USF to Provide High-Speed BroadBand Services in the Motorways and High ways Very Soon

A Chinese Company has shown a keen interest in investing in ElectroCure technology which can reduce electricity losses up to 90% through theft detection, load balancing and identifying other administrative/technical losses reduction procedures within the electricity infrastructure.

ElectroCure technology can reduce electricity losses by up to 90%

This was stated by Yusuf Hussain, CEO Ignite while briefing the National Assembly Standing committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication which met with Ali Khan Jadoon in the chair here on Monday. The committee sought briefing on Ignite products.

The ElectroCure project was financed by the Ignite National Technology Fund under the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication.

ElectroCure is an innovative idea and solution for effective and efficient electricity data management with meter-less architecture that also provides a low-cost smart metering solution with added features of both prepaid and post-paid billing systems. The advance feature of ElectroCure introduces a Smart High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) for reliable and secure electricity distribution

ElectroCure introduces a Smart High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) for reliable and secure electricity distribution.

The committee unanimously showed their concerns on the issue of objectionable material/ Complaints regarding cybercrime and fake accounts and directed that the ministry should take stringent measures to cope up with these issues with help of PTA and FIA. In this regard, the Chairman Standing Committee on IT emphasized the coordination between FIA and IT to improve the quality of work.

The committee was further informed in writing that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has constituted a dedicated cell namely “web analysis cell (WAC)” to receive/process complaints requiring internet content regulation.

Concerning the content removal/blocking for impersonation/fake accounts; PTA has processed 1,684 such URLs/websites including 106 from Dailymotion, 851 from Facebook, 13 on Instagram, 211 Other/Misc, 277 on Twitter, and 243 on Youtube. The committee was further informed that the Ministry of Information and Broadcast (MoIB) has raised a Cyber Wing which reported about 71-fake accounts, defamatory/impersonation.

PTA has processed 1,684 Fake URLs/Websites

The representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) gave detail briefing on USF ongoing and future projects. They also explained the utilization of funds which have been utilized in all over their projects in Pakistan.

In this regards, they have been designed the programs to cater to the needs of an unserved and underserved segment of the population across Pakistan. They will also plan for a new program in the current financial year. USF also intends to provide coverage to the unserved areas in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, headed. Furthermore, USF is also gathering data from telecom operators regarding their existing coverage in the country and also design projects to upgrade existing infrastructure to provide 3G services.

The representative from USF also informed that they will provide High-Speed BroadBand services in the motorways and high ways very soon.

USF officials said that only 10 percent of the towers are connected through optic fiber to provide High-Speed BroadBand Services in the country while the remaining is connected through microwaves. USF officials said that 13000 unserved mauzas covering 15 million population was targeted for voice and data services broadband coverage of which 7200 mauzas covering 10.4 million population have been covered so far. They are further targeting to reach out to 30 million populations in the next five years.

USF to Provide High-Speed BroadBand services in the motorways and high ways very soon

The Committee was told that from a total of 6,061 union councils in the country, 1,051 already have fiber optics network, 1,870 have fiber optics without nodes while 3,140 union councils do not have fiber optic presence.

USF has initiated its special project to lay fiber optics network in all the uncovered areas and the Board of Directors has given approval for the project. It was also told that the cabinet has recently approved the project of providing high-speed broadband for 11 uncovered cities including Sukkur, DG Khan, Dadu, Bahawalpur, Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Mastung, Turbat, Chitral, Pishin.

The USF aims to provide broadband facility in 46 districts covering a population of 3 crores. The Committee was told that the covered area for voice communication and data has increased manifolds since USF has enhanced its operations. USF officials observed that all projects are allocated as a result of open transparent competitive bidding.

The committee chairman expressed serious concerns over the performance of the MoITT while saying that reports about its poor performance have started in media.

Ministry officials said that since agriculture is devolved subject, the farmer facilitation initiatives are incumbent upon provincial IT departments/IT Boards. The committee asked the ministry officials for finding solutions to different issues and projects while saying that IT is the most important sector and could help anywhere. The committee also decided to take briefing on PM Task Force on IT sector performance.

Onsa Mustafa

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