SDNP Pakistan's initiative of providing offline email services to the general public was a pioneering one in the country. This was the first ever initiative which introduced the culture of information dissemination and information sharing in the country. With the passage of time, SDNP launched five email nodes in the main cities throughout Pakistan including Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Quetta. This email system used store and forward technique for distribution of emails.

Until the end of 1996 when big ISPs came in with online Internet services, SDNP was by far the largest network in the country. SDNP not only provided the email service but also arranged free trainings and seminars to the general public on weekly basis on the effective use of email, training on software and sharing the benefits of ICTs. This service was used by people from all walks of life inlcuding Government agencies, Non-governmental organizations, industry, educational institutions and individuals.

This email operation was entirely based on Linux, an open source software suite. With the introduction of online Internetworking Technologies in the country, this email service gotten obsolete but still a number of development sector organizations find this medium of communication relevant to their work. Currently, this email services is extensively used by the organizations from Afghanistan, working for reconstruction & development of Afghanistan. Even though, with the latest advancement in the information technology, this email service is still operational and serving the development cause not only within the country but also in Afghanistan.

 

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