Islamabad (October 11, 2021): The license signing ceremony for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Batistan was held here today. Three Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs); CMPak (Zong), Telenor Pakistan and PTML (Ufone) have been issued new licenses for the spectrum secured in the recent auction process.

The event was attended by Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Ali Amin Khan Gandapur; Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, Muhammad Khalid Khurshid; Federal Secretary for IT & Telecommunication Dr Suhail Rajput, Chairman PTA, Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa Retd.,  Members of the Authority, Special Assistant to Prime Minister AJ&K for Information Technology, Secretary Kashmir and GB Affairs, Executive Director, Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) and senior management of mobile companies.

On the occasion, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and GB appreciated the efforts of PTA for the successful completion of the spectrum auction process. He congratulated the winning mobile operators and said that through NGMS, digital divide will be reduced and tourism will flourish further in the regions.

Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan congratulated the mobile operators on award of NGMS licenses and hoped that this will open up a new era of modern telecom services for the people of AJ&K and GB.

At the event, Federal Secretary for IT & T, Dr. Suhail Rajput said that the Ministry of IT&T is committed to enhance connectivity and improve digital infrastructure in the country.

Chairman PTA said that PTA is working to ensure that Pakistanis have access to high quality services and benefit from ubiquitous coverage. Continuous efforts are being made to spread state of the art telecommunication services to far flung areas enabling access to a multitude of opportunities for businesses, education and health.

The award of licenses for NGMS in the two regions will contribute towards strengthening uninterrupted provision of better telecom services to the people of AJ&K and GB in line with the GOP vision of a Digital Pakistan.

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