As per the official data, The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has approved 11 projects worth Rs11.52 billion.
The projects include the launch of an optic fiber-based communication link between Karachi and Gwadar along the coastal highway. In a recent meeting chaired by IT Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, The Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) of the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication approved 11 projects. Five of these projects would be developed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) for providing telecom facilities in these regions.
Seniors officers of the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and Finance Division attended this meeting and were briefed about the details of the projects which includes:
- President Initiative for Cyber Efficient Parliament;
- Expansion of Broadband Services in AJK and G-B Phase-II;
- Establishment of Optic Fiber Base Communication Link between Karachi and Gwadar Along Coastal Highway;
- Implementation of PECA 2016 and SRO 904 (I)/2017 for DIRBS (Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System), AJK and G-B;
- Upgrading of Transmission Network and Replacement of Optic Fiber Cable in AJK and G-B.
- Protection and Upgrading of Pak-China Phase-I Optic Fiber Cable for Establishment of Cross-Border Connectivity in AJK and G-B;
- Standardization of Call Centre Industry;
- Activation/Addition of Lawful Intention Functionality/Features in NTC’s Voice Network and Integration/Inter-Operability with LEA’s Setup.