Dutch telecom company, Augere, has announced that it will invest $10 million in order to improve internet infrastructure and services for the corporate sector of the country.
Chief Executive Officer Nasir Khan Jamal in a press conference on Tuesday said that Augere will launch Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology in 11 cities of Pakistan.
Augere will become the first company to deploy Corporate LTE technology in the country that is equivalent to 4G. The telecom company is already providing its 4G services in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad and will upgrade to LTE in these cities. Augere will invest $3 million in these cities to upgrade their current infrastructure.
The current WIMAX network in these cities will be upgraded to LTE by the end of 2017. Apart from this, Corporate LTE service will also be launched in Hyderabad, Peshawar, Sukkur, Sialkot, Sargodha, Quetta, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Faislabad, Gujrat, and Gujranwala. Augere has already contacted mobile phone companies to share their antenna towers for their Corporate LTE service.
Companies often find it difficult to find internet service providers in Pakistan that can provide high speed and uninterrupted internet connection. Augere is providing just what these companies need with its LTE. Nasir Khan Jamal said that the company is capable of delivering speed of 100mbps per customer.
Augere has been present in Pakistan since 2010 under the name of Qubee, and is already serving media houses, SMES, banks, and FMCGs. The company sees the corporate sector as a market that can be tapped by providing high speed internet connection with unlimited volume, something that other internet service providers have failed to provide over the years.
Augere will also provide 24/7 Corporate Service Desk to ensure complete satisfaction of its corporate customers. Another advantage that the company will have on its competitors is the setup time required for LTE. Jamal Khan says LTE can be deployed in less than an hour only.
While internet service providers usually provide only internet service, Augere will be providing one stop solution for its corporate customers through branch connectivity, IP transit, data center, and IoT solutions to name a few.
LTE is currently only available on mobile phones in Pakistan, and telecom companies have so far been unable to provide the speed desired by the corporate sector.