Special Communications Organization (SCO) has joined hands with Habib Bank Limited (HBL) for the Interoperable Mobile Financial Services (MFS) in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). In this regard, a contract signing ceremony was held between the two organizations. This collaboration is a step to jointly creating the required financial services ecosystem in the regions.
The contract signing ceremony was graced by Maj Gen Muhammad Shahid Sideeq, DG SCO and Chairman HBL, Mr. Sultan Ali Allana.
SCO is providing Digital Financial Services with the brand name of “S-Paisa” in AJ&K and GB since 2019. S-Paisa is exclusively disbursing cash for beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) in AJ&K and GB and also affected populations along the Line of control. This agreement will be the catalyst to extend the financial outreach and convenience to more than 6 million people of the region through state-of-the-art, convenient and secure branchless banking services. By virtue of this agreement, multiple services will be leveraged upon including Mobile Wallet App + USSD, SCOM Prepaid/ Post Paid Biller, AJ&K and GB Barkyaat Bill and Cash in-Cash out through agents, to fulfil the needs of banked as well as the unbanked population of AJ&K and GB.
Speaking at the ceremony, Maj General Muhammad Shahid Sideeq, DG SCO said, “This venture is an initiative of Digital transformation of communities. SCO is already contributing to the Financial Inclusion Strategy of SBP and trying to support process of digitalized and documented economy. With this collaboration, we hope to empower populace to manage their routine financial transactions using the Digital Services platform being extended by SCO and HBL. We are proud to be partners with HBL for this initiative, as it progresses our objective and allows us to reduce the current divide between the unbanked and banked population of the region. This initiative will also open the window for E-commerce activities by providing secure payment gateway.”
Chairman HBL Mr. Sultan Ali Allana while sharing his views said “We must provide a digital ecosystem that offers more avenues of banking to the unbanked population of Pakistan. Every Pakistani should be provided with the opportunities that give her or him, financial independence. Financial inclusion through strategic partnerships, such as with the SCO, is a key focus area for HBL.”
Special Communications Organization (SCO) largest integrated network with multiple layers of backhaul connectivity in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Celmore Technologies (Pvt) Limited, an IT and Fiber manufacturing company and Inbox Business Technologies Ltd, a leading professional services company working in the information technology, digital infrastructure, and telecom industry has entered into an understanding for telecom professional services and business opportunities in AJ&K and GB.
The overall purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation for mutual cooperation on WMS system and other potential opportunities required in digital transformation of society. The MoU was signed by Mr Mirza Zia-ud-Din, Chief Executive Officer Celmoreand Mr Mohsin Ali, Chief Executive Officer Inbox Business Technologies in the presence of Major General Muhammad Shahid Sideeq, Director General SCO and officials from both sides.
Through this MoU, both Celmore and Inbox Business Technologies will jointly work towards enhancing the collaboration beyond the current opportunities. This collaboration brings forth a commitment of Inbox Business Technologies to act as a professional service and consultative arm of Celmore with regards to business opportunities, Defense project, Public sector, Private sector and International opportunities. Director General SCO Major General Muhammad Shahid Siddeeq, expressed his view on the occasion that “SCO shall enhance connectivity in AJ&K and GB by developing telecom infrastructure with latest product, technologies and solutions to facilitate private sector. This cooperation shall provide a boost to telecom technology from all angles besides WMS. The objective in this regard was reaffirmed to help the end users to benefit from the digital technology”.
Appointed by the Special Communications Organization (SCO) as a Brand Ambassador, Samina Baig is ready to set off for her K-2 expedition on 26th of June, 2021. A native of Gilgit-Baltistan, Samina Baig is the first Muslim Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest and the seven summits at a very young age of 21 years. Samina Baig has been engaged with the SCO for the past four years where she helps in promoting SCO initiatives in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
This expedition, which will mark Samina Baig as the first Pakistani woman to pitch Pakistan’s flag at the summit of 8,611 meters high peak, is sponsored and fully supported by the SCO. The goal behind this initiative is to promote women empowerment while raising awareness about global warming and climate change. Confident and excited to embark upon this journey which has been the ultimate dream for Samina Baig, she commented, “My spirits are high as I seek prayers of my well wishers for accomplishing this challenge. My sincere appreciation to SCO for installing BTS system at Concordia near Broad Peak and K-2 Base camp. The mobile coverage and internet access in this most extreme need and this will able the mountaineers and trekking groups like us to stay connected with their families and assist in emergency situations”
By recognizing these young talents and supporting their endeavors while they strive to fulfil their dreams, SCO is consistently supporting the communities by serving in these extreme mountain regions of AJ&K, GB and keeping the communities connected with the country and world!
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecommunication services provider in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) has started triple play services using GPON technology to offer super fast broadband speeds to its customers in Gilgit city. SCO is the first telecom operator in GB to offer high-quality telephone service, extremely fast and reliable broadband connectivity and digital television with “amazing” video quality under one umbrella.
