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ISLAMABAD: WiMax networks and wireless broadband services have been commercially launched across the country achieving a new milestone in the telecom sector of Pakistan.
According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the launch of commercial WiMax services has positioned Pakistan as a leader in the region to initiate wireless broadband services that will be available to its consumers nationwide. Other regional countries, including India, are yet to offer such services and analysts believe these countries may take a considerable time to reach the position that Pakistan has attained.
WiMax is the latest, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recognised, 3G technology capable of providing voice, broadband data and commercial video telephony services. With the launch of WiMax services in Pakistan, the subscribers to this service will be able to make video calls, telephony through special handsets while callers will be able to see live video/picture of each other in addition to voice conversation.
The users will also enjoy wireless broadband services and will be able to use Internet at a much faster speed as compared to normal dialup Internet services or fixed line broadband services.
The operators also aim to provide broadband data solution for corporate users in Pakistan. At present, Wateen Telecom, an international telecom player, is offering commercial WiMax services in most parts of the country.
Mytel, a local operator in Peshawar, has also launched commercial operation of WiMax in Peshawar. On the same front, other wireless local loop operators including Burraq, PTCL, Z-WLL and Cyber Internet are busy in deploying WiMax networks. All of these operators are in their testing phase and will soon be able to offer commercial WiMax services in the country.