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Pakistan’s first ever National Data Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

STAFF REPORT ISB:    The National Telecom-  munication Corporation    (NTC) has inaugurated Pa- kistan’s first ever National    Data Centre.   

The inauguration cer- emony held in the capital    was attended by State Min- ister for Information Tech- nology Ms Anusha Rahman    Khan, Chairman PTA Dr.    Ismail Shah and various    professionals from the IT    industry of Pakistan.   

Pakistan is the first ever    SAARC country to imple- ment the e-governance    model. After successfully    converting over 6,000 files to    e-government by the Ministry    of Information Technology,    the government last year de- cided to replicate this model    in all ministries/divisions    and attached departments.   

“So, in that respect, the    main aim behind the newly    inaugurated data centre    would be to help the gov- ernment implement its e-  governance agenda. This    National Data Centre will    comply with the Tier-3    standards and other than    e-governance also assist in    e-commerce and e-health”,    informed the minister. 

 IT Minister Anusha Rah-  man also stated that the    National Data Centre for e-  governance is the top prior-  ity of the government.  

 Speaking at the event,    Chairman NTC Viqar    Rasheed Khan said that the    Data Centre will be added    with the latest IT features    and it will be highly technical.   

“The Data Centre will pro-  vide the facilities to the gov-  ernment bodies with different    services in data communica-  tion as various other private    service providers are offering    to their clients”, he said   

National Telecommuni-  cation Corporation signed    a contract with Inbox Busi-  ness Technologies and    Huawei earlier this year in    March. The entire process    of the data centre’s estab-  lishment took place within    a time span of 5 months    and it is expected that it will    be up and running quite    soon owing to close work-  ing ties between the govern-  ment and the private  


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