Govt wants to pro­mote 3G technology, says min­is­ter

The Pak Banker - - 2 National - Staff re­porter

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.

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