WiMAX provider Wi-Tribe is planning to launch Pakistan’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network by the end of May 2017, ProPakistani writes, citing the company’s chairman Shahid Malik. The ISP has signed an agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei for the deployment of the technology in the five cities where Wi-Tribe currently operates, namely: Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad. Under the planned rollout, LTE-A services will be live by May 2017, with 50% of Wi-Tribe’s current WiMAX network set to be replaced by the new technology by the end of July 2017. The network is expected to provide customers with download speeds of up to 100Mbps at launch, with transfer rates due to increase to 200Mbps by the end of 2018 and 400Mbps in 2019 as more advanced consumer premises equipment (CPE) becomes available. The network upgrade forms part of HB Group’s planned USD50 million investment in Wi-Tribe, announced when the firm acquired the provider from Ooredoo last year.
Commenting on the rollout, Mr Malik said: ‘Within six months’ time, over one million households will have access to the fastest wireless home broadband service in Pakistan using the most advanced technology currently available anywhere in the world. In practice, this will mean a revolution in terms of the amount of data Wi-Tribe can offer its customers, but more importantly, it will mean lightning speeds of up to 100Mbps for a single user household. This type of speed is unheard of in our industry and if you couple that with [the] huge GB volumes available, we will be able to offer the best internet packages in Pakistan in terms of speed, volume, reliability and value for money.’