Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has launched various application services on its online national rabta portal (www.pakistan.pk).
The primary focus behind the launch is to assist local Internet users in retrieving various information specific to Internet resource information and content of the country.
National Whois application will help the user to access ownership and management information of an IP address of Pakistan. The Whois service is linked up with APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Center) database. PTA is likely to offer URL whois service soon.
ICT rabta pages service will assist a user to retrieve contact and general information about ICT industry of the country whereas educational portal service will help the students and general community to access information regarding public & private educational institutes, scholarships and skill development programs available in the country.
Another significant service launched is a local search engine for the country titled as ‘Raftaar Pakistan’. The search engine will entertain a particular search string by fetching the relevant information from websites registered under .pk ccTLD.
This is first of its kind online search platform offering filtered and Pakistan-based content. Currently the search service is pretty basic and results shown are related but repetitive. Sure there is plenty of room to enhance its performance.
It is anticipated that the search platform Raftaar will catch the attraction of broadband internet service providers in order to encourage and promote local search facility.
PTA is welcoming Broadband services providers to host Raftaar.