Leading a Telecom company, Jazz awarded a contract worth PKR 192 Million by Universal Service Fund (USF). contract has been awarded by USF under its Broadband for Sustainable Development Programme. Jazz will work towards providing mobile broadband access to people of North Waziristan Agency, Frontier Region Bannu and Frontier Region Lakki Marwat. Chief Executive Officer – Universal Service Fund, Rizwan Mustafa Mir signed the contract with Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate and Enterprise Officer Jazz.

While addressing the audience, Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate & Enterprise Officer at Jazz said,

“Through this collaboration, Jazz and USF have successfully bridged the digital divide in the country’s remotest region. This is why the project has special significance for us and in due time residents of 401 administrative muzas will have access to the country’s fastest mobile broadband connectivity. We are looking forward to assisting these people in unlocking their potential in an increasingly interconnected world.”

 

Chief Guest of the ceremony, Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication  Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was addressing the contract signing ceremony of the project “Broadband Coverage for North Waziristan Agency, Frontier Region Bannu & Frontier Region Lakki Marwat”. The contract was signed between Universal Service Fund ( USF) and Jazz Pakistan .

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Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication said that this project in North Waziristan will help bridge the digital divide by providing services to unserved communities and open-up new horizons for them.He said that in Pakistan,

The socio-economic development is directly linked to provision of ICT services and it is endeavor of government to bring all parts of country at part with each other.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that government is committed for promotion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) facilities in the country.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Rizwan Mir, CEO-USF said that with the signing of North Waziristan contract, Universal Service Fund’s aim is to provide voice and data services to remote and underserved areas of Pakistan, where it is most critical for development.He added that

This network would be completed in 24 months for providing 3G/4G and Voice Services to a population of 0.57 million in 401 unserved Mauzas.

He further said that with the improvement of law and order situation in FATA areas, provision of advanced ICT infrastructure would be a key to the development efforts in the region. He said that we enjoy great support from Ministry of IT and Telecom as well as the ICT industry in our common mission to continuously work towards expanding broadband to all Pakistanis. He mentioned that USF was planning to launch several new broadband projects in the next few months, including one in South Waziristan.