ISPs to get more bandwidth soon -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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ISPs to get more bandwidth soon

KARACHI- Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, formally inaugurated PTCL-FLAG (Fiber link around the globe) VPOP, (virtual point of presence) here on May 5, 2003.

Through this arrangement, PTCL customers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and software exporters would equally benefit from the newly launched services.

This arrangement would provide one window facility for the provision of International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) to Europe, the United States and Far East required for Call Centres in Pakistan.

While addressing the launching ceremony the minister directed the PTCL high ups to improve its system to meet the growing demand of the IT operators. He also assured the ISPs that their demand of more bandwidth would be met.

Akhtar Ahmed Bajwa, Chairman PTCL; Mashkoor Hussain, Member Business Development PTCL; Zahir Muhammad Khan, Member Operations PTCL and Javed Saifullah Chief Executive Flag Telecom were also present on the occasion.

IPLC and IP Services, would provide high speed unrivalled connectivity and fully managed international circuits to the Middle East and the US, as well as high-speed links to key locations in America and Europe.

The main beneficiaries of these two services would be ISPs software exports, Data Network Operators (DNOPs), and Call Centre operators, requiring multiple data links and high-speed transfers and clear pipe.

Customers can benefit from the entire international network infrastructure including trans-oceanic cable system and landing stations. The network is purpose built, rather than being assembled from legacy network, which enable to offer a service that is very reliable, truly manageable and highly scalable.

“We are excited to have completed this Vpop in an emerging and growing market like Pakistan and that we were able to fully meet the needs and high quality standards of the PTCL,” Leghari said.

He looked optimistic as he said that the Karachi Vpop would enable PTCL and Flag telecom to provide customers with a high level of global connectivity, designed to offer resilience, reliability and superior quality of service at a competitive price.

Service Level Agreement (SLA) is being offered on this project for the first time in the country, which will increase confidence level of the users, he added.

It gives customers the option to route traffic in either direction around the globe. Customers can also access IP transit service from Karachi Point of Presence (PoP). Access can be arranged via local or national leased lines from a customer router to Karachi gateway.

PTCL and Flag Telecom would continuously monitor and maintain control of the system on 24-hour basis, through Network Operations Centres.

Source: The News