The Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry is getting its peak in Pakistan as the times are changing. Pakistanis are ranked among the top SMS users all over the globe. This all happened due to the fact that almost 122 million new connections were made with reasonable pricing. A Pakistani sends almost 178 text messages on average in a month. Mobile financial services by different operators are being launched in the recent months which have generated Rs 3.76 billion through online transactions.
Internet and broadband usage is also having a boom in the recent times. World Bank statistics shows a double-digit increase in Pakistan internet in the last half a decade and the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (Ispak) claimed that there are almost 25 million internet users connected via broadband and mobile phone networks. Furthermore, PTCL and Wateen Telecom are now connected via a fiber optic network in more than 250 cities nationwide.
Universal Services Fund
The government is also focused to use $700 million provided by the Universal Services Fund (USF) for the development of infrastructure and network. The USF’s is keen to “enhance the functioning of the Universal Services Fund (USF) and use its possible resources to minimize the rural-urban digital difference.
These bold steps will require the up gradation of local software and applications, which will ensure many job openings for IT professionals.
The PTA’s telecom policy has to be renewed as it expired in 2009. The new government has got a golden chance to prove its productivity and make a long-term policy that will fix the current issues as well as applicable to future concerns.
For instance, the auction of 3G spectrum is likely to be launched soon, so the policy should be made with focus on upcoming 4G/LTE evolution.
Third Generation (3G) is going to be the preamble of the new PTA policy hopefully. A recent survey shows a big boost in country’s GDP and productivity due to the evolution of 3G mobile networks.
There are various mega projects under construction utilizing mobile technology but industrial leaders has mentioned that mobile solutions for smart grid are not applicable currently.
Furthermore, cellular networks need constant data flows on their systems for telemetry, oscillography, usage and meta-data. A big increase in data utility and demand makes the introduction 3G services imminent.