The locals of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region could now enjoy the 3G and 4G service provided to them by the Special Communication Organization (SCO), as reported by the Radio Pakistan on Saturday. The locals of the area could enjoy free of cost 3G/4G internet services.

The news was confirmed by a spokesperson of the Special Communication Organization, saying that the internet service would be continuing a trial basis and could be used without any charges until further notice is issued.

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He added that the SCO mobile phone SIMs could be taken from the organisation’s franchises of the area for availing the free of cost internet service.

According to the reports of Radio Pakistan, the subscribers have been told not to pay more than rupees two hundred amount once they attain a receipt for buying the SIM.

SCO is a public-sector organisation that provides telecommunication services. It was set up back in the year 1976 by the government. It is responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the telecommunication services in the region of Gilgit Baltistan (BG) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Last year in October 2017, PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) made an announcement relating the plans of introducing fast-speed information technology services—3G/4G in GB and AJK. PTA said that the plan would become reality by February this year.

As per the data of last year, the number of 3G/4G subscribers in Pakistan has risen to 44.4 million, which would rise much more as per the expectations of PTA.

The arrival of 3G/4G services in such distant areas would encourage commerce, would also bring socio-economic prosperity for the complete region and would also be benefiting the people living along the CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) route in GB and AJK.

The provision of 3G/4G services would provide them easy access to the financial services as the people of these regions are greatly dependent on transfers.

The technology introduction would also result in boosting tourism, as well as the local economy by creating job opportunities for the residents. The hospitality and tourism industry would also experience an improvement as it would make online marketing and advertising much more efficient and effective.

Transportation to such areas is also difficult, hence better connectivity via the modern communication technologies is vital for the locals of the region.

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