Islamabad: As part of its effort to encourage the use of mobile broadband, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a web portal named "Smart-Pakistan" (www.smartpakistan.pk). This web portal will provide one stop repository and directory of mobile applications focusing on different thematic areas such as mEducation, mHealth, mGovernment, etc.
It will provide an easy to use platform where a user can search for applications related to their requirements. The aim of 'Smart-Pakistan initiative' is also to engage the application developers and give them an opportunity to showcase their apps through this portal. The Smart Pakistan Initiative is first path-breaking step towards achieving this objective.
The emphasis of this initiative will be to promote mobile applications and services that are relevant to the Pakistani society and at the same time to encourage operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and local developers in promoting innovative ideas.
This initiative will bring all stakeholders such as citizens, government, mobile operators, OEMs, international organizations, academia, mobile entrepreneurs and others under one platform to build a sustainable echo-system.
In collaboration with professionals from the industry PTA has also set up a ‘Smart Pakistan m-Lab’ at its headquarters to provide mentoring and coaching services for young mobile applications developers and entrepreneurs. It will provide start up, acceleration and launch services to the developers.
It may be further added that the Smart Pakistan is an ongoing initiative and its m-Education Platform has been formally launched today at PTA Headquarters Islamabad.
Khurram A. Mehran