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PEACE Cable, Cybernet Pakistan ink agreement

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LAHORE    –      A Cable Landing Party Agreement has been signed between PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd (PEACE Cable) and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd (Cybernet Pakistan). This landmark agreement, signed on 16 April at Capacity North Africa in Cairo, follows a memorandum of understanding signed by both parties in 2018. Pakistan […]


Pakistan’s internet capacity to be increased by 96 Tb/s with new submarine cable system

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A landing party agreement signed between Cybernet Pakistan and PEACE Cable International Network Company Ltd is set to increase Pakistan’s internet infrastructure capacity by 96 terrabits per second with the country’s first carrier-neutral, open-access submarine cable system. Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable International Network Company Ltd and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd […]


PTI govt finalises cyber security policy

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ISLAMABAD:Minister for Information Technology Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has said that the government will allocate a piece of land in Haripur, Hazara to telecom companies for setting up mobile manufacturing plants. Speaking at the Huawei Mobile Pakistan Summit, the IT minister said the government had discussed with some telecom companies including Huawei the setting up […]


Digitising our past-I

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This month I finished my two-year term as the Project Director of the Punjab Archives Digitisation Project. The project was envisaged in 2016 by Dr Umar Saif, the then Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board and the founding Vice Chancellor of the Information Technology University, after he read about the dismal state of the […]


‘Keep telecom licence renewal fees low’

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An interview with Parvez Iftikhar, Member PM’s Taskforce on IT & Telecom A telecom-industry veteran, Parvez Iftikhar is the founding CEO of Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund (2007-2011), which is a public-private telecom development organisation. Previously, he also served as the country head of Siemens Telecom, Pakistan. After leaving USF, Parvez has been active in ICT […]


ICT needs governance

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A golden goose needs some taking care of. Or it may fall sick. The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry, whose contribution to the exchequer is about Rs150 billion per annum, is apparently running on an auto-pilot mode. That charge is not specific to this government, however. The PPP government (2008-13) to a large extent, […]


Afraid of societal stigma, victims and their families often hush up cases of revenge porn, online harrassment

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Karachi: With a chador wrapped around her head and face, a scared and jittery young woman sat in the waiting area of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Cybercrime Circle in Karachi. Next to her was an elderly woman, like a deer caught in the headlights, waiting to speak to an investigation officer. Every now and then, the […]


FIA received 30,000 cybercrime complaints in 30 months

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has received almost 30,000 complaints of alleged cybercrimes from citizens in the last 30 months, but says it does not know how many of these complaints have been investigated or addressed overall. Speaking before the National Assembly Standing Committee on IT and Telecommunication on Monday, FIA Cyber Crime Wing […]


Cyber governance policy being formulated

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The government has drafted the Cyber Governance Policy aimed at realising the full potential of information and communication technologies for socio-economic development by assuring availability, confidentially and integrity of the critical infrastructure and information system, besides providing reliable, secured and resilient cyber space for all. According to the policy draft, the country’s cyber governance policy […]


NADRA facilitating citizens through different innovative services

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Islamabad: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has registered over 11.6 million citizens into its database during last seven months, out of which 2.26 million received their identity document free of cost. The identity category types such as Computerized or Smart National Identity Cards (CNIC/SNIC), Family and Child Registration and Pakistan Origin Card (POC) have […]


Sindh to set up board to promote IT solutions

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KARACHI: The Sindh government will constitute an information technology board like the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), said Sindh Minister for IT, Environment and Costal Development Nawab Muhammad Taimur Talpur. Addressing the event ‘Smart Cities & Digital Transformation’ held at the National Incubation Center in Karachi, he said Sindh remained behind in tech solutions, amid other […]


Alvi stresses need to adopt information age technologies

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasised the need to accelerate efforts to adopt new technologies in every field of life. He was addressing the closing ceremony of HEC-Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2018-19 held at HEC Secretariat on Friday. The ceremony marked the announcement of winners who will compete in the Global Final to be […]


Technology effectively helping police combat crime in Lahore

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LAHORE: As various technologies move ahead at a rapid pace, it has become imperative for government institutions, the world over, to keep abreast. This is especially true when it comes to policing duties, and has prompted Lahore Police to incorporate the latest technological solutions for carrying out their day-to-day duties, particularly crime-busting tasks. Owing to the […]


Senators unhappy over IT ministry’s performance

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ISLAMABAD: Senators have expressed their grave reservations over the performance and projects of the information technology and telecommunications ministry. The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications held a meeting on Tuesday chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid. The chairperson observed that the committee had not even received a single satisfactory response from the ministry on […]