Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Amir Azeem Bajwa held a meeting with Vice-President Commercial Starlink and CEO Starlink Pakistan at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona.
The delegations discussed the regulatory, technical and commercial aspects of Starlink’s application to offer its broad band services in Pakistan. Both sides agreed to work out modalities through further engagement in the near future.
Later, addressing the ‘Whole-of-Government Digital Pakistan Roundtable’ at the Mobile World Congress, Chairman PTA briefed the audience about the digital profile of Pakistan and emphasized on the connectivity landscape vis-à-vis investment potential in the telecom sector.
He highlighted major regulatory interventions to facilitate the industry and consumers such as cellular license renewal, spectrum auction, 5G roadmap, fiberization of backhaul, IoT framework and quality of service up-gradation.
The Chairman also shared PTA’s efforts for digital inclusion of women in ICT as well as successful impact of Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) in Pakistan.
Matters related to tax rationalization and financial health of the industry were also discussed. It was resolved that all possible support through prudent policy and regulatory interventions will be provided to the industry to address profitability challenges and seek further investments in the sector. The Roundtable was curated by GSMA in the presence of senior leadership from Ministry of IT&T, USF, FAB, and industry CEOs.
At the end of the roundtable, a joint declaration was issued to reaffirm commitment to the ‘Digital Pakistan Vision’ of the Government of Pakistan.