National Broadband Plan: Broadband coverage in rural areas likely to digitalize economy

National Broadband Plan: Broadband coverage in rural areas likely to digitalize economy

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Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has said that the penetration of broadband across the country is vital to digitalize Pakistan.

The Federal Minister was addressing the contract signing ceremony of the project “Broadband Coverage for North Waziristan Agency, Frontier Region Bannu & Frontier Region Lakki Marwat”. The contract was signed between the Universal Service Fund ( USF) and Jazz.

The government would continue to work towards achieving mission of broadband penetration in every corner of the country to facilitate the masses, he said, while congratulating the teams of USF and Jazz.

He further said that this project in North Waziristan will help bridge the digital divide by providing services to unserved communities and open-up new horizons for them.

“In Pakistan, socio-economic development is directly linked to the provision of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services, and it is the endeavor of the government to bring all parts of the country at par with each other,” the IT minister said.

This special project aims to bring positive changes in the lives of people of underserved areas, he added.

He said that government is committed to the promotion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) facilities in the country.

Since the 1930s, policymakers have known that rural communications is a “market failure” — something that happens when private companies cannot or will not provide a socially desirable good because of a lack of return on investment.

This special project aims to bring positive changes in the lives of the people of unserved areas, he said.

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