Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) procures 155 Mbits/s Internet Protocol
KARACHI- The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has procured 155 Mbit/s Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity to promote the software industry and Internet in the country.
Zahir Muhammad Khan, Director General Information Technology, Training and Research (lTT&R), said that this bandwidth would be connected with Qwest at USA. Partial restoration through 34 Mbit/s on satellite will be available in due course of time. IP connectivity will be provided to the ISPs at US 15,000 dollars per El per month and US 6,000 dollars per El per month for software exporters and educational institutions.
He said that potential users, therefore, are invited to submit their registration of demand for additional as well as new bandwidth.
The DG said that the ISPs will have to meet a specified quality of service which will be linked to the number of telephone lines to a certain ratio to maintain the down-load speed at all times. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will monitor the quality of the service.
Zahir said that the PTCL has made elaborate arrangements to provide the educational institutions, software houses and call centers with the required bandwidth facility. The company has also announced special packages for this purpose. The international Internet bandwidth rates would be available to the educational institutions/universities approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the institutions affiliated with the universities approved by the UGC.
He added that for the registration of demand and any other information, the ISPs can contact the concerned divisional engineers in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad on UAN no 111 202020 or the PTCL headquarters Marketing Department at 11 101010 and fax 191919.
Source: Business Recorder