Pakistani cellco Warid Telecom announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE services in the last week of December in six major cities. The 1800MHz LTE network went live in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala, with the offer of seven days free 4G data usage as an initial promotion. The Express Tribune reported that Warid will expand its LTE footprint to ten additional cities within the next ten months and 20 cities in the next 20 months. It will invest around USD500 million over the next five years to expand the LTE network across the country in partnership with main technology provider Ericsson, the operator said in a statement. Abu Dhabi-owned Warid was the only Pakistani mobile operator to abstain from the country’s April 2014 3G/4G spectrum auction, and instead has refarmed existing 2G 1800MHz spectrum for LTE usage, having finally gained permission from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
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