A contract has been awarded by Universal Service Fund (USF) to Jazz to deploy broadband services in FATA. Rs258 million worth contract is awarded to the private cellular company to offer services in the North Waziristan tribal district.
Furthermore Jazz will provide broadband access to Bannu and Lakki Marwat people. The government subsidy amounts to Rs198mn out of Rs258m.
Universal Service Fund chief executive officer Rizwan Mustafa Mir and Jazz chief corporate and enterprise officer Ali Naseer signed the contract. Under the USF Broadband for Sustainable Development Programme’ the contract will be awarded.
The Chief Guest to the ceremony Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that yet another milestone has been achieved by the Ministry of IT and Telecom.
He further said that these projects will ensure that more and more areas in Pakistan get access to broadband services, especially the rural areas. He also said that he expects USF to launch e-services, m-services to boost the digital lifestyle in Pakistan.
USF mandate is to spread broadband services to far-flung areas that don’t have access to internet.
USF CEO Rizwan Mir said that signing the North Waziristan contract will help the organization in prviding voice and data services to remote districts of the country. He also revealed that in two years time his network will be able to provide 3G/4G and voice services to 0.57 million population.
Jazz chief corporate and enterprise officer Ali Naseer said, “Through this collaboration, Jazz and USF have successfully bridged the digital divide in the country’s remotest region.”
Adding, “This is why the project has special significance for us and in due time residents of 401 administrative mouzas will have access to the country’s fastest mobile broadband connectivity. We are looking forward to assisting these people in unlocking their potential in an increasingly interconnected world.”