This milestone achievement indicates that SCO continues to play a leading role in digitization for its customers due to the immense potential offered by Fiber Optic Services which contributes to SCO’s aim for economic growth and social development of the region
All customers can now register for fiber-optic packages, through SCO web portal on www.sco.gov.pk or by visiting any of SCO Customers Centers Service and respective franchises. SCO fiber-optic packages will offer high bandwidth with easy and seamless bandwidth upgrade and reliable technology with the most robust and stable connectivity solution. Meanwhile, SCO is offering a Welcome Offer under which customers get registered for the lucky draw and get a chance to win free Triple Play Connection. Offer is limited for the first 50 lucky winners.
The project was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan during his recent visit to GB. The service will soon be extended to various cities in AJ&K and GB.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the leading telecommunication company in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), announced the launch of its latest offer on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr, The new offer includes 2000 minutes of local voice calls, 2000 MB Data and 2000 SMS in just Rs 10 per day.
SCO is enthusiastic about celebrating Eid with customers and their families through its unmatched offer. The organization spares no efforts to provide customers with a fast and simple way to enjoy a superior telecommunications experience during special occasions through appealing and flexible packages that meet their needs.
This EID offer is valid for three days starting from EID day onwards. So for activation dial *129# to avail this offer and add more passion to your celebrations! For further information call SCO helpline 111-726-726 or visit our website www.sco.gov.pk.
Ramadan is a time of blessings as well as a time to connect and strengthen family bonds. Reflecting on the spirit and values of Ramadan, Special Communications Organization (SCO) has come up with a treasure chest of special Ramadan offers for customers looking for special and spiritual content during the Holy Month.
This Ramadan, Surprise Mini Super Card is made even more SUPER. Now subscribers will get DOUBLE LOAD upon loading Surprise Mini Super Card and also get a chance to win 70 CC Motor Bikes through lucky draw. Throughout the holy month, SCO customers will automatically enter the raffle for a chance to win Motor Bike on load of Surprise Mini Super Card.
Also SCOM customers can enjoy Ramadan Package which includes special call rates of Rs 0.50/min between 04:00AM to 10:00PM and Rs 0.10/min between 10:00PM to 04:00AM. Ramadan Package can be activated by dialing *129#.
Like every year, subscriber can also take advantage of the zero data charging for reading online Quran and listening online Islamic programs during Ramadan on below mentioned sites: –
Online Quran Reading
7) https://www. sunofm-pk/
Beside other benefits, customers will continue to enjoy other pre-existing SCO services and products throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
SCO is the largest network of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), which has been offering attractive packages to its subscribers on special occasions. On this memorable day of Pakistan, SCO has once again announced Azadi SIM Package and also has brought chances to win SCOM Golden Number, Mifi devices, SCOM Cards and Mobile Phones.
In the spirit of Pakistan Day, SCO Azadi SIM will be available on 23rd March only at the price of Rs. 150 with free 2300 MB data, 2300 on net Minutes and 2300 SMS, which is valid for nine days. In this regard, special SCO branded Kiosks will be established at main locations of Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Gilgit and Skardu in AJ&K and GB.
In addition, by purchasing SCO products at the branded Kiosks on 23rd March, customers will get chances to win numerous prizes through Lucky Draw on closing hours of the day. Customer who will buy Super Card Gold from SCO Kiosks will be eligible for Golden Number of SCOM and on purchasing of Surprise Mini Card will be eligible for Mifi device through lucky draw. Also if any customer purchases SCOM SIM from SCO branded Kiosks will get SCO branded goody bag.
On this special occasion, we did not forget our digital followers and S-Paisa wallet customers. Digital viewers on tagging twenty three (23) friends will receive an SCOM card through lucky draw. Similarly, customer on making three transactions through S-Paisa wallet account will get an opportunity to win a mobile phone.
Don’t forget to visit the special kiosks and make the special day memorable. For further information call SCO helpline 111-726-726 or visit our website www.sco.gov.pk
SCOM Scratch Cards now Available on Ufone Outlets in Islamabad/ Rawalpindi, Lahore & Karachi
Owing to greater customer needs, Special Communications Organization (SCO) brings good news to all the SCOM roamers. Customers can now get SCOM scratch cards from the selective Ufone outlets in Islamabad/ Rawalpindi, Lahore & Karachi. By availing this facility, customers will be able to easily contact their loved ones in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan at affordable rates. SCO has always considered it’s customers ease and ensure’s complete convenience for them.
In addition, users can also recharge their balance through the S-Paisa Mobile Wallet via Alfa app. S-Paisa Mobile Wallet account can be opened by any mobile network number and is not limited to SCOM customers. To open S-Paisa Mobile Wallet account download the Alfa app now on Android/ iOS devices and create S-Paisa Wallet account to avail all existing features.
The details of Ufone selected outlets of respective city can be get from SCO official websites or through SCO helpline 111-726-726.
SCO celebrates International Women’s Day
Special Communications Organization (SCO) celebrated the International Women’s Day with full zeal and fervor. Special events were organized at the SCO Headquarters as well as at Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to mark the International Women’s Day.
SCO has a strong commitment to diversity and women empowerment, both within its own organization and within the communities in which it serves. As an organization, SCO believes that having a diverse workforce is the key to foster innovation and nurture an environment which is gender inclusive. The organization takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer, which empowers females on all levels of hierarchy. SCO has appointed several women in leadership positions in Marketing, Digital/ IT, Call Center and continually developing initiatives that support financial inclusion especially for women through S-Paisa.
