Pakistan’s regulatory regimes need to be working towards the 5th Generation
Pakistan Coalition on Media Legal Reforms (PCMLR), a project of IRADA (Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development), in collaboration with Agahi Foundation and Foresight Labs, organized a seminar titled “Telecom & Internet for Professional Media in Pakistan”, here in Islamabad on 4th April 2017.
Participating at the event were Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder Foresight Lab & Agahi Foundation, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Dr. Shahid Mahmud, Dr. Musadik Malik, Wahaj us Siraj – CEO Nayatel, Amir Jahangir – CEO Mishal Pakistan, Ilhan Niaz among other stakeholders.
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Advocating for digitizing regulatory landscape in Pakistan through the introduction of 5th generation regulations, Chairman PTA added:
The digital divide is shifting from basic phones to Internet, with mobile broadband a key driver of growth in Internet access. The interaction of the ICT sector should stimulate growth in the digital economy alongside other sectors in Pakistan and it is essential to have a clear understanding of the complex relationships between regulatory policies and ICT growth.
Speaking of the positive impact of technology at the event, Dr. Shahid Mahmud, CEO of Interactive Group said:
“Media will play the most crucial role in poignantly addressing different issues in bringing 5th generation regulatory mechanism”
Dr. Musaddiq Malik, who is known to be a champion of the future and IoT, discussed how globalization, technology and information trends are making future discontinuities.
Aftab Alam, National Coordination at PCMLR and IRADA gave a concluding keynote at the event.
The event also hosted activists, journalists and media representatives from ARY, Business Recorder, Nawaiwaqt, BoloBhi, and other media and activism houses.