ISLAMABAD - Minister for IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman has said that with the advent of 4G service, an era of accelerated digitization has begun in Pakistan.

She was addressing as chief guest at launching ceremony of 4G/LTE services by Chinese mobile company Zong here in Islamabad. Federal secretary IT Azmat Ali Ranjha, chairman PTA Syed Ismael Shah, senior executives from FAB were also present. The minister said that it was my dream to bring technological revolution in Pakistan and we strived hard to materialize that dream. “Initially, we faced many hardships because, I was told that eco system was not favorable but with the blessings of Almighty Allah and strenuous efforts of my team, a moment came when survey was conducted in November, 2013 & eco system had taken a shape. We had multiple rounds of negotiations with all stakeholders and agreed upon the fixation of reasonable base price.”

Then, she said, Ministry detached itself after announcing the policy guideline for spectrum auction through MI (Memorandum of Information). “Then PTA came forward & operational part of the spectrum auction started and eventually spectrum auction was conducted in a transparent, competitive and in an efficient manner”. Unfortunately, she said, we could not have new entrant due to scarcity of time. Telcos also showed their keen interest and confidence in the auction process.

The minister said that today I am standing with the sense of satisfaction & contentment that my dream has become reality but journey of accelerated digitalization is still there.

“Now we are negotiating with China Mobile for the local manufacturing of smart phones under public-private partnership,” she said. The project for the establishment of 500 tele centres in far flung/rural areas of Pakistan is being carried out by USF and the ministry is vigorously pursuing this project for its timely completion so that basic e-services (e-health, e-learning, e-agriculture) could be provided to the people of Pakistan.  The minister further said that establishment of research and innovation centre under public-private partnership is also on our agenda.

 The minister extended her heartiest felicitation to DR Fan Yunjun, CEO China Mobile, and his dedicated team for successful launching of first-ever 4G mobile service in Pakistan.

Dr Fan hailed the continuous support of the government, Ministry of IT & PTA in the successful launch of this advance technology. He acknowledged all who facilitated Zong throughout the entire process and reinforced that without the government’s positive vision this mobile internet revolution would have remained a distant dream. Dr Fan Yunjun also shared congratulatory note to other telecos and stated that together as an industry,we can work continuously to redefine the local telecom sector. He paid special thanks to the minister and secretary for gracing the occasion.