MoIT to Provide Modern Broadband Facilities to Unserved Areas of Balochistan. The project will deliver modern broadband facilities to an un-served population of almost 196,177 individuals in some 269 unserved Mauzas and an un-served area of 39,434 sq kms in Balochistan. These regions would be assisted under broadband for sustainable development.
MoIT to Provide Modern Broadband Facilities to Unserved Areas of Balochistan
In a recently held meeting of USF, Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Anusha Rahman reviewed current projects of USF. Universal Service Fund (USF), a subsidiary of MoIT has rendered approval to Rs 2.3 billion Awaran-Lasbela broadband project. That covers 12.8% of the area and 6.5% of the total projected population of Balochistan.
This Allocation shares borders with Karachi and Dadu Districts in East, Khuzdar and Washuk in North, Panjgoor. And Kech in West and Gwadar District in South. The sources also revealed that USF has set an objective to touch all under-served and un-served areas of the country with rural telephone and e-Services (RTeS) by 2018.
Regardless of massive growth in telecom, many areas of the country are still un-served. On the other hand, telecom is one of the most significant tools for quick development, particularly in rural areas.
All approved telcos subsidize at a rate of 1.5 percent of their income towards the USF to reach such areas. The USF Board of Directors has also sanctioned Rs. 13 billion for financial year 2016-2017 to guarantee coverage of telecom and internet amenities in far off areas. New lines worth Rs 2.43 billion will be placed in Balochistan, Kharaan, Washuk, Dera Bugti, Kohistan and Waziristan in ongoing financial year. A total of Rs 11.94 million has been assigned for endowment of telephone services in rural areas during 2016-17.