PTA head suggests using PKR80 billion from USF for broadband development

16 Sep 2011

The chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr Mohammed Yaseen, has proposed that the state use around PKR80 billion (USD909 million) generated by the country’s Universal Service Fund (USF) to help increase broadband penetration. According to Pakistan Today, Dr Yaseen has suggested that the whole country be declared as being underserved in terms of internet connectivity, citing the fact that there are currently only around 1.4 million broadband subscribers in the country by comparison to the around 109 million mobile voice subscribers. With mobile broadband seen as one likely method of increasing connectivity, the PTA chairman also noted that frequency harmonisation remains an important factor in boosting penetration. To that end, it is understood that the regulator has decided to look at devising a national spectrum refarming strategy.


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