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More than 91,000 kms fiber optic deployed to promote Internet: MoIT

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 5 (APP): The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOIT) has facilitated deployment of more than 91,000 kms fiber optic to establish a robust national fiber optic backbone in the country.

The fiber optic has been deployed with the objective to provide access to IT particularly Internet to masses.

According to official sources, approximately 75 per cent of population in the country had access to broadband Internet over mobile networks. The Ministry of IT & Telecommunication had taken several steps to enable access to high speed Internet in Pakistan. Some key steps included holding of three rounds spectrum auction for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) 3G/4G by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to meet ever increasing demand for broadband connectivity since 2014.

The sources said the ministry also released Telecom Policy 2015 which had resulted in increased commitment of operators to growth of Broadband services in the country.

Moreover, the sources said Universal Service Fund (USF) was being used to fund projects to provide broadband services to people in unserved/ underserved areas where there was no business case for operators.

Pakistan has international connectivity through seven under-sea fiber optic cables proving for international bandwidth needs, they added.

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