Facebook enables internet connectivity to 15 million Pakistanis across 8 cities in a landmark 'first of its kind' investment

Pakistanis having to adapt to an Internet quality that is one of the worst in South Asia may celebrate as long-term web problems disappear. Your rescuer might prove nothing but Facebook, your preferred social media network. Prime Minister Imran Khan had encouraged the internet industry to invest in Pakistan in a meeting with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg last Prime Minister Imran Khan had encouraged the internet industry to invest in Pakistan in a meeting with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg last year.

Facebook partnered with Pakistani telecoms company Nayatel to expand its Internet connectivity to approximately ten to fifteen million in eight major cities via an infrastructure of 1650 kilometres fibre that provides affordable, high-speed, and reliable access to the Internet as reported by Gulf News.

"This high-speed fibre aims to connect thousands of locations by 2022 and increase millions of Internet capacity and geographical reach," Nayatel stated.

The first of its kind, historic investment by a social network company in Pakistan is capable of making a "monumental" influence on Pakistan's digital environment. It might pave the way for a huge and unprecedented "digital revolution of the epic proportions" through a web experience that fulfils international mass standards.

Nayatel's new fibre networks would serve as a backbone of mobile and fixed broadband 4G/5G infrastructure, which is a vital driver in economic growth and employment creation and at the same time provides millions with access to information superhighways.

Facebook helps local operators use fibre infrastructure to enhance access to affordable internet via investment and support for establishing fibre networks in Pakistan. The agreement is part of the efforts by Facebook to ensure that people throughout the world, including in Pakistan, can have a fast and dependable internet network, says Facebook Tom Varghese, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy (Asia Pacific).

"It would also advance the government's goal of Pakistan digital by enhancing productivity for small and medium-sized enterprises, generating more employment possibilities and learning for young people online," a top expert said. "The partnership highlights Pakistan's technology and entrepreneurial potential as a top global brand like Facebook"
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