Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) has organized a 3-day meeting of South Asian Telecommunication Regulator’s Council (SATRC) started yesterday August 16.
The ceremony was inaugurated at the local hotel in Islamabad by the Chairman of PTA Dr. Syed Ismail along with key officials including Secretary General APT Areewan Haorangsi, Member Telecom MoIT, Mudassar Hussain, officials from telecom operations and Ministry of Information & Telecom attended the ceremony.
Officials and representatives from regional members are also participating in this international telecom event. Indonesia, Iran, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives are participating in the meeting. The key discussion on the topics; developing spectrum roadmap for mobile broadband, Wireless backhaul spectrum, Spectrum management of Internet of Things (IoT), policy development and proliferation of WiFi networks would be on the agenda.
Dr. Syed Ismail, Chairman PTA said while addressing the conference, Asia Pacific despite the difficulties is leading the broadband development in the world, it has great potential and resources which can be properly utilized only with joint efforts and collaboration of APT member countries. This event will facilitate the exchange of ideas, views on policy & regulatory issues and it will further promote the culture of harmonized regulatory environment, he added. During the past few years we have seen tremendous growth in the telecom sector and emerging technologies around the world associated with several challenges for us such as; spectrum management, introducing new technologies in Wireless broadband and equitable distribution of telecom services, he said.
Member telecom Mudassar Hussain said these kinds of events are really helpful in gaining international exposure and experience which will help to focus on current challenges in ICT sector.
Secretary General APT also visited PTA head office in Islamabad, Chairman PTA welcomed him and gave the briefing on PTA’s overall initiatives, challenges and current performance in the telecom sector. PTA Secretary admired PTA efforts in the sector and the potential of telecom development in the country and region, he also planted a tree on the premises to make the occasion memorable.