China's ZTE is extending its digital TV service in Pakistan, including in some of the most remote parts of the nation.
The deal was announced yesterday on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, where China has been promoting its major foreign policy initiative.
"This is a project with significant importance, as it provides telecommunication services to many Pakistani people, including ones that live in rural and remote areas," ZTE executive vice president Zhang Zhenhui said.
"This is a key strategic project by the two governments, and ZTE serves as the bond between the two nations."
The "One Belt, One Road" policy aims to connect China with the rest of the world through a series of infrastructure projects including roads, ports, railway tracks, pipelines, airports, electric grids and even fiber optic lines.
Zhang said the policy will help ZTE's international expansion.
The firm already operates in more than 160 countries and has been in Pakistan for a while, helping build and expand the country's mobile telecommunications networks.
ZTE is optimistic about the future and is eyeing massive investment in developing 5G networks, which it plans to launch by 2020.