Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecom network of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan has organized a tree plantation drive at Pakistan Sweet Homes Islamabad. The campaign was led by SCO brand ambassadors, Mr. Usman Mukhtar renowned actor, Ms. Maryam Mujtaba, a first female commercial pilot from AJ&K and people with disabilities from respective NGOs. Saplings of Pine, Jasmine, Guava, and Mulberry trees were planted.
Patron in Chief Pakistan Sweet Homes Mr. Zammurrad Khan and senior officials of SCO were also present. Children of sweet homes planted saplings with an aim to make a clean & green Pakistan. The event was held as a part of SCO cooperate social responsibility initiative-Islamabad Chapter, through which trees are being planted to mitigate the effects of climate change
SCO through this drive bolstered their focus on creating awareness and a sense of responsibility among society for preserving and nurturing the environment. Last year, over a million trees were planted under the “Sarsabz-O-Shadab” campaign in AJ&K and GB region.
SCO restores Affected Telecommunications Systems in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan 18 JAN 2020
SCO and KIU partner to set up first IT Park and Technology Incubation Center at GB
Special Communications Organization (SCO) and Karakoram International University (KIU) will jointly establish the first Information Technology Park and Technology Incubation Center at Karakoram University in Gilgit Baltistan. For This purpose, all funds will be generated by the SCO, while KIU will provide the physical space. SCO will also provide state of the art networking facilities and the fastest Internet connectivity. Through the IT Park, Computer and IT graduates will have the opportunity to promote their expertise in the field of software development and connect with the global market.
The students appreciated the participation of the SCO & KIU for the establishment of an IT Park and Technology Incubation Center at the University of Karakoram. This IT Park will be a great initiative for the development of the youth of the region and will encourage them in the technology business.
SCO announces relief packages for affected areas of AJ&K and GB
Glaciers and land sliding from recent spell of torrential rains and heavy snowfall caused severe damage to the Telecommunication system in Azad Jammu &Kashmir(AJ&K) and GilgitBaltistan (GB).Land sliding in Azad Kashmir damaged the Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) connecting Muzaffarabad with Taobat via Athmuqam, Dudhnial,Sharda and Kelin Neelum Valley, GappaGali and Rashian Top in Leepa Valley,Kohala and Bara Kot in Muzafarabad Region and Chikar&SudhanGali between Bagh and Garhidupatta. Similarly due to earthquake and land sliding, OFC damaged at Doian, Jaglot, Thalichi, Tattapani (Rai Kot), Astore in Gilgit region and Sanochal&Sassi near Kachura, Durando, Shangas and Jullnallah in Baltistan region caused breakdown of telecommunication facilities.
SCO’s dedicated teams promptly responded to this natural calamity and worked around the clock to restore the communications. SCO restored the fiber cable during the most difficult weather and made it possible to connect the affectees to the rest of the country and making relief and rehabilitation support to reach effectively and smoothly.
DGSCO Major General Ali Farhan HI(M) has expressed heartfelt condolences to affectees of Neelum, Leepa, and other victims in Azad Kashmir.He said “SCO stands with the aggrieved in this hour of grief and is fully cognizant of its responsibilities”.
Aimed at extending relief and assistance to the affectees of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, SCO has announced relief SCOM package which includes 5000 free SCOM to SCO Family Minutes and 5000 SMS.Through this offer, people will be able to keep in touch with their loved ones during this time of trouble. These packages are available from January 16 to January 25.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), a telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan has named Director, Actor and Model Mr. Usman Mukhtar as their Digital Ambassador. Mr. Usman Mukhtar will be engaged in various media activities to endorse SCO’s digital and tourism initiatives.
The association kicked off today with a contract signing ceremony at HQ SCO. Maj Gen Ali Farhan, HI (M) DG SCO and other officials of SCO were present on the occasion.
Maj Gen Ali Farhan, HI (M) DG SCO said, “Empowering our communities with new digital means has always been the focus of SCO and that’s why we have chosen Mr. Usman Mukhtar, who has a strong influence in social media and active interest in social services”
In order to keep the audience intact and to form a bond between the subscribers and the company, SCO moved forward towards on boarding a Digital Ambassador. SCO has a significant digital standing and manages to strike the set target audience.
The social media for SCO consists of an active and engaging Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube Channel.
SCO has lately introduced Smart TV, S-Paisa (Branchless Banking) and Social Media packages to help with the growing customer demand by ensuring the best internet experience for everyone.
With this association, SCO intends to connect with forward-looking, modern youth segment and extend its market presence.
