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zafarabbasrizvi

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It's quiet here. Either everyone's happy, or so frustrated that they've given up.
Because there is no such development in Pakistani Mobile networks. Zong is sleeping with its VoLTE. Telenor is shit as usual and hope is lost for it. Ufone is quitely increasing 4G coverage but not very fast. And Jazz is experimenting with CA combos in only selected areas of Islamabad.
 

smaaz

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Because there is no such development in Pakistani Mobile networks. Zong is sleeping with its VoLTE. Telenor is shit as usual and hope is lost for it. Ufone is quitely increasing 4G coverage but not very fast. And Jazz is experimenting with CA combos in only selected areas of Islamabad.
In 2014 4G was rolled out in Pakistan and if networks are still experimenting .. phir to wakai me shabash hai
 

shaheerk

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They have CA in Mardan and Jhelum too... and in other major cities of the country.

Not sure what experiments they're doing with CA because there are only two bands they can use.

But amongst them all, probably the most atrocious call qualities on 3G (and maybe 2G).
 

zafarabbasrizvi

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In 2014 4G was rolled out in Pakistan and if networks are still experimenting .. phir to wakai me shabash hai
They have CA in Mardan and Jhelum too... and in other major cities of the country.

Not sure what experiments they're doing with CA because there are only two bands they can use.

But amongst them all, probably the most atrocious call qualities on 3G (and maybe 2G).
Not all companies rolled out 4G in Pakistan in 2014. And spectrum changes happened when users increases. Zong launched 4G with 10 MHz and Now their 4G total spectrum is 30 MHz and in future they will need more.

Similarly Jazz has largest 4G customer base in Pak. They are providing 2 way CA in 1800 and 900 MHz all over Pakistan. Since their 1800 and 900 MHz spectrum is contiguous they are experimenting with 3 way CA. Since 3G users are decreasing day by day, they think that 5 MHz of 2100 MHz is enough for 3G. So they are refarming 5 MHz out of 10 MHz for 4G. Parallely they have 14.4 MHz of 900 MHz. So they are considering to use 5 or 10 MHz out of it based of locations. So their 3 Way CA will in future be based on 20 MHz of 1800 MHz + 5 MHz of 2100 MHz + 5 or 10 MHz of 900 MHz. So once experiments successfully made we can see 30 or 35 MHz Jazz 4G depending on locations.
 

shaheerk

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Not all companies rolled out 4G in Pakistan in 2014. And spectrum changes happened when users increases. Zong launched 4G with 10 MHz and Now their 4G total spectrum is 30 MHz and in future they will need more.

Similarly Jazz has largest 4G customer base in Pak. They are providing 2 way CA in 1800 and 900 MHz all over Pakistan. Since their 1800 and 900 MHz spectrum is contiguous they are experimenting with 3 way CA. Since 3G users are decreasing day by day, they think that 5 MHz of 2100 MHz is enough for 3G. So they are refarming 5 MHz out of 10 MHz for 4G. Parallely they have 14.4 MHz of 900 MHz. So they are considering to use 5 or 10 MHz out of it based of locations. So their 3 Way CA will in future be based on 20 MHz of 1800 MHz + 5 MHz of 2100 MHz + 5 or 10 MHz of 900 MHz. So once experiments successfully made we can see 30 or 35 MHz Jazz 4G depending on locations.
Zong has 25Mhz spectrum in the twin cities. They use 10Mhz for 2100Mhz (not sure where they're stealing the extra 5Mhz from) and 15Mhz for 1800Mhz.

Jazz has 25Mhz spectrum in a few remote places (even in the twin cities). Not all areas have CA so you'll see 20Mhz almost everywhere.

Regardless, in most places where signal strength is crap, Jazz still delivers better speeds (assuming backhaul is sufficient... And Jazz has begun to get choked on that now too; Zong's backhaul is iffy iffy and their data speeds/signals are also iffy iffy vs Jazz).

The spectrum for all operators is now contiguous (PTA did some reshuffling some time back). 3CA can only happen when there's non-contiguous spectrum.
 
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India will roll out 5G in August-Sept
Spectrum auction in early June.
Pakistan was planning to appoint expert in early 2022 and expecting to roll out 5G in 2023.. Will this happen? Telcos are still unable to provide proper 3G/4G even 2G in different places. How can we expect 5G roll out?
 

shaheerk

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I'm in Lahore right now and I've noticed that Zong has a combined spectrum of 30Mhz deployed (20+10) while Mobilink has 25 (20+5)

In Islamabad, Mobilink has 20+10 (30Mhz) and Zong has 15+10 (25Mhz) deployed.

I have no idea why this discrepancy exists, but at least the end results are similar for both (Zong just has better coverage because of the first mover advantage and has fewer blank pockets)
 
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