There has been a strong wave of digitization spreading globally. Consumers from all across the world, are shifting from copper based to fiber based internet connectivity, a medium that offers faster, reliable speeds that fulfill their appetite of reliability and scalability. This brings the idea of Fiber to the Home (FTTH) internet services to the forefront.
In Pakistan, recent statistics by PTA reveal that the broadband penetration rate is rather low, with just 51.8 million subscribers (25.58% of the population) taking advantage of it. Furthermore only 0.11% (58,688) of these subscribers are using FTTH services so far. There’s no doubt that Pakistani consumers need a reliable FTTH service provider that they can count on.
A high-speed internet infrastructure, backed by FTTH, is the need of the hour in Pakistan, because of these reasons:
- For Pakistan’s budding startup and entrepreneurial culture to flourish,
- for promoting financial inclusion initiatives in all corners of the country,
- for powering the next-generation of social development tools that can make a huge difference in people’s lives.
StormFiber is a leading provider of high-speed uninterrupted FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) internet services in Karachi, Lahore, and Faisalabad. It offers premium Triple Play Services (Internet, TV & Phone) backed by Fiber Optics. After expanding its coverage in three major cities, the ISP finally launched its services in Peshawar, KPK.
StormFiber recently held an event, signaling the arrival of its triple play services in Peshawar, which include internet, TV, and phone services with every package.
StormFiber believes that its expansion to KPK’s provincial capital can help it power the next startups and services given the province’s focus on empowering entrepreneurs and startups at the local level.
The company is hoping to bridge the gaps between the citizens of Pakistan and the rest of the world through the provision of high-speed and high-quality internet services that are unmatched in this part of the world. To accomplish this, StormFiber will be delivering consistent internet services, along with HD television and crystal-clear voice services, to enhance the lifestyle of the end customers.
Currently StormFiber is bringing its services to these key areas in Peshawar, with many more areas under development and to be announced at a later date:
- Peshawar Cantt
- University town
- Shami colony
- Hayatabad Phase 5
As for packages, StormFiber is offering the following plans, complete with voice, TV and internet services:
StormFiber is among the fastest growing private ISP networks of Pakistan with its services currently online in 4 cities i.e. Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, and now Peshawar. The company is planning to bring its services to other major Pakistani cities as well.
StormFiber Launch Event in Peshawar
Qaiser Alam, Secretary Information and Public Relations, KP attended the launch event of StormFiber held on March 9, 2018 at Pearl Continental, Peshawar. Mr. Alam was joined by Managing Director StormFiber Fawad Yousuf Laher, Chief Executive Officer Cyber Internet Services Pvt. Ltd Danish A.Lakhani & Chief Operating Officer Maroof Ali Shahani.
Mr. Alam commended StormFiber’s efforts to empower the people of Pakistan with its internet services. He stressed the need for such services to be deployed nationwide and highlighted the benefits high speed internet brings with it to every business and economic field consequently, contributing to the betterment of the economy of Pakistan.
CEO Cybernet, Mr. Danish A. Lakhani, shared his insights on the unreasonably high regulatory duties that have been levied on the import of fiber optic cables in Pakistan.
He observed that the 20% additional RD introduced in late 2017 is on top of existing 20% customs duty, 17% sales tax, 3% Advance Tax and 5.5% income tax. The net impact on the import of fiber optic cable, given that this is an extremely heavy item and costly to transport, is well over 100%.
Mr. Lakhani further stated that high duties will make many broadband projects in KPK and other provinces simply unviable. He advised the provincial government to work with the Federal Government to reduce these oppressive duties – and instead of short term revenue gains, come up with a long-term vision to increase fiber based broadband penetration across Pakistan which stands at an abysmally low 0.11%.
He appreciated how StormFiber has been welcomed in KP and assured the company’s support and cooperation with the government at all levels for the development of the IT sector in KP.
StormFiber MD, Fawad Yousuf Laher said:
“We are extremely proud of launching our services in the city of Peshawar. Peshawar has made phenomenal strides in its growth of becoming a modern bustling city. Launching here was the logical step which is consequently in line with our vision to connect the people of Pakistan with the outside world.”
He further stated that,
“StormFiber not only seeks to provide internet services, but raises the bar by giving people access to high speed internet along with superior entertainment services using its robust and reliable FTTH network.”