China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), which trades under the Zong brand name, has launched Pakistan’s first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, Pro Pakistani reports. The Chinese-backed cellco’s network covers Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Peshewar and Quetta, and the operator intends to add 4,000 new cell sites by the end of the year with plans to invest USD1 billion in the network over the next three to four years. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Zong was the only operator to win 4G-compatible spectrum in the frequency auctions held earlier this year, although a rival operator, Warid, is set to launch LTE services using its existing spectrum holdings. Zong launched its 3G network in June and has signed up around 866,000 3G subscribers to its third-generation services. The cellco’s 4G offerings range in price from PKR350 (USD3.35) to PKR3,500 per month for between 2GB and 30GB of data. Hybrid bundles are also available, bundling unlimited on-net calling and 500 SMS per day with data caps of 2GB or 4GB and costing PKR599 and PKR799 per month respectively.
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