Today, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, instructed the Ministry of Information Technology to ensure reliable and cheap broadband connectivity across the country. PM Instructs IT Ministry to Ensure Broadband Connectivity in Rural Areas
He asked this to the IT ministry while addressing the ceremony for the contract signing of Broadband for Sustainable Development Projects in FATA; Khyber, Mohmand Agency, and D.I.Khan.
PM Instructs IT Ministry to Ensure Broadband Connectivity in Rural Areas
He said that the broadband connectivity should be spread in urban and remote areas in order to ensure the spread of digital facilities to the common man. The Prime Minister said that the initiative would help to bridge the gap between the urban and rural areas by providing modern facilities to the people at their doorsteps.
Universal Service Fund, working under the Ministry of Information Technology implemented the project for provision of telecom services to the un-served areas. After the launch of the 3G and 4G services, it has provided internet service to 5,896 Mauzas. The new contracts would extend these services to Khyber, Mohmand and D.I.Khan at a cost of Rs 3.5 billion. It will facilitate almost four million people in 1,187 Mauzas.
The Prime Minister stated:
E-services were a rapidly evolving field and could provide health, education and business opportunities to the people in the remotest areas of the country. At a later stage it could also help in e-voting and help cut down the cost of holding elections.
Prime Minister asked the IT Ministry to complete the project in the next four months and provide connectivity at cheaper rates.