USF Approves Budget for Different Projects in FY2020-21

The Universal Service Fund (USF) Policy Committee has approved an annual budget of Rs. 11.376 billion for the financial year 2020-21 for the Fund to carry out different connectivity projects in un-served and underserved areas of the country.

Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque chaired the 39th meeting of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Policy Committee meeting.

Federal Secretary Ministry of IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui was also present in the meeting. The meeting approved the minutes of the 38th meeting of the Universal Service Fund Policy Committee.

The meeting also gave approval for the USF annual budget of Rs. 11.376 billion for the financial year 2020-21.

According to documents, the USF has spent around Rs. 66.044 billion to extend cellular, broadband internet, fiber optics and other telecommunication services to un-served or underserved areas but some areas in Balochistan as well as South Waziristan and Kurram districts of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa still lack access to basic telephony and Mobile broadband services.

The USF was created in 2007 to stretch cellular, broadband internet, fiber optics and other telecommunication services to un-served or underserved areas. All telecom companies have been contributing 1.5 percent of their revenues to the USF.



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