The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has inaugurated a new data center in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Pakistan Telecommunications Authority
Inauguration ceremony at PTA headquarters – Pakistan Telecommunications Authority via Facebook

According to the PTA, the facility is designed to Uptime's Tier III standards, though the facility is not listed as certified at present.

Details about the facility are sparse, though it is said to include a 24x7 Network Operation Center and Security Operation Center.

DCD has contacted the PTA for additional information about the data center's size and capacity.

The Inauguration ceremony took place on February 20 at the PRA Headquarters in Islamabad, with caretaker federal minister for IT and Telecom Dr Umar Said present.

Said said at the event that the data center aligns with the government's vision for a "digitally stronger Pakistan" and underscores its dedication to providing advanced and secure digital services.

According to Data Center Map, Pakistan currently has 22 data centers split between three markets: Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. Operators include PTCL, Multinet, Chapal, Supernet, Cybernet, and Vision Telecom among others.

Earlier this month, Pakistan experienced countrywide Internet blackouts during its general election. The interior minister said that the blackouts were temporary and were due to a "recent surge in terrorist activities." Allegations of corruption and poll rigging have surrounded the election.

In June 2023, the University of Turbat in Pakistan launched a new data center. The first phase of completion coincided with the deployment of a 1MW solar project at the university.