Pakistan PM Awards 3G, 4G Licenses To 4 Companies

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday awarded 3G and 4G mobile spectrum licenses to four cellular companies for the launch of next generation mobile phone services in the country and said that true development was only possible through modern technology. Documents to this effect were signed at a ceremony in the presence of the PM.

Addressing the ceremony, Sharif expressed confidence that the introduction of next generation mobile phone services will open new avenues of socio economic development in the country.

He said that the government was trying to tackle various challenges, adding that Pakistan that the country would be a stable, energised and developing state at the end of his government’s tenure after four years.

“By launching the 3G and 4 G services, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fulfilled a commitment made in its election manifesto,” said Sharif, adding that credit also goes to the PML-N for having introduced fiber optics during its first stint in power in 1990.

He said the auction of 3G and 4 G services was considered transparent by the world community as transparent and successful and will help generate additional taxes to the tune of Rs 260 billion annually.

Sharif directed that the accessibility of broadband should be expanded to far flung areas and that telecom services should be made affordable. He emphasised the need for devising a code of conduct for the telecom sector to ensure better services to users.

Sharif called upon all segments of society, particularly the youth, to fully exploit the latest telecom services for research and education purposes.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the government still had two licenses of next generation mobile services which would be auctioned at an appropriate time after approval of the federal cabinet.

Dar vowed to rationalise telecom sector taxes in the upcoming budget. He expressed confidence that the launch of next generation mobile phone services would accelerate economic growth in the country.

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said the government was committed to bringing e-revolution in the country and that several projects had been prepared in this regard. Original post at pakistantoday

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