ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) inaugurated the country’s first Internet Exchange Point (PKIX) at Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Friday, in order to help reduce the rates of domestic Internet traffic.
State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman was the chief guest in the inauguration ceremony held at Commission’s Secretariat. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, PTA Chairman Dr Ismail Shah and Dr HEC Executive Director Arshad Ali were also present on the occasion.
The minister also stated that the policy has a critical one-point agenda to connect the unconnected which is being strictly followed for improvement in connectivity in the country.
Huawei Technologies, Pakistan provided the required hardware equipment to establish the Internet Exchange Point (IXP). PKIX will be the exchange point for all local Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The primary purpose of PKIX is to allow networks to interconnect directly, via the exchange, rather than through one or more third-party networks.
More than seven national telecom and internet carriers have become part of Pakistan`s first Internet Exchange Point.
Source: Times of Islamabad