The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has given Pakistan the status of the Fourth Generation Regulator (4G) and Pakistan has become the first country in South Asia to get this status.
According to the ITU report “Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2020 (GIRO)”, Pakistan scored 88 out of 100, which means that Pakistan’s ICT regulations are in line with economic and social policy. Out of 38 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, only 8% of the states have achieved 4G status. Developed by ITU, Tracker is an evidence-based tool that helps decision-makers and regulators monitor the evolution of ICT regulation.
According to the report, Pakistan scored 20 out of 20 for the regulatory authority, 19 out of 22 for the regulatory mandate, 22 out of 30 for the regulatory regime, and 27 out of 28 for the competitive framework. The report highlights Pakistan’s journey towards “mutual cooperation regulation”.
Pakistan has been among the top five regulators in the entire Asia-Pacific region and is ranked 48th in the world. The GIRO contains high-quality data provided by 193 countries, which is the basis of the ICT Regulatory Tracker. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) is constantly striving to protect the interests of consumers and promote public-private partnership under the new international benchmark in view of the digital transformation and socio-economic benefits in Pakistan.