SCO women empowerment initiatives are also aimed at achieving gender equality in the society to act, lead, develop, and succeed. Making talented women of the area as their brand ambassadors, including Samina Baig, mountaineer and Maryam Mujtaba, the first female pilot from Azad Kashmir, are excellent examples of this. SCO plays a vital role in creating opportunities for women and leading them to achieve their goals. To name a few, SCO has sponsored Samina Baig, Pakistan’s first Muslim female mountaineer for her upcoming K-2 expedition 2021. In addition, SCO has set a trend of honorary employing female Painting Competition winners to encourage their passion for art.
On the occasion of Women’s Day, SCO pledges to encourage and support women in advancing their careers and to help them reach their true potential.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) reappointed Miss Samina Baig as its Brand Ambassador today. The signing ceremony was held at HQ SCO Rawalpindi. Maj General Ali Farhan HI (M) DG SCO and other officials of SCO were present on the occasion
Samina Baig is a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. Born in Gilgit-Baltistan, at the age of 21, she became the first Muslim Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest and the seven summits. Samina Baig is engaged with SCO for the last 4 years and is involved in promoting SCO initiatives in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
SCO recently agreed to support Samina Baig’s K2 expedition for June 2021. She will become the first Pakistani women to carry Pakistan’s flag to the summit of 8,611 meters high peak. This initiative will promote women empowerment and also raise awareness about global warming and climate changes.
During the ceremony SCO and Samina Baig paid tribute to Muhammad Ali Sadpara, the mountaineer who disappeared attempting to become the first Pakistani to scale the ‘Killer Mountain’ in winter. Commenting on the said incident she said. “Mountaineering has always been regarded as a merciless endeavour and supreme test of human endurance. My spirits are high and I seek prayers of my well wishers for accomplishing this challenge.”
SCO pledges to support people of AJ&K and GB by recognizing these children of the mountains.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) takes deep pride in being the only telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) offering the best services & rewards to its valued customers. On Kashmir Day, SCO comes up with exciting offer which will help customers to express wholehearted supportto the struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination. On 5th February 2021, SCOM customers will get 5000 MB Data, 5000 SMS and 5000 Onnet Minutes in only Rs5. So for activation reply auto message received to avail this offer and add more passion to solidarity with Kashmiri people.
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Special Communications Organization (SCO) is proud to sponsor Pakistan’s first female mountaineer Samina Baig for her attempt to climb K-2. For the first time, a Muslim woman is going to make history by climbing the second largest peak of the world. Being the first Pakistani woman mountaineer going on such an expedition that guarantees to change the image of Pakistani female mountaineers in the world.
Samina Baig is a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. Born in Gilgit-Baltistan, at the age of 21, Samina Baig became the first Muslim Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest and the seven summits. She has been awarded with the Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan. She plans to carry the Pakistan’s flag to the summit of the 8,611 meters high K-2 peak as a sign of women empowerment and to raise awareness about global warming and climate change.
“I’m thrilled and grateful to be partnering with SCO for my upcoming K-2 Dream Expedition 2021. SCO has been incredibly supportive throughout my career so far. I’ll be representing them with pride on my mountaineering expedition and making the impossible -possible together.” said Samina Baig.
Besides providing state of the art telecommunications in AJ&K and GB, SCO aims to empower Pakistani women by giving them the right exposure to excel in this world. SCO has previously taken several initiatives for sports and tourism activities in AJ&K and GB and this is the first time that SCO has sponsored a mountaineering adventure. This will not only boost adventure tourism but also create more jobs for locals in the GB region.
Major General Ali Farhan HI (M), DG SCO said “Being a social entity, SCO has always been at the forefront to encourage youth and women talent in AJ&K and GB. We are proud to sponsor Samina Baig on her toughest challenge yet- the K-2 expedition. This expedition will not only showcase Pakistan at global level but also in the near future will positively impact tourism and adventure activities in the region.”
A signing ceremony of Sponsor Agreement between the SCO and Samina Baig took place at HQ SCO. As part of this cooperation the organization shall give financial support for the initiative. DG SCO Maj General Ali Farhan HI (M) and other higher officials were also present during the agreement signing ceremony. The team will begin their trek to K-2 base camp from Skardu in May 2021.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) is pleased to announce the winners of SCO Online Painting Competition 2020. The online competition was called in April 2020 amid COVID-19 restriction. It was aimed to unveil the artistic talent of the people of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) regions by engaging them in creative activity during the Coronavirus lockdown.
SCO had an overwhelming response this year and received more than 3000 entries from AJ&K, GB and all over Pakistan. It was a themed contest on ‘Flora and Fauna of AJ&K and GB’. The competition had three groups for school, college and university students of AJ&K & GB while the fourth group was general public (not age-bound). In addition, to the selected top winners, consolation prizes were also offered to encourage the participants. Moreover all the participants in this competition will receive participation certificates.
