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USF awards contract to Jazz for providing Mobile Broadband coverage in North Waziristan

Islamabad – February 06, 2019: Universal Service Fund (USF) awarded a contract worth PKR 192 Million
to Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, Jazz. This contract has been awarded by USF
under its Broadband for Sustainable Development Programme. As part of the deal, Jazz will work
towards providing mobile broadband access to people of North Waziristan Agency, Frontier Region
Bannu and Frontier Region Lakki Marwat. Chief Executive Officer – Universal Service Fund, Rizwan
Mustafa Mir signed the contract with Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate and Enterprise Officer – Jazz.

Chief Guest of the ceremony, Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr.
Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, while addressing the audience, stated that with constant dedication and
devotion, Ministry of IT and Telecom had achieved yet another significant connectivity milestone.

He also added that with such projects, Ministry for IT through USF would continue to work towards
achieving the mission of broadband penetration across the country to facilitate the people in rural
regions. He said that in addition to Broadband Infrastructure, he expected USF to launch new e-services
and m-services to facilitate digital lifestyle adoption for the people of Pakistan.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Rizwan Mir, CEO-USF said that with the signing of North Waziristan
contract, Universal Service Fund’s aim is to provide voice and data services to remote and underserved
areas of Pakistan, where it is most critical for development. He added that this network would be
completed in 24 months for providing 3G/4G and Voice Services to a population of 0.57 million in 401
unserved Mauzas. He further said that with the improvement of law and order situation in FATA areas,
provision of advanced ICT infrastructure would be a key to the development efforts in the region.

He said that we enjoy great support from Ministry of IT and Telecom as well as the ICT industry in our
common mission to continuously work towards expanding broadband to all Pakistanis. He mentioned
that USF was planning to launch several new broadband projects in the next few months, including one
in South Waziristan.

While addressing the audience, Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate & Enterprise Officer at Jazz said, “Through
this collaboration, Jazz and USF have successfully bridged the digital divide in the country’s remotest
region. This is why the project has special significance for us and in due time residents of 401
administrative muzas will have access to the country’s fastest mobile broadband connectivity. We are
looking forward to assisting these people in unlocking their potential in an increasingly interconnected

The USF-Jazz partnership would also open-up new progressive opportunities for local communities such
as e-commerce. Digital and e-services are a rapidly evolving field and can provide better health,
education, agriculture and business opportunities to the people in these areas. In order to execute this
project, 28 towers will be installed by Jazz in about a year.

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