18 January 2022
Pakistan’s state-funded operators have joined forces to develop telecommunications services in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) regions.
Regulator the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and the Special Communication Organisation (SCO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see them share passive infrastructure, with SCO providing backhaul for the fixed wireless access (FWA) services that PTCL will launch via its 3500MHz spectrum.
The operators said they also plan to cooperate on further access network deployments in other areas of Pakistan, as well as on multi-operator RAN (MORAN) and other ICT services.
“We are pleased to partner with PTCL for upscaling telecom services in AJK and GB, where SCO has played an instrumental in connecting the masses through high-quality internet and cellular services," said SCO DG major general Muhammad Shahid Siddeeq. "Through our efforts, we hope to provide an inclusive and equitable environment that will ensure progress and growth.”