The best 100 paintings were shortlisted and judged by a panel of professional known artists and art educators. Painting and photography competitions are an integral part of SCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities that were initiated in 2019. Besides painting competition, SCO’s online photography competition 2020 results will be announced soon. SCO’s CSR strategy primarily focuses on the wellbeing of the community, most notably the youth and educational sectors. Recent initiatives like establishment of Community Centres, Software Technology Park, Relief in internet packages and Plantation Drives are some of the milestones SCO achieved in 2020. Winning artwork will be soon displayed in an exhibition after improvement in pandemic situation. The winners list can be seen on SCO official website (www.sco.gov.pk) and Social Media pages (HQSCO).
Soon, SCO’s 2021 painting and photography competitions with a unique theme will be announced, so keep visiting the SCO website and facebook page for further updates. SCO thanks all the participants for their submissions and wishes them the very best in their endeavour’s.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) in collaboration with Bank Alfalah (BAFL) today announced the launch of S-Paisa Mobile Wallet, offering affordable and convenient mobile money solutions all over Pakistan and in Azad Jammu & Kashmir through a handy mobile wallet in SCO Alfa app.
SCO has well-established distribution channels, experience as it exists in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) over four decades and through recent partnership with Bank Alfalah it has strengthened its mobile financial services foot print.
Commenting on this new revolution, DG SCO, Maj Gen Ali Farhan HI (M) said “We believe that everyone can benefit from having digital convenience and affordable access to mobile financial services in particular to help them take control of a very important aspect of their lives – their personal finances. In a country with high Smartphone penetration and government’s continued encouragement towards building a paper currency free society, services in the form of S-Paisa mobile wallet could really be a game”.
S-Paisa mobile wallet at Alfa App is an easy secure way to store and manage cash from your mobile device; a convenient e-money solution aimed at serving the under-banked segments of AJ&K, GB and rest of Pakistan such as youths, low income earners and migrants. It is easy-to-use, secure, offers more benefits the more you use it, puts customers fully in charge of when, where and how they handle their cash and it is reliable, backed by Bank Alfalah’s many years of experience in financial services solutions across the country.
Sarosh Hina, Director Marketing & Financial Services added, “S-Paisa Mobile Wallet makes money transfers easy and convenient, not limiting customers to particular outlets, locations and operating hours and most importantly, it is safe as it mitigates the risk of physical presence during the pandemic days. We see this adding value to SCOM users who often perform remittance transactions from an official based in AJ&K to migrants sending money in remotest areas of GB from rest of Pakistan and to parents with children studying in metropolitans. There is a wide user base that can benefit from this service.”
The mobile wallet at Alfa App, itself is open to subscribers from any mobile network operators and supports all smartphone types. Currently, customers can download the Alfa App android version from Google Play Store and the IOS Version from Apple Store. Visit SCO official website and Facebook Pages for more details. Opening a new S-Paisa Account through the Alfa App is a simple process where the customer registers with their mobile number and CNIC upon which a One-Time Password (OTP) is sent to their phone and fed into the App automatically. Customers then enter the desired PIN and use the same to login to the application. Simple registration
procedure is as under:
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
Special Communications Organization (SCO) is a vibrant outfit providing all types of telecom services from voice to data under one platform. For provision of these services, Special Communications Organization has developed a large telecom infrastructure by deployment of over 4800 kilometers Optical Fiber cable network, supplemented by Microwave Links and Satellite Terminals to connect remote locations despite ruggedness of terrain and severe weather conditions. SCO despite all limitations remained committed in expanding telecom facilities to the people residing in remotest parts of AJ&K and GB.
S-Paisa is a major development in line with present Government’s policy of financial inclusion of unserved and underserved areas. Bound benefit more than 6 million people of AJ&K and GB through the convenient and secure branchless banking services with an agent network of over 2500 retailers till union councils’ level of AJ&K and GB. Digital Financial Services of S-Paisa is now enabling customers to send/receive money from remote areas of AJ&K and GB to all other parts of Pakistan by opting S-Paisa Wallet Account or Franchise/ Retailer. Moreover, consumers of far flung areas of AJ&K and GB are now enabled to pay utility bills of all utility companies of Pakistan including AJ&K and GB Barkiyat and SCOM services through S-Paisa retailer and Mobile Wallet Account.
The largest telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) has surprised their customer once again by introducing a new addition to the super card family. Surprise Mini Super Card, the new addition will facilitate the ones with greater connectivity needs. Now, users can enjoy 1500MB data, 80 Off Net minutes, 1000 On Net minutes and 3000 SMS for 30 days in just Rs. 349. SCO’s previously introduced Super Card line-up has some of the most economical packages in AJ&K and GB and is highly popular among customers. With Surprise Mini Super Card, customers can now connect with no worries at any time of the day.
At the launch in the blessed month of Rabi-ul-Awal, customers can also get a chance to win a 70cc motorcycle through a lucky draw. Throughout the month, SCO Customers will automatically enter the raffle for a chance to win six 70cc motorbikes on load of Surprise Mini Super Card.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecom network of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), in line with its mission to provide state of the art services at affordable prices, brings more resources and peace of mind on Super Cards and Data Package. No need to run out of Internet and other network minutes and to load another card before the month ends, just load or subscribe and enjoy all resources at an amazing price.
