Universal Service Fund (USF), approx. 154 Million PKR for Jazz To provide High Speed Mobile Broadband services in Multan and Khanewal Districts of Southern Punjab. Federal Minister of Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications Syed Amin Ul Haque and Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi witnessed the contract signing ceremony in Islamabad. The contracts were signed by USF CEO Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary with Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim. At the ceremony, Federal Secretary of IT and Telecommunications and Chairman of the USF Board, Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput and Parliamentary Secretary Zain Qureshi, Telecom Member Muhammad Umar Malik, IC Member Ajmal Awan and other senior officials were also present.
speaking at the ceremonySyed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister of Information and Telecommunications He said MoITT has contracted projects worth around PKR 6.5 billion to provide high-speed internet to 3.8 million people in Southern Punjab through USF. These include six high-speed mobile broadband projects and three optical fiber cable projects.
According to Syed Amin Ul Haque, we are spending a total of 708 million PKR under these projects to provide high-speed broadband services in the three districts of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar. Approximately 2.6 million people living in 846 villages will benefit from it. Similarly, PKR 141 million is spent in four districts namely Dera Ghazi Khan Division, DG Khan, Layyah, Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur. PKR 4.47 billion is spent on three projects related to fiber optic cable laying. Upon completion of these projects, an area of approximately 2,000 km2 will be connected to the OFC. More than 25% work has been done on broadband services projects. With the completion of these projects, the fastest broadband service will be provided to 393 villages with a population of more than 0.85 million.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi He said he was pleasantly surprised to hear the performance of MoITT, who is working day and night to realize the Prime Minister’s vision for Digital Pakistan. He thanked the Federal Minister Syed Amin Ul Haque for initiating development projects in South Punjab and said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide all possible assistance and support for the promotion of the IT industry and the worldwide display of Pakistani IT products. The IT sector is one of the leading sectors where numerous job opportunities and the country’s economy can be strengthened.
Sharing his views on development, CEO-Jazz, Aamir Ibrahim “Jazz has invested $462 million over the last two years to expand its 4G footprint mainly in rural and semi-urban areas. This is in line with our mission to close the digital divide and collaborate with the Government of Pakistan to help realize the Digital Pakistan vision. The signing of today’s contract is a testament to our commitment to create ICT-led socioeconomic opportunities for the masses.”
Earlier at the welcome address, CEO-USF, Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary “USF is committed to empowering Pakistan’s marginalized communities. This project is an unserviced 0.48 million population in 170 unserved mauza, thereby a 1,323 km2 of unserved area. Multan and Khanewal counties. The project will be completed in 12 months,” he said.