Pakistan Government funds solar powered cellphones

Always reliable blog State of Telecom Industry in Pakistan notes that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has recently mandated that all cellphone towers funded by tax revenue from telecommunications companies (held by the Pakistan Universal Service Fund) will have to use renewable energy.

Given the massive power shortages the country faces, this is a very positive move. Two questions:

  • Where are the USF funded cellphone towers located?
  • Could the USF also pay for security for towers where they are threatened?

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