Muhammad Naveed, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) inaugurated the project “Seamless Broadband Coverage from Hub to Jiwani: Makran Coastal Highway” worth PKR 759 Million. In this connection, Ufone signed an agreement with the Universal Service Fund (USF) in Islamabad on Tuesday to provide seamless broadband coverage to Makran Coastal Highway.
Rizwan Mustafa Mir, Chief Executive Officer USF and Rashid Khan, CEO Ufone signed the contract. Senior officials of Ministry of IT, Ufone, USF and representatives of IT and Telecom companies were also present at the event.
According to details shared with media, 58 BTS towers will be installed within 18 months’ time to execute the project. To take this further, all major motorways and highways will be facilitated through seamless connectivity in future.
It is noteworthy to mention here that under this project, seamless voice and broadband services will be provided to the coastal highway of 694 kms and for the first time in Pakistan national roaming is also being made available.
Chairman PTA while addressing the ceremony stated:
“With constant dedication and devotion, we have achieved yet another milestone today. The event is marked as one of the greatest landmarks achieved in the field of Telecom in Pakistan and would go a long way in taking the developmental work being done by the Ministry to a greater level. With such projects, Ministry for IT through USF would continue to work towards achieving the mission of broadband penetration across the country to facilitate the masses in rural areas. I expect USF to launch new e-services and m-services to facilitate digital lifestyle adoption for the people of Pakistan in addition to Broadband Infrastructure.”
CEO-USF, Rizwan Mustafa Mir gave an introduction of the project:
“This is the first project under the Next Generation-Broadband for Sustainable Development programme with focus on broadband coverage to allow for seamless operation of modern APPS. Furthermore, this will be the first network in Pakistan where the winning bidder will be required to enable national subscriber roaming for other consumers to benefit from the service.”
Speaking at the occasion, Rashid Khan, President and CEO Ufone said:
“Universal Service Fund (USF) was established to promote the development of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas throughout the length and breadth of the country. At Ufone we resonate the same goal of providing telecommunication services to every Pakistani. The project has a special significance, as an important highway in Balochistan will be connected through broadband services under this initiative.”