3G technology to boost development in country

* Nawaz says steps taken to overcome energy crisis, shortfall will be met in next few years govt pursuing aggressive privatisation policy
AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the introduction of 3-G technology in the country will usher in a new era of development of information technology sector. 
He said the growth in national economy was evident from the economic indicators and the trust shown by the international donors. The prime minister was talking to a three-member delegation from telecom industry comprising of Jo Lender, CEO Vimplecom, Augie K Fabela, co-founder and chairman of Emeritus and Rashid Khan, CEO and president of Mobilink.
The prime minister said the economy is growing at fast pace and the stock exchange had seen rise as rupee gained value against dollar. He said steps had been taken to overcome energy crisis and the shortfall would be met in next few years. He said the government had embarked upon aggressive privatisation policy. “The government should not run businesses but facilitate businesses and for this purpose we have raised the trust of the investors,” he added. 
The prime minister said that the 3G license will be open for all the national and international competitors and it will be awarded in transparent manner. “We expect that the international bidders will also compete in the 3G license,” he said. 
The prime minister said that IT sector was observing fusion of different sectors including telecom and banking sectors and our investors need to take advantage of this phenomenon. He said, “Our youth are energetic and if provide them with opportunity and space, they can excel in IT sector through their creativity and innovation.
Jo Lunder re-affirmed VimpelCom’s commitment to the country during his meetings with the president and prime minister of Pakistan. He said, “VimpelCom is committed to Pakistan and Mobilink as it joins a growing number of global cellular networks that are thriving on the use of 3G/4G technologies. We compliment the government on this progressive step and hope that all measures will be taken to enable the telecom sector to provide affordable, quality voice and data services in Pakistan leading to a stable and sustainable economy.” 
Rashid Khan, president and CEO, Mobilink, said, “The continuous support provided by VimpelCom reiterates the trust it puts in Mobilink and is reflective of its commitment to Pakistan. Mobilink’s business and network infrastructure modernisation as a result of VimpelCom’s support will go a long way in providing leading-edge, high-quality mobile broadband and voice-based next generation services to our customers. We will continue to enhance our infrastructure and technology to provide our customers with the best coverage and experience on Pakistan’s largest network.”

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