We are hopeful that forthcoming spectrum auction will be an important step in modernization of mobile telephone system. Auction of Spectrum would also result in great benefits to the national economy and huge growth potential awaits for industry players including operators, device manufacturers, application developers, distributors, and the consumers. With the launch of new mobile services, in future, Pakistani cell phone subscribers would be able to transmit and receive high speed data through their mobile phones. High speed data means possibility of video calls, internet browsing and downloading at a much higher speed which also includes usage of data intensive applications.
With the Spectrum auction in Pakistan and network rollouts in the near future, the industry stand to benefit from the data growth and exciting applications and services on the latest networks. The Spectrum auction will inject a new life into it and that has been witnessed by the cellular world.
Driven by various policy initiatives, the telecom sector of Pakistan witnessed a complete transformation in the last decade. It has achieved a phenomenal growth and is poised to take a big leap in the future; in this regard upcoming spectrum auction would be a great step. The rapid strides in the telecom sector have been facilitated by liberal policies of the Government that provides easy market access for telecom equipment and a fair regulatory framework for offering telecom services to consumers at affordable prices.
The mobile sector of the country is a particular success story. Today cellular mobile subscribers have crossed the 129 million mark with the country’s total tele-density at around 75.77%. This is clearly evident from the telecom sector of Pakistan, which has achieved exhilarating growth and development in recent years. This growth has resulted in increased access to telecommunications, reduced tariffs and better services for the people of Pakistan.
As telecom regulator, I extend the assurance to all the telecom service providers that PTA would pursue its policy of encouraging and facilitating telecom investors to introduce modern and innovative technologies for the benefit of the consumers. PTA firmly stands committed to providing a level playing field and a business friendly environment to the telecom investors for the expansion and growth of the industry and flourishing of their business.