Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecom service provider in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and Ufone, the only Pakistan origin cellular network operator, have signed a Bilateral Roaming Services Agreement at PTCL HQ, Islamabad.
The ceremony was attended by Major General Ali Farhan HI (M), Director General SCO, Mr Rashid Khan, CEO Ufone & PTCL, including senior officials from both sides.
With this agreement, Ufone has became the only mobile operator to offer data services in addition to voice and SMS to SCO subscribers when traveling across Pakistan and SCO will offer roaming voice & SMS services in AJ&K and GB to Ufone subscribers.
It is pertinent to note that Ufone and SCO are already in an agreement since 2008, under which SCO subscribers have been enjoying voice and SMS roaming services in the rest of Pakistan.
This development is also seen as giving a huge boost to economic activity, as enhanced communication capability improves efficiency and productivity, resulting in cost savings.
“SCO can now proudly claim that it has the most advanced network, providing state-of-the-art mobile services to its valued customers,” said Major General Ali Farhan HI (M), DG SCO.
“Ufone is a highly innovative company in the field of telecommunications in Pakistan and I am sure that the biggest beneficiaries of this alliance will be the citizens living in Pakistan, AJ&K and GB,” he added.
“Our strategic alliance is a win-win situation for both partners and, even more importantly, for the customers,” said Naveed Khalid Butt, Chief Officer Legal & Regulatory Affairs Ufone. “This alliance will make sure that resource sharing benefits both organizations and offers superior products and services to the public, improving their quality of life,” he further added.