Wateen to lay Optical Fibre Network in Balochistan

Sibtain Jiwani
November 24, 2011

Wateen Telecom has announced that it will be laying an optical fibre network sprawling over 1,100 kilometers in collaboration with the Universal Service Fund (USF).

The overall project cost amounts to some PKR 2.4 Billion of which almost PKR 1.9 billion will be provided by the USF, the rest to be funded by Wateen Telecom. According to information we have received, the project will connect twenty (20) unserved cities and towns which includes Gulistan, Musakhel, Barshor, Duki, Harnai, Ziarat, Sinjawi, Zhob, Sherani and Qamardinkarez.

According to the press release:

This new project is in line with Wateen Telecom’s commitment to lead the digital revolution in Pakistan. Wateen is already working with USF on four broadband and three optical fibre projects in underserved areas of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab, with subsidies worth a total of PKR 2.8 billion. These existing projects entail optical fibre networks spanning over 3,300 km (in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab) and 94,500 broadband subscribers, 246 Education Broadband Centres and 72 Community Broadband Centres in the districts of Sargodha, Abbotabad, Sialkot, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Okarra, Sahiwal Kasur and Pakpattan.

Wateen is also aggressively trying to recapture the WiMax based broadband internet market, where it was once a leader but has lost considerable share to competitors like Wi-Tribe and Qubee.

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