Pakistan generally isn't a name that comes to mind when it comes to the latest in next-generation communications, and not without reason. That's a perception that's being rapidly challenged, though, and a new development from Wi-Tribe puts at least parts of Pakistan on par with some of the greats.
The new development featured Wi-Tribe installing 4.5G-supported equipment in Islamabad, part of a larger development embarked upon with Huawei (News - Alert) of China, in an agreement valued at $15 million. The agreement called for sufficient upgrades to take place in a minimum of five cities, including not only Islamabad, but also Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.
This agreement in turn is said to be part of a larger investment program engaged in by Wi-Tribe, valued at a hefty $50 million. In turn, the new technology is set to be tested first at the Head Office in Islamabad, with plans to fully activate the system across the entire city once the first successful tests are concluded. Wi-Tribe is said to be out in front of developments in this field, bringing not only the first 4.5G access to Pakistan, but also the first 3.5 GHz deployment to be seen in either South Asia or the Middle East, giving Wi-Tribe an excellent market position.
Once complete, reports suggest, the system will be able to deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps per household by the end of 2017. By the end of 2018, meanwhile, that speed should be doubled, and further doubled once more to reach 400 Mbps by 2019's end. Wi-Tribe expects the first stage to go live by June, offering an impressive connection package by most any reckoning.
The need for bandwidth doesn't stop when you leave the United States, and all those developments that make bandwidth desirable here makes it desirable everywhere else. That's good news for service providers, because it likely doesn't matter where you are, you'll want to watch some streaming video or engage in a video conference or do any of a hundred other things that next generation communications allow users to do as readily as eating a sandwich.
Thus, those who can provide the best network to use these systems will likely come out ahead in the long run with new customers and old ones unwilling to switch. That means a solid market, and Wi-Tribe looks to have made excellent preparations to preserve its operations going forward.
Edited by Alicia Young