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Published on May 20th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir

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Universal Service Fund: Pride of Pakistan Telecom






We have covered Universal Service Fund (USF) of Pakistan in a number of posts, including interview of its CEO, Mr. Parvez Iftikhar. On this World Telecom day 2011, Universal Service Fund (USF) has launched a documentary which sheds light on the enormous benefits being brought through it’s Programmes for rural communities. Some achievements of USF are noteworthy to mention are:

  1. Basic telephony and data services in 3,500 previously un-served villages.
  2. 2,900 kms of Optic Fiber Cables have been laid through subsidy contracts connecting 53 unserved Tehsils with 5,300 kms of cables.
  3. 238 previously-unserved towns now have more than 200,000 USF-funded broadband connections.
  4. Subsidy winning service-providers are obliged to provide free Broadband Internet to all higher-secondary schools, libraries and colleges in their areas. So far 790 such institutions have been covered.

The key points why USF is success story discussed in our previous post include:

  1. Low rate of taxes (1.5% versus 5-6% in other countries in the region).
  2. Setup as an independent entity – means faster decision making and transparency in performance.
  3. Management structure is a combination of private and government sector – thereby making sure that the policy and implementation is balanced for all stakeholders.
  4. Leadership – having visionary, result-driven leadership has been vital to the success of USF. Mr. Parvez Iftikhar is at the core of making USF a successful institution.

With aim to connect the unconnected and to bridge the digital divide by providing Telecom for All, USF is undoubtedly doing a great job. Check out the video documentary below.

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is a Telecom enthusiast with engineering background based in Lahore. On professional front, he is the Director Operations at the Target Group. He can be reached at arsalan (at) telecompk (dot) net



8 Responses to Universal Service Fund: Pride of Pakistan Telecom

  1. RIAZ MANGAT says:

    AOA IAM REGULAR PAYYING TO M/S WORLD CALL WIRELESS BROAD BAND BUT HAVING NO SERVICE SENCE APRAL 2012 LAST DAY I HAVE ALSO PAID BILL(19/12/2012) BUT HAVING ONLY SIGNALS NO NONNECTION TO MAIN COMPUTER

  2. riaz mangat says:

    world call usb broad band work only in pepco power during electrik shutt down dos not work manin computers go to off

  3. riaz mangat says:

    worldcall wireless broadband of univeral service fund is out of order in mandibahauddin from 24 feb 2012 tell 1 mar 2012 such a bad orgnization

  4. Javed says:

    thanks for bringing the subject to the knowledge of general public. till now only handful of people i.e. directly affected or interested in the sector knew about the service. Now lot of people will come to know about
    “PRIDE OF PAKISTAN”

  5. Arsalan Mir says:

    It is much deserved Pervez Sb and USF Pakistan is indeed an example for world to watch.

    Good Luck with everything!

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  7. Thank you very much TelecomPk.net and so many other friends who appreciate USF’s work. Thank God v continue receiving praise from outside too – especially institutions like World Bank and ITU, who like to watch our progress and use it to “motivate” others! But personally I only wish we could do as much as we are capable of. Believe me it is much more…
    Thanks a lot once again.
    Parvez

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