Orange Telecom invests $50-70M in Telecard

Share this Article


Orange Telecom has just recently invested about $50-70M in Telecard. Telecard has been a WLL + LDI company offering a range of call and internet cards, and have also operated the GO-CDMA brand.

image GO CDMA had the tough task of being the first-to-market with a new "innovation" for this market, WLL. Being the first in these cases is hard because you have to bear the entire cost of introducing the new concept to people – your competitors just wait to launch until people understand what this new innovation is and can launch at a fraction of the total communication cost.

At its launch GO-CDMA had done a pretty good job of introducing itself in the market, but low service quality and lack of funds to expand both regionally as well as in services-breadth has left uptake of this service relatively low.

It is unclear what TeleCard will use the investment for, but they might be wise to expand their network to become CDMA2000x-RevA compliant and give reasonable broadband / videophony to consumers.

Do you think its time for video telephony?

Facebook comments:


  • Kalley Berry

    Good news. Hopefully they will give free phone sets.

  • Muhammad Omer

    Video telephony always have opportunity for capture Pakistan market. I agree with you, its difficult to introducing new concept and capture market capital. If marketing strategy take right direction according to regional location then it will not hard for capture market capital and make profit from it.

    Best of luck for both companies.

  • I am not very sure that Orange has any interest in directly investing in Telecard especially given the current investment scenario.

    This ‘news’ probably has its origin in another event in which an ex-Orange executive who has a vision of winning millions of Wimax users worldwide under a single brand name. This company is also planning for operations in Pakistan and needed frequencies in the 3.5Ghz which Telecard was happy to offer them.

    The company is actively searching for top executives in the local market.


  • Shahzad Alam


    Just to clarify, Orange Telecom is not involved in any shape with Telecard. Its, who are headed by ex-Orange CEO Mr. Sanjiv Ahuja.

    Augere has just paid for Telecard’s 3.5GHz spectrum with some % of revenue.

    Augere will have their own technical team just to oversee the deployment by a vendor, who is unfortunately doing vendor financing on BOT basis.

    I hope it clears the situation.


  • BTW, Huawei insiders are claiming that the contract for this particular deal has been finalized with the Chinese giant. Most probably, this will be vendor financed.

    Moreover, the operator is expected to outsource the roll out to the vendor (Huawei).

    On a different but possibly related note, Huawei is searching for new project managers and advertising this in the leading newspapers.

  • Shahzad Alam

    It is totally vendor financed, a widely followed model and combination among new operator, new product and new technology.

    Huawei doesn’t have any commercial Mobile WiMAX network in the world except one small in STC, Saudi which is still in deployment phase.

    Shouldn’t be amazed with results like Wateen WiMAX.


  • adnan cheema



    Adnan cheema

  • There is not a one company, there are three main participants Augere for 3.5GHz, Altimo for Insta & Huawei for technology & equipments providers. I am also seeing TCL will also remain in WWL.

  • No doubt Go cdma is a good company but due to lack of service(sinal) its moral is low. hahaha If the company obtain license of Roaming then

  • Muhammad waqas

    Hi Tee,

    Your comments on ex-orange CEO investment in paksitan is interesting.
    Actually i was looking for some one who can give me info on Sofrecom.
    I have been contacted by some one from sofrecom as consultant for pakistan.

    I am currenty out of pakistan.

    I tried to find out about sofrecom business in pakistan but in vain.Could you please give me some info about their business extent.

    Send ur cmment on my email”” as well.


  • One thing is sure that Orange is not investing, it is Augere owned by Ahuja who is interested to develop broadband network in Pakistan.
    But working in Pakistan needs license and acquiring a Telecard like company is quite difficult as Burraq deals was already prolonged and never got final to acquire Telecard. I beleive there is a legal fight going for it. So this is the last hope for Augere if he can get through this deal successfully.

  • i am working in pakistan’s telecom industry since last 2.6 years and i am looking forward for this inovation in pakistan and hoping that they will create a revolution in pakistan’s telecom web.

  • My company is involved in this business of Telecom in Pakistan since 2003. I hope that they will do some good for the industry.

  • Lets see, a new operator, I hope they have something to do for the inverticals. Most of us are so far focusing on dumb pipes.

