Zong to establish Pakistan’s largest Private-Public hi-speed wireless broadband educational network

Zong to establish Pakistan’s largest Private-Public hi-speed wireless broadband educational network for HEC under Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme Phase – II for 100K students

Islamabad – November 12, 2015: Pakistan’s most advanced and only 3G + 4G operator Zong signed a contract with Higher Education Commission (HEC) here on Thursday for the provision of Wireless Broadband Services on laptops to be provided to the students across the country under the “Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme Phase-II”.

The objective of HEC and Zong is to provide reliable and efficient connectivity access to students by provision of Wireless Broad Band Services and enhance their knowledge base across the country.

Chairman & CEO Zong Mr. Liu Dianfeng said,

“We appreciate Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif’s vision for putting more emphasis on Education and vesting in the betterment of people of Pakistan. Education plays vital role in the progress of any nation. Zong takes it as its responsibility to contribute to the uplift of different social sectors. Technology and its application in the right direction can improve the knowledge and lifestyle of Pakistani people. It is with this spirit that we have decided to come forward and assist the Government of Pakistan in its Prime Minister Laptop Scheme Phase II which will benefit thousands of bright students across the country.”

Zong is proud to serve and provide high speed 3G broadband services under this project which caters 100,000 students nationwide. The students will be provided privileged wireless access to Global Educational Resources available on HEC’s Digital Library through PERN (Pakistan Education & Research Network). The HEC Digital Library resources were currently available to students only in campuses of respective Universities; but by virtue of this project, students will be able to access the Digital Library resources across the country, anywhere, anytime. The students will also enjoy seamless Internet services through co-branded MBB dongle devices.

Chairman HEC, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad said,

“Education can make a lot of difference in social wellbeing of nearly 47 million Pakistani youth among which over 2.6 million students are getting Higher education. This initiative is an effort to provide more and more efficient means of education in line with Prime Minister’s vision 2025. HEC and Zong can work together to setup R&D centers, E-Classrooms and Innovation Centers for youth capacity building. Pakistani youth is full of innovative ideas which needs to be empowered through these platforms.”

Zong has joined hands with Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan in launching this National Program for provisioning of Wireless Internet Services for bright and talented young students currently studying at any public sector higher education institute all over the country. The country’s largest cellular network will also help HEC in program designing, implementation of scheme as well as execution of this vital project.

Picture 1 - Zong HEC MoU Sigining
Niaz A. Malik, Deputy CEO – Zong and M. Arshad Kamran, DG Services – HEC signing a contract for the provision of wireless broadband services under PM Laptop Scheme Phase II. Also seen in the picture are Mr. Liu Dianfeng, Chairman & CEO, Zong and Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC alongwith other senior officials.
Picture 2 - Zong CEO and Chiramn HEC at MoU Sigining
Mr. Mannan Shabbir (Executive Director, Zong), Mr. Niaz A. Malik (Deputy CEO, Zong), Mr. Liu Dianfeng (Chairman & CEO, Zong), Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad (Chairman HEC), Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti (Executive Director, HEC), Mr. Muhammad Arshad Kamran (DG Services, HEC).