PTCL signs MOU with Telenor for infrastructure sharing
PTCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telenor Pakistan, which is currently the largest 3G service provider in Pakistan. PTCL is focused on becoming the “Carrier of Choice” for all cellular operators for their carrier & wholesale needs. This MoU will facilitate Telenor to avail PTCL’s vast network footprint and infrastructure spread nationwide for their rapidly growing 3G subscriber base. Mr. Omar Khalid (EVP Carrier Services & Wholesale, PTCL) and Mr. Khurram Ashfaq (CTO, Telenor Pakistan) signed the MoU in a ceremony held at Telenor Pakistan headquarters on Thursday 4th February 2016, which was attended by senior management from both the companies.
In the post 3G/4G regime, cellular operators are foreseeing a steep incline in the data usage patterns of subscribers, hence requiring backhaul for their BTS networks through fiber connectivity. The aim of backhauling of BTS sites is to ensure readiness for the evolving data market of Pakistan. As per the MOU signed, PTCL and Telenor Pakistan shall sign a frame agreement, where Telenor shall be utilizing PTCL’s technical expertise and extensive experience for fiber infrastructure deployment over a period of five (5) years uptil 2020. The immediate SOW requires fiber deployment of 900 Km approx., which is targeted to be completed in CY 2016.
The senior management from the two companies emphasized on the need for closer cooperative ties to provide innovative, cost effective and readily available services for the Pakistani market. This partnership will go a long way in paving a bright future for both the stakeholders involved.
Also present at the occasion from PTCL were Mr. Sikander Naqi, (Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL), Mr. Saad Warriach (Chief Technical & Information Officer, PTCL) and Telenor side was represented by Mr. Espen Brettas Dahle (Chief Financial Officer, Telenor Pakistan). The MoU signed today will strengthen the bond between PTCL and its cellular partners in a cutthroat competitive market.