Jazz, Pakistan’s number one 4G operator and the largest internet and broadband service provider, has collaborated with the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide 4G services on M-3 and M-5 motorways. This project is stipulated to be completed within 12 months.
The contracts were signed by USF CEO Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary and Jazz’s VP Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Mudassar Hussain in the presence of Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed and Jazz’s Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Officer Syed Fakhar Ahmed.
Through the M-3 project, Jazz will provide 4G access to 54.92 kms of unserved road segment that passes through the districts of Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh & Khanewal. Similarly, through the M-5 project, 4G connectivity will be provided to 78.85 kms of unserved road segment that passes through the districts of Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kashmore, Ghotki and Sukkur.
Aamir Ibrahim, CEO of Jazz, said in a message that, “Jazz has invested $560 million during the last two years mainly to expand its 4G footprint in rural and semi-urban areas. This is in line with our mission to bridge the digital divide and to collaborate with the government of Pakistan in helping realize the Digital Pakistan vision. This project will bring safety, convenience and connectivity to commuters on these motorways, and our fellow citizens living in adjoining districts and villages.”
Speaking on the occasion, Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary, said, “The USF is committed in its resolve to empower the marginalised communities of Pakistan. These projects will provide broadband access to 134 km of unserved road segments on M3 and M5 and will be completed in 12 months.”
These projects will not only provide connectivity to the commuters on the motorways and residents of adjoining districts and villages, but will also enable immediate communication and rescue in case of an emergency.