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Warid seeks permission to start 4G LTE; PTA asks to submit request

ISLAMABAD: Warid Telecom has requested Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to start 4G LTE service on its obtained cellular mobile license, spokesman PTA said.

According to Spoekman PTA that the telecom authority held a meeting on Monday to review the request of Warid telecom and decided that the submitted application for the launch of 4G service was not up to the mark. The PTA, while seeking details of the spectrum that is under Warid’s use, has asked the mobile network operator to submit a fresh application in this regard.

Warid had previously already obtained a spectrum that would allow the roll-out of 4G. 

The PTA said that it has received a letter from Warid Telecom explaining their desire to launch 4G/LTE services on their existing cellular mobile licence issued to them in 2004.

According to spokesman of PTA, the Company’s existing license is technology neutral but is not service neutral, which means the company would have to share all details of its new services prior to their launch.

The spokesperson further said that the existing license of Warid, which it acquired in 2004, is technology-neutral but it does not provide any Quality of Service (QoS) parameters and service Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) for 4G /LTE services.

The PTA has asked Warid to send in a proper request as well as provide their detailed information and technical plan.

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