Beep Pakistan, a Pakistan communication app for government employees across 41 federal ministries and departments, was finally released by the Ministry of Information Technology. It will eventually be made available to the public.
Pakistani Communication App
The app is intended to substitute for WhatsApp and other social media applications. It will be used for secure communication between government employees and includes audio and video calling and video conferencing capabilities. Users will also be able to transfer sensitive government documents securely.
Initially, the application is only accessible to federal authorities, but in the second phase, it will also be accessible to provincial authorities. After government employees, this application will be available to the general public. This would make Beep Pakistan the country’s first indigenous social media application.
The government claims the server’s location in Pakistan makes the application more secure than alternatives. This application‘s source code will also be hosted in Pakistan. Eighty-three new projects have enabled the connectivity of the application with an investment of Rs. 79 billion.
Senior Ministry of Information Technology officials, including the Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque, attended the app’s launch ceremony.
The minister of information technology stated that the launch of this application would end audio and video leaks. Additionally, he disclosed that three new incubation centers have been established in the past four years.
“Currently, 33 companies produce smartphones in Pakistan. In Pakistan, the world’s largest companies also manufacture mobile phones. In 2020, IT exports amounted to just $1 billion. Currently, IT exports total $2.6 billion. Our goal is to increase IT exports to $15 billion.”
According to Syed Amin Ul Haque, essential milestones like Cyber Security Policy and Data Protection Bill have also been achieved.