After more than 10 years of providing roaming service to the Special Communications Organisation (SCO), the Ufone subscribers will avail the benefit of roaming service in AJK and GilgitBaltistan. The SCO, state-owned telecom service provider in Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, signed a bilateral roaming services agreement with Ufone at PTCL headquarters.
The agreement will allow the Ufone users to access voice and SMS in areas of AJK and the GB where only SCO operates. While Ufone has been offering the same service to SCO subscribers in mainstream Pakistan since 2008, these users will have access to mobile data service too after the agreement. The signing ceremony was attended by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman Amir Azeem Bajwa, SCO Director General Ali Farhan and PTCL & Ufone President & CEO Rashid Khan apart from the senior of ficials from both sides. All the mobile telcos Ufone, Telenor, Jazz and Zong operate in key urban areas of AJK and GB, but these companies have not expanded much of their networks in ruggedly remote and far-flung areas especially close to the LoC.
The AJK government data show that around 500,000 tourists visited the Neelum valley in 2018 but there is no mobile telephony by the mobile service providers and purchasing an SCO SIM card demands lengthy formalities for the visitors. Apple supplier Samsung Display said it will invest 13.1 trillion won ($11 billion) on facilities and research to upgrade a production line, as it battles severe oversupply due to weak global demand for smartphones and TVs. The unit of Samsung said that by 2025 it will spend 10 trillion won on facilities and the rest on research and development to produce more advanced display screens. The investment announcement comes at a time when South Korea’s panel makers have been struggling to cope with slower liquid crystal display (LCD) demand for TV and smartphones as well as rising competition from Chinese rivals and a shift by major clients to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels.
The $11 billion spendings for the next five years will be focused on converting one of its South Korean LCD lines into a facility to mass-manufacture more advanced “quantum dot” screens, Samsung Display said in a statement. Samsung has said it suspended the LCD production line last month. The company runs six display manufacturing lines including one LCD line in China.
“Our company plans to overcome the crisis of the large-scale display industry through active investments,” it said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee, the heir to the Samsung Group conglomerate, attended a signing ceremony for the proposed investment at Samsung Display’s manufacturing site in the South Korean city of Asan, the Presidential Blue House said. Samsung plans to begin operation of its newly upgraded “quantum dot” line from 2021 with a monthly capacity of 30,000 sheets, according to the company. It launched in early September a voluntary redundancy program for employees at its large display business department in South Korea, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters earlier.