Even After 3 Years of 3G Auction Gilgit Baltistan and AJK still Await for 3G/4G

3G Auction Gilgit Baltistan and AJK still Await even after 3 Years of 3G Auction in Pakistan

While Pakistan’s federal minister of planning and development Ahsen Iqbal is talking about to launch 5G in Pakistan the citizens of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir are still looking for high speed wireless 3g/4G internet services. Since 2014 mobile users in Pakistan’s four provinces are enjoying 3G and 4G services in more than 500 cities and towns. Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir had always been treated differently than rest of 4 provinces of Pakistan. The clear example of this is the telecom operator in GB and AJK. While PTCL provides telephone and high speed broad band internet services in all Pakistan. But in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir Special Communication Organization (SCO) is the sole internet service provider which is army administered telecom company. SCO provides telephone, mobile and internet services in few important cities and towns of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. Local people are not satisfied with SCO’s service.

Untill 2005 earthquake mobile companies were also not allowed to operate in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. In 2005 PTA allowed private companies to operate in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. 1 million US dollar were charged per companies to extend their operation in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The same thing happened after 3G/4G auction in Pakistan. According to  3G/4G license spectrum the territorial extent of each license is the whole Pakistan excluding Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

 

3G Auction Gilgit Baltistan

PTA’s 3G/4G license spectrum the territorial extent of each license is the whole Pakistan excluding Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

PTA’s 3G/4G license spectrum the territorial extent of each license is the whole Pakistan excluding Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

3 years have passed but still peope of Gilgit Baltistan are awaiting for 3G/4G. In 2016 Telenor successfully tested 3G service in Gilgit city . But PTA banned them to operate by stating that there will be a separate 3G auction Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

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