Islamabad - The USF Board of Directors in its 38th meeting approved two Rural Telephony and e-Services projects at Shangla and Zhob.

The decision was taken in the meeting, convened on Thursday, at the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, under chair of State Minister Anusha Rehman. As per decision Rs 1,950 million would be spent at Shangla and it would benefit an un-served population of about 810,685, covering 154 unserved Mauzas and an unserved area of 6,344 sq kms.

In Zhob, around Rs.3,780 million would be spent, benefiting an un-served population of about 415,691, covering 330 unserved Mauzas and an unserved area of 21,979 sq kms. USF is a private company and is run by the contribution of telcos, and its objective is to spent on development of telecom sector in the country.

The meeting also discussed the main efforts and development of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas throughout the length and breadth of the country. Other Board members including the Member Telecom; Mudassar Hussain, Chairman PTA; Dr Syed Ismail Shah, CEO and President PTCL, Walid Irshaid, Representative of Consumer Association of Pakistan, Kaukab Iqbal also attended the conference.