ISLAMABAD, May 16 (APP): Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication on Thursday was apprised that work was in progress to provide optic fiber connectivity to every Union Council (UC) of the county.
The committee was chaired by the Senator Rubina Khalid to get a detailed briefing from the official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Universal Services Funds (USF) on the telecommunication service and projects launched in newly merged areas of erstwhile FATA and other less developed areas of the country during last five years.
The USF official said, “Preliminary study conducted by the USF revealed that 3,140 out of 6,061 Union Councils (UCs) are with optic fiber connectivity and efforts are underway to connected the remaining UCs.”
He said that USF has undertaken multiple special projects to extend the benefits of modern technologies to the marginalized sectors of the society like girls, women, orphans, visually impaired.
He said that 144 computer centers had been established at Sweet Homes and selected educational institutions. He said that USF has also completed a project for establishment of computer labs with specialized ICT equipment for people with disabilities at National Library and special education center.
The official of the PTA informed the committee the government has established a Universal Service Fund Company limited under MoIT to provide telecom services to population of un-served areas.
This company, he said, was responsible to subsidize the operators for provision of communication in un-served areas.
Source: VNS Islamabad