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Thursday, September 17, 2009

PTCL introduces wireless broadband service: PTCL EVDO



We heard of it long ago and finally it is here. For those who don’t know about it, PTCL EVDO is the wireless broadband service by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited(PTCL), the largest voice and data network of Pakistan. Though it is not launched officially but it is available for friendly user trials(FUT) via PTCL Corporate Customer Care (CCC) Centers or One Stop Shops (OSS) in Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore.

What is EVDO?


Evolution-Data Optimized or Evolution-Data only, abbreviated as EV-DO or EVDO and often EV, is a telecommunications standard for the wireless transmission of data through radio signals, typically for broadband Internet access. It uses multiplexing techniques including Code division multiple access (CDMA) as well as Time division multiple access (TDMA) to maximize both individual user’s throughput and the overall system throughput. It is standardized by 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) as part of the CDMA2000 family of standards and has been adopted by many mobile phone service providers around the world – particularly those previously employing CDMA networks. It is also used on the Globalstar satellite phone network.

PTCL is using CDMA EVDO Rev.A technology, which means speed can go up to 3.1Mbps
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What is the Tariff?

If we check through the official PTCL EVDO page we get no clue about tariff. Most possible reason is that it is not yet officially launched. However contacting there Islamabad CCC, I came to know that it is a shared broadband service for Rs.2500/month and speed can vary depending on location and number of customers using PTCL EVDO in a particular area. Additionally the EVDO card only works with laptops since it fits in PCMCIA slot. The site also states that USB EVDO cards would be available soon, means one can use it on a PC too.
Personally I guess this service will be yet another huge success for PTCL after their Broadband Pakistan service. I am not sure about the set up required to provide EVDO service. If it is not that much complicated, PTCL can widen its broadband services to rural areas. Even my native villagers are starving for a broadband service.

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