Serious support was accorded to Email services in Pakistan with the launch of a UNDP funded project called SDNPK - Sustainable Development Networking Programme in Islamabad in 1993; on the lines of such projects launched by UNDP in other countries. This self-sustainable project was meant to provide dial-up, UUCP based email service to the general public and support to projects related to education, sustainable development, NGO’s and other related areas. These store and forward email services were charged by the service providers on bytes size.
The size of the SDNPK subscriber base expanded quickly since it served a very important and un-addressed market segment. A number of customers in cities outside of Islamabad also joined the network since the cost of communicating via email was substantially cheaper than either international fax or international dial-up services. The project was sustained by UNDP funding for the number of years and the activities expanded to other cities such as Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar where nodes were set up. The project, however, lost its charm after many ISPs entered the online market.
In 1995, Digicom, an entrepreneurial Internet venture launched on-line Internet service in Karachi. This heralded the beginning of the Internet industry in Pakistan. Brainnet, Paknet, and COMSATS followed the suit.
Timeline of the Internet in Pakistan