Worlds largest wirelss hotspot…Karachi!

Yes ladies and gentlemen…this is true. Wateen Telecom, A Warid Group Company is creating the largest wireless hotspot in the world, Karachi. During the launch, they claim to be launching in over 50 cities. They have partnered up with Motorola to bring in WiMax in order to build the network over the 802.16E protocol.

Imagine, anywhere in these 50 or so cities, you get broadband as easiily as you can get radio!

Wateen has also set its own 5000km optic fibre network. Other firms that have also set up their own project are Worldcall and Multinet (under the Project Ittehad banner).

The PTCL OFAN project was to start quite a while ago, but was held off due to privatisation concerns. The digging started over night once the PC inked the (revised) deal with Etisalat and work started moving at an unbelieveable pace. News about PTCL setting up IPTV is also correct. To my knowledge, the feasability study has been completed. You never know, very soon, KESC might also be offering internet over the power lines (that is very much possible, infact, the structure is being used in a city in Germany).

So here we have it. FTTH (Fibre To The Home) and WiMax…….which one do you want?

23 Comments so far

  1. cube11 (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 8:29 am

    wow..finally we will have true broadband experience..


  2. zami (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 8:32 am

    WiMax(802.16) is the future of high speed internet access.

    High speed wireless internet in Khi means no ugly looking wires, fiber or copper, no road digging, no phone poles, no middle-man “naz-raana” for the line man at PTCL for once!!

    should cost peanuts to implement.


  3. broadband seeker (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    ftth is the future


  4. shahzad (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 10:25 am

    what will be the access price ??? when it will be implemented ???

    we always been kept in dreams …….for e.g
    -biggest oil refinery in asia, Parco
    -biggest roundabout in asia- orangi town
    -best paper used in our currency bills
    and beleive me its all big fat lies, rite now if u need just 1MB connection u gotta pay 25K+ a month, comparitively 30-40 dollar a month for true 5-8MB in north america.
    recently city of toronto(muncipality) has announced a 2 billion dollar project to make its downtown a wifi hot-spot and it will be accessible free of charge for initial 2 years, so even if u r in subway or street car u can access it, primarily they are expecting some 500,000 users in early stage, this is what called a awareness project with implementation.

    we just did not get excited about hearing all these news for karachi, coz its all gonna be by commercial ppl who only cares about their money and RR,
    city of karachi dont even have their own proper transit system, proper sewerage system, proper database,
    so do u giys think its feasible to launch such kind of project from outsiders???????


  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    as shahzad said ,prices are main issue,because DSL is around for long time and yet not as shahzad said ,prices are main issue,because DSL is around for long time and yet not


  6. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    The above would take ateast 2.5-3 year to reach the consumer. Around 1.5 – 2 years to corporate sector and ISPs.


  7. TEE BEE (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    I agree with Zami….WiMAX is THE future of internet in coming years….Wireless will change the way people communicate and access information….TWO THUMBS UP to Wateen for intializing the WiMAX scenario in Pakistan…..Hope things work out as planned…..
    Good Luck..


  8. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    IMO, WiMax is ok for ubiquitious internet connectivity when up and about outside your home. FTTH is necessary so that we can get a good stable connection inside apartments. People can use wireless routers at home to propogate the net using FTTH as the backbone.

    I also hope that this is not just some dream and really does become a reality.


  9. aka (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

    well, here in New York, they do have a whole set of public hotspots operated by T-mobile, but nothing resembling city wide connectivity. the most common place which is a hotspot is a Starbucks outlet which is pretty much every other block or so. then at some places such as universities, there is public wi fi access. but even at the t-mobile/ starbucks hotspots, you do need to enroll in some kind of a plan or pay up for one time usage. the real utility of wifi to me is that there you can remain connected wherever there is a hotspot. also, it is not uncommon to detect wifi signals in residential locations since a lot of people buy a wireless router and set up a home network, the range for which also extends to other areas in the vicinity. latching onto someone’s bandwidth though is neither recommended nor legal. the idea of introducing wifi in Karachi sounds good but the cost to the consumer could be a factor that might need to be explored further.


