So you’ve probably heard all these terms being used
on TV, the internet and even heard people discussing them around you. We
take you through each term one by and one and you too can jump right
into the conversation! Let’s start by covering the major differences
between different 'generation' networks. The ‘g’ stands for generation
for anyone who is not well versed with telecom jargon.
We begin with 2G which allowed for voice calls and text messaging. 2G
was followed by 2.5G which has been the mobile network technology in
Pakistan to date i.e. the means by which you have been accessing
internet on your mobile phone so far! The speed is slow which also means
that only a limited number of internet services can be performed
After the auction for 3G and 4G licenses, Pakistan now has both 3rd and
4th generation mobile network technology. 3G will allow high speed
internet access as well as services such as voice and video calling,
file transmission, better internet browsing, video streaming, social
gaming and much more.
4th generation mobile networks or 4G is believed to provide all the
services that 3G does, but the speed will be faster than 3G. At this
point in time, all the smart operators have opted for 3G to utilize the
opportunities that 3G brings which currently are not realistic for 4G.
The reason being that the ecosystem for 4G in Pakistan is very much in
its infancy and thus does not merit an investment in 4G license at this
point in time. Which is why cellular operators like Telenor only bid for
3G at this time.