Wateen Telecom, a Pakistan-based converged communication services provider, and Telenor Pakistan, an operator and part of the multinational Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor, have announced a partnership.
According to Pakistan press reports, Wateen Telecom has partnered with Telenor Pakistan to connect over 700 Telenor cell sites under what is known as the FTTT (fibre to the tower) initiative.
In order to meet growing demand for bandwidth and emerging technologies, Telenor Pakistan relies on Wateen as one of the major partners for fibre optic backbone for its network across the country. Under this new initiative, Wateen will provide active capacity to Telenor Pakistan cell sites for faster connectivity and higher internet speed across 12 major cities.
FTTT technology through which, as its name implies, the fibre optic connection links the primary telecommunications network to the cellular network towers, should enable Telenor Pakistan to open up higher bandwidth transport capabilities, giving customers a smoother and faster internet experience, while ensuring uninterrupted data services.
The data service consideration is an important one. Demand for data services has grown exponentially in Pakistan. In seven years, local reports suggest, the broadband subscriber base has gone from 14 million to over 100 million.
Telenor announced that it had enabled FTTT on its network at the end of 2019, enabling it to be 5G-ready while allowing for much higher bandwidth transport capability for every FTTT-powered site.