Wateen’s Initial Public Offering

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I got this in my mailbox today (since I am a Wateen consumer since Dec 2007) Dear Valued Customer, Wateen Telecom is a group company of Abu Dhabi group. Abu Dhabi Group is one of the largest business groups in the Middle East and the one of the largest foreign investor in Pakistan. Abu Dhabi group owns Wateen through Warid Telecom International and Bank Alfalah Limited which hold 79.8% and 20.0% shares respectively. Wateen’s successful four years of operations in the telecom industry of Pakistan speak for itself, as it successfully deployed the largest commercial and first nationwide 3.5 GHz WiMax network rollout in the world covering 22 cities and 1,100 sites with over 160,000 wireless broadband customers (60% of wireless Broadband market), 12,000 Broadband customers over fiber and 2,700…
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Pakistan enjoys the world’s largest WiMAX network

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Originally called WirelessMAN, WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is the El Dorado of wireless data transmission, with versions of it providing both high-bandwidth point-to-point links and mobile cellular-type access. It’s potentially a viable wireless alternative to cable and DSL. In the last 12 months, several WiMAX trials and actual commercial networks have been initiated worldwide for last mile broadband connectivity for both the consumer and enterprise segments. Until now, however, America has lagged behind the rest of the world in terms of WiMAX build-out and adoption. The WiMAX standard originated with the IEEE 802.16 wireless broadband committee. Conformance and interoperability testing was formalized with the industry group known as the WiMAX forum (founded in 2001) formulated a set of product guidelines based on the 802.16 standards or “WiMAX profiles”.…
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Wateen sending stupid letters!!

Reviews, Thoughts
Wateen has been sending some really stupid mails (yes, letters via normal mail). See the one attached that I received today in the afternoon, it was dispatched on 23rd Jan 2009. Click on it for larger preview I am a subscriber of Wateen WiMax since 24th Dec 2007, apart from the three months tenure (Aug-Nov 2008) when there were no coverage, I have been its active user. After receiving and reading through the letter that is dated 21st Jan 2009 and dispatched on 23rd Jan 2009, I am pretty sure that the people at Wateen do not know how to operate things especially their billing, marketing and support departments.
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