Islamabad: In a ceremony held at PTA Headquarters, Ericsson Pakistan and PTA signed a statement of interest for prospective Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) initiatives to be carried out by both organizations. Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen and President Ericsson Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Mohsen Tavakol signed the statement. The statement of interest was signed in relation with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) theme of "Better City, Better Life with ICTs" for this year World Telecom and Information Society Day (WTISD).
According to the statement both entities would announce “PTA-Ericsson Mobile Excellence Award” by July 2010. The objective of this award is to honor students who have developed the most innovative user generated or professionally produced content and/or application in the areas of entertainment, social networking / online communities and location based services. PTA and Ericsson along with other stakeholders would also form an “Expert Group” on different areas related to telecommunication technologies and services.
Ericsson Speaker Program in partnership with PTA would try to facilitate knowledge sharing between telecom professionals and academia. Speakers from Ericsson and PTA with telecom industry background will create awareness of leading technologies and share experiences that can assist student community to keep pace with the emerging technologies. According to the statement, PTA would participate in Ericsson Graduate Program. Ericsson Graduate Trainee Program would be helpful in keeping the academia abreast of the technological developments and also in providing good start for new graduates to build a solid foundation for a bright future career. Ericsson and PTA would also organize an event on “50 Billion Connected Devices by 2020” in July, 2010. The event would converse about the adoption of 3G / 4G technologies in Pakistan.
Talking on this occasion Chairman PTA said that in reference to its endeavors for the development of ICTs in Pakistan, PTA has taken number of initiatives to launch and promote new innovative solutions for the betterment of telecom industry and society. We at PTA believe in harmonized efforts for the escalation of ICT industry in Pakistan as we look forward to carry out some significant projects in partnership with Ericsson Pakistan to bridge the gap between Industry, Academia and the Regulator.
Mr. Mohsen Tavakol said that Ericsson has been instrumental in shaping communications in Pakistan by introducing leading technologies and services since its inception. Ericsson new programs in collaboration with PTA are a testimony of their commitment to the people, society and business in Pakistan.
Khurram A. Mehran