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Published Date: Mar 1, 1998
Trends in Development of Information and Telecommunications (With a focus on Pakistan) W-28
Brig. (retd) Mohammad Yasin SDPI
The world trends are privatisation, liberalization and deregulation of information technology and telecommunications. The providers of information and telecommunications services, the world over, realise that universal access to information resources is facilitated through lower tariffs and efficient services. The last few years have seen significant expansion in information and telecommunications infrastructures in the regional countries (Asia-Pacific region). These countries have, by and large, benefited from liberalization and modernisation of their networks. Pakistan has made some progress in developing its telecommunications infrastructure, both in content and quality, but we are still not in the “mainstream”. No worth-while information sources/databases have been developed. PTCL continues to monopolise the telecommunications field thus inhibiting competition. We continue to suffer from serious shortages of trained manpower in telecommunications. A national policy on information and telecommunications remains a distant dream. This paper looks at the importance of information and telecommunications, global and regional developments, and Pakistan’s current status in this vital field.