Tele-Communication issues

no network coverage
message not sent
system busy
message failed

All of this will happen tomorrow so Eid Mubarak before the networks get jammed.

This year I havent faced problems with my cellular service provider except for the occasional hiccup but the above text message which I received a day before eid pretty much sums up last year’s network jam which led to no calls or text messages going through on chand raat and the first day of eid.

If you’ve faced these problems this eid, share your stories.

19 Comments so far

  1. Kar-Achi Battian (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    Does anybody have experience of Using BlackBerry service from Mobilink in Karachi.

    Is there any chance any other company is offering the service in near future.

    Sorry for diverting from the topic a bit. May be we should start a seperate discussion thread on this.

  2. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    Mate, broadband is so expensive in Pakistan, blackberries are a far fecthed thing…

    Anyone knows of good broadbankd deals in Pakistan? Id need access when im in Pk for 2 months.



  3. Farhan (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    Regarding connectivity , mobilink as usual acted as May-be-Link , I have now shifted to Warid for my daily calls , much better connectivity but no unlimited GPRS like Mobilink offers , heard they will start it in November .

    @ Karachi Batain – Blackberry by Mobilink is way too expensive , Rs 1500 just to check email , its better to get their unlimited GPRS deal at Rs500 and setup your mobile to check your POP3 email after every 5 – 10 min , you can even define how many KB per mail it should download ( my experience is limited to Nokia 6680 , Nokia E61 and Nokia E70 )- Read my blog if you require more info about E61

    @ Aussie-Pak – Broadband is now relatively cheap in Pakistan , Worldcall offers 128kbps at Rs1450 , 100kbps @ Rs900 , Satcomm offers 128kbps @ Rs. 1800 ,( I have used both and they both suck at customer service and outages of Sattcomm are normal ) the best deal I have is from Multinet a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia , Rs. 2000 for 256kbps ( a constant download speed of 28Kb/s ) however their installation charges are very steep @ Rs.10,000 but no outages and excellent customer support . An alternative which my collegues are using is PTCL Wireless they say it cost Rs 5- 10 per hour and have a download speed of 18kb/s all over KArachi . I never used it so no experience with that .

  4. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    The world is shifting(has shifted) to EDGE and we are still waiting some true GPRS deals here :( The other day i was browsing Verizon DSL website and what they are offering is not possible in our lifetimes in Pakistan(IMHO). The deal is 1800 Rs per month 3 Mega bit per second dedicated ( yes no sharing ).

  5. turab (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    after 3 days of busy signal and dropped line, we finally got to karachi from canada ………. :(

  6. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 2:54 pm


    The service you mentioned seemed alright, better than prices I got my hands on. Rs 10,000 – to set up is just crazy….Its half the cost here and since I’m in Pakistan for only 2 months, wont be worth it. So how are the “Cable” services?

  7. Farhan (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    Can’t say anything about cable services , everyone offers services as per the locality

    @ Abdul Sami , in 1999 , I was getting 128kbps for $ 50 at my apartment in Michigan , at the same time it was $ 0.2 – $.4 / hr in Karachi for a lame 4 -5 kbps , busy signal line dropping connection , Pakistan is improving on net offerings , Warid / Wateen telecom are soon going to launch WiMAX in KArachi , can’t comment about the price . For EDGE , I believe Telenor is offering it though I never tried it and Mobilink is offering it in Islamabad only , again the masses want GPRS for MMS only , very few people will make the good use of EDGE , now the time is for 3G , why MMS when you can have Video Conference through cell phone

  8. verysmart (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

    Please please guys … dont start comparing the bandwidth rates in Pakistan with other countries… government cant do anything about it. Its just a pure case of Supply and demand. we dont have enough fibers connecting pakistan to the world under the sea and on the land. thats why international bandwidth rates are soo steeep.

    Most new broadband companies have good technologies to offer last mile bandwidth to your desk now, but the bandwidth rates are too much to offer you guys 512Kbps or 1 Mbps services.. you just wont be able to afford it anyways (2 mbps international bandwidth is US$900 per month currently offered by TW1 aka Saiftel through submarine fiber)

    On the note of Mobile network Jams…. this year the service was much much better coz mobilink has connected some of its BSCs over fiber and will continue to connect all 24 of them. similarly Warid’s sister-concern Wateen is also doing the same for them. Earlier BSCs were connected with each other and with the MSCs through over the air E1 (multiple of 2Mbps) links.

    If Warid and Mobilink gets fiber the problem will be solved for all the others too, since one end of the communication bottle neck will be open always.

    So Happy SMSing!

  9. Adil (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 7:43 pm

    Use Telenor EDGE. It’s almost as fast as DSL. And that’s the reason they don’t have an unlimited package – it’ll clog their network. So it’s Rs.15/min but for push e-mail, web browsing on your phone or laptop while travelling, it’s great. Have Multinet 256kbps CIR at home for Rs.999 (special deal). Very reliable, but it’s volume based till 2 GB.

  10. Muhammad Ali Yaqoob (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    Speaking of Internet and broadband .. here is good news for you all

  11. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    @Farhan: rates here are due to monopolistic behaviour by bandwidth providers (only 2 currently PTCL and TWA). We need bandwidth providers here, the healthy compettion will drop the prices.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    @Sami: what is TWA? Thuraya?

    Noone talked about Cybernet DSL. Would anyone like to say few words about it? I am actually willing get a DSL connection for home so needs inputs by different service users.

  13. verysmart (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    Dear Sami

    believe me recently the market is very very elastic and the monopolistic behaviour is gone already .. by the way another big news.. multinet is about to terminate international bandwidth of its own courtesy malaysia telekom, and the news is that they are going to be very very aggressive. I heard someone talkign abt US$500 per 2 Mbps

  14. Farhan (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 1:44 am

    Cybernet DSL is expensive , they charge by volume i.e per GB rates , my monthly usage is around 25 gbs which will kill my budget on Cybernet ( i download my movies than renting them ) ,

    @ Adil , how you got Rs999 from multinet , i am getting 256 CIR @ Rs.2000

  15. Asma (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    As usual … Thanksfully May-Be-Link was link effectively this eid in islamabad at my end :D

    Though telenor and ufone were acting hellishly …!

    – From Islamabad MB

  16. wasiq (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    No issues,grievance or complaints with the tele-communication sector,gov,semi,or private(foreign)…thankyou all i love you too…!

  17. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 5:52 am


    The special deal Rs 999 sounds good! I dont mind 2gig d/l…I know it is less as I generally use 20 gig a month!! But it would do cos it saves on phone and the slow dialup =/!

    What are the installation costs? Also, could you please give me the number of the provider!


  18. MB (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    @ADNAN :
    TWA is Transworld Associates Private Limited.

    And my advice is not to go for Cybernet DSL.But, If you are limited to email & stuff I think then you should go for it else think about alternativest. Can you tell me your requirements so I may help?.

  19. MB (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    alternatives **

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