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February 02, 2010

Pakistan Telecom Launched Wi-Fi Facility with Fixed Line Broadband Service

By Hans Lewis, TMCnet Contributor

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd., or “PTCL,” has launched a Wi-Fi facility with its fixed line broadband service that will give the PTCL Broadband customers the ability to use high speed and secure broadband services anywhere in the house.
This service will provide wire free connectivity to all Wi-Fi enabled devices like desktops, laptops, PSP, cell phones etc with strong Wi-Fi signals up to 54MBPS, with a secure password which enables protection to avoid any misuse.
PTCL is offering this customer friendly Wi-Fi service at an additional charge of only Rs 200 per month. However, the service has no extra cost for the customers having Broadband with the smart TV service. The package also includes a Wi-Fi USB to enable customer's desktop pc to be used on the Wi-Fi service.
“By launching this service, PTCL again has reinforced its commitment to provide our customers with updated technology at value added cost and with no additional cost for Broadband customers with smart TV service,” Naveed Saeed, of SEVP Commercial, said. “This is another milestone towards reinforcing positive image of PTCL Broadband as a customer centric organization.”
EVP Multimedia and broadband, Syed Zomma Mohiuddin said that the aim of launching this service was to make the fixed line broadband service available to multiple people in the house at the same time on a single connection, thereby providing users with the fastest Broadband connectivity with the added convenience of roaming anywhere within in the house.
PTCL is the largest telecommunication provider in Pakistan with employee strength of 30,089 and around 4 million land line customer base. It continues to be the largest Core Division Multiple Access operator in the country with 0.8 million V-fone customers and PTCL also has the largest WLL network with a capacity of 2.8 M covering over 10,000 urban and rural areas.
Keeping that in mind, PTCL broadband is the largest and the fastest growing broadband services in Pakistan, with over 150.000 broadband customers in over 150 cities and towns all over the country. PTCL's IPTV (News - Alert) service, or smart TV, brought Pakistan in the list of a few countries across the globe that offers this state of the art interactive TV service.
Moreover, the company maintains a leading position in Pakistan as an infrastructure provider to other telecom operators and corporate customers of the country. It is an instrumental agent in Pakistan's economic growth. PTCL has laid optical fiber Access network in the major metropolitan centers of Pakistan and it has modernized and upgraded the local loop services from copper to optical fiber network. For further information please visit: www.ptcl.com
In April 2006, Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, commonly known as Etisalat (News - Alert), acquired 26 percent shares of PTCL. Etisalat has been the telecommunications service provider in the UAE since 1976 and stands 140th among the Financial Times (News - Alert) Top 500 Corporations in the world in terms of market capitalization, and is ranked as the 6th largest company in the Middle East in terms of capitalization and revenues.
Etisalat is currently operating in 14 countries namely UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Niger, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Tanzania, Bukina Paso, Gabon, and Central African Republic and is continuing to pursue new mobile and fixed line opportunities in many growth markets.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire