PTCL inks three deals with Universal Service Fund

3 Jul 2009

Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund (USF) and incumbent fixed line and broadband provider Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) have signed three broadband contracts, Trading Markets reports. Under the terms of the agreements PTCL will provide broadband services in the unserved urban regions of southern Punjab and Lower Sindh. It has also agreed to bring fibre-optic connectivity to all tehsils (administrative divisions) in southern Balochistan, and will install around 1,166km of fibre-optic cable in the region. As a result of the projects approximately 63,000 new broadband connections are expected to be established in southern Punjab, and PTCL will also set up educational broadband centres (EBCs) in 206 high schools, colleges and libraries, as well as 58 community broadband centres (CBCs). In Sindh around 23,500 new connections are expected, alongside 82 EBCs and 43 CBCs. The USF will give PTCL PKR1.16 billion (USD14.3 million) for the developments in Punjab, PKR550 million for Sindh and PKR1.2 billion for the fibre rollout in Balochistan