Broadband internet facility in far-flung areas soon: PM


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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the government is making endeavors to provide broadband internet facility in far-flung areas to accelerate socio-economic development.

Speaking at a ceremony held at a local hotel yesterday for the contract signing of Broadband for Sustainable Development Projects in FATA; Khyber, Mohmand Agency, and DI Khan, he commended the initiative and said it would help bridge the gap between the urban and rural areas by providing modern facilities to the people at their door steps.

The project for provision of telecom services to the un-served areas was being implemented by the Universal Service Fund, working under the Ministry of Information Technology.

After the launch of 3G and 4G services, it has provided internet service to 5,896 Mauzas.

The new contracts would enable it to extend these services to Khyber, Mohmand agencies and DI Khan at a cost of Rs3.5 billion and facilitate over four million people in 1,187 Mauzas. He directed the IT and Telecom Ministry to utilize funds being generated under Universal Service Fund for provision of IT and Telecom services in un-served and far-flung areas on priority basis.

The project is aimed at sustainable development in the region. It will benefit areas of Khyber and Mohmand Agency as well as Dera Ismail Khan.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman.

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