Islamabad: According to different sources, Nayatel and Facebook announced a collaboration today to invest in fiber broadband in Pakistan to enhance and extend connectivity. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact millions around the world, high-speed, secure, and accessible broadband has become a basic household requirement.

New fiber networks will be deployed by Nayatel to act as the backbone infrastructure for 4G/5G mobile and fixed broadband, which is a major driver of economic growth and job creation.

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Nayatel will own, develop, manage, and operate a new fiber network and provide wholesale capacity to mobile operators and ISPs as part of this agreement, while Facebook will invest in the fiber network and provide network planning support. By 2022, this high-speed fiber will link thousands of locations, increasing the capacity and regional scope of internet connectivity to roughly 10 to 15 million people in Pakistan’s eight major cities.

This network will aid Pakistan’s digital transformation and is in line with the government’s efforts to improve inclusive connectivity throughout the country.

The network will provide fiber backhaul to mobile operators and ISPs on an open-access, non-discriminatory basis, growing bandwidth and promoting high-speed 4G/5G connectivity.

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Facebook is assisting operators in leveraging fiber infrastructure to expand access to reliable broadband by investing in and funding network construction. This is Facebook’s first project in Pakistan, and it’s part of a larger plan to invest in the country and improve connectivity in the area.

“We’re proud to partner with Nayatel as part of our efforts to bring fast and reliable internet connectivity to people around the world, including in Pakistan,” said Tom Varghese, Facebook’s Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for the Asia Pacific.

In terms of the collaboration, the CEO of Nayatel Wahaj-Us-Siraj said “We’re excited for this first-ever partnership of a Pakistani company with Facebook to expand fiber broadband to bring high-speed internet to millions of customers.” said Wahaj us Siraj, CEO of Nayatel.

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