Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque has announced that 3G and 4G services will be provided soon to far-flung areas of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony for a high-speed mobile broadband project in Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur districts at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Haque said in light of the Digital Pakistan vision, the Ministry of IT through the Universal Service Fund (USF) had been running diverse projects, which were playing a huge role in the socio-economic betterment of people.
He said the government was committed to promoting the country’s technological capacity to develop and produce a globally competitive IT sector and industry.
Shedding light on the project, the minister added that the project would meet the objective of providing infrastructure in order to ensure access and connectivity for people. “This project will not only provide broadband services to the locals residing in Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur districts but will also improve lives of people, create job opportunities for them, empower women along with many other benefits,” he said.
The IT minister said through the contract a population of two million would take benefit of a subsidy of Rs650 million. “We have also very recently launched an optic fibre programme to connect union councils, which will completely alter the digital landscape in the country,” he said. Haque emphasised that the Ministry of IT would continue to undertake more challenging and productive programmes in future for the promotion of IT and telecom-related services.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2020.
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