Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Babar Bhatti4
Universal Service Fund Pakistan and Optic Fiber Connectivity for Rural Areas
One of the major achievement by Universal Service Fund of Pakistan is laying optic fiber for underserved remote areas. In one of the recent conferences, someone asked Mr. Parvez Iftikhar about the reason for laying optic fiber in these remote areas of Pakistan. He mentioned that the need is there, the money is there and we are going to work in those area, so why not give them fiber? Great answer. I say, lets get these things done so that the population there has a fighting chance to build their future.
On the World Telecom day, a fiber optic initiative for Balochistan was announced. Universal Service Fund, Ministry of IT, awarded a contract worth Rs. 1.5 billion for providing subsidy for optic fiber connectivity to 12 un-served Tehsils in Central Balochistan. The contract signing was held at an event to commemorate World Telecom and Information Society Day 2010. Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa, Advisor to Prime Minister and Naguibullah Malik, Secretary IT also witnessed the ceremony. SEVP-PTCL, Sikandar Naqi signed the contract with CEO-Universal Service Fund, Parvez Iftikhar.
Through this project, 786 Kms of Optic Fiber Cable will be laid to connect 12 Tehsils of Bhag, Sanni, Dera Bugti, Phelawagh, Sui, Gandawa, Jhal Magsi, Kahan, Kohlu, Maiwand, Chattar and Lehri. The project will benefit nearly 1.5 million people.