PTCL and SCO ink MoU for AJK/GB collaboration

14 Jan 2022

State-backed telcos the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and the Special Communication Organisation (SCO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the development of telecommunications services in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) regions. The deal will facilitate passive network sharing and SCO’s backhaul support for the PTCL’s launch of fixed wireless access (FWA) services over its 3500MHz spectrum. In addition, the pair will offer their respective fibre assets for backup and redundancy on a reciprocal basis to ensure uninterrupted provision of services and will jointly build access networks in cantonments and other locations. Other measures covered by the MoU include collaboration on multi-operator RAN (MORAN) and various ICT services. SCO DG Major General Muhammad Shahid Siddeeq was quoted as saying of the tie-up: ‘We are pleased to partner with PTCL for upscaling telecom services in AJK and GB, where SCO has played an instrumental in connecting the masses through high-quality internet and cellular services. Through our efforts, we hope to provide an inclusive and equitable environment that will ensure progress and growth.’