Chinese-owned cellco Zong has launched what it describes as its ‘20MHz LTE’ service in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The operator secured a combined total of 2×11.2MHz of additional 1800MHz airwaves in the recent Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) spectrum auction – which was completed in September and the licences awarded last month – enabling the operator to augment its 4G services in the AJK and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) regions. With the deployment of the frequencies in AJK, Zong claims that the throughput experienced by customers improved to between 10Mbps and 20Mbps.
A spokesperson for the company was quoted as saying of the rollout: ‘We stay committed to serving and empowering every corner of Pakistan regardless of the return on investment. Our commitment is reflected in our resolve to venture into areas that others won’t and going an extra mile in bringing the underserved Pakistanis into the digital mainstream. Our LTE rollout in AJK brings us closer to that goal.’