Published On: Thu, Jun 22nd, 2017

3G services in Dera Bugti, Kharan-Washuk


3G services in Dera BugtiUfone has launched 3G services in Dera Bugti and Kharan-Washuk areas of Balochistan. The Universal Service Fund (USF) and Ufone signed a contract worth Rs. 2.8 billion for mobile and 3G internet services launch in the aforementioned areas of Balochistan.

The Ufone cellular and internet services will be able to connect almost 600, 000 people living in 600 mauzas of Balochistan, estimated time of completion will be 2 years.

USF and Ufone signed the contract – Broadband for Sustainable Develop¬ment Projects in Balochistan. Minis¬ter of State for Information Technology and Tele¬com¬mu¬nications Anusha Reh¬man and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar attended the ceremony.

The USF has been established by ministry of IT to spread mobile services to far-fetched and underserved areas in the country.

A contract between National ICT Research and Development Fund and TPL Trakker, Lahore University of Management Sciences and LMKT was also signed to establish National Incubation Centres in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.

According to Haris Choudhry, the USF chief executive officer, the broadband for sustainable development project will provide mobile broadband internet/3G service to population of nearly 555,000 in Dera Bugti, Kohlu and Kharan-Washuk districts.

Mr Dar said that these development projects in Balochistan would enable the increase of internet coverage in the country. He said the establishment of incubation centres would assist in channeling the entrepreneurial drive among young graduates in the country.

The finance minister said that special incentives for the IT sector were announced in the 2017-18 budget.

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