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Twin Technologies

Pakistan enters the new era of latest technologies. The long-awaited auction of Pakistan’s digital spectrum 3G and 4G opened the door for next-generation communication technology in the country. With this high velocity internet service, there will be a remarkable steep advance in the outcome of technological activities of the country.

Mobile users in Pakistan remain searching for newer, faster and better technologies. Thus, the need to be at par with the rest of the world has urged the industry to take further steps at a faster rate. Cellular companies are now offering customers the wonders of 3G (Third Generation) and 4G (Fourth Generation) networks.

A look at the benefits of the twin technologies reveals that in terms of speed, 3G technology should allow a user to download a song in one minute while 4G allows transfer at much faster rates; approx 10 times faster than a 3G connection.

The higher transfer rates allow users to have significantly faster internet access, making video phone calls and mobile TV possible. The technology will ensure that browsing YouTube on mobile phones will no longer be akin to viewing a slideshow.

However, the benefits don’t end with entertainment uses. 3G could launch socially useful applications such as e-education, e-medicine and electronic governance which will provide key services to both urban Pakistanis and those living in inaccessible parts of the country. Apart from smart phones, 3G internet can also be used on computers and tablets where broadband isn’t easy available.

It will, hopefully, have a small snowball effect on the economy as well, where new investment, businesses and jobs will be created as a result. This service will generate million of direct and indirect jobs. It will also help improve the productivity and efficiency of government, corporations and individuals.

By 2017, the market share of 3G/4G service is expected to increase by 53%. It has been forecasted that 50% of total connections will be running on 3G/4G service by 2017. The 2G connections are forecasted to decline to 50% by 2017 as users would migrate to 3G/4G services. A 10% shift from 2G to next generation technology leads to 0.15% increase in GDP. With introduction of this technology Smartphone penetration will also increase in Pakistan, which stands currently on 15%.

It is hoped that the beginning of 3G and 4G spectrum technologies will change the dynamics of mobile phones in Pakistan and will pave the way for information technology revolution in Pakistan.

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