Four years after it launched its network, Pakistan's Warid Telecom says that it has commissioned its 6,000 base station. As a result Warid is now able to provide GSM services to more than 6000 cities, towns and villages and is covering more than 12000 Km of highways and major roads; across the country.
Figures from the Mobile World report that the operator ended Q1 '09 with just under 17.4 million customers, and a market share of 19%.
According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the country had overall 26,300 cellular cities by the end of 2008. The country's five operators have added 8,966 networking sites in the first half of the current fiscal year 2008-09.
Rival operator, and China Mobile's Pakistani subsidiary, Zong recently said that it planning to spend up to US$500 million by the end of this year to double the number of base stations it operates from 4,5000 to around 9,000 by the year-end.