Telenor Pakistan in trouble, sues NSN & Huawei

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Published on February 15, 2012 with 1 Comment

Telenor Pakistan in troubleby Staff Reporter

When Pakistan’s telecom regulator is preparing 3G licenses auction, Telenor Pakistan (leading cellular operator) seems to be in trouble as friction between Telenor and vendors has increased over a recent lawsuit. Telenor Pakistan has moved the court against Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Huawei over a dispute related to Telenor’s telecom infrastructure and services rendered by these vendors.

The real reason behind the case is yet to be known but it is generally believed that Telenor Pakistan’s recent contract with ZTE can be the reason behind it.

Industry experts are terming this development a setback for Telenor’s readiness for 3G. “How can you take the risk of 3G rollout when you have bad terms with two leading vendors?” says Kamran Razi, ¬†a senior telecom engineer working at a local subcontracting company that takes projects from Huawei. He further said “This can make Telenor’s bid weaker even if they bid high because they will have to face regulator’s tough questions while competing other operators. 3G licenses will be awarded to few operators and it is expected than more than 10 local and international operators will compete.”

More details will be published here once IT Insight receives lawsuit’s copy.

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  1. Lets see what happens next. If Telenor goes like this with vendors, it will really bring problems for its 3G rollout. But if they’re good with ZTE and they’re relying on ZTE for 3G, then maybe they get smooth sailing. However, then ZTE can blackmail Telenor as Telenor will be isolated because of bad terms with other vendors.

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