USF Stretches Broadband to another 21 Cities in Southern Punjab

Thanks to Universal Service Fund, 21 cities in southern Punjab are now broadband equipped with 25,100 customers already on board since the roll-out started three months ago.

Contract for 11 districts (Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal, Leiah, Lodhran, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur and Vehari) was awarded to PTCL and WorldCall on January 20th, 2010.

Out of 37 planned cities, 21 cities were covered in just 3 three months.

This demonstrates the immense speed of ISPs for spreading broadband in un-served land of Pakistan. For newly added cities, not only the home users will get the advantage but high speed internet infrastructure is going to connect businesses, government and semi government entities in the region as well.

  • 327 Higher Secondary Schools, Colleges and Public Libraries, to get 5 PCs with Broadband to benefit 240,000 students (40 Centers already working as of Today).
  • 85 “Community Broadband Centers”

Other potential beneficiaries, who could benefit

  • 267         Hospitals and clinics
  • 541         Basic Health Units
  • 539         Health Care Centers
  • 116         Vocational Institutes
  • 30           Special Education Centers
  • 33           Allama Iqbal Open Univ. Distance Learning Centers
  • 46           Courts and Bar Councils
  • 62           Post Offices
  • 67           NADRA Offices
  • 128         Police Stations

Those who don’t come from these districts, and are still not served with broadband internet, don’t worry, because, USF has planned big to take broadband to your home. Check following map to get a glimpse of broadband project proceedings.

This map shows that 5 telecom regions are already in process of getting the broadband. One region is advertised and bidding will be done soon. Another three regions are in pipeline to get the broadband.

It is may be recalled that USF provides subsidy to ISPs for providing broadband internet to regions where otherwise business is not viable. This subsidy is based on per customer base, for instance, a target (for southern Punjab its 100,000 subscribers) is given to ISPs, when achieved subsidy on each customer is given. Subsidy is decided through bidding.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • very good news for Pakistan, I think it will help alot in the development of our country.

  • khuram ali

    very Sad To Read this Post Becoz With Mega Corruption Govt Ignored The Many Areas of South Punjab I m 4rm District Rajanpur Only Broadband And Dsl Service Start In Rajanpur And Jampur Many Big Cities Are Ignored Like Muhammadpur diwan , Dajal , Rojhan , Kot chutta , Fazilpur …. unjustice With these Areas Here Educational percentage 92%…. Poor Media Corrupt Govt… (saraikistan Zindabad)

    • faisal

      Dear Khuram ,you are right in your complaint,we should appreciate this thing that they have given some intension to the backward areas,But i am not with you for the separate Provence which you called saraikistan, it is a great threat to the unity of Pakistan. Please think over this with cool heart and think about our country and Islam which is bearing a very intense propaganda from Our Enemy.
      I believe you will think over this for a movement……
      faisal ………Pakistan

  • faisal

    Thanks to all those authorities who are responsible of providing this service.
    I am very Happy to hare this NEWS.

    PAKISTAN Paindabad

  • Khurram

    hello everyone
    please guide me that which usb broadband i should go for ?
    PTCL ? WORLD CALL ? WATEEN ?
    my req are 1MB unlimited and have to use VOIP on it.
    My area is Beadon road, near Chaman ice cream Mall road.

    thanks

  • jobs

    Salam every one.
    Very good news for pakistan…..

  • jobs

    Ufone is best network of pakistan.
    its our homeland’s company.
    i like it very much.
    congratulation!!
    first it have many peckages.
    Allah may success it.
    it is cheapest also.

  • Adnan Nazeer

    A seperate provence of south punjab is necessary, Because Govt. or punjab is ignoring our area, In 1996, a project of Children Hospital was launged in Multan, but the chief minister Shehbaz shareef shifted that project in lahore. In Lahore, Jinnah Hospital, Mew Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital, punjab Cordiology, and many other hospitals r available, But in south Punjab, only Nishtar hospital in multan and BV Hospital r there. In Lahore, Punjab University, LUMS, Govt. colge University, Education University, and many other universities, but only 2 universities in south punjab, BZU in Multan and Islamia University in Bahawalpur.
    new provences r established for public facility all over the world, Why not in Pakistan?????
    Now, all the development work is from Federal Govt. Punjab Govt. is not playing any role for development here,

  • Saeed Ur Rahman

    Pkaistan is great country and pakistani are great nation. We started from scracth and now where are we?

    Only Love Pakistan