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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)

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


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