ISLAMABAD – The WiMAX Forum, the global body that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products, has hosted South Asia Conference 2012.

The event was held under the patronage of country’s regulatory body, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and co-organised by Wateen Telecom. It brought together over 100 professionals from government organisations, telecom operators, equipment manufacturers, solution providers, media and other ICT related industries.

The aim of the conference was to create awareness about how WiMAX is a cost-efficient, sustainable and easily scalable solution for broadband distribution and how it can help to improve the country’s economy by helping industries such as electricity, aviation, oil and gas, agriculture, healthcare amongst others in becoming more efficient, transparent and vertical through its various applications.

The conference held that WiMAX could help to resolve the electricity crisis through smart grid applications, through efficient and secure electricity distribution.

President of WiMAX Forum Declan Byrne, speaking on the occasion, said: “WiMAX technology has achieved a penetration rate of 50 per cent of all broadband connections in urban centres in Pakistan. This success of the technology is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.” Chairman PTA, Dr Mohammed Yaseen, shared his vision for the country’s broadband policy in enabling the country’s economic and social needs. Wateen Telecom CEO Naeem Zamindar said they were firmly committed to the idea that WiMAX could change every aspect of life in Pakistan for the better.