January 3, 2017: Universal Service Fund (USF) and Ministry of Information Technology (MOITT) have signed an agreement to provide 3G services to 257 villages of Awaran and Lasbela districts in Balochistan.
The broadband project of Awaran-Lasbela was announced in November 2016. The contract worth Rs 2.33 billion has been given to telecom service provider, Ufone, under the Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD) project.The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and MOITT Minister Anusha Rehman were also present at the ceremony.
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The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the government is committed to bringing people of all areas into the country’s financial and digital mainstream. He also promised provision of information technology (IT) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
The government has been focusing on developing telecommunication, highways, and railways to ensure proper connectivity, he added, mentioned propakistani.pk report.
Senator Dar pointed out that Multan-Sukkur section of Lahore-Karachi Motorway was commercially not viable but the Government brought it under the ambit of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to implement the project successfully.
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Speaking on the occasion, IT Minister Anusha Rahman said several projects to provide the technology in remote and backward areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), are under implementation.
About 190 villages of Turbat, Gwadar, Ketchh and Panjgur are also being connected under the scheme, she added.
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With a widespread array of an infrastructural network under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), 6,400km optic fibre network digitally linking the entire country has been laid down, the minister said.
Anusha Rahman also briefed about the performance of MOITT and USF in providing telecommunication services to the unserved areas of the Pakistan.
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