The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) have entered into an agreement for provisioning of 10 Gigabit Premium Internet Bandwidth Connectivity, said a press release.
This is the largest Internet Backbone Connectivity ever acquired by any organization in the country, said the statement.
The state-run telecom utility is the main provider of premium Internet bandwidth to the commission, which in turn provides the internet services to universities along with other Internet Protocol facilities, including videoconferencing, digital libraries and access to the international education and research networks, it said.
The contract is an integral component of Pakistan Education and Research Network-2 (PERN-2) project, which was initiated by the commission to provide high-speed connectivity to universities and institutes of higher learning across the country.
On the occasion, Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director of HEC said “The PERN-2 project upon completion will bring HEC at par with any international organization and will give access to the internet cloud, world wide education & research networks, digital libraries within/outside Pakistan, distance learning/video conferencing, unified communication boosting the sharing of knowledge with international students, scholars and knowledge resources”.
Walid Irhaid, President and CEO, PTCL, added that “PTCL has offered this premium IP transit facility keeping in view of its corporate social responsibilities to the education sector of the country. PTCL is the only service provider in Pakistan having the capability to provide the required volume of internet bandwidth because of its partnerships in multiple international submarine cables’, its robust countrywide transmission network and state of the art IP infrastructure.”
On this occasion HEC & PTCL expressed desire for expanded future co-operation in the best interest of the country and its positive impact on the education & social sectors of Pakistan.