3B 3G Solution to Broadband Uptake in Pakistan

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3B 3G Solution to Broadband Uptake in Pakistan


Pakistan has emerged as one of the leading markets in telecommunications, in the light of existing trends, it can be predicted about the future broadband trends that wireless broadband technologies would overcome fixed line xDSL services within a span of one year. As for the number of subscribers by 2020, it is believed that within next four years, market would witness a growth rate of nearly 70 to 85 per cent per annum. This would be followed by a steady growth rate of 5 to 25 per cent in the next six years, taking the total number of broadband subscribers to 19.5 million by 2020.

Bandwidth report (a monthly roundup of broadband penetration figures from US and elsewhere, cited by Website Optimization LLC, a leading website optimizing firm), has placed Pakistan fourth on its broadband ranking list for South Asia.

In the current telecom landscape of ' Pakistan and the tremendous growth that has been witnessed in the past, the industry experts believes that Pakistan's wireless market has all the prerequisites for progressing to the next level which is connectivity to the Internet via high speed mobile broadband access.

The trends are shifting towards the need for data on-the-go. The users demand connectivity and access to the same information and services regardless of their location, home, office or on the road. Desktop computers are being replaced by laptops and smart phones. Users are demanding broadband connectivity wherever they take their devices. This can only be addressed by providing wireless broadband access in the country.

The difficulties and high cost of deploying fixed line infrastructure do not justify the investments into fixed networks anymore.

With very limited existing fixed line infrastructure, Pakistan is well poised to benefit from the developments in the wireless domain.

3G and 4G are wireless communication technology classifications by certain standards and benchmarks. In the evolution of the mobile telephony the standards made for 3G and 4G network has revolutionized the next generation mobile capabilities of the subscribers. Both the standards are aimed at providing high data rates which is the paramount factor for various upcoming applications and user needs like multimedia, streaming, conferencing etc. The 3G business in Pakistan will bring innovative communication experience for users, including faster speed, more customized choices, wider network coverage, and more abundant businesses, making information and communication more flexible and exiting.

3G has two renowned flavors: first one is CDMA and its evolution path with CDMA2000, lx Advanced and EV-DO Rev A, Rev B and DO-Advanced for the data side. EV-DO Rev. B is the latest technology being deployed in the world today. In Pakistan, 3G-enabed tablet 3G EVO Tab is based on the EV-DO Rev. B technology and has features of both a tablet and a GSM phone that will give wireless broadband internet on the go. …

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