Jazz and USF to bridge the digital divide in South Waziristan.

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Continuing its partnership with Jazz for developing cellular access in underserved regions, the Universal Service Fund (USF) has awarded a new contract worth PKR 90 million to Pakistan's leading digital communications company. This contract has been awarded under the Broadband for Sustainable Development Project in South Waziristan. For this purpose, a signing ceremony took place between USF CEO Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary and Jazz Chief Corporate and Enterprise Officer Syed Ali Naseer. Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Federal Minister for IT andTelecom, was the Chief Guest at the occasion.

As part of the deal, Jazz will work towards providing cellular access to people of South Waziristan. The idea is to provide reliable and cheap cellular services across the country, particularly in the remote areas.

Speaking at the ceremony, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui stated that USF had launched multiple projects for the socio-economic uplift of people living in the unserved and underserved areas of Pakistan. He added that in order to take this further, USF would now be paying special focus on empowering the people of South Waziristan through its projects. He highlighted that unfortunately the locals in South Waziristan had been victims of terrorism in the past and now deserved all the opportunities they were not able to avail earlier. He informed the audience that through this project services would be provided to a population of 0.64 million people in 411 Muzas. He also congratulated the teams of USF and Jazz for doing such an incredible job and for achieving this landmark.

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