USF Meeting Approves Plan to Bring Fiber Optic Network to FATA
The Universal Service Fund Company’s (USF Co) 61st Board of Directors Meeting was convened on Tuesday 15th May, 2018 at the offices of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, Islamabad.
The Chairperson, Board of Directors, USF Co. and the Federal Minister for IT & Telecom; Mrs. Anusha Rahman Khan chaired the meeting.
The Board reiterated that the enablement of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises through E-commerce presents a unique opportunity for livelihoods for thousands of producers and entrepreneurs across Pakistan. Many MSMEs cannot access e-commerce due to lack of awareness and non availability of a right platform. Engaging in support for MSMEs through e-commerce is an opportunity to empower the e-commerce ecosystem of Pakistan particularly focused on carpet, furniture, leather, apparel, and jewelry manufacturers. The Board approved the ecommerce project to market these “Made in Pakistan” products both domestically and internationally.
The Board also approved the award of OFC FATA Package contract to M/s Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited to bring optic fiber connectivity to FATA regions. The package will aim at laying 653 kms of optic fiber cable and necessary equipment to connect 24 tehsils and small towns and serve a population of approx. 1 million.
The overall performance and hard work put in by USF Co. was appreciated by the Federal Minister and the Board Members.
Board members including the Secretary IT; Aamir Ashraf Khawaja, Acting Chairman PTA; Muhammad Naveed; Member Telecom; Mr. Mudassar Hussain, CEO Jazz; Mr. Aamir Ibrahim President and CEO PTCL; Mr. Daniel Ritz and the senior Management of USF Co also attended the meeting.
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