The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) has launched three more projects of Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) worth Rs. 5 billion for six districts in Sindh.
These optical fiber cable projects will be finished in 16 months. They would give high-speed access to 4.2 million people in Larkana, Hyderabad, Badin, Qambar Shahdadkot District, Jamshoro, and Badin.
The contract for the projects was signed between the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said in line with the vision of Digital Pakistan, the MoITT has been running diverse projects through the Universal Service Fund (USF). These projects are playing a huge role in the socio-economic development of the locals.
Syed Amin uI Haque, the Federal Minister for Info Know-how and Telecommunications, mentioned that the ministry aspires to attach all inhabitants of Pakistan. It is going to occur via the USF, since digitization has turn out to be a precedence for companies and communities.
The USF contracted approximately 16,000 km of OFC as part of its Next Generation Optic Fiber (NG-OF) Network & Services program. It will assist 31.5 million people across the country by providing access to information and e-suite services, such as e-healthcare, e-finance, e-agriculture, and e-education.
The minister added that the MoITT is enabling the rural and remote communities to compete better and support economic development for a positive impact on the national GDP while contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).