Ufone has signed a contract with Towershare (Pvt.) Ltd. to expand its coverage in difficult areas.
Under the contract, Towershare will build its own new sites on which it will rent space to Ufone in rural and remote areas of Pakistan.
Initially, Towershare will offer a roll out of 39 sites for Ufone in FATA.
Towershare will acquire, design, build, own and maintain the sites and shall share this infrastructure with other telecom operators. The sites are expected to commence coming on air by May 2015.
Thus Ufone will be able to reach new customers without incurring substantial CAPEX on passive infrastructure and can cost effectively extends its network to unserved and underserved rural areas of the country.
“We are committed to bring the benefits of Infrastructure sharing to Pakistan. Through working with us, the operators can minimize new build Capex and optimize their Opex costs whilst providing increased and better service to their customers. Towershare believes strongly in the financial, operational and environmental benefits associated with sharing, and expanding into difficult or otherwise unserved areas is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our capabilities, whilst benefitting the local societies deprived of the benefits of mobile communication services” said Rehan Hassan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Towershare.
Towershare (Pvt.) Limited is the largest independent tower services provider in Pakistan, licensed from PTA and is already managing over 400 sites all over Pakistan.