Apr 12 - 18, 2010

Advisor to Prime Minister for Information Technology, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa met with a three member delegation of Telenor headed by Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor Asia Region, Sigve Brekke recently to discuss the expansion of the telecom sector in Pakistan.

CEO Telenor Pakistan, Jon Eddy Abdullah and Chief Strategy Officer & Vice President Corporate Affairs, Aamir Ibrahim were also part of the delegation.

Latif Khosa appreciated the contribution of Telenor Pakistan for providing basic telephony and data services in Malakand Division and said, "Ministry of Information Technology is putting all efforts to promote the development of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas throughout the length and breadth of the country".

He added, "Pakistan has a friendly working atmosphere as there is a lot of potential to invest in the telecom sector. We want cooperation of cellular companies to achieve our targets for the expansion of information technology and telecom sector."

Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor Asia Region, Sigve Brekke also appreciated the support of the IT and Telecom Ministry. He said, "Telenor Group has a long-term perspective on its investments in Pakistan. We appreciate the support extended by government of Pakistan, specifically Ministry of IT & Telecom, towards the development of the telecom sector in the country. We look forward to continued government support especially on rationalizing the tax regime and bringing it at par with other sectors, in the upcoming budget."

In the meeting, the Advisor and the delegation expressed their views on further development in the Telecom sector and sought mutual cooperation for deep and wide telecommunication penetration within the country.

Telenor Pakistan is a provider of high quality telecommunication services in Pakistan. Telenor Pakistan acquired its GSM license in 2004 and launched its services in 2005. Currently, Telenor Pakistan has 22.50 million subscribers, a nationwide network encompassing 8,000 plus cities and 2,500 employees. Telenor Pakistan is 100 per cent owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia.