Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr. Muhammad Yaseen has said that data usage is increasing in Pakistan and proliferation of broadband services will help establish Information Society. He was talking in a seminar on The Future of Mobile Communications in Pakistan.
Chairman PTA said that for mobile phone industry future direction could be value addition and innovation in services including mobile commerce, video streaming, and high speed mobile internet.
He said presently broadband costs are high in the country but broadband usage was showing growth in the recent quarter. He said that PTA has carried out surveys to know the socio economic impact of mobile phone, which revealed that with the introduction of mobile communications productivity has increased significantly.
He said that the spectacular rise of telecom industry in Pakistan and especially the mobile sector has been the focus of attention. The sector has exhibited a growth rate of around 40 per cent over the previous year.
The mobile subscriber base has crossed the 90 million mark while still adding around 2 million subscribers each month and the growth trend continues. Today mobile coverage is available to over 90 per cent of the population and with implementation of upcoming technology the services will be available to almost entire population.
Chairman PTA said that our focus is on the proliferation of broadband services in the country at affordable rates. The Authority is aware of the developments taking place worldwide in the 3G mobile communications (mobile broadband).
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