National ICT R&D Fund has asked for proposals from academia/research institutions, companies, organizations for development, deployment and operation of a national level URL Filtering and Blocking System.
The URL Filtering and Blocking system will work as a country firewall and will potentially to be able to block the access of any URL, throughout the country.
According to RFP (Request for Proposal), available at ICT R&D Fund website, sytem should be capable of URL filtering and blocking, from domain level to sub folder, file levels and file types – in addition to have ability of blocking a single IP or range of IPs.
It is said that solution should be able to handle bandwidth of 85Gbps, with scalability for 40-50 percent growth every year.
Pakistani authorities have long urged to have long urged to have a country-level firewall in place to block specific URLs countrywide, such as those are blasphemous in nature.