Broadband to be expanded to over 56,000 new subscribers: Dar

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ISLAMABAD, June 3 (APP): Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar Friday said the ongoing broadband projects in the Southern Telecom Region were expected to provide coverage to over 56,000 new subscribers in the unserved areas during the fiscal year 2016 17.

Presenting budget proposals in the National Assembly, he
said 125 educational Broadband Centers (EBCs) and 55 Community Broadband Centers (CBCs) would be established under the projects with subsidy of Rs 482.5 million.

Under the Fiber Cable Programme, he said Rs 63.4 million
had been allocated for executing the projects in Balochistan and Rs 1.9 billion for three new projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab.

He said Rs one billion would be spent on establishment of
of computer labs under Pakistan Baitul Maal’s women empowerment centres, Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Scholarship, Prime Minister’s scholarship programme for talented students of Balochistan and Prime Minister’s National ICT Internship Programme.