Information and Telecommunication Technologies Leading the Way: Pakistan's Response (W-100)

Information and Telecommunication Technologies Leading the Way: Pakistan's Response (W-100)

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  • Saturday | 26 Mar, 2005
  • Mohammad Yasin
  • Working Papers
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Abstract Global trends in information technology and telecommunications are the adoption of higher speeds, broader bandwidth, optical fiber and convergence. Internet connectivity and mobile cellular telephony have evolved very rapidly. In many countries, including Pakistan, cellular telephones have outnumbered fixed line phones. Four words sum up today’s telecommunication market: private, competitive, mobile and global. Pakistan now has a tentative roadmap in the form of policies on information technology, telecommunication deregulation and mobile cellular telephony. A lot of work has gone into improving the telecommunication infrastructure and services in Pakistan. However, the existing infrastructure and services are unfairly distributed. Vast areas in the country remain unserved and underserved. A deregulated and competitive environment with good investment in the field of information technology and telecommunications seems to be picking up momentum. However, because of PTCL’s strong standing and its 88 percent ownership by the government, potential domestic investors are fearful of the company.