In a very significant development for the telecommunications sector of Pakistan and in recognition of the forward looking progressive policies of the current Government in Mobile Broadband, Pakistan was awarded "Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award 2015 " at the prestigious Mobile World Congress 2015 of the GSM Association here in Barcelona Spain. The annual event considered the epitome of telecommunications development and innovation globally brings together leaders from governments, regulators, top industry players and other constituents of the global ICT ecosystem at the annual Mobile world congress. “The award of “GSMA Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award for 2015” to Pakistan is an indication of the global community reposing its trust in the Telecommunication Sector policy practices of the Government of Pakistan”, said the Minister of State for Information Technology while accepting the award on behalf of the Government of Pakistan. She added that our policies have once again acclaimed worldwide recognition, and is in fact a continuation of Pakistan’s journey during the course of which GSMA once again acknowledged us. The spectrum award which is one of the two annual “Government Mobile Excellence Award” awards is given as a recognition of significant achievement of the government in driving the growth and socio-economic impact of the mobile industry in the country, and demonstration of clear commitment in putting mobile broadband at the top of its digital agendas.
The Minister in her key note address said that in a short span of 6 to 8 months since launch of 3G/4G service the mobile broadband subscriptions for 3 g stand at around 10 Million. The Spectrum auction for next generation mobile services has not only enabled the people of Pakistan to gain access to mobile broadband services and be at par with rest of the world in terms of mobile broadband technology, but has also successfully encouraged investment in mobile networks in Pakistan.
Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, Minister of State for Information Technology leaded a delegation of Pakistan at the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain. She was accompanied by Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).