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Internet exchange to be set up at Karachi

ISLAMABAD- PTCL will establish an internet exchange at Karachi in collaboration with a renowned American Information Technology (IT) firm SYSCO said, Khalid Habib member (Tech) PTCL.

Speaking in a Pakistan Television (PTV) programme he said, an agreement has been signed between PTCL and Sysnet which represents SYSCO.

After establishment of this internet exchange, the country will have the first internet hub, he added.

He said the exchange costing Rs. 140 million will be accomplished within sixteen weeks. This exchange will improve the performance of internet service on one hand and will help reduce its rates on the other, he maintained.

Growth percentage of internet users in, Pakistan is much more than many developing countries he said and added that installation of this exchange will further boost this tendency.

He said this exchange will facilitate internet service providers, data providers and software exporters simultaneously.

Presently even the domestic calls are routed though U.S.A. which make the calls expensive. After installation of this internet exchange international, bandwidth will be saved and impact will be transferred to user.

D.G. ITTR, Zahid M. Khan said by the installation of this exchange, efficiency of internet service in Pakistan will improve in comparison with the other developing countries in the world.

Shahbaz Khan from Sysnet said the need for setting up of such exchange was felt in view of the complaints stating that the service was expensive.

He said, earlier the services were acquired on the basis of retail prices which now will be available on whole sale rates. This advantage will eventually be passed on to Internet Service Provider (ISPs) and common play man or end user. Consequently the prices of facility will come down to the convenient of users.

Source: The Nation
Date:2/20/2001