3G 4G services in Pakistan all you need to know

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday, The government sold off four licences to provide 3G services, which allow broadband-speed internet on mobile phones, and one for superfast 4G connections.

3G = UMTS         (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

4G = LTE               (Long Term Evolution)

The successful bidders for 3G services were Norway’s Telenor, Russian-owned Mobilink, Ufone, owned by the Pakistani government, and Zong — part of China Mobile.


3G License Winners:

Mobilink has won 10-Mhz block on 2100-MHz band.

Telenor has won 5-Mhz block on 2100-MHz band.

Ufone has won 5-Mhz block on 2100-MHz band.

Zong has won 10-Mhz block on 2100-MHz band.

4G License Winners:

Zong has won 10-MHz block on 1800-MHz band .

2G  allowed us to use Text Messages (SMS), Picture messages (MMS) and Internet (WAP) all though it being rather slow.

3G  brought us Video Calling and Faster Internet. Broadband speeds at the time, but again we wanted more.

WCDMA (Wide Band Code Division Multiple Access) or UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone System) – this standard has been developed to accept higher rates up to 2 Mbps (to 2 Mbps (local area access) or 384 Kbps (wide area access)) allowing to surf the net, use the videophone, download video…WCDMA is a third-generation (3G) mobile wireless technology.

4G is 4th Generation Network which will enable us to go even faster on our mobiles and mobile dongles. Possible speeds achievable are 300Mbs download and 75Mbs Upload.

2G -3G -4G Speed Comparisons


Does your smartphone supports 2G,3G or 4G ?

So why can some phones work on 4G, 3G and 2G,

Well its all to do with the frequency they are run on and your Receiver Microchip in your phone.

Is way to explain is like a radio in the house or in the car.

There is FM, MW(AM), LW, SW (and others)

Some Radios can only pick up FM, MW(AM)

Some Radios pick up them all.

Mobile phones are no different, but they are called frequencies or Airwaves.

To check which phone supports 3G ( 2100 MHz Band ) see list below 

Samsung Galaxy S5

Nokia X

Motorola Moto G

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

HTC One (M8)

Sony Xperia Z2

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

Sony Xperia C

Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 S7582

Sony Xperia M

Samsung Galaxy Core I8260
Nokia XL

Sony Xperia Z

LG Nexus 5

Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562

Apple iPhone 5s

Nokia Lumia 520

Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra


Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

Samsung Galaxy Beam2

Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082

Sony Xperia L


Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

HTC Desire 816

Sony Xperia M2

Apple iPhone 4s

Apple iPhone 5

Motorola Moto X

HTC Desire 210 dual sim

BlackBerry Z10

Nokia Lumia 625

Sony Xperia SP

Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Nokia Lumia 930

Apple iPhone 4

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Dual SIM

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Nokia Lumia 1520

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Nokia Lumia 525

Samsung Galaxy Trend II Duos S7572

Sony Xperia M2 dual

Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

Sony Xperia E1

LG G Pro 2

Nokia Lumia 1320

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual

Sony Xperia E

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

Samsung Galaxy Y S5360

List of 4G (1800 MHz) supported smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

HTC One (M8)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z

LG Nexus 5

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra


Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100


HTC Desire 816

Sony Xperia M2

Apple iPhone 5

Motorola Moto X

BlackBerry Z10

Nokia Lumia 625

Sony Xperia SP

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Nokia Lumia 930

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Nokia Lumia 1520

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

LG G Pro 2

Nokia Lumia 1320

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

Sony Xperia Z Ultra


Nokia Lumia 1020

Oppo Find 7

Nokia Lumia 925

Sony Xperia ZR

Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

HTC One mini

Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia V

LG G Flex

HTC One Max

BlackBerry Z30

LG Optimus G Pro E985

Sony Xperia ZL

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 635

BlackBerry Q5

HTC Desire 610

LG Optimus G E975

HTC Desire 601

Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Samsung I9305 Galaxy S III

Samsung I9506 Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Oppo Find 7a

Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Samsung Galaxy J

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE

LG G2 mini LTE

Nokia Lumia 2520

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5220

HTC Butterfly S

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE

Samsung Galaxy Express 2

BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982

Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular

Huawei Ascend G6 4G

Samsung Galaxy Round G910S

3G Supported Smartphones by Qmobile

Qmobile Quatro Z4

Qmobile Noir V5

Qmobile Noir V4

Qmobile Noir A750

Qmobile Tablet X50

Qmobile Quatro Z4 Mini

Qmobile Quatro Z3

Qmobile Noir A950

Qmobile Noir A700

Qmobile Noir A910

Qmobile Noir A600

Qmobile NOir A650

Qmobile NOir A900

Qmobile Noir A12

Qmobile Noir A15 3D

Qmobile Noir A10 Quad-core

Qmobile Tablet Q800

QMobile Noir A550

Qmobile Noir A9

Qmobile Noir A20

Qmobile Noir A10

QMobile Noir A500

Qmobile Noir A10 Lite

Qmobile Tablet Q300

Qmobile Noir A11

Qmobile Noir A70

Qmobile Noir A80

Qmobile Noir A51

Qmobile Noir A60

Qmobile Tablet Q100

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  1. if mobile specs are as below; can that be used on 3G and 4G in Pakistan plz?
    Cellular Networks:GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850 (B5), UMTS1900 (B2), UMTS2100 (B1), 4G LTE TDD 1900/2300/2500/2600, 4G LTE FDD 1800/2600
    Cellular Data Links:GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, 4G LTE TDD, 4G LTE FDD

  2. I have i9505 . 4G was working fine. I restored the phone for few issues. After then 4G is not working at all.
    CSC code: BTU

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