600,000 new Telephones by, December -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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600,000 new Telephones by, December

LAHORE (PPI) – Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) would be installing 600,000 new telephone connections at a cost of Rs 19 billion by December this year, said PTCL Chairman, Akhtar Ahmad Bajwa.

“Before we lose our monopoly, by December 2002, we would have to give 600,000 new connections at a cost of Rs 18 to 19 billion,” he said on Sunday.

“Due to competition we will be offering special discount packages to our customers,” he added.

Bajwa said that the company was spending Rs 2 to 2.5 billion on marketing and customers care services.

“A number of local and foreign companies are expected to enter telecom business from January 2003, therefore, PTCL is preparing ourselves for that time, “he said.

“We have also decided to induct about 60 private sector experts into the PTCL, who will be given handsome salaries,” he said. But the immediate challenge before us, he pointed out, is to retain those clients who were giving good business to the PTCL.

To a question he said a modem billing system would be ready by end of current year.
Source: The Nation
Date:8/19/2002