USF to Establish Tele-Centres in Rural Pakistan

Ms. Anusha Rehman, State Minister for IT and Telecom, chairing a meeting with USF team regarding the establishment of telecenters in rural areas

USF yesterday announced that it will establish telecenters in the rural areas across Pakistan. Ms. Anusha Rehman, Minister of state for IT, chaired a meeting in this regard yesterday.

Universal Service Fund has already deployed several telecenters as pilot, however, company is till running the project on pilot basis before running it on full scale.

Telecenters will offer local community with state of art computer equipment and broadband facility. Several e-services will be hosted on the infrastructure to facilitate people of un-served, underserved and far flung areas.

The programme will be run all over the country and special consultation will be undertaken with provincial governments to cater to their specific requirements, to be incorporated in the telecenters’ project.

Tele center is a shared site – with few computer machines equipped with internet access — that provides public access to information and communication technologies: A public place where people can access computer, internet that enables them to gather information, create, learn and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skill.

It is envisioned that the tele center project will facilitate e-services including e-health, e-learning, e-commerce, e-agriculture etc. in rural areas; it will create local employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and extend broadband to provide distance education and ICT literacy.

The tele center in addition will house biometric verification of SIM cards, birth/death registration and computer training to the youth of the nation, the expected roll out extents to Union council level in un-served and underserved areas of Pakistan.

  • oh bhai pehlay un-served or underserved ko define to kar lo.Sab kahania hen. apni ministery me to internet ke speed theek kar lo . sab piated windows or pathetic internet speed ha. one of internee told me the conditiono of ministry is disgust.usf me b sab outsource ho raha ha har cheez par external opinion lee jati ha to itna high fi staff rakhna ki kia zarorat ha.kom ka pesa do do hatho looota ja raha ha

  • please stop dreaming that this will do this and that.its time to give figures with complete gap analysis on the website.moit ke website par minister ke photo k ilawa kuch nai ha.nai ha. i think we should start discussion what shuld be there on website for making it more informative

  • A few is a bit structure, need to be added there:
    Information about MoUs signed between ministry its entities with different countries and organizations
    Contribution reports which are presented in the international forums these are the country plans which should be shared with the sector
    Amount of funds available with ministry and list of banks, in which they are investing these funds and why or under what policy/criteria/rule or just ot oblidge someone (60 billion is a big amount)
    Studies and guidelines conducted by ministry and its entities
    Goals and targets
    Policy directives and draft policies
    List of board of directors of different companies
    Nmae of CEOs / Acting CEOs

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