ZTE in collaboration with PTA held a seminar on 3G in PC Hotel Lahore today. The theme was “To be or not to be is not the question: 3G is coming”.
It was another effort from network vendors to make way for 3G in the country.
Sardar Aseff Ahmad, Minister for Telecom and IT was the chief guest. Other attendees included:
- Mr. Peng Aiguang, CEO ZTE Pakistan
- Mr. Abdul Aziz, CEO Ufone, Mr. Naveed Khalid Butt, Chief Officer Government & Regulatory Affairs
- Mr. Muneer Farooqui, CEO Warid
- Agha Qasim, VP Corporate Affairs, Mobilink
- Mr. Zafar Usmani, COO Zong
- Anujm Rahman, Director Communication Telenor
- Top execs from telecom and IT companies
Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, Chairman PTA, on the occasion said there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services by the end of 2010.
He mentioned that the access to mobile networks is now available to 90% of the world population and 80% of the population living in rural areas people are moving rapidly from 2G to 3G platforms, in both developed and developing countries.
In 2010, 143 countries were offering 3G services commercially, compared to 95 in 2007 towards 4G: a number of countries have started to offer services at even higher broadband speeds, moving to next generation wireless platforms, he said.
PTA will also be organizing a conference on “Opportunity for all – Development of 3G” on January 11, 2011, he added. During the seminar Chairman PTA delivered also a compressive presentation to highlight the worldwide practices regarding 3G services and the case studies thereof.
Cao Long, of Wang Li Heng, Rahel Kamal, representative of Qualcom also made presentations highlighting impact of 3G services. During the seminar speakers of national and international fame focused on the benefits of 3G to: businesses, education, government, national economy, urban/rural populace, indigenous software houses and local contents development.
On this occasion all five cellular mobile operator signed MoUs to boost localized applications, content and services.
It may be mentioned that most of telecom operators world-wide have already embraced the 3G technology, enabling them to provide their customers with diverse and rich voice and data service, thereby sparking social and economic growth and increasing their revenues.
3G Mobile Broadband is an important step in modernization of mobile telephone system. With the launch of 3G, in future, Pakistani cell phone subscribers will be able to transmit and receive high speed data through their mobile phones.
High speed data means possibility of video calls, internet browsing and downloading at a much higher speed which also includes usage of data intensive applications.