Revised SCO Super Card and SCOM Data Packages are:
a. SCO Super Cards
|Super Gold Card||550||5000 Mbs + Unlimited Facebook data, |
3000 On-Net Mint, 5000 SMS,
|Mini Super Card||300||1000 Mbs + 800 On-Net mint, |
70 Offnet Mint
|Monthly Pack||300||5000 Mbs||30 days|
Being the leader of digital transformation in AJ&K and GB, SCO is always a step ahead to bring the most exciting offers with true convenience and flexibility for its subscribers.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) and University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (UAJ&K) have entered into intent of corporation to jointly establish the first AJ&K Software Technology Park and Incubation Center at UAJ&K, Muzaffarabad.
In this regard, a signing ceremony was held at Special Communications Organization today. The ceremony was attended by DG SCO, Major General Ali Farhan, HI (M), Vice Chancellor (UAJ&K), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi and other senior officials.
As part of the cooperation, UAJ&K will provide physical space, while SCO will manage funding for the project. SCO will also provide state of the art infrastructure facilities along with Optical Fiber board fast Internet connectivity. Through the Software Technology 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. Similarly, the Incubation Center will enable students to excel in entrepreneur, innovations and research. This cooperation will be a great initiative for development of AJ&K region, and will encourage youth to be more innovative and creative in the IT field.
Recently, SCO has also established the first ever software technology park of Gilgit, which was inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff at Konodas, Gilgit.
These initiatives are destined to contribute towards the development of two regions.
Due to heavy rains and bad weather conditions in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan, Special Communications Organization (SCO) has decided to extend the submission deadline for entries to its Photography competition to 12 October 2020. The decision has been made due to the amount of requests and the fabulous sunshine that has been forecasted for the coming days.
The photography competition is an integral part of SCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. In 2019, SCO conducted the first-ever exhibition under the theme ‘My Land, My People’ at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).
Our aim is to recognize and bring exposure to the unique and talented photographers. Whether an amateur or a professional, or just a novice smartphone photographer with a creative eye, we at SCO want to discover the most amazing photographers and share their best work to the national level.
Remember to Capture
‘Flora and Fauna’ of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), is the theme of 2020 photography competition, and SCO will entertain Photographs depicting the mesmerizing wildflowers, plants, trees, insects, mammals, wildlife only.
How to Capture
Photos of Hi-Resolution, min 20 Mega Pixel and above taken through DSLR Cam/Mobile.
How Can You Participate
The competition is open for all and will be split into four groups. In Group A, University students of AJK & GB. The Groups B and C will entertain entries from college and school students of the region respectively. While in Group D, which is not age-bound, photographs submissions from the general public will be received.
How to Submit Entries
All participants should submit Photograph(s) with all required information – i.e. full name, CNIC number, mobile number, email address, name of institution, and group name – at email@example.com. Each participant can submit more than one photographs to a maximum of three.
Only short listed participants will be instructed to submit the original version of photographs. The last date for submission is now October 12, 2020.The winners of the competition will be recognized in all SCO publications and also will be awarded cash prizes.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecom service provider in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) is bringing another Photography competition which aims to showcase the skills and enable participants to express their views through their photographs. For this competition, we are looking for images that depict the essence of nature and wildlife, including all plant life and animals in the natural environment of AJ&K and GB.
The photography competition is an integral part of SCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities that were initiated in 2019 successfully. The first-ever exhibition of selected 100 photographs under the theme ‘My Land, My People’ was showcased at PNCA Islamabad in December 2019.
What to Capture
Themed ‘Fascinating Flora and Fauna of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB)’, the 2020 photography competition is a part of SCO’s ‘My Land, My People’ initiative and will entertain photography depicting the mesmerizing wildflowers, plants, trees, insects, mammals, wildlife of AJ&K and GB.
How to Capture
Photos of Hi-Resolution, min 20 Mega Pixel, and above taken through DSLR Cam.
Who Can Participate
The competition is open for all and will be split into four groups. In Group A, university students of AJ&K and GB. Groups B and C will entertain entries from college and school students of the regions respectively. While in Group D, which is not age-bound, photographs submissions from the general public will be received.
How to Submit Entries
All participants should submit Photograph(s)/ Image complete with all required information – i.e. full name, CNIC number, mobile number, email address, name of institution, and group name – at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each participant can submit more than one photographs to a maximum of three.
Only shortlisted participants will be instructed to submit Hi-Resolution photographs within a given time. The last date for submission of Photographs is September 25, 2020. The winners of the competition will be recognized in all SCO publications and will be awarded cash prizes.
Terms & Conditions
All participants must give the undertaking that the photograph they submit is original and capture personally and that it has not been published or presented anywhere (including any medium, channel, or competition) before. Moreover, by entering this competition each participant will grant SCO non-exclusive permission to reproduce photos/images on the SCO website, social media, applications, newsletters, publications, and any other promotional activities.
