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USF awards contract for High Speed mobile broadband service to Ufone in Kech district worth PKR 2,07 billion

A contract for delivering mobile broadband services in the Kech district of Balochistan province worth approximately € 2,07 trillion was awarded to Ufone by the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF office on Friday saws the signing ceremony of the contract by Syed Amin Ul Haque and Zubaida Jalal, the Federal Minister of Informatics (IT) and Telecommunications, and by Zubaida Jalal, the Federal Minister of Defense.

The arrangement was entered into with the Chief Financial Officer of the Ufone Group, Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary, USF CEO, and Nadeem Khan. The ceremony also included Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Federative Secretary for IT and Telecom, and PTA Chairman, Maj. Gener (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa. The ceremony practically was attended by Sector Commander South, Brigadier Atif Bin Saeed, and senior Turbat officials.

Chief Guest at the ceremony, Federal Minister for IT and telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque stated: "Through USF the Ministry of IT and telecommunications has awarded another project for the socio-economic improvement of the citizens of Balochistan in the light of the Prime Minister's vision for Digital Pakistan. The contract awarded today would enhance the advantages of high-speed Internet for residents of the Kech district within the timeframe of 12-18 months. It is our goal to ensure the continued technical growth of Balochistan, as we are working towards creating a robust Digital Pakistan.

Digital access will provide the disadvantaged populations in Kech with unparalleled new opportunities, increase their freedom to function and operate remotely and participate in the digital economy. I would especially like to thank the Federal Defence-Production Minister, Ms. Zubaida Jalal, who has played an important role in emphasizing the digital transition area and emphasizing the relevance of digital integration for young people's development and prosperity.

In the areas of Chagai, Nostalg, Bolan, Mastung, Panjgur, Gwadar, Ziarat, Jaffarabad, and Pishin, the Ministry of TV and Telecommunication through USF has signed a number of development projects worth approximately PKR 7 billion. These ventures should be finished within 12 to 18 months of the launch date."

"Today, in this regard, it is important to stress the success of National highways. The Federal Minister of IT has also said. The USF Ministry of IT and Telecommunications has launched infrastructure projects worth some PKR 1.8 trillion to provide high-speed mobile broadband service to passengers through Balokistan's national highways spanning a 1,780 km length. NH 10 and NH 25 are full by 75%, compared to NH 50 and NH 70 by 50%. NH 25 and NH 65 are both completed by 25 percent. The next 6 to 9 months will see the completion of all national road projects.

Youth gain in Balochistan from DG Skills and the training programs of the Virtual University. To date, 25,000 children have attended, among others, free DG Skills license classes. Likewise, offline centers were established in nine districts via virtual university programs, which allow thousands of students to have access to educational courses without the internet. The government will grant a 25 percent subsidy and another facility instead of a rental, in Quetta, Chuzdar, Turbat, and Gwadar in Balochistan.

A 6- month paying internship with a monthly PKR 20,000 scholarship will be given to 3,500 students from Balochistan. Apart from that, new campuses for national incubation centers. New research and development projects will also be launched with the funding of Ignite for young people. The people of Balochistan should not be misled by Syed Amin Ul Haque, because we are working very hard for Balochistan's growth.

In his opinion, the Prime Minister is very clear that without success in Balokistan there would be no national progress. This is why Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has undertaken a tour of Quetta and has informed Balochistan about its development projects, following my orders, as Federal Secretary for IT & Telecommunications, and all the attached departments employed within our ministry.

Haaris Mahmood Chaudhary, President and CEO of USF, said during the ceremony, "This project will help a 0.34 million of our people, covering our 23.964 kilometres of land within district of Kech. Our emphasis on providing access and connectivity to the rural and remote regions of the country remains distinguished by the Order of the federal minister for IT and Telecommunications. The USF has contracts valued at PKR 21 trillion over the last two years. This project was awarded to Ufone in a competitive phase, which was effective and straightforward. We try to inspire and make life easier for the people of Balochistan through these projects.

Sharing his views at the ceremony, Group CFO and Acting CEO PTCL & Ufone, Nadeem Khan, said, “Ufone is committed to the cause of a Digital Pakistan. Our telecommunications schemes in Balochistan are an effort to make lives easier for the millions who are living in the province. This project aims to provide telecommunications services for 306 moazas in Balochistan district in Kech. Without the USF's funding, which has been devoted to connectivity in remote areas of Pakistan, this dream could never have been successful."
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