The Government of Pakistan is expanding broadband services to rural and semi-urban areas.
Pakistan has been working hard in providing 3G and 4G services to different areas of the country. The launch of five New Generation Broadband Sustainable Development Program (NG-BSD) has been approved by the Board of Directors of Universal Service Fund Company (USF Co) and Ministry of Information Technology.
The new broadband services will be covering almost 8 million population which is approximately only 4% of the total population of Pakistan since almost half of the population in Pakistan resides in the rural as well as semi-urban areas.
“With proliferation of enabling apps and digital platforms, user behaviour has shifted from voice and data to being app-centric, which requires networks to deliver seamless coverage with optimum end to end performance,”. This statement was released by Rahman on Wednesday.
The latest news is that the expansion of the mobile broadband services, also called the 3G/4G services were approved in a meeting under the New Generation Broadband Sustainable Development Program (NG-BSD).
“Eight out of 10 internet users are online through smartphones and internet usage is increasing faster than ever before.” This was said by an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert, Parvez Iftikhar.
He further talked about the significance of the internet and said that a rapid growth can be seen in the industry in the urban areas, while the growth in the rural areas is saturated due to no internet services available. Hence, we need to focus on expanding our services for an overwhelming growth in the semi-urban and rural areas.
The Government of Pakistan took a mutual decision to expand the mobile broadband services in the insignificant areas now like Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Dadu, Hyderabad, and Bahawalnagar. This was decided in 59th meeting of the board of directors at the Universal Fund Company (USF Co) which was chaired by Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rahman.