Ufone

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Pak Telecom Mobile Limited
Ufone
Subsidiary
Industry Telecommunication
Genre Subsidiary
Founded January 29, 2001
Founder Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd
Headquarters Ufone Tower, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan
Area served
2,336 Cities
All National Highways
All Motorways
Key people
Mr. Rashid Khan, CEO
Products Pre Pay, Post Pay, UPaisa[1]
Revenue Increase Rs.25 billion PKR (2012).[2]
Rs.25 billion PKR (2012)
Rs.2.5 billion PKR (2012)
Owner Etisalat[1]
Parent Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd
Website http://www.ufone.com

Pak Telecom Mobile Limited or Ufone (Urdu: یوفون‎) is a Pakistani GSM cellular service provider. It was the third mobile operator to enter Pakistani market. It started its operations under the brand name of Ufone, in Islamabad on January 29, 2001.

PTML is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. Following PTCL's privatization, Ufone became a part of the Etisalat in 2006.

Ufone is the smallest GSM mobile service provider and least number mobile service in terms of subscriber base of 20 million.[3] It has a market share of 13%, least among all four mobile operators.[4]

Ufone has appointed Rashid Khan as its CEO who was the CEO of Mobilink (now Jazz) from 2008 to 2014.

History[edit]

Ufone Headquarters in Islamabad

The company commenced its operations, under the brand name of Ufone, from Islamabad on January 29, 2001. Ufone became a part of the Emirates Telecommunication Corporation Group (Etisalat) in 2006.

Radio Frequency Summary[edit]

Frequency Protocol Band Class Channel Width
900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G 7.6 MHz (2.6 MHz where refarmed 5 MHz for 3G)
1800 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G 6 MHz
900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+ 8 3G 5 MHz (in select areas)
2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+ 1 3G 5 MHz

Ufone had bid on a 5MHz block of 2100 MHz spectrum in the NGMS auction held in early 2014, however due to rising demand and lack of bandwidth to keep up, in December 2016, Ufone decided to re-farm a portion of its 900 MHz 2G network to 3G (HSPA+), and is now offering 3G over two frequencies to deal with the increasing load on the network. Ufone has only re-farmed their 900 MHz spectrum in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Abbotabad, Sheikhupura and Sialkot.[5][6]

Awards[edit]

Ufone has won Best Telecommunication Service Provider Award at 2012 PAS Awards by Pakistan Advertisers Society.

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