PTCL will deploy 789 kilometers of fiber for ZONG which will enable delivery of quality telecommunication services for the Pakistan market. An agreement to this effect was signed by Dr. Daniel Ritz, President & CEO PTCL and Mr. Liu Dianfeng Chairman and CEO ZONG at a ceremony held at PTCL Headquarters.
This agreement will serve as a major milestone towards achieving PTCL’s vision of being the carrier of carriers and its pivotal role in promoting ICT services in Pakistan. This fiber leasing agreement will also enable Zong to utilize PTCL’s extensive nationwide fiber optic footprint and its expertise in deploying, operating and maintaining a fiber optic network.
Pakistan’s telecom market has recently started witnessing a sharp increase in the data usage preference of 3G/4G cellular subscribers. This emerging trend is pushing the need for extensive 3G/4G rollout across the country and creating a demand for effective BTS backhauling for seamless data transmission. This agreement will enable ZONG to further expand its fastest 3G and 4G network nationwide.
The signing ceremony was attended by senior management from both the companies, including Mr. Sikander Naqi, (Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL), Mr. Saad Warriach (Chief Technical & Information Officer, PTCL), Mr. Muhammad Nehmatullah (CFO, PTCL)and Mr Omar Khalid (EVP, Carrier Services and Wholesale), Mr. Maham Dard, (Director Corporate Affairs, ZONG), Ms. Miao Qiao, (Chief Technical Officer, ZONG) ), Mr. Mannan Shabir (Executive Director Procurement, ZONG) and Mr. Li Yewen (Director Network Planning, ZONG).
On the occasion, senior management of the two companies emphasized the need for deployment of cost-effective solutions which will enable delivery of quality telecommunication services for the Pakistan market. It is expected that this partnership will go a long way in paving a bright future for both companies.