IG C&IT Lt Gen Ali Amir Awan HI (M) visited Special Communications Organization today. On his arrival, he was received by Director General SCO Major General Ali Farhan, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). CEO ZTE Mr. Wang Lei was also present at the occasion. IG C&IT chaired the briefing at the SCO where he was briefed regarding the ongoing projects including Next Generation Mobile System (NGMS) and Pak China Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) project.
Later he inaugurated NGMS Disaster Recovery Site and was given a detailed briefing on the facilities available at the site. The IG appreciated the work done by SCO and its management. He also expressed his satisfaction over the professional standards maintained by the organization. He further said that SCO is working to connect rural areas through fiber and wireless solutions to make networks ready for 5G, the roadmap to digital transformation requires collaboration between all parties, including vendors like ZTE and other service providers.
PRESIDENT DR ARIF ALVI INAUGURATES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY SCO
Special Communications Organization (SCO) in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of Arts held a photography exhibition today. The exhibition featured top 100 photographs under the theme of ‘My Land – My People’ capturing the beautiful North Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan (AJ&K & GB). The photographs were selected from a pool of over 2000 photographs received by SCO from all over the country.
The event was inaugurated by President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi as Chief Guest.
He felicitated SCO for coming out with a novel idea of ‘My Land – My People’ which proved to be a platform for expression and a projection of talent of our aspiring youth, our natural beauty, cultures, tradition and history through art. He said, “I could see the vision and hope with which this initiative was established. I wish continued success to SCO in their endeavours to promote our youth and Pakistan’s soft image to the world”.
Photographs depicting landscape, folk heritage, traditional architecture, and people busy in the routine life were displayed in the exhibition. These colourful photographs are the scenes of real life from the far flung areas of AJ&K and GB.
DG Special Communications Organization (SCO) Major General Ali Farhan, HI (M) while addressing the participants said, “The primary purpose of this initiative is to create healthy and conducive environment to groom and explore the youthful talent of these remote areas and to showcase it at National level”.
This photography exhibition is the second in the series of events organized by SCO under its theme ‘My Land – My People’. Earlier this year, SCO Painting Exhibition was conducted at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) Islamabad.
Special Communications Organization would be organizing a Photography exhibition on 11 December 2019 (Wednesday) under the theme of
“My Land – My people”.
The event will be held at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Islamabad.
Photographs have been captured by the youth from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K),
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Mainland Pakistan to highlight the landscape and cultural heritage of the beautiful North (AJ&K & GB). Prizes will be awarded to the winners of Photography competition in the ceremony.
People from all walks of life including media have been invited to attend the ceremony while the exhibition in PNCA will continue till 13 December 2019.
ISLAMABAD-Special Communications Organization (SCO) sponsored the first-ever Islamabad Art Festival 2019 (IAF-19) held in PNCA. The Festival will continue till 30 November 2019 showcasing multiple art and cultural performances.
SCO, a leading integrated telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan has been actively playing a role in various cultural activities and also creating healthy and conducive environment to groom and explore the talent from these remote areas.
SCO pavilion opened for public at Sir Syed Memorial Complex on 19 November 2019 having different stalls of regional food and handicrafts representing traditional culture of the AJ&K and GB. Different artists from AJ&K and GB are also participating to showcase their talent.
In the grand opening of IAF 2019, high profile dignitaries visited SCO pavilion and appreciated SCO for promoting talent from far flung areas of AJ&K and GB at National level. The stalls were spectated by large number of guests visiting the IAF over the last 3 days. The visitors thoroughly enjoyed the various engaging activities organized by SCO.
As part of IAF 2019, SCO has also announced “Video Making Contest” with the theme of “My Land My People” to encourage talent of AJ&K and GB. SCO will facilitate the competition by short listing the winners. The format is kept very simple, it’s an open competition for all ages. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of IAF 2019.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN PLANNING COMMISSION & REFORM VISITED SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION
Deputy Chairman Planning, Development & Reform and Statistics Division Dr. Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan visited Special Communications Organization (SCO). On his arrival, he was received by Director General SCO Major General Ali Farhan, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). A briefing was given to the Deputy Secretary about work of the organization including laying of 820 Kms Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) from Khunjrab to Rawalpindi under CPEC framework in Phase-I and on proposed phase-II of development project. He was also informed that SCO is providing state of the art telecom, broadband and ICT services to far flung areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
Honorable Deputy Chairman applauded the efforts and achievements of SCO and assured full support in making SCO a vibrant, futuristic and modern telecom services provider in the region.
Later on, the Deputy Chairman visited Pak China Data Center and Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) building and appreciated the modern facilities.
