After the launch of 3G and 4G services, it has provided internet service to 5,896 villages of FATA and Balochistan
The government of Pakistan to provide broadband internet facility in far-flung areas across the country, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made this announcement at the signing ceremony of an agreement for providing broadband internet facility in far-flung areas to accelerate socio-economic development.
An agreement was signed between the Ministry of Information Technology and Universal Service Fund for promoting information technology and providing fast internet service in FATA.
According to sources project is aimed at sustainable development in the region and it will benefit areas of Khyber and Mohmand Agency as well as Dera Ismail Khan and areas of Balochistan.
In the first phase of this project, 5,896 Mauzas will cover and will then extend up to 1,187 Mauzas at a cost of Rs3.5 billion and facilitate over four million people.
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.
The Prime Minister directed the IT and Telecom Ministry to utilize funds being generated under Universal Service Fund for the provision of IT and Telecom services in unserved and far-flung areas on priority basis.
He further said that it would open up new horizons for the people and provide them e-commerce and a host of other services, that they could not have imagined a few years back and it would open up new horizons for the people and provide them e-commerce and a host of other services, that they could not have imagined a few years back.
He tasked the Ministry of Information Technology to complete the project in next four months and provide connectivity at affordable rates to the people.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman.
The 3G and 4G internet service is closed in FATA since 2016. The mobile phone and internet facility was first provided in FATA for the first time in 2005. However, the service had to be closed over law and order issues several times. The 3G and 4G service was restored in FATA in 2014, but it was suspended again.