ISLAMABAD: The Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira has reiterated his government is resolve to promoting the telecom sector in Pakistan by improving the environment available to the sector and bridging the digital divide through ICT accessibility and scholarship programs for the youth of rural and far flung areas of the country. Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira was addressing the gathering as chief guest at the Telecom Summit 2008 organized by the SAMENA (South Asia Middle East North Africa) Telecommunications Council, which is a 25 country network of operators, regulatory bodies and telecom players with an international presence.
Mr Kaira said that the telecom industry in Pakistan is fast growing and paying a lot in terms of revenue however, a natural consequence of the tremendous growth are challenges for operators, regulators and policy makers, which the government is committed to solving with full determination, he added.
The minister informed that the ministry has undertaken review of the telecom policy. He said that the forthcoming telecom policy would be a single consolidated and uniform policy, ready hopefully by January next year, with fixed line, mobile broadband and USF policies combined together following a industry consultation with telecom operators, vendors, regulator and other stakeholders in the process. Ha said that the government will do everything possible to support and facilitate the sector. We don’t want to impose authority in any way and want to restrict to minimal intervention, he said.
Appreciating the Summit, he said that the event organized by SAMENA has provided a platform and a unique opportunity for knowledge experience sharing, generating dialogue and identifying bottlenecks in important telecom and regulatory areas of the telecom sector. Mr. Thomas W. Wilson founder of the SAMENA Telecom Council, Dr. Muhammad Yasin (PTA), Mr Adil Rauf(Nortel),Mr. Tim Ward(Sonus),Mr Aamir Sardar (Nokia Siemens) also participated amongst others in the discussion on 3G ,wimax and future technologies. -SANA