Universal Service Fund Company (USF Co) has approved the Optical Fiber Cable Program concerning the installation of optical fiber in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As part of the OFC KPK package, 830 km of Optical Fiber Cable will be laid connecting 29 Tehsils and 19 towns with a population of approximately 1 Million.
In the USF’s Board of Directors Meeting today, three important broadband for sustainable development projects were considered. Broadband for Sustainable Development Project Kharan-Washuk Lot was awarded to Pak Telecom Mobile Limited. This Project will benefit an un-served population of about 222,000, covering 289 unserved Mauzas and an unserved area of 35,100 square km.
Another Broadband for sustainable development project encompassing Dera Bugti Lot was also awarded to Pak Telecom Mobile Limited. This Project will serve an un-served population of about 333,100, covering 396 unserved Mauzas and an unserved area of 16,500 square km.
A special project namely; Broadband for Low-income women was also approved which will be implemented in eight districts of Balochistan. Under this program, a maximum of 30,000 smartphones will be distributed among women beneficiaries of BISP.
The Board also agreed to implement another very important project of establishing computer labs and delivering skills development training in all girls’ schools of the ICT region under the globally acclaimed “ICT for Girls initiative”.
Under the project titled Establishment of Computer Labs in Government Girls Schools in Rural Areas of Islamabad Capital Territory, 138 girls schools of ICT will be digitalized and approximately 110,000 girls will be trained with the IT skills. Other administrative and corporate matters of USF Co were also taken into consideration by the Board of Directors.