In what is believed to be the largest WiMAX network of its kind, Motorola has been selected as primary supplier to Pakistan’s Wateen Telecom, part of Warid Telecom International, to plan, design and deploy a nationwide WiMAX network.
Sounds impressive right? Pictures below are the actual result of all of this (view from my porch).
Wateen has been digging up the Defence neighborhood for a couple of months now (since we’re lucky enough to be the first to receive their WiMAX based services). They’ve finally reached where I live. This is the second time we’ve had our lawn dug up, first it was WorldCall a few years back, now Wateen. Why don’t the DHA people make some dedicated underground cabling system or something, so that whenever a new telecom company wants to start their services, they don’t have dig up everything in sight? That’s the beauty of living in Pakistan, there’s no planning whatsoever … always be prepared to get showel’d (if there’s such a word).
Another thought, if WiMAX is supposed to be wireless, why the heck are they installing underground wires. Shouldn’t there be signal towers like GSM or something???
On a serious note though, services by Wateen should be awesome. It’s great to see that Pakistan was considered to be the first to have the largest WiMAX network in the world. Hats off to our Telecom Industry, which has shown insane growth in the past couple of years. For more news on Wateen and other next gen IT stuff happening in Pakistan, check out this blog.