First in South Asia: Pakistan Ranked 4th Generation Regulator by ITU

Pakistan has been ranked as 4th Generation Regulator (G4) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has become the only country in South Asia to have achieved this goalpost. Out of 38 economies in Asia-Pacific, only 8% states have managed to achieve G4 status.

According to ITU’s report “Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2020 (GIRO)”, Pakistan scored 88 out of 100 which means that Pakistan’s ICT regulations are led by economic and social policy goals.

Pakistan is also among the top 5 regulators in the entire Asia-Pacific region with a global rank of 48.

GIRO is built on high-quality data provided by 193 countries worldwide that forms the basis of ‘ICT Regulatory Tracker’. The Tracker, developed by ITU, is an evidence-based tool that helps decision-makers and regulators monitor the rapid evolution of ICT regulation

The report further reveals that Pakistan has scored full marks (20/20) for Regulatory Authority, 19/22 for regulatory mandate, 22/30 for regulatory regime and 27/28 for competition framework. Pakistan’s journey towards collaborative regulation has also been highlighted as a special feature in the report.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is continuously striving to achieve new international benchmarks by showing its commitment to protect consumer interests and enhance public-private collaborations for the digital transformation & socio-economic benefit of Pakistan.


  • The GIRO 2020 by ITU achieving G4 status among the top 5 regulators in the Asia Pacific with global ranking 48.
    PTA commitments to protect interests/enhance public private collaboration for the Digital transformation/Socio-economic benefits rankings for terresterial PON/FTTH network supported by the USF/PTA availability in Karachi by PTCL be adressed. The ITU/GSR 2020 should reflect regulatory folowings. Best wishes

  • According to International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the definition of various Generations of Regulations is as follows:

    G1: Regulated public monopolies– command and control approach,

    G2: Basic reform – partial liberalization and privatization across the layers,

    G3: Enabling investment, innovation and access – dual focus on stimulating competition in service and content delivery, and consumer protection,

    G4: Integrated regulation – led by economic and social policy goals,

    G5: Collaborative regulation, with the need to define the foundation, platforms and mechanisms for working with other sector regulators to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


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