Mobile Cellular service launched in Neelum Valley of Azad Kashmir (AJK) under cellular village connection trial (CVCT) plan
MUZAFFARABAD (July 29, 2011) : Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr Muhammed Yaseen visited Special Communication Organisation (SCO) Sector Headquarter, Muzzafarabad on Friday to launch “Cellular Village Connection Trial” in Neelum Valley of Azad Kashmir.
SCO Sector Commander Col Shafqat gave briefing to the PTA chief on starting cellular services by SCO in the Neelum Valley.
After the visit of Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to the Neelum Valley, PTA initiated the cellular village connection trial (CVCT) plan, which is the first of its kind in the entire region. PTA responded very effectively and swiftly to the directions of PM of Pakistan and popular demand of the masses of the area and initiated this plan of trials by offering cellular operators of AJK to participate in CVCT.
PTA will act as a facilitator between SCO and Huawei to carry out a GSM CVCT in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir initially on a trial basis for sixth months. After this trial service, it will only be continued in the areas, which will be identified as ‘secure’ for such services based on the lessons learnt from the trial.
The plan of the PTA is a unique model, which will educate the industry of secure border communications.
During his visit, Chairman of PTA said that elaborate efforts are being made to provide enhanced telecom services including mobile and fixed communications to the people of Neelum Valley. The Chairman said that with the help of operators, PTA is making efforts to provide better telecom services to the far-flung areas of the country. He showed satisfaction on the launch of mobile services in Neelum Valley on trial basis and hoped that by the beginning of the next year complete GSM mobile services would be available to the people of the valley.
Dr Mohammed Yaseen said that the cellular village connection is a new concept which is especially designed to expand cellular services in those areas where it is not possible to provide these services due to tough terrain, closed proximity with the borders areas, feasibility concerns, low population, cost of deployment and year-round
The Sector Commander SCO also said that the successful launching of this trial plan depicts firm commitment of PTA towards the expansion of cellular services throughout Pakistan particularly remote rural areas and far-flung border areas.
”The visit of PTA chief to Muzaffarabad and then Neelum Valley reflects his keen interest and untiring endeavors for making this trial plan a success story,” he further added.