Mobile phone, Internet services: Ministry faces problems in some districts of Balochistan – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications faces administrative and security issues in the provision of mobile phone and Internet services in some districts of Balochistan.

This was revealed on Friday during the meeting of the subcommittee of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Information and Telecommunications Technologies, which was held under the chairmanship of the chairman of the committee Syed Mahmood Shah. .

The convener said that the people elected them so that their problems could be solved.

He said that in remote areas of the country, especially Balochistan, former Fata and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mobile phone and internet services are almost non-existent.

The subcommittee was given the mandate to formulate solutions to resolve these problems and present them to the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications.

He said the committee would seek to move forward on a comprehensive strategy to address mobile phone and internet service issues in remote areas.

Informing the committee, officials from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said that 85 percent of the total population has mobile SIM cards.

They said that at present there are four mobile phone companies in the country. This includes UPhone, Jazz, Telenor and Zong.

The job of the PTA is to provide telephone, mobile and Internet services in the country. About 48,000 mobile towers have been installed in the country. There are some issues with mobile phone service in parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mainly due to technical issues that USF was working on.

The Balochistan Membership Committee stated that there are several mobile phone and internet service issues in Balochistan for which the concerned authorities need to take serious action.

Another committee member said that 100 percent of problems cannot be solved; however, the PTA and the Ministry of Information and Technology are working to improve their service, which is commendable.

He praised the measures taken to establish and improve the quality of mobile services by USF.

Informing the committee, the additional secretary of the Ministry of Information and Technology said that the Ministry of Information and Technology and the USF are taking priority measures to improve mobile phone and Internet service in the regions. remote areas of the country.

Agreeing with the committee, he said that residents of parts of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and former FATA are facing problems with mobile phones and internet service.

He said the department faces administrative and security issues in some districts of Balochistan.

The committee decided to summon the chief secretaries of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir to the next meeting to resolve security and administrative issues. The committee commended the services of USF.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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