Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Pakistan has launched its 4G network in the nation’s six largest cities, offering users free access for a limited time. The network, providing customers with theoretical peak download speeds of up to 150Mbps, is available in selected areas of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, and Faisalabad as well as parts of the Swat district. Both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers can access the network but require a compatible handset and 4G SIM; Telenor is offering to replace customers’ existing SIMs for 4G SIM cards for free at its retail outlets. The LTE network uses the 2×10MHz of spectrum in the 850MHz band that the cellco purchased earlier this year for USD395 million, having entered the only valid bid for the concession.
In a related development, Telenor’s Chinese-owned rival China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), which operates under the Zong banner, has extended its 4G network to more than 100 cities.