Pakistan’s Special Communication Organisation (SCO) has begun offering free trials of 3G and 4G services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), ProPakistani writes, citing unnamed sources. A spokesperson for the state-owned provider was quoted as saying that customers in Mirpur, Muzzafarabad, Kotli, Skardu and Gilgit can now access high speed wireless data services free of cost.
The news outlet claims that the SCO had begun offering the services after completing an upgrade to its network late last year, but was instructed to cease charging for the wireless data offerings. The SCO spokesperson denied the report, however, stating that the company only began to offer the service following regulatory approval. SCO is currently awaiting the long-delayed auction of 3G and 4G licences in the AJK and GB regions, which were excluded from the national spectrum sale in 2014. SCO operates solely in the AJK and GB regions, but has also sought permission to expand nationwide.
Alongside SCO, rival cellco Jazz (formerly Mobilink/Warid) has been given the green light to trial 3G/4G services in AJK and GB.