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Spectrum auction: Learning from past errors key for successful rollout

The following article was first printed in The Daily Express Tribune, September 21, 2015. ISLAMABAD: Last week, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar shared exciting news with the nation. He said the country would be welcoming more spectrum that would be auctioned within this fiscal year. Considering the response the last spectrum auction received and the large growth …

ICT Forum Pakistan co-organizing Telecom Summit at ITCN 2015 – Karachi, Tuesday, 15th September 2015.

We at ICT Forum Pakistan, are excited at co-organizing, for the third time, the Telecom Summit at ITCN Asia 2015, starting tomorrow! Before we go into the reasons of our excitement this time, allow us to remind you that (as given in the concept note posted of the event on our website), this year we …

Islamabad: Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah Chairing the Forum on Infrastructure Sharing Organized by PTA in collaboration with ICT Forum Pakistan at PTA Headquarters

Islamabad: To study and explore the causes of insufficient infrastructure sharing/outsourcing by Telecom Operators in Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) organized a Discussion Forum at PTA headquarters in collaboration with an Islamabad based think tank, “ICT Forum Pakistan”. Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Member Compliance & Enforcement PTA Mr. Abdul Samad, Member (Finance) PTA, …

SBP Makes Biometric Verification Mandatory for Opening Bank Accounts and Using ATMs

Biometric verification has been made mandatory for opening a new bank account and using ATMs by the State Bank of Pakistan. This applies to all private and government banks and will be in effect from January 2016. All ATMs in the country will soon be fitted with biometric scanners to get the finger impressions of …

Despite Announcements, Punjab Govt Again Forgets to Reverse Internet Taxes

Despite repeated promises from several high-ups from Lahore and an official announcement from Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, his colleagues and subordinates have yet not issued the notification for reversal of 19.5% internet sales taxes that the province had imposed on May 28th, 2015. Its been almost a month now that CM Punjab …

Punjab Food Authority to Get a New Restaurant Grading App

Ever since news started making rounds about Punjab Food Authority’s (PFA) long dead website and lazy officials, it seems PFA has turned over a new leaf. PFA has made news headlines by working in 8 cities of Punjab and shutting down or fining any restaurant that does not meet a basic standard of health and …

Newspaper Article by CEO -ICTFP: Telecom Infrastructure Role of public-private partnership

http://tribune.com.pk/story/943372/telecom-infrastructure-role-of-public-private-partnership/

Role of public-private partnership

The following article was first printed in The Daily Express Tribune, August 24th, 2015. ISLAMABAD: We are all rejoicing at the recent phenomenal rise in the number of broadband users in Pakistan after the launch of 3G and 4G mobile broadband. Mobile broadband users have risen from 1.9 million in June 2014 to 13.5 million in …

Shehbaz Sharif to Conduct Public Q&A on Facebook

This Sunday evening at 7 p.m, Shehbaz Sharif will conduct a Q&A on Facebook via video message. Anyone can ask a question and raise issues by commenting on his personal page on Facebook. The Chief Minister will then answer those questions in a video and share it on his page. In a status update, Shehbaz …

Haier Intends to Open a Smartphone Manufacturing Plant in Pakistan

Haier is apparently looking into options of opening a smartphone manufacturing plant in Pakistan as a delegation of senior officials of Haier Group of companies, headed by Mr. Zeeshan Qureshi, CEO Haier Mobile, yesterday met Anusha Rehman, Minister of State for IT and Telecom, to discuss the details. Haier officials expressed that due to increased …