Over Rs400 million allocated to IT and telecom services for CPEC

Over Rs400 million allocated to IT and telecom services for CPEC
The Pakistan government has allocated over 480 million rupees for the expansion and upgrading of 3G/4G mobile services. (Shutterstock photo)
Updated 07 May 2018

Over Rs400 million allocated to IT and telecom services for CPEC

Over Rs400 million allocated to IT and telecom services for CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The government has allocated Rs486.726 million for the expansion and upgrading of Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS - 3G/4G) services and seamless coverage along the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in support of CPEC in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The project is one of the most important on-going projects being spearheaded by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. A total of Rs2658.713 million have been allocated for eight Information Technology and Telecommunication Division on-going schemes for the fiscal year 2018-19 via the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

Talking to APP, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication said, the ongoing scheme regarding CPEC include the construction of a cross-border OFC system between China and Pakistan for international connectivity of voice/data traffic (SCO) and the provision of seamless GSM coverage along the KKH for the proposed Gawadar–Kashighar Economic Corridor in Gilgit-Baltistan (SCO).

According to the spokesperson, the work being done along the CPEC route, including the building of roads, ports, dams etc. has provided a much needed boost to the economy, which, in effect, will bring benefits to the IT industry too. CPEC is said to bring investments worth US$46 billion into the country.