  • any intvestment will be a good sign in local troubled market

  • Telecard is not invetsing in GoCDMA since last two years and if any investment of the tune $ 50 million or more is coming to telecard it must be monitored very closely by investors themselves as the current owners are completely dry. The wimax product is excellent for our urban market provided the users will get the promised bandwidth and that could only be done if proper investment is made on expanding network and allied services.
    Best of wishes to Augere Management for there interest in our local market

    Good luck.

  • its a good brek through in telecommunication sector,we hope it will b a customer oriented co.its a life blood investment in a down faling economy.

  • could anyone tell me about Orange telecom involved in 3g or making its own setup in pakistan???

  • could any one tell me about any update regarding sale of telecard to any international telecom player. currently the financial result are showing good trend for TCL. that will attract many companies for the same

  • Telecard has been borrowing huge debts from financial institutions on the claims that it is overhauling its equipments so as to enter into multi-million dollar deal with foreign investors. I don’t think their is any reality in this all. It has been 2 and half years that we have been listening such gossips, but nothing has yet come to the records.

  • Woli,

    I don’t know what exactly you mean by “financial result are showing good trend for TCL”.

    The auditors issued a qualified audit report on account of:
    -capitalization of borrowing costs which do not qualify for capitalization
    – Revaluing intangible assets (WLL licenses) which do not have any ready market and are may not be sold without prior permission of the Pakistani authorities

    Further, the company’s loss per share increased from PKR 1.31 in FY07 to PKR 1.61 in FY08.

    Many other KPI’s i.e. Liquidity, Leverage, Cash Generation, Profitability etc have also deteriorated.

  • Aktar
    u may be right. i am not a financial expert look like u. I am a technical marketer working at Oslo. I met some of their representative at London from LDI dept. coz it was my area of interest. I had a detail discussion on their POP’s technical aspects over UE. The traffic he was talk about was very considerable from last couple of quarters. I remember that was $20m+ cash at that time.
    that is an unauthentic & undocumented info.

  • Mr. Alam you are right .but what about Cybernet have sold out there, now they are planning to dismantle the equipment. is not only wateen or do we include cybernet and interactive. kindly comment

  • Dear Jawad Gondal,

    Thanks for your vision statement. Cybernet WiMAX network is up and running for the market they had plan to target and i hope they still have plans to continue after evaluating their internal “strategy plans” keeping in view competition and Global financial crisis.

    The second part of the question is not properly worded and not clear to me…..but let me comment…..whatever i understand….Wateen WiMAX is going good, they have touched 50K subs. They have parallel plans to increase in building penetration. And as far as Interactive is concerned…..they are flying in their target area…

    Do you want me more to comment on Mobilink Infinity as well? May be next time…

    Glad to know that now you have started spending time on WiMAX when others are looking towards LTE…


  • kindly tell the official Website or Office of Orange telecom in pakistan

  • Hello,

    Friends, my first entry, please welcome me!

  • Actually tele card is not a reliable company because the couruption envolves, no retun to the share holders always in lose…..
    heavy administrative expences low revinue……
    all bull shit………

  • Hi,
    I am looking for official website for Careers

  • Learn quran at home is an excellent program that enable kids, adults and new muslims to Learn quran. have 24-7 classes. We have students in USA, Canada, UK, France, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Ireland and all over the world. We teach 24 hours a day. You can try three FREE no obligation trial lessons to evaluate our online quran learning service. After that you can decide to continue or discontinue Quran learning with us. We have both male and female tutors.


  • Telecard is first company to introduce Wireless Local Loop service in Pakistan & provide instant connections for home users. PTCL’s customers have been very annoyed with the services provided by PTCL like no service, over billing, fixed line rent. I think, WLL companies provide more cost effective services in Pakistan if PTA has support & encourage WLL companies in Pakistan.

Leave a Reply


Recent Posts

  • Events General Mobile Apps Container Run a continuation of politically motivated apps

    Container Run a continuation of politically motivated apps

    First we had Angry Imran which brought smiles and some short lived fun for us during the election campaign. Then came Gullu Butt following the incident of Model Town Lahore, which stayed on top of charts (Pakistan play store) for quite some while. Also Gullu Butt made an update with having the famous “Aam Khaiyga” quote form Aamir Liaqat in which a character resembling Aamir Liaqt throws mangoes and the Gullu Butt character tries to catch them. Gullu butt currently has more than 100,000 Installs

    And now during this extremely politically tense situation which had the whole nation on its toes on 14th August we have another app continuing the …

    Read more →
  • Announcements Featured Startup General aims to help student make better decision regarding their future. aims to help student make better decision regarding their future. aims to solve an age old problem for our students, where to go next?

