Pakistan's Warid Telecom has enlisted Ericsson as its sole supplier to deploy a 2G to 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network, providing subscribers with high speed mobile broadband services.
Announcing the partnership at GITEX technology week in Dubai, Warid is set to become one of first network operators in the world to transform directly from 2G to 4G technology, and in so doing be able to provide data-rich services such as video.
"Warid is gearing up for the 4G LTE launch with the best available network solutions and Ericsson has been committed to provide us with the state-of-art technologies and services," said Muneer Farooqui, CEO, Warid.
"Our strong partnership and working relationship with Ericsson has given us complete trust in its technology and execution, making it the preferred partner for this landmark project as well."
Internal trials have begun to test the network capacity and service reliability, with public trials expected soon. Warid has also started delivering free 4G LTE SIM cards to those subscribers with 4G LTE enabled handsets.
Rafiah Ibrahim, president, Ericsson, Middle East, said: "We are committed to bringing the networked society closer to Pakistan, and to play a role in the evolution of the country's telecommunication services."