CPEC positions Gwadar as a regional and global maritime hub. Historically an old fishing village, Gwadar plays a critical, strategic role in the region. Due to the unavailability of long-haul fiber optic to carry traffic in the region, Telenor Pakistan has deployed it’s satellite solution to deliver 4G services to the city, while simultaneously upgrading all Gwadar sites to 3G, so that more people can access high speed internet with their existing smartphones.
“Upgrading Gwadar city from 2G directly to 3G/4G was an interesting challenge,” said Bilal Kazmi, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan. “There was no fiber optic infrastructure available in the city, but replicating the model already deployed in Gilgit Baltistan in 2015 proved promising for Gwadar. Telenor is pleased to play an active role in the socioeconomic progress of Gwadar city and hope our services will strengthen professional as well as personal communications for all involved in the city’s development.”
The move comes as part of Telenor Pakistan’s efforts towards achieving its mission of empowering the Pakistani society. Ever since it started operations in Pakistan, Telenor has explored innovative ways to bring communications and digital services to the remote, unserved, and underserved areas and communities of Pakistan with an aim of bringing them into the folds of digital and financial inclusion. Telenor has emerged as the country’s primary digital lifestyle partner and is continuing to lead the ICT-powered digital transformation in the country, supporting the government of Pakistan in its pursuit of short and long-term digital and financial goals.