KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Thursday inked an agreement for Integrated Communication Technology (ICT) services and infrastructure development with DHA City Karachi (DCK).
The partnership is aimed at developing DHA City Karachi as the first Smart City of Pakistan. Walid Irshaid, President and CEO PTCL while speaking at the occasion said: “We are pleased to extend cooperation and partnership with Defence Housing Authority. This strategic partnership is geared towards meeting the higher bandwidth and telecommunications needs of the first smart city in Pakistan.”
“PTCL will develop integrated physical and digital infrastructures for the residents of DHA City Karachi that provides optimal ICT services in a reliable and sustainable manner and improves the overall quality of life,” added Walid.
Administrator DHA Brig Muhammad Abdullah congratulated PTCL for becoming the partner of DHA in making the first Smart City project of the country. He said that the event was yet another landmark towards developing DHA City Karachi as a planned, sustainable and futuristic city of international stature. He reiterated that DHA would contribute in every way to ensure that the vision of Smart City was transformed into a reality.
Brig Abdullah said that with development of DHA City Karachi we would enter a new era of modernity where residents would enjoy their lives with international living standards. He said that the new ICT networks and technologies present a huge opportunity in terms of making DCK more sustainable through providing real-time information to the residents, stakeholders and service operators.
Earlier Director DCK said that ICT infrastructure would also be used for management of urban requirements of Smart City like surveillance, disaster management and e-governance. He said that the physically built infrastructure was seemed as the skeleton, the communications’ infrastructure as the nerves & veins and virtual overlay as muscles and organs which would make the city to breathe and move in a vivid manner.
A large number of PTCL and DHA officials also attended the ceremony