Zong 4G is the subsidiary of China Mobile and started providing the services of GSM from 2008 in the country. It is the second largest GSM service provider in Pakistan and owns 21% share of the country with around 34 million users.
Zong originally started operations in 1991 with the name of Paktel. It used to provide cable and wireless services and continued these services till 2004. It got the GSM license in 2004. In 2003, Millicom bought Paktel from cable and wireless company. Millicom were the owners of Instaphone at the time. John Tumelty, who was the CEO of Instaphone was appointed as the head of the management team.
On 22nd January 2007, Millicom sold 88.86 shares of Paktel to China Mobile for an amount of $284 Million. Therefore, the name of Paktel was changed to China Mobile Pakistan which was then rebranded to Zong in April 2008.
China Mobile has already invested around 2 billion USD for the infrastructure and is planning to invest another 1 billion USD in order to roll out the new services. In order to show responsibility to the environment, it has installed converted various stations that run on solar power in different locations all over the country. With around 10,000 base stations all across the country, it is the third largest service provider in Pakistan.
Zong were the pioneers of the 4G services in Pakistan and have been successful in continuing their legacy by successfully testing 5G services in Islamabad on 22nd August 2019.
It is the first mobile network in Pakistan that also provide FTTH (Fiber-To-The-Home) broadband internet. The service is only available in limited areas of Karachi but are planned to be provided all over the country.
Awards and achievements
In 2013, it was recognized as the fastest growing mobile network by the president of Pakistan. It has also received the award for being the best data network in Pakistan by PTA in 2016.
Various projects have been launched by Zong in the country to show the corporate responsibility including fight against polio in partnership with UNICEF, awareness about blood donation, scholarships to students in UET, breast cancer drive and various other activities as well.
It has also partnered with Manchester United F.C for 3 years so that the fans of the English football club can watch all the goals, exclusive interviews, news and BTS access to meet their stars.