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The Wireless for Communities (W4C) programme in Pakistan

The W4C programme in Pakistan was launched in December 2015, in partnership with COMSATS Internet Services (CIS).

Overview and approach


Photos by COMSATS Internet Services

The W4C programme in Pakistan was launched in December 2015, in partnership with COMSATS Internet Services (CIS). Propakstani reported on the event.

CIS is a pioneer Internet service provider in Pakistan offering diversified services like wireless broadband, domain and web hosting, data centre services, website designing and development, IT training, and Internet-related research facilities. Other community-based projects that CIS has been involved in include the establishment of telehealth centres in rural Pakistan.

In Pakistan, the W4C programme was piloted in Chak Faiz, a rural community in Multan, Punjab province of Pakistan. The community had limited access to the Internet and it was not being used for any activities as part of their daily lives. The W4C programme built the capacity of community members to set up their own wireless Internet connections for the community. The programme also distributed tablets to schools and families. In addition, the W4C team visited schools in the village and organized awareness raising sessions for the schoolchildren on how they could use the Internet to enhance their learning.

Achievements and impact

The first phase of establishing Internet connectivity was completed in December 2015, benefitting at least 400 students in the village. This pilot initiative has been a success and initial reports show that community members are actively using the Internet.

In addition, the W4C programme established broadband Internet access for the PAK German Polytechnic Institute for Agricultural Technology in Chak Faiz to enhance teaching, learning and administration at the institute.

The next phase is focused on training the community on the use of the Internet to improve their livelihood and wellbeing. Replication of this model to other villages in Pakistan is also being planned.

View Wireless for Communities in Pakistan’s website for updates.

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