Facebook is investing in Pakistan for the first time by partnering with Nayatel to provide good Internet service in Pakistan.
Nayatel is Pakistan’s leading telecommunications and solutions company. Nayatel is a wholesale provider and fiber to the home (FTTH) builder company that has transformed Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Peshawar into one of the most connected and optically wired cities in the world.
In addition, Nayatel and Facebook today announced a partnership to invest in fiber broadband in Pakistan to improve and expand connectivity in the country. Reliable and affordable high-speed broadband has become a basic household need as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect millions worldwide.
Under this partnership, Nayatel will own, build, maintain and operate a new fiber network and provide wholesale capacity for mobile operators and ISPs, while Facebook will invest in fiber construction and support network planning.
This high-speed fiber will connect thousands of sites by 2022 and increase the capacity and geographic reach of the Internet to 10 to 15 million people in eight major cities in Pakistan.
Nayatel will deploy new fiber networks to serve as a backbone infrastructure for mobile and fixed 4G / 5G broadband, which is one of the main drivers of economic growth and job creation.
This network will further support Pakistan’s digital revolution and is in line with government efforts to improve inclusive connectivity across the country.
“We are proud to partner with Nayatel as part of our efforts to bring fast and reliable Internet connectivity to people around the world, including Pakistan,” said Tom Varghese, head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook.
“We look forward to working with Nayatel to enable more open-access fiber infrastructure and we see that a progressive and collaborative regulatory environment will help attract more investment to improve Internet connectivity in Pakistan.”
Speaking about the Wahaj us Siraj partnership, Nayatel’s CEO said, “We are excited about this unprecedented partnership of a Pakistani company with Facebook to expand fiber broadband to bring high-speed internet to millions of customers.”
He further added “This collaboration will accelerate the Government’s vision of digital Pakistan by increasing productivity for small and medium businesses, creating new job opportunities and online learning for the youth.