On the historic day of 14 August, Special Communications Organization (SCO), a leading telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) has announced a special offer for its valuable customers and intends to hold tree plantation drive in the regions. Details are:-
14th August Offer: On this Independence Day SCO gives one-day special offer for its valued subscribers by providing free 1400 MB data, 1400 on-net minutes and 1400 SMS for only Rs 14 plus tax.
In order to get “14th August offer” Dial *129#
This offer is valid for 24 hrs from 23:59 hrs 13 August 2020 to 23:59 hrs 14 August 2020.
Tree Plantation Drive: To celebrate Independence Day in its true essence, SCO is organizing a tree plantation drive to encounter the threats that are posed by the increasing phenomenon of global warming in AJ&K and GB regions. The campaign will be led by SCO brand ambassadors Ms. Samina Baig famous mountaineer in GB and Ms. Maryam Mujtaba, first female commercial pilot in AJ&K. 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 regions.
Freedom of Internet for Students : SCO is also providing internet facilities to AJ&K and GB students with complete freedom. In this regard, 13 community centers have been established in a short span of time in main districts of AJ&K and GB. In these centers, SCO is providing high-speed internet FREE of cost to students for online classes and submission of assignments.
Additional Secretary Mr. Sher Afgan Khan and Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom (MoIT&T) Mr. Taha Bughti visited SCO on 7 Aug 2020. On arrival, a briefing was given to the officials about SCO including SCO’s initiatives for Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) during COVID 19 Pandemic, ongoing and planned projects and laying off 820 Km optical fiber cable from Khunjrab to Rawalpindi under CPEC framework, in Phase 1 and on proposed phase-II of the project.
Later on the Additional Secretary and Senior Joint Secretary visited Pak China Data center and NGMS building and appreciated the modern facilities available with SCO.
Another remarkable initiative by SCO, a productive online session was organized by HEC on SCO’s request in which Vice-Chancellors of renowned universities participated. They discussed problems faced by students regarding online classes in AJ&K and GB. DG SCO shared the initiatives so far taken by SCO including establishment of 12 FREE IT community centers in GB and AJ&K for students. He stated that IT parks, Incubation Centers and GPON (Fibre to Home) services projects have started on fast track basis in both regions. Free DSL connections are provided to LUMS students in AJ&K and GB. Apart from other issues highlighted by the participants, Honourable Acting Vice Chancellor Muzaffarabad University of Science & Technology (MUST), Professor Dr. Maqsood Ahmed requested DG SCO for provision of high speed internet connections each at MUST Campus Bhimber and Palandri on subsidized rates. Furthermore, he also requested dedicated point to point links between MUST campuses at Mirpur, Bhimber and Palandri for subsequent utilization as University Intranet. As per the commitment, the project was taken as a challenge and same has been achieved within 24 hours by team of officers, engineers and field operators of SCO. Honourable Acting Vice Chancellor MUST thanked and appreciated SCO for its quick and timely response. He said this arrangement will greatly facilitate MUST administration and students during current COVID 19 situation in the country
Special Communications Organization (SCO) has introduced a wide range of initiatives to keep the people residing in AJ&K and GB connected during COVID 19 Pandemic. To support during this challenging time, SCO is bringing an amazing offer “SCO SIM Jagao”. This offer is for those customers who have not used their SIMs for the last three months. As an incentive, SCO users will get 10 GB of data with 10,000 SCOM Minutes and 10,000 SMS for 7 days. In addition, two way blocked SIMs are being opened to one way (receiving calls/ SMS) for 15 days.Previously, SCO has launched a number of relief initiatives since the beginning of COVID-19. The relief given is in the shape of food / ration distribution among impoverished class, provision of sanitization material, discounted telecom services and special offers to facilitate work and study from home. Below is a run-down of some of the initiatives taken during COVID 19 pandemic by SCO:-
SCO (Special Communications Organizations), the foremost telecom and internet service provider of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) is bringing yet another painting competition in the regions for the public in general and for students in particular.
This time, the contest is going to take place online so as to keep it safe for the contenders in the wake of corona virus pandemic. It aims to unveil the artistic talent of the people of AJ&K and GB regions by engaging them in creative activity during the corona virus lockdown.
The painting competition is an integral part of SCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities that were initiated in 2019, successfully. The first-ever exhibition of selected 100 paintings under the theme ‘My Land, My People’ was showcased at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) Islamabad in July 2019.
What To Paint:
Themed ‘Fascinating Flora and Fauna of AJ&K and GB’, the 2020 painting competition is a part of SCO’s ‘My Land, My People’ initiative and will entertain paintings depicting the mesmerizing wildflowers, plants, trees, insects, mammals, wildlife of AJ&K and GB.
How To Paint:
The artists can use any painting medium
which must be of minimum A3-size poster or chart. Each participant can submit
more than one painting to a maximum of three.
Who Can Participate:
The competition will be split into four groups. In Group A, university students of AJ&K & GB will participate in the contest. Groups B and C will be composed of entries from college and school students of the regions. While in Group D, is a not age-bound, painting submission will be from the general public.
How To Submit Entries:
All participants should submit a picture of their painting(s) with all required information i.e. full name, CNIC number, mobile number, email address, name of institution and group name, at email@example.com. The last date for submission of artwork through email is June 30, 2020.
