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DG SCO: ‘We are ready to launch 3G, 4G internet services in GB’

GILGIT: The Director General of the Special Communications Organization, Amir Azim Bajawa, has announced that SCO is ready to start 3G and 4G Internet services in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

“SCO is ready to provide 3G and 4G Internet facility to the people and waiting for approval of the government,” Bajwa revealed during the launching ceremony of the new logo of SCO in Gilgit on Wednesday night.

Earlier, the DG had said that SCO has successfully upgraded its infrastructure in GB to provide 3G and 4G Internet facility to the people.

The launching ceremony of SCO’s new logo was held in Gilgit on Tuesday night.

GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman launched the new logo. He further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will approve the launch of 3G and 4G Internet services for GB during the meeting of GB Council on Dec. 27.

Addressing on audience, the CM praised the services rendered by SCO to provide modern telecommunication facilities to the people of GB.

MR. Bajawa revealed in his welcome speech that SCO is all set to complete China Pakistan optical fiber cable project one year before its scheduled period.

SCO is a telecommunications services provider that operates under the Pakistan Army to provide communication services in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

It is worth mentioning here that telecom companies are required to acquire seperate licenses to provide  3G and 4G services in GB and AJK, because they are legally not allowed to extend their 3G and 4G services to GB and AJK on the same licenses they are providing the services across Pakistan.

Other cellular companies like Zong, Telenor, and Mobilink had already set up their infrastructure for the provision of 3G and 4G services in GB and the government was about to call for bids for the license when SCO stopped the process, saying its 3G/4G infrastracture is not ready yet. SCO said it needed more time to upgrade its infrastructure in the region.

In August SCO announced that it had completed 80 percent upgradation of its infrastructure in GB.

Owing to the absence of reliable internet facilities in GB, people of the region could not develop their skills in different sectors, especially education and health.

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