GB & AJK to get 3G/4G fa­cil­ity soon: Min­is­ter IT

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Kash­mir affairs and Gil­git Baltistan Chaudhry Bar­jees Tahir and Min­is­ter of state for IT and tele­com Mrs. Anusha Rehman had a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing to dis­cuss dif­fer­ent aspects of pol­icy di­rec­tive for pro­vi­sion of Next Gen­er­a­tion Mo­bile ser­vices to AJK & GB. The meet­ing was held at MOIT.

Fed­eral Sec­re­tary of Kash­mir Affairs and GB Abid Saeed, Fed­eral Sec­re­tary IT Mr. Az­mat Ali Ran­jha, DG SCO Maj Gen Amir Ba­jwa Chair­man PTA, DG FAB, and other se­nior of­fi­cials from both the min­istries were present in the Meet­ing. Fed­eral Min­is­ter Kash­mir affairs and GB said that Prime Min­is­ter has com­mit­ted that AJK & GB will get soon 3G/4G ser­vices and peo­ple of th­ese two ar­eas are anx­iously wait­ing for this.

Anusha Rah­man said that to pro­vide 3G/4G ser­vices to peo­ple of AJK & GB is on our pri­or­ity agenda and we are work­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing lat­est tech­nol­ogy to the in­hab­i­tants of th­ese ar­eas. Upgra­da­tion of their GSM net­works is be­ing done by SCO through PSDP projects and we will fully sup­port Min­istry of Kash­mir affairs and Gil­git Baltistan in the next gen­er­a­tion spec­trum auc­tion of 3G/4G to ful­fill the com­mit­ment of our Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif. Dif­fer­ent aspects of pol­icy di­rec­tives of pro­posed next gen­er­a­tion spec­trum auc­tion were also dis­cussed at length. Both sides agreed to ex­e­cute this 3G/4G spec­trum auc­tion by Septem­ber 2016.

Min­is­ter IT also said that around Rs.2 Bil­lion are avail­able in the USF Fund for de­vel­op­ment of ICT sec­tor in AJK & GB. As soon as frame­work is fi­nal­ized by AJK & GB Coun­cils, the funds will be trans­ferred to USF for de­vel­op­ment in AJK&GB.

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