Govt wants to promote 3G technology, says minister
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Education and Information Technology Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali has said that introduction of 3G networks, devices and services in countries, around the world, the quality of life and providing expanded economic opportunities, both in public and private sectors.
He was addressing a seminar organised by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with (Zhongxing Telecom) ZTE Corporation at a local hotel on Tuesday. The theme was 'To be or not to be is not the question 3G is coming".
Chainman PTA, Dr Muhammad Yaseen, presided over the ceremony. Chief Executive Officer ZTE Pakistan Peng Aiguang, IT and telecom industry experts, CEOs of telecom companies, and media representatives attended the seminar.
"It has brought around development of innovative services for consumers and greater productivity for enterprises" the minister added.
He said that 3G was improving lives of citizens, bridging the "digital divide", particularly in developing countries where teledensity and Internet penetration were low.
The minister said the federal government was taking many steps to promote IT and 3G mobile services in the country.
Chairman PTA, Dr.Muhammad Yaseen said that by the end of 2010, there would be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services. Access to mobile networks is now available to 90% of the world population and 80% of the population living in rural areas people are moving rapidly from 2G to 3G platforms, in both developed and developing countries, he added.
He said that in 2010, 143 countries were offering 3G services commercially, compared to 95 in 2007 towards 4G a number of countries have started to offer services at even higher broadband speed, moving to next generation wireless platforms. "PTA will also be organizing a conference on "Opportunity for all Development of 3G" on January 11,2011, he added.