Edotco Pakistan Private Limited (edotco Pakistan) on Friday signed a long-term agreement with Zong 4G to collaborate on multiple projects that would strengthen 4G coverage and customer experience across Pakistan.
Edotco and Zong have already partnered for tower sharing in Pakistan. The tower arm of Malaysia-based Axiata Group, Edotco, had signed site sharing deals valued at up to $80 million with the three mobile operators in Pakistan: Jazz, Telenor Pakistan and Zong.
Zong 4G has over 14 million 4G subscribers all over the country. The company focuses on 4G and the importance of data services, the fastest-growing segment of consumer demand in Pakistan driven by mobile financial services, e-commerce and social media.
Edotco, on the other hand, has its speciality in operational strength with 29,900 towers across its footprint combined with experience in rolling out next-generation shareable infrastructure like lightweight carbon fibre towers, energy as a service and smart street furniture that support fast and cost-effective 4G rollout for mobile operators. In the past year, the company has grown its portfolio to over 1,400 towers.
As part of this agreement, edotco Pakistan will focus on accelerating the next phase of infrastructure rollout for Zong 4G, driving efficiency and flexibility improvements towards a faster and more available 4G network roll out across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Zong 4G Chairman and CEO Wang Hua said, “The new agreement aligns with Zong 4G’s commitment to providing its customers with better coverage, reliability, speed and overall performance. This includes a focus on keeping up with booming mobile data usage while improving capacity and coverage across the country, especially in underserved rural areas. We look forward to working with edotco to keep our 4G momentum going and enable all our customers in every corner of the country to experience world-class 4G services.”
edotco Pakistan Country Managing Director Arif Hussain, said, “We are extremely excited to sign this historic agreement further reinforcing our long-standing relationship with Zong 4G. Having grown our operations by delivering over 1,000 new sites in 12 months to more than 1,400 operational sites, it is clear we have proved ourselves a credible partner to Zong 4G. It is a further testament to our operational strength and I am very proud of the team; at the same time, I am humbled by the trust Zong 4G have placed in edotco. We have to make sure their trust is well placed, and I am confident we will.”
edotco Group, established in 2012, is the first regional integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M). edotco Group operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 29,900 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 19,700 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 10,200 towers managed through a range of services provided.