The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) stands as a beacon of progress and collaboration between the two nations. This initiative not only reshapes Pakistan’s socioeconomic landscape but also strengthens the bonds of friendship between Pakistan and China.
In CPEC’s 10th Year, the progress that China and Pakistan have made along the CPEC route is commendable. Its impact is far-reaching as this long-term project reaches into every corner of Pakistan’s economy from trade and marketing to industry, construction, energy, agriculture, technological knowledge transfer, and education. It promises to sustain countless livelihoods in the years to come, acting as a gateway to prosperity.
Among the key catalysts behind CPEC’s sustained progress is Zong 4G, Pakistan’s largest 4G network in connectivity. Zong 4G has over 14,000 4G enabled towers across Pakistan, making it the country’s most widespread 4G network. Zong 4G’s extensive network footprint and cutting-edge high-speed data services have transformed digital access across the nation.
Zong 4G was the first telecom operator to introduce 3G and 4G technology and became the first telecom to test 5G in the country. It’s more than a telecom service provider; it’s a digital enabler.
Zong 4G also plays an active role in the sustainability sector of the country. With a concentrated effort on Digital Inclusion, Education, Health, and the Environment they have launched numerous key initiatives in each of the mentioned areas creating a positive impact on nearly 6.6 million lives. A number of these sustainability projects such as digital labs are situated along the CPEC route.
Understanding the importance of CPEC to the country and the future of digital innovation, Zong 4G has extended its support to the Belt & Road initiative. Over the past 10 years, it has offered a range of services, including fixed line, mobility, and IoT/M2M, to support CPEC projects.
Impressively, 18 projects have already been completed, 10 are currently under construction, and 30 more are on the horizon. These include the SUKI KINARI Hydro-Power Project, the Rashakai Economic Zone, Dawood Wind Power Project, and the China-Pakistan Friendship School, Faqueer Colony amongst many more.
One significant challenge in supporting CPEC projects is the remote locations where many of them are situated such as Allama Iqbal Industrial City, an SEZ (Special Economic Zone) adjacent to M3, Thar Block 1 integrated coal mine and power project. These areas often lack cellular coverage, making connectivity a critical issue. However, Zong 4G has risen to the occasion, taking full advantage of being the only service provider in these remote regions. Through meticulous planning and execution, Zong 4G has provided seamless coverage despite infrastructural and landscape challenges.
Zong 4G’s remarkable contribution to CPEC is a testament to its 15 years of dedicated service in Pakistan’s telecom industry. Over the years, it has evolved into a telecom giant, providing innovative solutions and unmatched connectivity to millions of Pakistanis. From pioneering 4G technology in Pakistan to becoming integral to nation-building through CPEC, Zong 4G has come a long way.
Zong 4G’s role in powering CPEC is nothing short of commendable. It has not only provided connectivity but has also played a crucial role in shaping Pakistan’s digital future. As CPEC continues to transform the region, Zong 4G stands as a symbol of Pakistan’s telecom prowess and its commitment to progress, connectivity, and partnership with China. With 15 years of excellence in the telecom industry, Zong 4G is set to lead the way in the digital era of Pakistan.