Regulators come up with mechanism to deal with ICT sector challenges

The regulators of Asia Pacific region expressed their consent to mutually come up with solutions to sort out the challenges faced by the government and regulators of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

In a two day roundtable jointly organized by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Islamabad, new ways and means were discussed to cope the issues and challenges popping up in the ICT sector of Member States.

Meanwhile, PTA has initiated a three days International Training Programme (ITP) on Wednesday in Islamabad that is being attended by the delegates from Asia-Pacific region countries.

During the event, Chairman PTA eleborated how the ICT sector is being developed, encouraged and regulated in Pakistan. “In 2015 technology companies represented 60 percent of the value of the top ten companies of the world,” the chairman asserted.

Technology is helping connecting the societies, and the smart devices are enabling greater access to information and services as well as the creation of new markets and economic opportunities, he added.

Mr. Ioane Koroivuki, Regional Director ITU, Asia-Pacific in his address emphasized that “ICTs will be critical for achieving development goals in our countries and the importance of ICTs has increased many fold.”

On this Occasion, Chairman Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) R.S Sharma said that all of us face similar problems in the region. While technology is changing very fast, particularly in the field of ICTs, quantum jump is witnessed.

Today’s democracy is “digital democracy” and because of Information Highways everybody has equal information. However, we are also faced with challenges such as cyber security and net neutrality, the TRAI Chairman pointed out.

ICT sector is moving very fast and there are regulatory, legal, technological and standard issues which need to be addressed. As regulators we have to maintain balance between regulation and over regulation, Mr. Sharma concluded.

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