WiMax fever sweeping Pakistan!?

The news of Wateen telecom bringing their WiMax network in Pakistan really hit it big recently. With all the talk of the largest wimax network in the world… it was going to be something to behold. In all the hub-bub though.. this news slipped through the cracks.

Dancom Pakistan, a division of Dancom malaysia, together with Redline communications, has already launched the first Commercial wimax network in pakistan. “In the first wave of RedMAX‚Ñ¢ deployments, WiMAX networks will be established in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Multan. These will be followed by WiMAX networks in Quetta, Peshawar, Guiranwala, Sialkot and other regions throughout the country. Redline and its RedMAX products are represented in Pakistan by SARCORP, a leading Technology Solutions Provider.“.

I wonder what sort of services can we expect from them? true broadband internet at affordable rate would be a good start :D

Credit goes to Asim at Pakblogs.com.
Another article on wiredpakistan.net (pretty thorough and a good read).

11 Comments so far

  1. verysmart (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    I reviewed Redline’s WIMAX range for a customer in Islamabad, two years ago, it hasnt thrilled me a lot. Its not a true urban WIMAX system. More of a campus solution, which means the requirement of a fixed backbone transport network increases a lot more.

    This leads to the fact that service will be sparsily available in areas where PTCL or third party fiber access network is not richly present, or the fiber is “dark” (inactive)

    So the success of the project depends very heavily on the backbone network partner’s service and availability.

    Anyways, something is much better than nothing. I hope very soon I can blog on KMB from my PSP while dinning at Boat Basin!


  2. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    Versmart: I am sure things have come a long way in wimax technology in the last two years.

    I have also heard Burraq Telecom was to launch a WiMax in August. And another story/rumour was that wateen cancelled its wimax contract with motorola. The speed that the companies are aiming for is 256 kbps which is 4-5 times better than conventional dialup. I hope they are all reasonably priced.


  3. Kashif (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 10:08 am

    VerySmart: Can you point to a comparative cost/benefit study of the various solutions available in Pakistan? We have got an ISDN with dialup as backup but are looking for cost-effective and efficient alternatives.

    Thanks in advance :)

    Kashif


  4. verysmart (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    well WIMAX is a standard, and cant be developed unless they release sub-versions such A, B etc.

    But Redline as a product has not advanced from where it was 2 years ago, i have just checked their product line again.

    I am more of fan of Motorola series, not because of the brand, but they have some serious urban stuff. Thats why I am looking forward to Warid’s network. Plus the man incharge of Warid’s WLL, Mr. Tarique Qureshi is a pure legend and a great visionary, he left his job as a founding director of a US telecom equipment vendor Luminous, and joined Warid, he has some real exciting plans.


  5. verysmart (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    Kashif,
    I am out of Pakistani market for nearly two years now, so cant update you on prices.

    It depends where are u stationed in Karachi, and wht data rates you require, there are quite a few solutions available in the city where private network operators are providing even fiber-to-the-building (FTTB).

    WorldCall http://www.magic.net.pk/broadband/ and Satcomm http://www.connect2b.net/ are present in most of the main areas.

    Again, ask yourself a few questions, how important this connection is going to be for you? how much money are you willing to pay? do you really require it? how severely do you require a backup option?


  6. SCHAWLAF (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    Satcomm and World Call are total screwups and expensives , i had experience with all of them , SAtcomm tends to die daily especially between 1 am and 1:15 am and numerous times during the day ,while World Call has the most pathetic customer service i have ever experienced . I have moved to multinet , their intial installation cost is a bit steep ( Rs 10,000 ) but they gave me 256kbps connection at Rs2000 per month on ADSL ( i get download speed between 27-29 KB/s) with no interuptions in service and even replaced my modem for free after it died due to KESC , fantastic customer service and very quick response , let’s see what the Wimax brings


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    whoever brings WiMax first,unless they comeup with cheap rates,its not gonna be successful.


  8. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    @VerySmart: updating your blog from your PSP at Boat Basin? Forget it man, that thing would be snatched faster than you can say WiMax. Not a VerySmart thing to do, IMHO.


  9. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    Multinet :
    can you paste there contact info ??
    if its DSL it should be everywhere but it doesnt work that way here.. by any chance does anyone know who would best for west wharf road =D


  10. Kashif (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    What about the wireless solutions like GO or PTCL Wireless? Is their performance comparable with dialup?


  11. mansoor (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    PTCL wireless works good… sometimes, but you have to get the external antenna for it.

    as for go.. i havent heard anything but complains about it… so dont know.



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