SCO AND EDOTCO INTENDS COOPERATING FOR TELECOM INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AJ&K AND GB
Special Communications Organization (SCO) largest integrated network with multiple layers of backhaul connectivity in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and
Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Edotco Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, leading integrated telecom infrastructure services company has entered into an understanding for development of telecom infrastructure in AJ&K and GB.
Telecom and mobile connectivity are vital for sustainable socio-economic development of Pakistan. SCO is looking forward to connect people in the remote areas of AJ&K and GB by accelerating the mobile connectivity growth and deepening the engagement with customers while driving a network and customer centric strategy.
Director General, Major General Ali Farhan, HI (M), expressed his view on the occasion that “SCO shall enhance connectivity in AJ&K and GB by developing telecom infrastructure to facilitate local populous residing in un-served and under served areas of AJ&K and GB. SCO shall provide a boost to telecom technology from all angles. The bjective in this regard was reaffirmed to help the end users to benefit from the digital technology”.
Speaking about the agreement Arif Hussain, Country Managing Director of Edotco Pakistan said, “SCO’s extensive footprint enables us to roll out cutting edge innovative solutions that will improve network coverage and capacity across different areas of AJ&K and GB. Our strategy has always been to partner with the key players in the industry”.
Date: 7 October 2019
A group comprising students and faculty members from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) visited Special Communications Organization on a study tour under Youth Engagement Initiative Program. The guests were warmly welcomed by DG SCO Major General Ali Farhan HI (M) and higher officials. The group was given brief on present and future communication and information technology projects in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The students were told that talent appreciation activities are one of the regular features of SCO’s operations. These activities are aimed at promoting the local talent especially youth from far flung areas in the field of education, sports, art and culture. As part of this effort, SCO recently held a painting competition titled “My People – My Land” and provided a platform for remote region talent of AJ&K and GB to showcase both nationally and internationally. The competition for photography has also been conducted under the same theme and the exhibition is being organized at the national level.
The group expressed their gratitude and lauded the services of SCO.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), a telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Balitistan has appointed First Female Commercial Pilot from Azad Jammu & Kashmir – Ms Maryam Mujtaba as its Brand Ambassador.
The contract signing ceremony was held at HQ SCO Rawalpindi.
Maj Gen Ali Farhan HI(M) DG SCO and other officials of SCO were present on the occasion.
Ms Maryam Mujtaba is the first Kashmiri female pilot, currently flying with Pakistan International Airline (PIA). She obtained her Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and after completing the subsequent flying hours was promoted as a first officer on Airbus 320 in PIA.
Commenting on her association with SCO, Ms Maryam said, “I’m excited to come on board as the Brand Ambassador for SCO, an organization committed to provide quality telecom services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. In addition, SCO is actively involved in women empowerment and healthy community engagement activities.”
Ms Maryam Mujtaba will be engaged in various media activities and events to endorse and promote SCO’s promotional activities in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. By joining the prestigious roster of famous women such as Ms Samina Baig, Ms Maryam Mujtaba will become the first Kashmiri female to represent SCO, globally.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) was raised in 1976 under Prime Minister, Mr Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s directive with objective “to develop telecom facilities in the mountainous regions of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB)”. Mandated with developing, operating and maintaining telecom services in the most challenging region of AJ&K and Northern Areas (NAs), SCO initially focused on developing communication infrastructure and providing basic telephony services throughout these areas.
SCO has over 6 million subscribers in AJ&K and GB. SCO has the highest number of 4G sites with coverage spanning all over AJ&K and GB, which reflects the commitment to provide a stable, affordable and reliable network to the customers. In the coming years, SCO aims to provide a faster, wider and deeper data quality experience to the users. SCO believes that digitization is a catalyst for economic growth and will continue to enable it by leading the data services market of AJ&K and GB.
SCO as a socially aware and responsible entity is determined to do its utmost in furthering worthy causes that contribute to the lives of individuals and help in making society better as a whole.
CSR is one of SCO’s core values and an integral part of the Organization’s overall mission. With operations across AJ&K and GB, SCO utilizes its scale of operations as strength to positively impact the underprivileged people especially in the vicinities where SCO operates. By integrating CSR into our business strategy, SCO is helping to drive shared value amongst its stakeholders and enhance its corporate brand image amongst the general public of AJ&K and GB.
