Warid Telecom launches LTE services in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Warid Telecom has launched LTE services in six cities across the country.

The service will initially be available in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala, with free trials available to its customers for seven days.

Warid will invest approximately $500 million over the next five years as it expands its network to cover 10 more cities within the next 10 months, and 20 cities in the next 20 months. Ericsson will be its sole technology partner for the rollout of its LTE network. 

“We have always remained at the forefront of innovation: our decision to transform directly from 2G to LTE technology is a reflection of this spirit of innovation,” said Muneer Farooqui, Warid Telecom’s CEO. 

Outlining his ambitions for 2015, he said that the company will continue to “invest in premium technologies and network infrastructure”.

Warid was the only mobile operator in the country which did not participate in the government’s 3G and 4G spectrum auction in April this year. China Mobile (Zong) was the only one of four mobile operators to successfully bid for 4G spectrum