Remember when we used to have Paktel? Then China Mobile came & bought it (and renamed it to Thong Zong). Something similar is happening again. This time the largest telecom operator in Pakistan (Mobilink) is merging with Warid (they're practically buying it, but a merger sounds better apparently). It is most likely that Mobilink will retain their name as it is more popular, they will probably borrow that LTE tag from Warid though.
The way i see it, it's not really a good thing. We only had 5 networks to begin with, so now it's gonna be even less options to choose from. Not to forget that less competition means less competitive value/prices.
In any case, it is how it is. The way i see it, Warid customers will gain a lot more network coverage, while losing their high-quality service. Mobilink customers will gain LTE while losing on... nothing. That's the two main cons/pros of each.
I always hated Warid and I love Mobilink for its coverage, support and other customer friendly facilities. Win-win news for me this one.
Next, I hope someone eats Ufone in a similar manner, because that operator is 2nd on my hit-list. The ONLY thing good about Ufone, is its video ads. Rest is junk. Occasionally, even the ads too.
Mobilink service is excellent and high quality, so I fail to understand what loss existing Warid customers will have after the merger will be complete.
Only thing left between 0300 and 0321, is 0312 = zong. Otherwise Mobilink will have a delightful array of prefixes for new customers to choose from, i.e; 0300-0323. Time to speculate on the fate of ZONG in the coming years.
Telecom Politics in place.
I do wonder how much this merger will affect the other players though. I guess we'll find out next year.
Number of subscribers will increase plus 4g license FOC or mobilink its a good deal i think ...
the only way mobilink and warid merger will benefit the merged unity company will be if they treat 0321 and 0300 people as ONE NETWORK.. like one package for all customers.. if they keep packages and rates for warid vs mobilink numbers, then people will shift to the worst class ufone, or the better than ufone Zong as their preferred choice of network..
i dont know how any of this will have an impact on Telenor though.. anyone's guesses??
I'd rather shoot myself in the head than to switch to the piece of #$%# Maybelink network. Warid definitely has the edge over other networks at least in Lahore, will have to consider my options when they're finally gone.
warid infra structure will probably remain intact serving their own series people while mobilink retains their towers...that would make sense.. all they need is software control over both networks, which itself still exists..just mutual interoperatability will be required after merger..
PS : Ufone sucks ass.
Mobilink has been trying to get all the attention it seems: http://images.dawn.com/news/1174496/i-dont-agree-with-being-objectified-for-my-looks-nargis-fakhri-speaks-out-about-controversial-ad
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