ISLAMABAD: The Universal Service Fund (USF) has grown into a leading public sector organization, able to compete in corporate markets, reflecting a new culture of teamwork.
In an exclusive conversation with Business recorderUSF President and CEO (CEO) Haaris Mahmood Chaudhry said USF is one of the first public sector organizations to develop a corporate culture.
Corporate culture can even be created in a public sector organization by putting the right people in the right jobs.
USF has developed this culture and sets an example for other public bodies.
Credit goes to the Minister of Information and Telecommunications Technology and the Board of Directors, who empowered USF to take initiatives to compete with legal entities in the global market.
A team has been assembled to allow USF to work independently in a corporate environment with a reward for achieving goals, he said.
USF ensures adequate access to communication infrastructure for all citizens for the realization of the vision of “digital Pakistan”.
As part of the futuristic approach, measures are underway for the provision of broadband services in unserved and underserved areas of the country.
He added that masses can be better facilitated through the efficient use of fiber optic cables laid.
“Access to broadband connectivity is a necessity and therefore improving rural access is a critical priority,” said Haaris.
The CEO-USF said the fund is committed to empowering marginalized communities.
This project will benefit an unserved population of 0.48 million in 170 unserved mauzas, thus covering an unserved area of 1,323 km² in Multan and Khanewal districts.
The project will be completed in 12 months.
Completion of projects in Balochistan will benefit more than 2.2 million people in 2,024 villages of Bolan, Jaffarabad, Mastung, Ziarat, Kichh, Panjgur, Gwadar, Pishin, Qila Abdullah and surrounding areas.
He said that we are effectively contributing to realizing the vision of “digital Pakistan” and developing the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to promote sustainable development.
These projects will play a critical role in providing better access to education and health services to marginalized communities.
He said USF will lay around 4,000 km of fiber optic cables by the end of the current fiscal year to connect unserved and underserved areas of the country, bringing the total of connected areas to 12,000 km. .
The CEO of USF also specified that a target of 6,000 km would be set for the next fiscal year.
About 8,000 km of fiber optic cables have been laid over the past 11 years, and the same would be achieved in about three years.
He added that six projects were completed in 2018-2019, 12 projects in 2019-2020, while 20 projects are expected to be completed in 2020-21.
USF aims to promote the development of telecommunications services in unserved and underserved rural areas to make voice telephony and basic data services available and affordable throughout the country.
It also requires the establishment of a stable and reliable fiber optic network in every corner of the country.
This project aims to extend fiber optic connectivity to the unserved Tehsil head office, in order to meet the growing needs for voice, data and video in these areas.
The extension of fiber optic cables to tehsils helps telecom service providers extend all kinds of telecom services to these areas.
He said it is vital to take steps to facilitate people.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021