Lahore –– Pakistan’s premier annual telecom and IT event, the 4TH Pakistan Telecommunication Conference (TeleCON 2011) concluded on April 12, 2011 at the Islamabad Club. Organized in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), the conference recommended that it was time for Pakistan to deploy eco-sustainable technologies to enhance communication and usher robust economic growth.
Muhammad Yaseen, Chairman PTA in his keynote address before the start of the day-long meeting stressed, “Broadband is considered as the next big thing to offer a unifying services platform for three converging industrial sectors: computing, communications and broadcasting. Encouraging developments are happening in this sector since mid-2007, Pakistan has emerged as a lucrative market for broadband service providers owing to the huge potential it offers especially in the wireless broadband market.
We observed a profound evolution of broadband technologies over the years with the present subscription base reaching 1.2 million from 0.1 million in 2007.”
According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) latest report on Information Economy Report, Pakistan is among the five dynamic economies of developing Asia in terms of increased penetration of mobile phones, Internet and broadband.
He added, “I strongly believe that this is not the end; it is a new beginning of reaping the associated business, entrepreneurship and social benefits of this exponential ICT infrastructure. As today we are going to deliberate on potential new technologies and economic challenges, I certainly feel quite contended that this promising regime in Pakistan’s economy will continue bringing in substantial revenues and creating remarkable job opportunities.”
Earlier, Menin Rodriguez, Chairman of TeleCON 2011 and President and CEO, Shamrock Communications (Pvt) Limited in his welcoming address said, “A powerful telecommunications infrastructure has proved to be the key for robust growth in many countries during recent times. Over the past two decades, Pakistan has been very proactive in deploying modern technology in this arena; however the quest of delivering the next-generation of cellular services has become a complex debate for the industry.