Norwegian-backed cellco Telenor Pakistan has activated commercial 4G services in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), ProPakistani reports, citing senior officials celebrating the launch at a ceremony in Muzaffarabad. Telenor Pakistan CEO Irfan Wahab Khan was quoted as saying of the development: ‘Telenor Pakistan has made this investment to ensure that the people of AJK are at par with the world to access opportunities stemming through high-speed connectivity. Mobile broadband has become a primary need for the growth and development of communities. We are extremely proud to boost the region’s socio-economic conditions and continue playing a significant role in the lives of the people of AJK by connecting them to what matters the most.’
Details of the network have not yet been made public, but the launch follows on the heels of the auction of Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) spectrum licences for the region by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the PTA completed the tender in September this year, with Telenor securing an additional 2×1.2MHz in the 1800MHz band and 2×15MHz in the 2100MHz range. Allocation of the new licences was completed in mid-October.