Ufone, thanks to USF Fund, will provide cellular coverage all along the coastal highway – that stretches around 700 kilometers – within the next 18 months.
Chairman PTA, Muhammad Naveed, inaugurated the project, “Seamless broadband coverage from Hub to Jiwani: Makran Coastal Highway” worth PKR 759 Million at a ceremony held on Tuesday in Islamabad.
In this regard, a project contract was signed between USF and Ufone. Chief Executive Officer, Universal Service Fund, Rizwan Mustafa Mir, signed the contract with CEO-Ufone, Rashid Khan.
In order to execute this project, 58 BTS towers will be installed in a contracted time frame of 18 months. To take this further, all major motorways and highways will be facilitated through seamless connectivity in the future.
Chief Guest of the ceremony, Muhammad Naveed, Chairman PTA while addressing the ceremony stated that that with constant dedication and devotion, we have achieved yet another milestone. He further said that the event marked one of the greatest landmarks achieved in the field of Telecom in Pakistan and would go a long way in taking telecom development to a greater level.
The Chairman also added that with such projects, the Ministry for IT, through USF, will continue to work towards achieving the mission of broadband penetration across the country to facilitate the masses in rural areas.
He said that in addition to Broadband Infrastructure, he expected USF to launch new e-services and m-services to facilitate digital lifestyle adoption for the people of Pakistan.
CEO-USF, Rizwan Mustafa Mir, also gave an introduction of the project and informed the audience that this is the first project under the next Next Generation-Broadband for Sustainable Development programme with a focus on broadband coverage to allow for seamless operation of modern apps.
Furthermore, this will be the first network project in Pakistan where the winning bidder will be required to enable national subscriber roaming for other consumers to benefit from the service.
Speaking at the occasion, Rashid Khan, President and CEO Ufone said,
Universal Service Fund (USF) was established to promote the development of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas throughout the length and breadth of the country. At Ufone we resonate the same goal of providing telecommunication services to every Pakistani. The project has a special significance, as an important highway in Balochistan will be connected through broadband services under this initiative.
Under this project, seamless voice and broadband services will be provided to the 694 km long coastal highway and, for the first time in Pakistan, national roaming is also being rolled out in the country.
Senior officials of Ministry of IT, Ufone, USF and representatives of IT and Telecom companies were also present at the event.