Universal Service Fund yesterday approved a 730 kilometre long Optic Fiber Cable project for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said a statement issued last night.
USF said that Fiber Optic project, that will connect 21 tehsils of the province, will benefit an un-served population of about 3.2 Million people.
Government is aiming that this new Fiber Optic cable will not bring high-speed internet to masses but government channels and development projects will also be enabled with high-end connectivity solutions.
Project was approved during a USF board of directors meeting that was chaired by Minister of State for IT & Telecom Mrs. Anusha Rahman. Annual Budget of USFCo for the Financial Year 2014-2015 was also approved during the meeting. Other important matters significantly related to administration and projects were discussed.
The board was also updated on the status of establishment of Universal Telecenters by the USF. Taking deep interest in the implementation of UTC’s project the Board of Directors advised the USF management to expedite the implementation and establishment of Universal Telecenters.
Additionally special projects for broadband for 100 colleges and Rural telephony project in far flung areas like Chattral, Shanghla, Lower Deer, Boneer were also approved. Furthermore, the Chairperson ensured complete support of Government in the execution of USF projects and hoped that USF will continue its efforts for proliferation of IT & Telecom services in future as well.
The Chairperson USF Board of Directors Mrs. Anusha Rahman Khan was accompanied by Secretary IT, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha who is also the Vice-Chairman of USFCo Board of Directors. Other higher dignitaries including the Member Telecom; Mr.Mudassar Hussain , Chairman PTA; Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, CEO & President PTCL; Mr. Walid Irshaid, CEO CMPak; Mr. Fan Yunjun and Representative of Consumer Association of Pakistan Mr. Kaukab Iqbal also graced the gathering.