KARACHI: In view of imminent renewal of its license, Jazz (the VEON Operating Company in Pakistan) has approached the Islamabad High Court to decide on the terms of license renewal in an equitable, fair and transparent way.
This measure is taken to provide uninterrupted telecom, broadband, and mobile financial services to its 58 million customers, and to ensure continuity of investments in digital infrastructure sector, said one spokesman.
Jazz is working within the country’s telecom policy framework to protect the interests of foreign investors, he said.
The company seeks to have the license renewed as per the terms of its license and the telecom policy of 2015.
The license was issued at Rs16.8 billion in 2004 ($291 million equivalent) and is now worth Rs41.4 billion ($291 million). While this is almost 250 percent of the original value, the company has nonetheless, shown its willingness to pay this amount, said the spokesman.
The telecom industry in Pakistan has amongst the world’s lowest call rates and Jazz is one of the highest taxpayers in the country.
The digital backbone for Pakistan is dependent on the telecom industry’s ability to expand its services, which requires a predictable investment environment.
He said Jazz remains firm in its commitment to lead the digital revolution in Pakistan.