to pay damages to ISPs
ZTE to roll out Pakistan NGN
Cellcos becoming victims of their own success
PTCL will not pay compensation
Government urged not to rush new law
Repair work obstructed by bad weather
Repairs on undersea cable begin
Internet breakdown continues
Government receives first PTCL instalment
Submarine fault cuts off mobile and internet services
Opposition to privatisation continues
Etisalat wins PTCL bidding process
Eight companies to bid for PTCL
PTCL unions agree to end strike
Trouble mounts as PTCL sale nears
Troops seize PTCL to stop strikes
Government postpones PTCL sell-off
PTCL says no-one has pulled out of tender
Government looks to end PTCL strike
PTCL workers threaten strike
PTCL privatisation set for 10 June
Mobile users to reach 15 million by year-end
Warid to launch today
Half a million new wireless subscribers added every month
PTCL privatisation expected to boost sector
Telenor to invest USD900 million by 2007
Warid Telecom launches services
Telenor signs interconnection deal with PTCL
Mobile users surpass ten million mark
PTCL sale set to take place within two months
PTCL to launch triple-play service
PTA warns Ufone/Mobilink over poor services
PTCL reports 9.2% rise in profit
NMP to begin in January 2006
GSMA praises new telecoms policy
Mobile phones to exceed fixed lines
ZTE to expand Pakistan division
India and Pakistan consider fibre-optic link
Regulator threatens Mobilink with legal action
PTCL to reduce call rates from April
PTCL to invest USD40 million into submarine cable
Telenor expands reach
Mobilink reduces call rates
Telenor set to become Pakistan’s fifth cellco
Worldcall selects Verso for VoIP network
Eight bidders qualify for PTCL stake sale
Warid and Telenor sign interconnection agreement
PTCL to launch WiLL in Karachi
FLAG to cut PTCL’s bandwidth fees
PTCL posts rise in profit for H1
Malaysia’s Redtone sets up Pakistan subsidiary
Free PTCL local calls till 5 June
Telenor Pakistan to launch in April
Two new mobile licences for Pakistan??
Warid to launch services in April
Five operators looking at PTCL stake
Regulator raps cellcos for sub-standard services
VSNL to bid for PTCL
PTA warns cellcos to improve services
PTML awards Siemens USD32 million contract
Paktel pursues aggressive expansion strategy
Government prepares for PTCL stake sale
Huawei planning Pakistani investments
Paktel and PTA agree GSM licence terms; Paktel to launch GSM network immediately
Cellphones outstripping fixed lines: Pakistan cements position as world’s fastest growing telecoms market
Ufone awards Nortel Networks expansion contract
Warid Telecom contracts Ericsson for GSM/GPRS
Paktel given permission to launch GSM
PTA licenses ISPs to provide DSL over their own networks
SCO to cover far north of the country
Promotion commotion
Paktel loses appeal over licence fee
Paktel refuses to pay GSM fees
Pakistan to establish a fibre-optic line with Iran
New telco plans USD150 million investment
Mobilink gets licence extension to 2022
Nine awarded fixed line licences to compete against PTCL
Pakistani regulator seeks clarification from Indian counterpart over licence awards
Mobile newcomer selects Nokia for GSM network
PTA denies Indian telco licence
Telenor to invest in Pakistan
Government cancels mobile licence
Space Telecom keeps regulator waiting
New licences fetch unexpected USD582 million
Islamabad auctions cellphone licences
Regulator invites bids for licences
SingTel keen to get involved at PTCL?
PTCL reaches deep to bring WiLL to the people
Nortel bags PTML order
Ufone picks Siemens for GSM upgrade
Govt approves Paktel’s GSM licence
Pakistan to open fixed line market to outsiders
Competition to enter fixed line market if PTCL stake sale goes ahead
Three bidders selected for PTCL stake sale
Will Pakistan ever sell national telecoms operator PTCL?
Mobilink selects Alcatel for GSM expansion