April 22, 2010

PTA Organizes 2nd National Workshop on Telecom Reporting

group photo of participants of 2nd national workshop


Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) organized 2nd National Workshop on Telecommunication Reporting here today. Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen presided over the event while Member (Finance) PTA, Syed Nasrul Karim Ghaznavi, Member (Technical) PTA, Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar, Director Generals and other officials of PTA and representatives from print and electronic media participated in the workshop.

The objective of this workshop was to apprise the media persons on the mandate and responsibilities of the telecom regulator as well as on the regulatory environments in telecommunications of Pakistan. This workshop was aimed at enhancing the skills of media professionals on telecom reporting.

During the workshop, Director Generals of various Divisions of PTA gave presentations to the participants of the workshop, which included records of the performance, achievements, goals and objectives of each division of PTA. These presentations covered areas such as Telecom Laws and Regulations, Tariff Regulations/APC/Interconnection, QoS Surveys/SIM Information System 668, Consumer Complaints/Regulations on Unsolicited SMS/SPAM, Licensing Regimes/3G, 4G and MVNO.

On this occasion, Chairman PTA said that the core idea behind organizing this workshop is to highlight the fact that how the media can be effectively utilized to further strengthening the organizations like PTA in particular and democratic atmosphere of the country in general. “In my view, media can do this through exposing the good and bad things of state departments in their contents” he said. “Another important area which should be focused is to buildup a clear understanding of the rules and regulations and working environment of the concerned departments while reporting on a particular area or subject” said Chairman PTA adding “we hope that our efforts would prove to be fruitful and beneficial for both the sides.”

Dr. Yaseen said that Pakistan has emerged as one of the leading markets in telecommunications during past few years. A rapid growth in telecommunication technologies has further multiplied the development of this sector. This spectacular growth in telecom sector has made an efficient regulatory system of immense importance to cope up with the ever arising challenges, he added.

The Chairman said that PTA as the regulator of telecom sector is well prepared, established and skilled not only to face these challenges effectively but has also successfully maintained high levels in order to compete with the international regulatory trends. He said that all the tokens of appreciation and recognition which we received from international bodies like Lirne Asia are evident of PTA’s brilliant performance as the telecom regulator of Pakistan.