Lahore: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) organized a seminar in collaboration with (Zhongxing Telecom) ZTE Corporation at Lahore on 3G mobile services. The theme was “To be or not to be is not the question: 3G is coming”. Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecom, Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali was the chief guest on this occasion, while Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, presided over the ceremony. Chief Executive Officer ZTE Pakistan Mr. Peng Aiguang, IT & telecom industry experts, CEOs of telecom companies, academia and media representatives attended the seminar.
Federal Minister for Information Technology, Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali said that “The introduction of 3G networks, devices and services in countries around the world is enhancing quality of life and providing expanded economic opportunities, both in the public and private sectors. It has brought around development of new innovative services for consumers and greater productivity for enterprises. Going further down the pyramid, 3G is improving the lives of underserved citizens, bridging the “digital divide”, particularly in developing countries where teledensity and internet penetration are low.
On the occasion, Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen said that by the end of 2010, there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services. Access to mobile networks is now available to 90% of the world population and 80% of the population living in rural areas people are moving rapidly from 2G to 3G platforms, in both developed and developing countries. In 2010, 143 countries were offering 3G services commercially, compared to 95 in 2007 towards 4G: a number of countries have started to offer services at even higher broadband speeds, moving to next generation wireless platforms. PTA will also be organizing a conference on “Opportunity for all – Development of 3G” on January 11, 2011, he added. During the seminar Chairman PTA also delivered a comprehensive presentation to highlight the worldwide practices regarding 3G services and the case studies thereof.
Mr. Cao Long Wang Li Heng, Mr. Rahel Kamal, representative of Qualcom also made presentations highlighting impact of 3G services. During the seminar speakers of national and international fame focused on the benefits of 3G to: businesses, education, government, national economy, urban/rural populace, indigenous software houses and local contents development. On this occasion all five cellular mobile operators signed MoUs to boost localized applications, content and services.
It may be mentioned that most of telecom operators world-wide have already embraced the 3G technology, enabling them to provide their customers with diverse and rich voice and data service, thereby sparking social and economic growth and increasing their revenues. 3G Mobile Broadband is an important step in modernization of mobile telephone system. With the launch of 3G, in future, Pakistani cell phone subscribers will 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.
Khurram A. Mehran