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Pakistan catches eye of foreign IT firms

LAHORE- The anticipation that the bulk of Pakistan’s software exports would touch an average US$8.7 billion mark by 2003 as against US$600 million worth current exports is seen by all those connected with the IT industry in the country and abroad as a glimmer of hope and prelude to prosperity. Foreign firms like Commercenet Singapore […]

Ata-ur-Rehman asks Site Association of Industry (SAI) for solid proposals to set up IT park

KARACHI- Prof Dr Ata-ur-Rehman, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, has advised Site Association of Industry (SAI) to send solid proposals for establishing information technology (IT) park in centre of the city. He assured the members of the association that if they were interested to open software houses the government would be ready to invest […]

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited Alcatel sign MoU

ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan Telecommunication Company limited (PTCL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with M/s Alcatel for quick availability of hardware and software solutions, specially for the primary rate access for promotion of information technology and internet in the country. According to a press release issued by PTCL here, on Wednesday, Abu Shamim M. Arif, […]

Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited (PTCL) to spend Rs 14bn to upgrade IT facilities

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited (PTCL) has planned to invest Rs,14 billion to enhance the Internet facilities and in this regard a Chinese firm has been awarded the contract of providing 150,000 new internet connection in the country. The Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited spokesman said the annual development plan is worth Rs 15 billion and […]

Draft IT ordinance being revised

LAHORE- Provincial Finance Minister Shahid Hafiz Kardar has said that the Punjab government had established the first ever professional Information Technology body in the country Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) – and it would keep on supporting the plans and suggestions for the fast growing IT sector. “The government is fully committed to facilitate the […]

IT to be introduced in schools, colleges

HYDERABAD- The secretary of education, Sindh, has said that education was the sine qua non for the development of the country and progress of the nation and the primary education was the foundation stone of the entire educational structure. Education secretary Nazar Hussain Mehar was speaking as chief guest at an Eid Milan Party hosted […]

Dr Atta calls for investment in technology based items

KARACHI- Investments should be made in technology-based items if Pakistan has to move forward and witness development, because such investment would increase the gross domestic product, (GDP) of Pakistan. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahrnan said this in his address at the Convocation 2001 of the NED University of Engineering and Technology […]

IT industry growing by 25 per cent

ISLAMABAD- The Information Technology (IT) industry is currently employing seven million people and is growing at the rate of 25 per cent and it is the technology of the new century, Chairman Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) Kahuta Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan said here on Thursday. Dr Qadeer was addressing the concluding session of the week-long […]

WorldTel demands equal opportunities for promoting it

KARACHI- The Chairman of the WorldTel Meca, a local affiliate of World Inc. Canada’s ISP, Nasir Ali Shah Bukhari has said that government should provide level playing field for the Internet companies if it really wanted to promote IT. Nasir Bukhari said that officials at the PTCL and the PTA are creating immense difficulties for […]

Pakistanis overtake Indians in German IT market

LAHORE- Pakistani professionals have taken lead over the Indians in German market in the field of Information Technology. The number of Pakistani IT professionals in Germany between August-October 2000 has gone to 953, which is highest after Romania. The Indians stand third with total number of 893. Addressing a seminar Opportunities for Pakistan software houses […]

Internet use to soar manifold in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD- The number of Internet users in the country is constantly increasing and is likely to soar manifold with its spread in nooks and corners of Pakistan in few months. Sources in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that the current number of Internet subscribers had reached 150,024 and 140 licenses for setting up data […]

Karachi to be made regional hub of IT for Gulf, C Asia

KARACHI- Sindh Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has said that provincial government is pursuing a comprehensive Information Technology policy, which is aimed at making Karachi, which is rich in human resources, a regional hub of IT for the Gulf region and Central Asia. Speaking as chief guest at the ICMAP convocation here on Saturday […]

Millennium Systems and Consultations Private Ltd (MSCL), IBM launch IT education services

LAHORE- Millennium Systems and Consultations Private Ltd (MSCL) in partnership with IBM has launched the IBM Advanced Career Education (ACE) Services in Pakistan. Speaking at a seminar at a local hotel Managing Director MSCL Sheikh Nisar Ahmed said MSCL recognised the importance of quality Information Technology education for Pakistan and was keen to contribute towards […]

Hacked website causes confusion

WASHINGTON- Confusion has been caused among Pakistanis here by a website which some believe to be the official Pakistan government website, and which was hacked more than two weeks but remains uncorrected on computer screens. The website carries the heading “official terrorism website” and the hacker, who describes himself of herself as “patriotic Indian”, […]