Mov­ing up to 3G

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3G ( Third Gen­er­a­tion) tech­nol­ogy is be­ing con­sid­ered as the gate­way for an aug­mented band­width, mul­ti­ple mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion and clar­ity of dig­i­tal sig­nals. As the ba­sic fea­ture of 3G tech­nol­ogy is faster data trans­fer rates, a new era awaits the coun­try’s mil­lions of mo­bile phone users, with a faster and more ro­bust In­ter­net and bet­ter ac­cess to data ser­vices in­clud­ing e- com­merce, so­cial net­work­ing and telemedicine.

The govern­ment of Pak­istan has de­cided in prin­ci­ple to move from 2G to 3G tele­com tech­nol­ogy to up­grade its sta­tus in the IT sec­tor. The ap­proval of the 3G pol­icy for Pak­istan has come in prin­ci­ple from Prime Min­is­ter Yousuf Raza Gi­lani, who nod­ded to the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy ( IT) to take ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to in­tro­duce the tech­nol­ogy in the coun­try. The IT Min­istry is en­gaged in di­rect­ing the Pak­istan Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Au­thor­ity ( PTA) to in­vite po­ten­tial in­vestors for bring­ing 3G tech­nol­ogy into the coun­try.

A fed­eral cabi­net sub­com­mit­tee has been formed to for­ward rec­om­men­da­tions to the Prime Min­is­ter to in­tro­duce 3G tech­nol­ogy in Pak­istan. Fi­nance Min­is­ter Hafeez Shaikh heads the Com­mit­tee, while Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Dr. Asim Hus­sain, Water and Power Min­is­ter Naveed Qa­mar and Pri­va­ti­za­tion Min­is­ter Ghaus Bux Me­har are mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.

The rec­om­men­da­tions for­warded by the Com­mit­tee en­dorse the huge op­por­tu­nity for for­eign in­vestors in Pak­istan’s IT sec­tor. With an ef­fec­tive eco­nomic im­pact, 3G tech­nol­ogy will be vi­tal for cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth qual­i­fied in the field of IT. More im­por­tantly, the tech­nol­ogy will strengthen govern­ment’s net­work­ing through speed­ing up e- gov­er­nance projects.

The ben­e­fits of high- speed mo­bile data ser­vices avail­able to over 300 mil­lion sub­scribers in over 125 coun­tries, sig­nif­i­cantly around the Amer­i­cas, Europe, and South East Asian coun­tries.

Cur­rently, 2.5G ser­vices have lim­i­ta­tions of speed in terms of band­width to need­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices. As a large num­ber of peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing broad­band on fixed line, they have sim­i­lar ex­pec­ta­tions for wire­less broad­band ac­cess also.

Launch of 3G band­width of­fers in­ten­sive ser­vices like video stream­ing, etc. which will en­hance over­all user ex­pe­ri­ence. Peo­ple will use their phones for en­ter­tain­ment rather than just mak­ing calls. As a re­sult, value added ser­vices (VAS) rev­enues are ex­pected to in­crease dra­mat­i­cally.

3G of­fers ap­pli­ca­tions such as MMS, video con­fer­enc­ing, gam­ing, GPS, m- Com­merce, online shop­ping, cal­en­dar syn­chro­niza­tion and white board ap­pli­ca­tions that can rec­og­nize sev­eral lan­guages in hand­writ­ten form. Re­mote home mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems would be com­mon­place in a few years and there will be a huge de­mand for mo­bile num­ber porta­bil­ity and in­stant mes­sag­ing, mo­bile TV and con­ver­gent com­mu­ni­ca­tion which would be consumer- cen­tric.

From a tech­no­log­i­cal point of view, in ar­eas where no fixed- line in­fra­struc­ture ex­ists, de­ploy­ing a mo­bile net­work is much cheaper and it can be rolled out a lot faster than wired in­fra­struc­ture

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