Jazz (mobile network operator)
dunya ko bataa do (lit. "tell the world")
|Industry||Telephony and Internet|
|Founded||1994 as a joint venture between Saif Group and Motorola Inc|
|Aamir Hafeez Ibrahim (CEO)|
|Products||Mobile telephony |
Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited, doing business as Jazz, (Urdu: جیز) is a Pakistani mobile network and internet services provider in Pakistan formed by the merger of Mobilink and Warid. It provides a range of services for prepaid and postpaid customers to individual and corporate clients. Its Head Office is located in Islamabad, and the current CEO is Aamir Ibrahim.
Formerly known as Mobilink, the company was founded in 1994 as a joint venture between Saif Group and Motorola Inc. In February 2001, Egypt based Orascom Telecom Holding bought Motorola’s shares in Mobilink to become the majority shareholder with 69% control. Then in June 2007, Orascom further purchased the remaining shares under Saif Group’s control to become Mobilink’s 100% owner.
In 2010, European operator Vimpelcom (now VEON Ltd.) agreed to acquire most of the telecom assets of Orascom, including Mobilink, in a $6.5 billion deal, creating the world’s fifth largest mobile network operator by subscriber base.
In November 2015, Vimpelcom announced the 100% acquisition of Pakistan’s Warid Telecom, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Group. Completed in July 2016 after due approvals, the first ever local telecom company acquisition created a combined subscriber base of 50 million. Following this merger, Mobilink was officially rebranded to Jazz in 2017.
Jazz has over 12500 active cell sites in the country, with over 25,000 kilometers of Fiber Optic cable laid. Huawei, Nokia-Siemens, and ZTE are the primary vendors for networking equipment at Jazz, including Radio Base Stations, Microwave equipment and network switches. Jazz has invested over 9 billion US Dollars in Pakistan till date.
In March 2017, Jazz inaugurated their new state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), it uses IBM and Dell EMC to manage day-to-day network operations and provides the company with 24x7 network surveillance.
Radio Frequency Summary
|900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE||2G||12.4 MHz (9.4 MHz where refarmed for 4G)|
|1800 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE||2G||9.8 MHz|
|2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+||1||3G||10 MHz|
|1800 MHz||LTE/LTE-A||3||4G||15 MHz / 20 MHz (in major cities only)|
|900 MHz||LTE/LTE-A||8||4G||3 MHz (CA with B3 in Islamabad metropolis only)|
Mobilink's participation in the 2014 NGMS Auction held by PTA allowed them to bid for the 3G license, which included a 10 MHz block in the 2100 MHz band. In July 2014, they announced that they would have the country's largest network with over 10,000 3G and 9,000 4G ready cell sites. Mobilink did not bid for any LTE spectrum in the 2014 NGMS auction.
Post-merger with Warid, Jazz was able to use Warid's technology-neutral license allowing them to become an LTE network using a 5 MHz block in the 1800 MHz band.
Spectrum refarming is also planned to allow more spectrum to be allocated to LTE, thus allowing Jazz to stay in competition with Zong.
In May 2017, Jazz won the 2017 NGMS auction held by PTA. This includes a 10 MHz block in the 1800 MHz (FDD-LTE Band 3) frequency to be used for Jazz LTE, whereas the current 5 MHz block is Warid's spectrum that is unlikely to have its license renewed in the future.
The newly awarded spectrum and 5 MHz of Jazz's existing spectrum in the 1800 MHz band will be made active nationwide by the end of 2017, Jazz is currently in the process of upgrading their LTE network in many cities across the country, whilst also removing old Warid equipment. The network has already been upgraded in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Chiniot, Quetta and Mianwali.
LTE-A / 4G+ launch
Jazz has refarmed a 3 MHz block from its 900 MHz spectrum for carrier aggregation with their existing 1800 MHz LTE spectrum. The new LTE-A network will be rolled out in Islamabad to cater for growing demand. This makes them the second carrier after Telenor Pakistan to officially launch LTE-A in the country.
Jazz had partnered with Mobilink Microfinance Banking to make an entry into the branchless banking market, initially launched under the MobiCash brand name, it was later changed to JazzCash. It is a direct competitor to Telenor's Easypaisa. It allows users to pay bills, send and receive money and purchase top-ups for prepaid mobile numbers.
It also has an application available on the Google Play Store that allows users easier access to the JazzCash portal, rather than using the USSD menu to conduct transactions.
Jazz Business - Enterprise Solutions
Jazz Business is the business services division at Jazz providing a host of services to various businesses, so they can perform better. The idea is to help these businesses improve efficiency and effectiveness in communications, resource management and customer services. Through 360-degree ICT solutions, covering Mobility, M2M and Cloud services, Jazz Business offers a 'One Window' solution for truly customized B2B services.
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