    If you have just completed your primary school which college to pick, if you have completed your college which university to pick. There has always been lack of information or rather consolidated information regarding these questions. The best source till now has always been relatives and friends (mostly of your parents). So some uncle did CA and made a good living you should talk to him and decide, or daughter of my sister completed her medical and is practicing follow that career.

    The fact that online presence of our existing universities are limited and not …

    Read more →
  • General Mobile Apps Eccentria Technologies launches an app which shoots to the top of the charts

    Eccentria Technologies launches an app which shoots to the top of the charts

    Whoa!! this was quick so Eccentia technologies launched an app a few days ago called “Ajj Kia Pakaen” or what to cook today and today it has reached the top of charts for Pakistani Stores on iTunes and google play store.

    “Ajj Kia Pakaen” is the most common question asked at every house hold in the morning. The ladies of the family have a hard time deciding what to cook for the day. The app has a fun interface and is simple to use, you fire it up, and it gives you an option of what to cook for the day, if you like the option you can check the …

    Read more →
  • Coffee Session General Marketing/Adv Rise of facebook marketing in Pakistan

    Rise of facebook marketing in Pakistan


    Until a few years back we used to have closed groups and forums, which gathered the like minded people and anyone targeting the online audience would tap into that forum and market his/her services. So PakGamers , PakPassion initially even PakWheels used to be driven by members talking about what they loved, people used to create marketing and sales opportunities from within those discussions (so you could get a good router cheap or a gaming PC etc).
    The advent of facebook changed all that, most of the forum goers moved to the new social media. It also made a very attractive market place for some one who does not …

    Read more →
  • General Getting back

    Getting back

    I  have been out of blogging for a long long long time, a lot of things happening on personal front (including a little startup I have ben doing my self). However during my absence I met a lot of people who had followed GreenWhite at its peak, read the articles regularly.

    I had hope there would be some one else who would come ahead and cover everything going on and around us in the local tech world. There are some guys doing a great job, but for some reason I still could not find one source where I can go and read about everything, so my routine usually is to …

    Read more →
  • General Mobile Apps Software & I.T. GeniTeam launches official app for Pakistan Idol

    GeniTeam launches official app for Pakistan Idol

    GeniITeam has successfully launched an official app for PakistanIdol. This is one of the first collaboration between a reality game show and a local app development company. I am sure a lot more would follow. Previously we have seen seenreport becoming the basis of mostly all channels citizen reporting system (Like Geo Dost). This is a healthy sign and with the advent of 3G round the corner it should become a business generator for our local firms.

    App allows you to follow the contestants that you like, promote them, comment on live feedback on an episode. It offers official content from the show since it is developed with partnership with …

    Read more →
  • General 10Pearls and National Geographic Release A Geography Challenge App

    10Pearls and National Geographic Release A Geography Challenge App

    10Pearls, one of the leading Pakistani IT companies, has recently added another feather to its cap. This time, in partnership with National Geographic, 10Pearls has released the new and improved GeoBee Challenge App – an interactive app to challenge and grow the geographic knowledge of the users.

    Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The competition is designed to encourage geography in the classroom, ignite student interest in the world around them, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test …

    Read more →
  • General 10Pearls Spins Off Game Plan8

    10Pearls Spins Off Game Plan8

    It’s heartening to see that Pakistani IT companies have now started to diversify themselves into non traditional areas, and are competing with global players in areas such as gaming. We have received information that 10Pearls, one of the leading  mobile and enterprise web development services companies in Pakistan, has spun-off a separate entity focused solely on developing and publishing casual mobile games.  The new entity, Game Plan8, will focus on creating 2D and 3D games for the iOS, Google Android, Kindle, Facebook and other platforms. Details can be seen on the company’s official press release at


    Read more →
  • General Telecom CCP Gives Guidelines Against Telecom Companies’ Deceptive Marketing

    CCP Gives Guidelines Against Telecom Companies’ Deceptive Marketing

    If only were there two things when it comes to the law, firstly the fear of breaking it and by passing the legal authority, and secondly, implementation of the law given full dedication, there would have been less competency and dishonesty in business and society. However, keeping good faith, the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has put forward “Deceptive Marketing Guidelines” which will maintain the Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010. In order to enforce this part of the law and stop anti-competitive conduct on part of the telecom companies in advertising, the guidelines have been shared with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other concerned telecommunication sector members, in …

    Read more →