  10. verysmart (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 12:06 am

    Well, great news, Wateen was around for a while and have real good people in their team such as Ex Corporate Directors from American Telecom vendors amd operator companies, Pakistanis offcourse!!
    they have big things planned such as Giant Screen TV displays in the middle of town, they are also working to realize dreams such as ZigBee technology, which will help to create a machine to machine interface for many of your electronic gadgets and devices, zigbee modems are already beign produced by Motorola (search zigbee on google).
    they are eyeing things as broadband Internet, home security systems, IPTV, Location free TV setups, Giant Screens for Ad displays, hospitals and Security agencies hook up, and much more…

    keep an eye on Wateen, they are a winner!


  11. verysmart (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 12:11 am

    Well Wimax, as much as I love the technology, I am very vigilant about its future, until Intel builds a WIMAX chip that goes into any device laptops, gaming devices, mp3 players, u name it.

    So far everyone has shown a great interest but
    still the technology is keep on getting delayed, It has some frequency issues and the OFDM transmission is still under questions by many.

    However Broadband over electric trnasmission lines is a very viable possibility, I was shocked to learn that teh cable we are using in Pakistan is most optimized for such a technology, the repot has been generated in august 2005 by a Canadian company and a Pakistani company who are partners in the project.


  12. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 2:47 am

    Wow !


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    @Verysmart:i just read on Wiki about Zigbee,thanks for sharing info,it is quiete amazing thing.I didnt go into details but i sense that communication would be IP based and if its true then it would be the first implementtion of IPv6.


  14. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    WOW WOW WOW

    Even if it takes upto three years, atleast we have a bright future as far as internet connectivity is concerned.

    Congratulations Karachiites. Finally, its here.

    I think you should all say ‘Alhumdulillah’ and hope and pray that these projects do finish up in time. AMIN :D


  15. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

    Yea bright future for only those few who can afford it!


  16. Badar Ahmed (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Can you please give the source of this info. ??


  17. Inspirex (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 6:34 am

    @ Badar Ahmed & Adnan Siddiqui:
    Guys…im sorry i cannot name the source. Call it journalistic licence or whatever. This news comes from 2 different sources. One inside and one is a vendor to Wateen.

    For the moment, thats all i can share with you guys.


  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    Imtiaz:As long as its true,I dont mind it,ask the vendor to install it asap and keep prices low:D


  19. Insider (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    Well it is true that Wateen Telecom is launching world’s largest WiMAX deployment in Pakistan and they have already signed the agreement with Motorola for the Network deployment.

    More over all the concerns regarding the service issue, well where WiMAX/WiFI cannot reach, FTT(X) will be there meaning anyone and everyone can have the cheap access to braodband internet, multimedia services, online gaming (NWD), IPTV, Cable TV, VoIP services. Hence any service which is possible through bandwidth will be available. Initially it is going to be the metro towns and then it will shift on to the rest of the country. I cannot disclose the timeframe but can tell you that it will be by the end of 2006 and it is going to wipe off the competition.

    Believe the Hype!!

    I may not post again but as my name indicates. I know it all coz I am one of the individuals working on it!!


  20. Zainuddin Zafar (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

    All wifi hotspots in karachi and pakistan list here:
    http://www.techpakistan.com/forum/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=686

    post all the places that have wifi and you know off in that thread guys. lets make a database


  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 1:32 am

    Insider:),i also confirmed it by one of my frined at WARID Telecom:)


  22. maq (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 10:06 am

    it is Good for pakistan , and also good for telecom industry in terms of education development new courses can be introduce cwna cwnp which help to creat local work force and new line on intrest.


  23. Ali (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

    wimax will totally rule if they implement is correctly here, even if the link to outside the country is slow, atleast the local peer to peer will still be quite fast :)



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