PTCL unveils commercial CDMA EV-DO Rev B service

4 Nov 2010

Pakistan’s fixed line incumbent Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has announced the commercial launch of its ‘EVO 3G Nitro’ wireless broadband service, the Pakistan Observer reports. The new product, which operates using CDMA EV-DO Rev B technology, is initially available in four cities – Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi – and, PTCL says, offers maximum downlink speeds of up to 9.3Mbps and uplink rates of up to 5.4Mbps; average download speeds are said to be 3.75Mbps. The single tariff available at launch, Nitro Unlimited, will cost PKR2,999 (USD34.7) per month and offers unlimited data usage, although customers will also be required to spend a further PKR3,999 for the USB modem enabling access to the service.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, PTCL soft-launched CDMA-based wireless broadband services in January 2009, but it was not until more than a year later, in February 2010 that it announced a full commercial launch, by which date the network covered 18 cities nationwide.

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