Press Releases

08
September 2005

Telenor Pakistan suggests innovative ideas to improve rural telecommunication

ISLAMABAD, September 08, 2005: Telenor Pakistan is participating in the 2nd Annual South Asia Mobiles (SAM) 2005 Summit, being presided over by Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, in Islamabad.

At the summit, Executive Vice President Irfan Wahab Khan presented Telenor Pakistan vision on how to bridge the digital divide by providing universal access specifically to the rural areas of Pakistan. In his presentation, Khan underlined the importance of universal telecom service by providing mobile services to underserved and remote areas. He stressed that the key of success for such a program is the principal of technology neutral elements. He cited success stories from Chile, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and India where mobile community phones have helped boost the economy, sped up processes due to faster wireless service and opened up market access for remote areas.

In Pakistan mobile communication has already surpassed fixed network; where the penetration is 8% mobile vs. 3% fixed. Since PTA awarded two new mobile licenses in April 2004, the number of mobile subscribers has increased by over 100% in the last one year.

In line with the government vision for rural development, Telenor Pakistan EVP recommended that finances be used for the expansion of basic telecom services both on individual and community basis and mandatory access be given to other operators through national roaming.

Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA Norway, and is the only mobile operator in Pakistan which has international mobile operations in more than 12 countries.