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January 25, 2009


Thorsten Claus

Awesome post. I also liked the discussion about it on the Telco 2.0 blog. There are two things that I don't fully understand:
1/ There seems to be quite some non-network-neutrality, is that so? What do residents do then, whom do they complain to, and are there alternatives they can switch to?
2/ My understanding of Pakistan is really very limited. When you write about "Middle Class" what percentage of the (urban and metro) population are you talking about?


First a caveat... Everything I know about Pakistan is via Pakistani friends, as I have never been to Pakistan myself.
1/ Network neutrality is typically an issue where there is an incumbent trying to maximize revenues. As a guess that doesn't happen at the junknet or aggregator level, but it's certainly an issue at the regulated national ISP level where Internet transit is very expensive and there have been public examples of government mandated censorship of specific websites. But again, I'm guessing.
2/ I don't have figures but Pakistan has undergone tremendous changes in the past 5-8 years, for example, read this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/19/pakistan.benazirbhutto1
Sorry I don't have hard numbers.

Thorsten Claus

Thanks for looking into that. for 1/ you answered "Network neutrality is typically an issue where there is an incumbent trying to maximize revenues..." I would add "and/or minimize costs" (kind of what you try to do when you're in business, right? top-line or bottom-line effects ;)) Network congestion from over-the-top Internet traffic could lead to impairment of carrier services. That can of course lead to customer churn (and reduced revenues), but more often it's either resulting in a hotline call or in network build-outs - and thus produces costs.

I will read up more on 2/, I guess.


Thorsten - these DCNs are served to tens of millions as Karachi and Lahore are large cities with populatins of over 10M. Feel free to browse telecompk.net for more articles and leave a comment if you have more questions.

The above article was cross-posted:


that sure do look like a nice place to live at. I reely like it!

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