SCO was created in 1976 through a special PM directive, when the department of Telegraph and Telephone (T&T) was unable to provide the bare minimum essential communication facilities in AJ&K, GB (then Northern Areas) and parts of tribal territory (FATA).
Prior to that, the PM remained without communication services during his visit to GB. SCO took over the responsibility from T&T and since then has been providing all types of reliable and efficient communication services to the general public and the defence forces deployed all along the LOC, a spokesperson of SCO Col Ghulam Hussain Anjum said.
The organization has a rich experience of working in difficult terrain under harsh weather. It is worth mentioning that there are more than 250 locations in AJ&K and GB where only SCO is providing all brands of communication to its customers, he stated.
SCO wants to facilitate the populace of these areas to bring them at par with the rest of the country. SCO has announced that it is open to all CMOs and Telcos for such understandings and subsequently reaching an agreement on mutually agreed basis on merit for the provision of state-of-the-art telecom facilities to the deprived populace of AJ&K, GB and FATA.
SCO has already signed a consortium agreement with PTCL, an MoU with CM Pak and talks with other telcos are in progress.
This arrangement also accomplishes the vision of PM of Pakistan to provide equal opportunities and facilities for all citizens of Pakistan.