Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has announced the launch of its ‘EVO 3G Nitro’ service, a wireless broadband connection based on EV-DO Rev B technology. According to the Daily Times, PTCL, which offers mobile services under the Ufone banner, said that the new service offers theoretical download speeds of up to 9.3Mbps, with uplink speeds of up to 5.4Mbps. The operator claims that it is the first in the world to offer the technology commercially, with Naveed Saeed, senior executive vice president at PTCL, saying that the deployment reinforced the company’s technological lead in the sector, adding: ‘Working in a market where technology changes every minute, we at PTCL always strive to introduce products and services that add more value to our customer’s life and PTCL ‘EVO 3G Nitro’ is one such product that will completely revolutionise the way our customers communicate.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, PTCL announced in January 2009 that it had soft-launched its ‘EVO’ wireless broadband services over its CDMA network. Initially the service was only available in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Mirpur at downlink speeds of up to 1Mbps, with a full commercial launch following in February 2010, by which date PTCL had expanded the coverage area of the service to a total of 18 cities.