Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund (USF) has signed agreements with mobile network operator CMPak (Zong) and broadband provider Worldcall Telecom, PR.com is reporting. Zong will be paid PKR1.57 billion (USD18.9 million) to roll out basic telephony services in the Jaffarabad, Naseerabad and Jhal Magsi administrative divisions in Balochistan; the cellco is expected to provide services to around half a million people in 648 mauzas (villages) that are currently unserved. Worldcall, meanwhile, will be given PKR785 million to provide broadband connection in eleven districts in Southern Punjab. It will also use the funds to establish 121 community broadband centres and 27 educational broadband centres in high schools, colleges and libraries across the region. The CEO of the USF, Parvez Iftikhar, also revealed that, having signed these two most recent agreements, the fund has surpassed the PKR10 billion mark in terms of subsidies granted to operators for rolling out services in underserved and unserved areas.
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