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Global telecom giants undertaking major ventures: minister

Global telecom giants undertaking major ventures: minister


ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rahman said on Thursday that global telecom giants are undertaking major ventures in Pakistan.

“Our country’s start-up enterprises are winning great accolades at global technology forums with the support of incubators and incentives from the government,” said the minister while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 10th Pakistan Telecommunication and ICT Conference (TeleCON 2017) held here on Thursday.

The annual forum was organised by SHAMROCK Conferences International with the theme “Pakistan in the wake of Revolutionary Technologies and Solutions.”

The IT minister further said that the Next-generation 3G and 4G telecom technologies are already empowering all consumer segments and industries, as the country benefits from revolutionary concepts like mobile commerce, e-governance, smart-cities, mobile-banking, cloud-computing, smart healthcare & education and much more.

The government is now seeking the earliest possible deployment of 5G technology in Pakistan. With the successful orchestration of this 10th annual TeleCON Forum, SHAMROCK has made great contributions in the advancement of this important industry in Pakistan, Anusha added.

Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that a social and industrial revolution has taken place in the country with the deployment of fascinating new technologies. “It is now the primary responsibility of the regulators and experts of telecom and IT industries to focus on the future, enabling swift and secured consumption of massive volumes of data, whereby we can greatly enhance national productivity to accelerate progress and economic prosperity”.

Other speakers included Chief Executive Officer of PTCL Daniel Ritz, CEO of ICT R&D Fund Yusuf Hussain, CEO of IBM Cloud Nadeem A Malik, CEO of Bluetech Consulting Kashif Jadoon, Pervez Iftikhar, Ex CEO USF, the Head of Conferences at SHAMROCK Usman Janjua and others. The speakers discussed topics like expansion of outreach, fibre-optics, rural-area connectivity, broadband, wireless-access, connectivity and cyber security.

An insightful panel discussion on ‘Revolutionary Technologies’ included experts like Chief Commercial Officer of PTCL Adnan Shahid, CEO COMSATS Jamshed Masood and Naveed Khalid Butt, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Ufone.

Numerous other experts, professionals and stakeholders attended this forum, sponsored by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) and Wateen Telecom, while being supported by PTA, relevant ministries and the leading enterprises of this robust industry.

TeleCON is a prestigious assembly of the industry specialists, regulators, technologists, speakers, visionaries, experts, academia, emerging media and investors from national and global enterprises and institutions. The key topics of discussion included: challenges & opportunities; fresh ideas for enhancing foreign direct investments; regulations to control cyber crime, and data security & safer exchange of information.

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