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Wateen Promotes Internet Literacy in Underserved Areas of Pakistan

Wateen has been an active participant in Government of Pakistan’s (Ministry of Information Technology) USF projects working towards the development of telecom infrastructure in underserved areas of the country.

So far, Wateen has been successful in obtaining subsidies of approximately PKR 1.8 billion for OFC projects and PKR 1.0 billion for Broadband projects through successful participation in competitive biddings.

Wateen’s deployment of a robust Optical Fiber Cable network of over 10,000 kilometers and the largest nationwide 3.5 GHz WiMAX network rollout in the world makes Wateen a natural partner of choice to support such initiatives from USF.

Mr. Tariq Malik, CEO Wateen Telecom, commended Wateen’s efforts for promotion of internet literacy in these regions and said

“Wateen stands committed in alleviating the digital divide between the urban and rural population and is always one step ahead of its competition to meet such challenges. Our aim is to promote computer and internet literacy in underserved regions of Pakistan by making these services ‘available’ and ‘affordable’ for the people of Pakistan.

While talking about corporate social responsibility he further stated that through these projects Wateen is not only making services available in educational centers by building computer laboratories that shall be fully equipped with broadband internet but is also generating employment opportunities by creating partnerships with the local community to build internet cafes in the area.

It is Wateen’s vision to contribute towards the development of our great country and hence, participation in USF regions aligns with Wateen’s vision of taking Pakistan into the digital broadband revolution of the 21st century while promoting education and literacy through these means.”

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Wateen Offers Discount Package for Student in Selected Cities

Thanks to USF, Wateen telecom is offering WiMAX broadband services at discounted rates for students in selected cities.

This discount is offered exclusively for students in following cities:

  • Okara
  • Sargodha
  • Abbottabad
  • Gujrat
  • Sialkot
  • Sheikhupura
  • Sahiwal

Student from therse cities can get discount on Wateen services by simply presenting their School, college, University identity at Wateen Franchises.

Discounted Wateen Rates for Students are as following:

  • 256 Kbps – Unlimited Volume for Rs. 839
  • 512 Kbps – Unlimited Volume for Rs. 909
  • 1 Mbps – 1 GB Limit for Rs. 299
  • 1 Mbps – Unlimited Volume for Rs. 979

All these packages come with

  • Upfront cost: Zero
  • Security: Zero
  • Monthly Device Rental: Zero

For more information call Wateen’s helpline here: 111-365-111 (Be informed that wait time is usually longer than 4-5 minutes)

It merits mentioning here that these cities were offered subsidy by USF (see map above) – where it is mandatory for broadband operators to achieve a target number of customers to start receiving the subsidy grants from USF. As it is apparent from the map that USF has plans to stretch its subsidy for broadband to other under-served cities of Pakistan as well.

For complete details on USF’s Broadband programme: http://www.usf.org.pk/Broadband-Programme.aspx

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