MoITT through USF to spend Rs 8b for 9 projects of B&FO

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

The Universal Service Fund (USF) Board approved 09 Projects worth approximately PKR 8.15 Billion to provide High Speed Mobile Broadband services to approximately 7.59 Million people in un-served and under-served areas of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Advised by the Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunication, Syed Amin Ul Haque, the USF Board approved award of Next Generation Broadband for Sustainable Development contracts to Jazz, Telenor and Ufone and Optic Fiber Cable contracts to Nayatel and PTCL.

The Board also approved the launch of a new program called the ‘Next Generation Broadband for Sustainable Development Program for Tourist Locations’ to promote tourism in the country.

The Federal Secretary for Ministry of IT and Telecommunication & Chairman of USF Board, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui chaired the 76th Board of Directors meeting.

While addressing the meeting, Federal Secretary for IT and Telecommunication and Chairman of USF Board, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said “Digital Pakistan Vision” can see fruition only if every citizen of the country has access to mobile technology and internet services.

In this regard, Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Syed Amin Ul Haque has issued clear instructions that development projects need to be initiated and executed in all remote and economically marginalized areas.