Internet for GB, Telenor seeks additional spectrum from govt-PTA
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP) July 27, 2020: Telecom giant Telenor Pakistan has urged the federal government and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ( PTA) to provide it with an additional internet spectrum to provide high-speed internet to Gilgit-Baltistan.
“We enormously value our customers in Gilgit-Baltistan and [we] are eager to bring them the best possible services,” said Telenor in a tweet on Sunday. “However, we require additional spectrum to make it [provision of the internet] possible, & hope that PTA & Govt will make it available on high priority basis in line with our continuous requests for past 2 years,” the Telecom giant added.
It is pertinent to mention here that students in Gilgit-Baltistan have been raising their voices against the weak internet connectivity in the region on Twitter with the hashtag “Internet4Gilgitbaltistan”.
Last month, students started an online campaign on Twitter with the hashtag to force the authorities to provide them with stable internet service as the students attending online classes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic had to undergo immense problems with many of the scaling up mountains to for better signals.
The students had criticised the Special Communications Organisation (SCO) — the main internet service provider in the region — for not allowing operation of other internet-providers in the region. However, the SCO had clarified that it did not oppose the telecom operation of PTCL or other companies in GB. “All the citizens of GB are free to use the telecom services of any telecom operator,” it had added. Now, the Telenor has urged the government and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to provide an additional internet spectrum to start its operation in the region.