Gilgit Baltistan residents will be able to utilize 3G and 4G services at the start of 2017, according to a senior official of Special Communication Organization (SCO) as reported by Tribune.
The SCO Sector Commander Colonel Imran Butthy further added that approval of government is awaited in this regard and once received, the pending work will be completed soon.
Gilgit-Baltistan is a tricky and difficult area. Admitting to the extreme conditions, Imran mentioned that unfavorable climate was the biggest challenge in ensuring the setup of all requirements and quality services. An optical fiber cable network has been laid in this area which will drastically improve the services in the region.
Just earlier this year, a groundbreaking Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Project worth $44 million was launched in Gilgit. The project aims at providing highly improved information technology services and uninterrupted connectivity in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. This project which comes under the umbrella of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor will improve the state of information technology services in the northern region of Pakistan.
Both of the above-mentioned initiatives are invaluable for economic empowerment of people living in northern regions of the country.