Telenor, the largest 3G operator of Pakistan and Zong, both 3G & 4G network, keeping in view the loaded 3G/4G networks of their respective companies has finally come up on an agreement to share optical fiber network to increase their transmission capacity. The agreement is first of its kind in the Pakistani telecom industry. It will highly facilitate both companies from many relevant perspectives as cellular penetration is on its rise in Pakistan and there are more than 15 million (according to PTA) mobile broadband users in the country.
Zong & Telenor to Share Optical Fiber Network to Increase their Transmission Capacity
Michael Foley, CEO Telenor, shares his expectations on social media platfrom about this agreement and said that:
Last night we signed a landmark deal with Zong to share optical fiber between the two companies. The great success of our 3G services has created a lot of demand for transmission capacity and getting fiber to a large number of sites is absolutely critical. In keeping with our strategy of ‘working smartly’ we got an agreement which gives us both big benefits on realizing synergies while at the same time making hundreds of km of deployed fibre available to each other. It’s a first of its kind agreement in the local industry and we would continue on the path to get the best benefits from asset sharing. Tremendous work done by Strategy and Technology teams, supported by a cross functional team of experts from Finance, Regulatory, Legal, Sourcing and other functions.
“Fibre Optics” is technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to transmit data. A fibre optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves. Hence, this will help both Telenor and Zong to expand their network sites as well as improve their network quality.