The youth of the country is an asset and steps are being taken to connect the people in rural areas with the digital world, remarked Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Aminul Haque.
Speaking at a contract signing ceremony between Universal Service Fund (USF) and Jazz on Friday aimed at providing high-speed mobile broadband services in remote areas, he said that the ministry was taking steps to fulfill Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of Digital Pakistan.
“Keeping in mind that the world is changing with every passing day, we have to equip our youth with modern technology,” he said. “Connectivity is the top most priority of the government.” He remarked that through the broadband facility, Pakistanis could connect with the digital world.
Haque highlighted that a number of initiatives had been taken over the past three years for the provision of high-quality broadband services in the unserved and underserved areas of the country.
Citing figures, he pointed out that an investment of Rs12.4 billion was made to increase connectivity through 3G and 4G modes. Underlining the achievements of the federal government, the IT minister said that the leadership had increased the number of IT-related projects and a majority of the schemes would be completed soon.
“Due to the conducive policies of the government, the number of mobile phone subscribers in Pakistan rose to 180 million from 160 million over the last three years,” he told the audience.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2022.
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