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continuation to various recommendations discussed during Broadband Open Dialogue
session, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has formulated a Broadband
Stakeholders Group (BSG). First meeting of said group was held at PTA
Headquarters. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, Chairman PTA
and attended by representatives from Ministry of Information Technology,
Universal Service Fund, Pakistan Software Houses Association, PTA, Broadband
Service Providers, Cellular Mobile Operators, Telecom Vendors and Academia.
his opening remarks, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, highlighted the vision behind
establishing Broadband Stakeholders Group. He said that primary objective is to
improve coordination among various industry players, provide them a common
platform to share their ideas and draft recommendations for improving
proliferation of Broadband services in the country.
participants appreciated PTAâ??s initiatives for proliferation of Broadband
services in the country. The BSG members were of the view that such harmonized
efforts for escalation of Broadband would deliver substantial benefits to the
Industry as well as the society. After discussion it was decided that 256 kbps
would be considered as minimum Broadband functional definition and a broadband
subscriber base of 5 Million would be the target for next three years.
members were briefed on proposed working areas of BSG which included Broadband
Infrastructure, Broadband Content and Applications Take-Up, Broadband Policy and
Regulation Framework and Rural Broadband Connectivity. The participants were
also briefed about the structure of BSG along with proposed timeline for key
activities of the group.
Aamir Matin, Country Manager Cisco Pakistan was chosen as the Chairman of
Broadband Stakeholders Group. It was decided that the BSG members would finalize
their recommendations within six months time period.