Free WiFi service at public places suspended in Punjab

PITB sources say the board hasn’t paid dues amounting to Rs150 million to PTCL


Our Correspondent January 22, 2019
PITB sources say the board hasn’t paid dues amounting to Rs150 million to PTCL. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Free WiFi facility at public places has been suspended in various cities of Punjab, including Lahore.

The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) had been providing free WiFi facility at public places for the last two years. The free of charge project was started by PITB in 2017, providing the facility at over 200 points in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi. The facility covered public places including railway station, metro station, airport, colleges and universities.

According to PITB sources, the WiFi facility was being provided by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), but the board has not paid dues amounting to Rs150 million. They said that PITB needed Rs190 million to ensure continuity of the service, however, the provincial government, considering it a burden on its budget, halted the service.

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The new budget did not have any allocation for the project, sources said, adding that employees working on the project have also been suspended.

The suspension of the facility has caused a lot of difficulties for citizens, especially university and college students who had been benefitting from the facility on daily basis.

The facility was also available to the journalists at the Lahore Press Club.

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