The government is making utmost efforts to connect households and businesses through fiber deployment to realise the ‘Digital Pakistan’ vision, said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Amir Azeem Bajwa.

Speaking at roundtable discussion titled ‘Right-of-Way Implementation and Socio-Economic Development at the SAMENA Accelerator’ in Dubai on Wednesday, he said that the dream of a truly sustainable and economically viable fourth industrial revolution could not be realised unless fiber optic makes up the core of the country’s digital infrastructure.

He stated that Pakistan was well cognisant of the importance of fiber to achieve the policy objectives and socio-economic wellbeing of the people.

Highlighting the geo-strategic importance of Pakistan and its resilient networks, the chairman said that despite the remarkable growth in data usage, digital infrastructure was resilient because of adequate and redundant international connectivity.

The country’s geo-strategic position makes it ideal to become a regional transit hub to upstream data traffic towards landlocked countries in the North, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2021.

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