STAFF REPORT IBD: Prime Minister of Pakistan has been briefed on the tremendous progress made by the Universal Service Fund (USF) during the last five-and-a-half years by providing basic telephony and data services in more than 3,600 mauzas across the country.
During the meeting of the USF Board of Directors meeting, held recently, the PM was told that the broadband services have been provided in 260 2nd and 3rd tier cities and towns and that more than 4,250 km of optic fiber cable has been laid to connect unserved tehsils and towns under the optic fiber programme.
The Board approved a special project for expansion and addition of Telemedicine Network which involves providing health-care facilities in rural areas of the country by connecting them to main hospitals in cities. Health-care services related to fields of Cardiology, Dermatology, Pathology, ENT, Radiology and Gynecology are already being provided through this project, the meeting briefed the Prime Minister.
The PM directed the USF to extend connectivity in the remote areas of Balochistan in order to bring them at par with other developed areas of the country. He also emphasized the need to use the fund efficiently for developing connectivity in rural areas and benefit of telecom sector.