Following activities took place in AJ&K, GB, Islamabad and Rawalpindi or have been planned in near future:-
|Serial||CSR Activities Events in (AJ&K)||Month/Year|
|Events – 2018|
|a.||Pak Day Celebrations at Muzaffarbad||Mar 18|
|b.||MUST University delegation visit Mirpur||Jun 18|
|c.||Talent hunt by Lahore Qalandars at Muzaffarabad||Jul 18|
|d.||Badminton Championship at Muzaffarabad||Jul 18|
|e.||Fund Raising for Orphans at Muzaffarabad||Aug 18|
|f.||Essay Writing Competition at Muzaffarabad||Aug 18|
|g.||Independence Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur||Aug 18|
|h.||Jeep Rally Independence Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur||Sep 18|
|i.||Defence Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad||Sep 18|
|j.||Football Tournaments at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur||Oct 18|
|k.||Area Cleanliness Campaign at Muzaffarabad||Oct 18|
|l.||AJ&K University Job Fair at Muzaffarabad||Oct 18|
|m.||Iqbal Day Celebrations at Mirpur||Nov 18|
|Events – 2019|
|a.||Internship for UG Students at Mirpur||Jan 19|
|b.||Tree Plantation at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur||Jan 19|
|c.||Area Cleanliness at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur||Jan 19|
|d.||Snow Cross Jeep Rally at Muzaffarabad||Jan 19|
|e.||First Kashmir Award at Muzaffarabad||Jan 19|
|f.||Cricket Tournament at Mirpur||Jan 19|
|g.||Kashmir Solidarity Day at Muzaffarabad||Feb 19|
|h.||Dog Show at Muzaffarabad||Feb 19|
|i.||Pak Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad and Mirpur||Mar 19|
|j.||Books Distribution at Punjgran school at Muzaffarabad||Apr 19|
|k.||SCO Naat Competition at Muzaffarabad||May 19|
|l.||Painting Competition Muzaffarabad & Mirpur||Jul 19|
|m.||Neelum festival Sports Gala at Muzaffarabad||Jul 19|
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events in Gilgit Baltistan
|Serial||CSR Activities Events in (GB)||Month/Year|
|Events – 2018|
|a.||Sponsor of Sarfaranga Jeep Rally||Aug 18|
|b.||Tree Plantation Drive||Sep 18|
|c.||Area Cleanliness Drive||Oct 18|
|d.||Sponsor Naltar Skiing Tournament||Dec 18|
|Events – 2019|
|a.||Tree Plantation||Feb 19|
|b.||Talent Appreciation-Meet with Anita Karim||Mar 19|
|c.||Sponsor Inter School; Speech Competition||Mar 19|
|d.||Sponsor GBSL Cricket League||Mar 19|
|e.||Sponsor Para Gliding Jump Event||Mar 19|
|f.||Sponsor National Songs (Video)||Mar 19|
|g.||Talent Appreciation-Meet with Diana Baig (Cricketer)||May 19|
|h.||Talent Appreciation-Meet with Usman Wazir (Boxer)||May 19|
|i.||Talent Appreciation-Meet with Winners of Special Olympics||May 19|
|j.||Eid Bumper Prize Distribution||May 19|
|k.||Sponsor Tour De Khunjrab Cycle Race||May 19|
|l.||Sponsor Sarfaranga Jeep Rally||May 19|
|m.||Sponsor Jashan-e-Baharan Polo Tournament||May 19|
|n.||Sponsor Shandoor Festival||Jul 19|
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CELEBRITIES
Hassan Sadpara (Late) Mountaineer – Skardu. Hassan Sadpara, the celebrity mountaineer was given financial assistance of Rs 100,000 for his treatment during ailment.
Chacha Abdur Rehman (Late) – Goma. An amount of Rs 100,000 was given to lone widow of renowned Chacha Abdur Rehman (Tamgha-i-Shujaat ). Chacha Abdur Rehman guided Pak Army troops to Siachen in 1982 and 1984.
On 24 July 2019 Painting Exhibition was organized by SCO at PNCA. The event was inaugurated by Mrs Samina Alvi as a Chief Guest. Best 100 paintings were featured in the PNCA Gallery. The aim of the event was to promote the local talent of AJ&K and GB at National Level.
ACTIVITIES IN FOCUS
SCO has opened doors for photographer of Pakistan to present their skill set at national level.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir will hold a five day Kashmir festival in Muzaffarabad from 27 Sep to 1 Oct 2019. The nation’s first ever “Pakistan International Paragliding Cup 2019” will be an amusing sight to witness as the colorful paragliders from around the world will float in the skies of Kashmir. Furthermore, “Kashmir Cricket League” will carry forth the tradition of cricket bringing people together. This is an iconic event on the national festival calendar that marks the delightful tradition of Kashmiri culture. This event aims to attract almost 100,000 strong audience of indigenous and non-indigenous people from across the Globe. SCO is planning to participate in the event in shape of sponsorship.