Pakistan Telecommunication Company plans cut in Internet bandwidth rates -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pakistan Telecommunication Company plans cut in Internet bandwidth rates

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd is actively considering to introduce new technology, which may further reduce the bandwidth rates in order to popularise Information Technology in Pakistan.

This was disclosed by Nooruddin Baqai, Member Business Development, PTCL. The Internet Service Providers would benefit from this new product, he added.

He said that as per directive of the present government, the Internet facility is being constantly extended. About 830 cities have since been facilitated as compared to only 29 cities two years ago. He informed that at present 220 cities, towns and villages are linked through optic fibre and this number would be increased to 400 by the end of this year. The number of cities on Internet will further increase to 1200 by 2003.

In this respect, he said, the current capacity of optic fibre is also being enhanced (which runs into megabit) to gigabit during the current year. About the bandwidth, he said that 29 MB capacity two years ago has now been increased to more than 300 MB. By October 2002, he said, 155 MB would be further added to the PTCL network for facilitating the end-users.

PTCL management, in line with the directives of the Ministry of Science & Technology, has curtailed facilities like VoIP, DSL technologies, ISDN (PRI) and Basic Rate Access (BRA) Services, etc, through proactive measures in collaboration with private sector. MoUs have been signed with Siemens, APL & Multitech whereby prices for PRI & other services have been further reduced by at least 30 per cent.
Source: The Business recorder