PTCL and Wateen ink deals with USF for broadband project

28 Apr 2009

Pakistani incumbent Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), along with broadband operator Wateen Telecom, have both inked deals with the country’s Universal Service Fund (USF) to roll out broadband services in unserved areas of the Faisalabad region. It is understood that under the contracts, worth approximately PKR1.4 billion (USD17.5 million), between the two operators approximately 86,500 people will receive access to broadband services within the next 18 months; PTCL is expected to install 72,500 connections while Wateen will install 16,500. In addition, it is understood that around 250 educational broadband centres and more than 100 community broadband centres will also be set up as part of the project. Areas that will be covered under the agreement include the districts of Bhakkar, Faisalabad (excluding city), Jhang, Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha and Toba Tek Singh.