On Friday, Ministry of Information and Technology has Informed in Senate that Pakistan has improved its ranking in the internet network residency index (NRI) after the country jumped 14 points on the global index in 2021 which is 111 in 2020.
Ministry of IT has Summitted a Written Response During the Question hours. Federal Ministry Informed that In Global Internet Network Residency Index, Pakistan has Improved 14 Points From 111 (in 2020) to 97 During Fiscal Year 2021.
Pakistan is Now Ranking 9th among Active Mobile subscribers and 68th in adopting new technologies. Pakistan is Also Ranking at 65th Position with regard to prices of mobile phones in Pakistan
During Last Year, IT Ministry has Approved the funds for the Universal Service Fund (USF) projects for high-speed internet services and contracts for next-generation broadband.
During the 77th meeting of the Board of Directors of Universal Service Fund (USF) chaired by IT secretary Dr Sohail Rajput Approved the USF’s Budget of Approximately Rs 18 Billion For the Fiscal Year 2021-22.
Four USF Projects have Been Approved by the Board in Order to Provide high-speed internet services to Approx 2.2 Million People in Different Areas Of Punjab and KPK who have not Access to the Internet Service. Rs 2.14 Billion Rupees have been Allocated for the Projects.
Moreover, the next-generation broadband contracts were awarded to two mobile companies and an Optic Fiber Cable (OFC) to Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).
Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs While Speaking During the Session, Apprised the Panel that PTI Government was taking steps to make the country’s small airports functional.
Minister Science and Technology Shibli Faraz, Presented the Bill For Establishing National Meteorological Institute of Pakistan which was passed unanimously by all the Parties.
The Senate Also Offered Fateha For Soldiers and Officer who had Lost their Life in a terrorist attack on a security forces’ check post in Balochistan’s Kech district.