Digital Access for every student and professional in every corner of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Digital Access for every student and professional in every corner of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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After the Global emergency due to COVID 19 the world is rapidly changing, the need of fast, steady, cheap and safer internet has become a basic human need. particularly for students education through digital media has become the only option, deprivation from internet directly results in deprivation from education. So is the case for professionals, there are a large number of people who were working in offices hadhhad to work from homes after the COVID 19 pandemic. The inavailability of internet would directly cause these people to leave their jobs which is the source of their living.

In case of Gilgit-Baltistan where all the digital media is in the hands of Special Communication Organization SCO (a military communication organization basically carrying the responsibilities of managing and maintaining communication systems of the Pakistan Army , lateral having a communication business endeavors for civilians in GB and AJK), internet has always remained a big issue. Although a digital corridor under CPEC project passes through GB from China to Islamabad, yet the GB people have no access to this fiber optic facility. The SCO provides internet through their mobile service known as SCom and DSL connections. Majority of the people using SCom have horrible experiences because of its slow speed and unreliable signals. The DSL facility is also slow but adding to the problems it's available in very limited areas of the region. Also you can not easily get a connection there too.

In the post-Covid scenario majority of higher education students who are getting their educations from universities in down countries had to move back to GB as their was higher risks of infections and because of the fact that all universities had to be shut down. Now these students come from almost all corners of Gilgit-Baltistan, Frome remotest to semi developed towns. 

Soon after majority of the universities have started online education but due to the inavailability of fast and reliable internet majority of these students are suffering. Along with them professionals are suffering as well.

It is requested to all concerned authorities and and NGOs to put internet on their first priority as the future of the region is totally dependent on the internet. The future of these students and the a major segment of economy of the region is dependent on the internet now. There is a need to extend fast and reliable internet connection to every remote corner of GB. This would also help in developing many other segments in those regions.

Therefore, considering the basic human right of access to digital world please take concrete steps on emergency basis to secure the future of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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