Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telenor Pakistan through which Telenor Pakistan will be able to consume PTCL’s back-haul infrastructure till 2020.
This MoU will facilitate Telenor to avail PTCL’s vast network footprint and infrastructure spread nationwide for their rapidly growing 3G subscriber base.
Mr. Omar Khalid (EVP Carrier Services & Wholesale, PTCL) and Mr. Khurram Ashfaq (CTO, Telenor Pakistan) signed the MoU in a ceremony held at Telenor Pakistan headquarters recently.
Signing ceremony was attended by senior management from both the companies, including Mr. Sikander Naqi, (Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL), Mr. Saad Warriach (Chief Technical & Information Officer, PTCL) and Telenor side was represented by Mr. Espen Brettas Dahle (Chief Financial Officer, Telenor Pakistan).
In the post 3G/4G regime, cellular operators are foreseeing a steep incline in the data usage patterns of subscribers, hence requiring backhaul for their BTS networks through fiber connectivity. The aim of backhauling of BTS sites is to ensure readiness for the evolving data market of Pakistan.
As per the MOU signed, PTCL and Telenor Pakistan shall sign a frame agreement, where Telenor shall be utilizing PTCL’s technical expertise and extensive experience for fiber infrastructure deployment over a period of five years uptil 2020.
The senior management from the two companies emphasized on the need for closer cooperative ties to provide innovative, cost effective and readily available services for the Pakistani market. This partnership will go a long way in paving a bright future for both the stakeholders involved.