Federal Government Has Spent Rs. 21bn To Provide Telecom Services In Remote Areas

Through Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), the government’s aim was to aid local companies in promoting IT services by marketing and subsidiSation etc.

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Up till now, the federal government has spent Rs. 21 billion to provide telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas under the Universal Service Fund.

According to an official of Ministry of Information Technology, under the USF, Rs. 50 billion were collected from the telecom companies. Out of which, Rs. 21 billion had been spent on infrastructure and promoting services in different areas.

The purpose of USF was to spread telecommunication services to every corner of the country. During 2018-19, Rs. 6.4 billion was collected under USF and Rs. 94 billion was spent to increase the range of telecom services to remote areas.

Through Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), the government’s aim was to aid local companies in promoting IT services by marketing and subsidization etc.
PSEB arranged four domestic and four international exhibitions. State functionaries in consulates and embassies had talked to put special focus on promoting IT exports.

The information technology and IT-enabled services were exempted from income tax on export till June 2025 to improve exports.

Information Technology is becoming an important part of the country’s economy and the government is willing to take full interest to support this sector.

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