According to reports by Pro Pakistani, mobile operator Telenor Pakistan has begun the process of upgrading its network to include 3G technology. The report claims that the cellco has started to deploy 3G base stations in the Punjab region, adding that the project has been outsourced to a third-party operator. It is believed that the project will be completed in two years. Telenor has not issued any official statement on the report. The same news source claimed in April this year that Telenor Pakistan had signed an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for the deployment of a 3G network, but Telenor refused to confirm any such deal at the time.
Telenor Pakistan’s parent company, Norwegian telecoms group Telenor, has however, has made no secret of the fact that it would consider offering 3G services when the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority finally issues licences; an auction was initially scheduled to take place before the end of 2008, but has subsequently been delayed due to various factors which the regulator said included insignificant mobile data demand and the high cost of 3G infrastructure.