Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK to get 3G & 4G services by Feb 2018

Written by Sajeel Syed ·  1 min read >
PTA has planned to bring 3G & 4G services in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (G-B). These services will be available from Feb 2018.

Pakistan Telecommunications Authorities (PTA) in a recent move, to make Pakistan digitally equipped state with telecom services, has planned to bring 3G & 4G services in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (G-B). These services are expected to be implemented by February 2018.

PTA officials said that the availability of 3G/4G services in such distant areas will ultimately lead Pakistan towards socio-economic development. The installation of these services will also be helpful for the inhabitants living near CPEC routes in AJK and G-B.

To expedite the process of the auction for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS), PTA is looking forward to hiring a consultancy firm to overview the base price and design of the auction process.

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The 3G/4G users of Pakistan have risen up to 44.4 million and increasing rapidly. With the advent of these services in AJK and G-B, we will be seeing a fair increase in the number of 3G/4G users, as people of these regions are eager beavers to connect to the world digitally.

“NGMS in these areas will bring an investment of more than $100 million over the next two to three years,” reveals Parvez Iftikhar an IT expert.

Local tourism and employment will be boosted with the advent of 3G/4G services in AJK and G-B, as these areas are the hub for tourists.

According to the policy directives of PTA, they will tend to hire a local consultant who will consult with cellular service providers of Pakistan and relevant authorities of AJK and G-B to suggest a base price after observing telecom markets of these regions.

Authorities of AJK and G-B have approved the policy for introducing 3G/4G services and asked PTA to make required arrangements. Finding consultants for this job is quite difficult and PTA is willing to launch services before February in any case.

Written by Sajeel Syed
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