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The areas of Gilgit-Baltistan(G-B) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir(AJK) are to be facilitated with the advanced technology services like 3G/4G. Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) intends to bring these services by February 2018 according to one of the officials.

The introduction to these fast-paced technologies would bring betterment in the socio-economic growth of the region. The launch of 3G/4G would also be of advantage to the ones residing along the routes of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) in Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

For the processing of Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS), PTA has already been working to pursue the expression of interest (EoI) about hiring some consultancy organization or a consultant to plan out the basic cost and design.

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Presently, 44.4 million is the count of users, that have subscribed to 3G/4G services. PTA believes that people of AJK and G-B would also be interested in the use of these information technologies which would result in an increase of the overall subscribers in Pakistan. These services would help the people of these regions to connect with others anywhere in the world.

The introduction of technology to the said areas would result in the rise of the local economy, tourism and job opportunities for the locals.

Transportation is a major issue of these areas, with 3G/4G better options for communication would be there, which would also ease the problem of transportation.

Parvez Iftikhar, an IT expert said that NGMS in the areas of AJK and G-B would bring investments of more than $100 million in 2 to 3 years’ time. The overall commerce of the region would also get a boost.

The broadband technology would make the options for online marketing available which would result in improving the hospitality industry and the tourism chain. Money transfers can also be achieved effectively and efficiently with 3G/4G.

Faisalabad’s resident, Aslam Javed thinks that people of Kashmir are eager about getting this technology, locally and not only they would be using it if provided to them but also the service would prove advantageous to the tourists who visit these areas every year.

The launch policy of 3G/4G facilities have been approved by AJK and G-B and they have told PTA to prepare for the spectrum auction of NGMS.

As per the policy, the PTA appointed local consultant would meet up with the mobile network facilitators of Pakistan and the concerned departments of AJK and G-B for discussing the base price after the telecom market survey of the local areas.

Such auction processes are not an everyday thing and to find a suitable consultant for the 3G/4G auction in Jammu Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan is a difficult job as these types of consultants are few in the whole world, according to experts.

PTA spokesperson said that, in case no consultant is found suitable enough to be hired by the PTA, it will still give its decision by January next year without the propositions of the consultant.