Broadband Fibre Connectivity Crucial for Pakistan’s Economic Growth: IT Minister

Tue Nov 14 2023
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Caretaker Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, said on Tuesday that a boost in broadband fibre connectivity is vital for economic growth.

In a meeting chaired by the minister, issues related to fiberization and the Right of Way Policy were discussed in detail.

Senior officers of MoITT and representatives of telecom companies attended the meeting, according to a press release.

Addressing the meeting, Dr. Umar Saif said that the provision of quality telecom services to the public is the topmost priority of the government.

He said that every 10 percent increase in mobile broadband adoption results in a 0.5 to 0.8% increase in GDP.

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Therefore, to help develop the country’s economy, it is necessary to incentivize broadband fibre connectivity in the country.

He said that in the past few weeks, the ministry standardized right-of-way policies for laying of fibre for ISPs and telecom players.

He asked the IT industry to set its target for fiberization in the country, saying that the Ministry of IT & Telecom will fully cooperate with the telecom industry.

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