The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has identified new areas for the provision of Next Generation Broadband to a population of over 30 million people.
According to documents, the ministry has launched several initiatives for the provision of ICT services in the unserved and underserved areas of the country through the Universal Service Fund (USF).
To bridge the broadband divide between urban and rural areas, the Ministry of IT & Telecom identified new areas for the provision of Next Generation Broadband to a population of 30,435,725 in 11,915 under-served Mauzas of the county.
The areas approved by the federal cabinet include Pishin, Nasirabad, Mastung, Turbat, Sukkur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Chitral, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan.
This program will be undertaken in a phased manner by the Universal Services Fund.
The USF programmes include the following:
(a) Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD);
(b) Next Generation Broadband for Sustainable Development (NG-BSD);
(c) NG-BSD for National Highways and Motorways.
(d) Optic Fiber Cable (OFC) Programme;
(e) Broadband Programme;
(f) Special Projects.
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