Broadband dream might come true

PTCL is silently doing something very big, which is bound to have very profound effects on the lives of Karachittes. An extensive Optical Fiber Access Network (OFAN) is being laid out by PTCL (contract has been given to Hauwei, a chinese telecom giant). The network reaches almost every big road and neighbourhood within the Karachi metro area. For the first time, pre-casted manholes were used which were lowered by cranes for cable joints. Outdoor transmission equipment has been placed on the roadsides which has later been covered by metallic finned enclosures (to keep them cool). Once this network is lit up (i.e. brought to operations), copper network from these nodes to individual homes (who can afford) and corp customers will be realized. The access network is bound to stir up the local connectivity scenario in a big way. Even if the prices remain high for the average end users, Desi Cable Net (DCN!) will have their dream come true by having big pipes available to them. They already have a business model working for them and they are getting ever hungry for bandwidth. The new OFAN network is bound to make them happy. The average DCN user in turn would also be benefitted because of this. BTW, these rings are reportedly laid out in a self-healing configuration which means that single cable cuts in the optical fiber will not render the network dead.

Credit: Tee Emm

18 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    Great news.

  2. mr profanity (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    Thankyou all be seated.

    well shiat! spread butter over me and call me nurpur! if it aint our old friends peeteeseeel

    wake up and smell the fiber you retards!

    1. with a self healing dwdm ofan setup forget about copper and get ftth to the consumer..its cheaper then laying copper from the node…why not just get fibre directly

    2. local circuit costs need to come down in accordance with international circuits price cuts

    3. isp peering needs to happen

    you spin me round round baby round round like a record baby round round round round

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Well, no harm in day dreaming.

    I do not have faith in PeeTCL, I don’t think they can even wipe their noses without making a mess from the process.

    Like the recent state-of-the-art projects including the asan-phone, PTCL Wireless etc., this one (if it really exists) is going to the drain.

  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

    a dream come true.

  5. nawaz (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    at least something is happening… i’ve been waiting for some sort of good news from PTCL, and finally i get one, be it for whatever reason and from whatever source.

    lets just hope that it DOES actually come to reality, rather than remain a dream, to come true.

  6. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

    PTCL the biggest Looter!!!!

  7. yo yo (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    A brave move in the right direction indeed.

    This is exactly what is needed for flourishing businesses in Pakistan.

    Great post Umar and Teem Emm

  8. verysmart (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    Well the interesting part is that PTCL is eyeing to introduce IPTV, and talking to a few vendors already.
    The bad part is; this network is quite redundant, back in 2004 I have designed and deployed a Metro Area Fiber network which was far more efficient and has more reach than the PTCL network, my network can take upto 5.4Gbps and is upgradebale to 10Gbps while it can be made to work for 87Tbps, and is totally self healing within 50ms.
    The network spanned its backbone on the route of Karachi Circular Railway covering 80% of Karachi in a Ring formation, with servicing offshoots at PECHS, Gulistan-e-Jouhar, North Nazimabad, I.I Chundrigar and Clifton already working.
    The network uses RPR technology at the core and DOCSIS2.0 Cable technolgoy at the distribution, with contents such as DOCSIS Internet and Digital TV (with Set-top box, yes!) for the public use. However it also services manay government and non-government clients for Data Access using Fiber to the Building technology (FTTB).. some examples are bloomberg TV Pakistan, GEO TV, Jang Press, Karachi Stock Exchange, and some Mobile companies for MSC-MSC, MSC-BSC and BSC-BSC connectivities.

    Anyways.. the more is better.. I hope the services keep on gettign better and better.


  9. Zainuddin Zafar (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    i’m waiting for the day when the whole of karachi becomes a wireless hotspot. any idea of how we can approach the government and give them this idea?

  10. zain (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    @Zainuddin Zafar’s comment = hahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaahahaahahhahahhahahhahahhhahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhhahhahaahaha never

  11. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 3:45 am

    I dont think having wireless hotspots in Karachi would be an impossible task. In USA, by the time the internet started to pick up speed, they had the infrastructure hooked up to deliver cable TV.
    They used that infrastructure to deliever broadband internet. Since in Karachi we dont have that infrastructure, I think it will be cheaper to implement wireless solution to deliver internet to the masses in the future. lets wait and see when that happens.

  12. turab (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 4:26 am

    wireless is much easier to set up than compared to ground cables.

    Did u guys know that google wanted to introduce wireless net across America, for free of cost!!!

    but obvioulsy that would have meant the end of the telecom and isp giants!

  13. verysmart (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 5:28 am

    Dear Turab,
    Google is not only settign eyes on just USA, but infact it has started to buy Dark Fiber (laid fiber which is not being in used currently) all over the world, they also posted the job for global project manager two years ago, you check out the job descriptions still at the google’s job website.
    Google is soon unveiling its Google Cube which will be modem/set-top box with multiple Fiber and ethernet interfaces, this will be an IPTV interface, Web Explorer, a Gaming connectivity device, MP3 player, VOIP phone set, Teleshopping Interface, Google Talk Interface, GPS recievers, with sockets for Wirless Lan, Telephones, RFIDs and God knows what else.
    This will work on Google OS, which is reportedly a Unix varient.
    Google Video is the basic service which google has launched to achieve IPTV service provider status. Google is looking to provide all the major cities of the world with free Wireless and Wired Internet services, and is hoping to make revenue from the Advertisements it will generate while you are surfing the web through their network.
    They are starting with Philadelphia. Few of my friends are in Cisco USA, and Cisco is secretly dealing with Google to use their equipment, for the WIFI hotspots, however Google is looking to introduce its own branded devices from Chinese manufacturers offcourse!
    The google cube will be around $50 and google is looking to throw it free of cost wherever they see the potential.
    Even for WIFI, a huge infrastructure is required, however google is looking to move in the right directions afterall!


  14. Ahmed (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 7:04 am

    Well I dont know abt Google offering free internet in the US but the news is true about free internet in the san fransisco bay area Google and Earthlink have been authorized to set up free wireless internet only in the bay area. About the google OS thing I thought it was a rumor ????

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    using laptops in parks is still unsafe in Karachi,law and order issues need to be taken care

  16. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    No cheap broadband is anticipated for another 2,3 years in Pakistan unless some breakthrough happens.

  17. Zainuddin Zafar (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    and who was the idiot laughing on my comment? check this out you loser:

  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

    I think Zainuddin zafar is Wateen Employee and he had already broken news about new projects by Wateen:D

    by the way,why dont I find hotspot news on wateen website?

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