Subsequently shortlisted participants will be instructed to submit their original painting(s) in due course of time.
The winners of the competition will be awarded cash prizes and recognized in all SCO publications.
Terms & Conditions:
All participants must give the undertaking that the submitted painting(s) are original and painted personally and that it has not been published or presented anywhere (including any medium, channel or competition), before.
Moreover, by entering into this competition, each participant will grant SCO a non-exclusive permission to ownership of the paintings including but not limited to reproduce photos / images on SCO website, social media, applications, newsletters, publications and any other promotional activity.
Ramadan is a month filled with family, friends, and spiritual blessings but the spread of COVID-19 may cast a pall over the month’s beloved social rituals. In this situation, leading telecommunications services provider of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) – Special Communications Organization (SCO) will keep these spirit alive by unveiling special “Mubarak offer”.
Mini Super Card made even more super in the month of May. Now subscribers get DOUBLE LOAD upon loading Mini Super Card of Rs. 300/- and also get a chance to win 70cc Motor Bikes through lucky draw.
Throughout the month, SCO customers will automatically enter the raffle for a chance to win six 70cc motorbikes on the purchase of Mini Super Card.
Subscribers can also take advantage of the zero data charging for reading online Quran and listening online Islamic programs during Ramadan on below-mentioned sites: –
a. Online Quran Reading Sites
b. Online Islamic Programs
Besides other benefits, customers can continue to enjoy other pre-existing services as Double Data & Students package offers throughout the month of May.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), joined hands with Bank Alfalah as a payment solution provider under Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Kafalat Program in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). With this contractual partnership, beneficiaries under the program will be able to collect cash via biometric verification through SCO’s mobile financial service “S Paisa”.
The disbursement of cash assistance to the deserving families under PM Ehsaas Kafalat Program is underway across the country including AJ&K and GB. Under the program, through biometric verification, a sum of twelve thousand rupees (Rs.12000/-) each will be disbursed among poor families affected by the ongoing lock-down in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Distribution of relief package through S-Paisa retail channels is already in full swing across AJ&K and GB since 9 April 2020 with so far more than 30,000 deserving, poor, and needy families have received the payment.
For the smooth distribution of payment under PM Ehsaas Kafalat Program to each family, the government has developed over 70 campsites in AJ&K and around 90 Campsites in GB where payment of relief package is being managed.
Special precautionary measures are also taken by SCO to protect the people from the Coronavirus at the campsites and the dedicated staff is transparently distributing cash by performing standard preventive sanitization activities. No complaints of mismanagement were received from any location and the public was happy with the overall arrangements.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecom service provider in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), has started cash disbursement through its financial service “S-Paisa” under Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Kafalat program. In this regard, payment of relief package is being given at the government’s specified areas (Campsites) through bio-metric verification in 73 locations of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and 87 locations in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Under this program, due to Coronavirus lockdown, the deserving families will receive Rs. 12000/- for 4 months. Keep in mind that under Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Kafalat program, SCO is providing free of cost financial assistance through S-Paisa in collaboration with Bank Alfalah in AJ&K and GB. Till date, over 20,000 beneficiaries have received amount through this program
SCO is already distributing payments to beneficiaries in AJ&K and GB under Benazir Income Support Program (Now Ehsaas Kafalat Program). Through S-paisa, SCO has enabled beneficiaries to register and get their disbursements by bringing financial services to the local corner shop and developed a cash distributing solution for the people of far-flung areas where banks and other financial institutions have no access.
By offering customers innovative digital financial solutions, SCO is aligned with its vision of empowering societies.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the leading telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) announced SCO COVID – 19 Relief Package for the subscribers to help stay connected during Corona Virus pandemic.
During this unprecedented time, SCO is taking multiple measures to facilitate its valued subscribers by ensuring uninterrupted telecom services.
In this regard, Daily relief package for AJ&K and GB subscribers is being announced with free on-net 30 minutes, 100 SMS and 100 MBs data for the month of April 2020. The endowment has been introduced with the intent of connecting people as they stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Additionally, to improve and expand online learning resources and to meet the growing demand from parents, teachers, and students, data bundles have been doubled without any additional cost. Students package for SNET users of AJ&K and GB has also been made free of cost for the month of April 2020.
Aside from the data packages, SCO is giving all its mobile and broadband customers including business and enterprise clients in AJ&K and GB region, an extra 30 days from the due date to settle their monthly bills. The imposition of a surcharge on late payments has been done away with and date for submission of monthly bills of Feb 2020 has been extended for one month.
Not just that, SCO is committed to ensuring the availability of enough stock of Pre Paid cards and Sload recharge at all locations including Medical Stores recently being incorporated in-retailer network.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), one of the leading digital communications service provider of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Virtual Remittance Gateway (VRG) Pakistan signed an agreement for launching digital payment products & services and Mobile Wallet for S-Paisa customers in AJ&K and GB. The signing ceremony was held at HQ SCO and was attended by SCO and VRG representatives.
By signing this contract SCO has achieved yet another milestone towards the provision of AMA (Asaan Mobile Account) scheme that is a main focus of SBP’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS). This will also facilitate the poor and marginalized sections of the society towards adopting digital payments and would be able to connect to any Bank by using just a feature phone even with 2G coverage.
