GILGIT: Special Communications Organization (SCO) has completed all arrangements to provide 3G and 4G services in Gilgit-Baltistan and is waiting for approval from the federal government, revealed Sector Commander SCO GB Col. Imran Ahmed Bhatti in an interview to Radio Pakistan’s Gilgit correspondent on Thursday.
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)
Earlier the organization had announced that it will start providing 3G and 4G mobile internet services in GB by the end of 2016.
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.