Signet to this, it will also enable SCO to launch innovative products & services not only for its niche but for a broader market segment thereby contributing effectively and efficiently towards the economic development of the country.
Note for Editor
(a) About, S-Paisa
Special Communications Organization (SCO), in collaboration with JS Bank launched its financial services by the name of “S-Paisa” in 2019. This is the first-ever GSMA mobile money certified services in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB). Initially, launched as a money transfer service, S-Paisa empowers underserved masses by bringing convenience and freedom to their lives.
With the largest footprint in the AJ&K and GB, S-paisa is turning into a complete lifestyle platform which that enables people across Pakistan & Northern areas to truly adopt the digital way of life.
(b) About, Virtual Remittance Gateway (Pvt) Ltd
Virtual Remittance Gateway (VRG) is a newly established company working under the aegis of PATHFINDER Financial Technology Group (PFTG), which is a subsidiary of the PATHFINDER Group. The PATHFINDER Group (Pakistan) is the largest security solution provider of Pakistan. This is the ONLY security services group in South Asia, to have been rated as by a rating agency (PACRA) in October 2014.
Virtual Remittance Gateway also called VRG is a mobile financial services platform for digital banking & financial inclusion.
Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Yao Jing visited Headquarters Special Communications Organization (SCO) today. On his arrival, he was received by Director General SCO Major General Ali Farhan, HI (M).
The main purpose of the visit was to broaden areas of bilateral cooperation in the field of telecom with special emphasis on Pak-China OFC connectivity by exploring new avenues of collaboration between the two countries. During the meeting, technological uplift of remote areas of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and facilitation of telecom connectivity of China with neighboring countries of Pakistan was also discussed.
During the course of his visit, the Chinese Ambassador was given a briefing on the updated status of the Pak-China OFC Project executed by SCO. The honorable Ambassador lauded the efforts of SCO on successful completion of the flagship ICT project executed under difficult terrain and weather conditions much earlier than its planned timelines.
He was also briefed about the salient features of Pak-China OFC Phase -2 Project and its current status. The Ambassador expressed his keenness in the project.
Later, he visited Pak China Telecom Center and was impressed by the professional standards being maintained by the organization.
Special Communications Organization (SCO), the leading telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) announced double volume in all its 3G/4G Packages for the subscribers to help stay connected during the Corona Virus pandemic. Starting immediately, all SCOM customers in AJ&K and GB will get double Data on recharging the Daily/ Weekly/ Monthly packages. For further information, subscribers can call SCO helpline 111-726-726 or visit SCO website www.sco.gov.pk.
|Price||Old Volume||New Volume||Validity|
|Rs.550||5 GB – Facebook||10 GB – Facebook||30 Days|
|Rs.550||2500 – On – net Minutes||150 – off – net Minutes||30 Days|
|Rs.550||2 GB||4 GB||30 Days|
|Rs.550||2000 – SMS||2000 – SMS||30 Days|
|Package Name||Price (Rs)||Old Volume||New Volume|
|Daily Plus||29||500 MB||1 GB|
|Package Name||Price||Old Volume||New Volume|
|Super Weekly Offer||129||1 GB + 1 GB at Night |
(1 AM to 7 AM)
| 2 GB + 2 GB at Night |
(1 AM to 7 AM )
|80||7 GB ( WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook & SCO Smart TV App)||14 GB (WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook & SCO Smart TV App)|
|Price (Rs)||Old Volume||New Volume|
|549||10 GB||20 GB|
|449||6 GB||12 GB|
|300||7 GB (WhatsApp,Twitter, |
Facebook & SCO
|14 GB (WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook & SCO Smart TV |
|300||3.5 GB||7 GB|
|Unlimited SMS & WhatsApp||50||20000 SMS, 300 MB || 20000 SMS, |
1 GB WhatsApp
SCO has already started awareness messages to warn users about Corona Virus spread through SMS and via SCO Social Media channels to its subscribers.
SCO affirmed its utmost commitment to implementing instructions and precautionary measures outlined by the Government of Pakistan to contribute to fighting the spread of Corona Virus disease (COVID-19). SCO has also launched an internal awareness campaign for the safety of its employees, through which the company distributed precautionary items.
SCO spares no efforts to achieve its Comprehensive Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility Strategy that closely focuses on supporting the public sector and shouldering public health initiatives. The organization strongly believes that launching and supporting such initiatives help infuse a sense of responsibility into the members of the society and to support those who are in need of help. SCO is proud of its long list of programs and contributions that serve these noble causes.
The fifth season of PSL 2020 is almost here! Cricket fans from AJ&K and GB can gear up for more fun! Now enjoy your favourite PSL 2020 cricket season with SCO 4G internet bundles.
First-ever 3G/4G network in AJ&K and GB with the brand name of SCOM comes up with the cheapest Data Packages for its valuable customers. SCO’s 3G/4G packages include Daily, Weekly and Monthly bundles given below:-
How to Subscribe:
To subscribe the package of your choice, dial *111# and follow the instructions.
Terms and Conditions:
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.