Why do we need 3G technology?

Its often hard to visualize how the entrance of something new in our society will affect it. This is why every new hypothesis is pre-ambled by an excess of experiments that includes previous history and, of course, experts recommendations. This reaches a hard level when its about technology and specifically mobile technology. Same is the case with Pakistan for new and improved 3G mobile technology (Not exactly new for the globe, but – yeah for Pakistan, it is).

Wait, wait and after waiting a lot it has finally been announced that 3G technology coming very soon to Pakistan, now thats amazing, but on the other hand not only a lot of common men – non-technical but even telecommunications engineers (like me) somewhat wonder and put ourselves into a circle of thoughts at the nucleus point while asking, what is it? Why is it needed? How its going to benefit us? But actually why do we need that?

Of course, it can be understood, the advance the technology the better it is for the progress of society. While do youth and students accept it as a new domain to apply for jobs. Globally, such technologies benefit entire countries by supporting the propagation of information, enabling citizens to access dynamic communication services and endorsing the development of technology progressions.

As of how its going to benefit us or why it is needed even that can be seen by expanding economic opportunities both in public and private sector. As the word telecommunications itself is meant to bridge the “digital divide” that really exists as teledensity and internet approaches are at low, access to 3G medium shall communicate and help to address such layer of society by introducing tele-medicine approaches and that can be only handy if it have back bone of broadband connection like 3G.

Pakistan is already on the backtrack compared to many Asian countries in global economic market, introducing 3G technology will create a new ray to be still competitive in global market with a first assignment to accelerate the overall level of teledensity. Increasing it, in turn leads to complementary benefits in the form of enhanced gross domestic product (GDP) and job creation opportunities in the telecommunications sector.

In Pakistan, Broadband is present in fewer than 300 towns and cities. All of these 2.5 million odd broadband connections fit in the fixed broadband domain. The fact is we never had a general fixed broadband network, hence the number of fixed connections that we can have is narrow. Another fact is, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is the only dominant fixed-line provider in Pakistan and it has developed a kind of domination broadband provider, which is causing a downfall in its services.

On the other hand, 2G cellular network is present all over the country and 3G will be housed with these cellular network providers. 2G was such an operative locomotive of growth in the last decade; 3G will also contribute significantly. Broadband deployment will release great opportunities at every step. For example, as the users grow in figures, a wholly new sector will appear, and Government services like Education, Healthcare and Governance will instantly become possible for rural areas.

It has been observed by Telecom experts that 3G services are not going to surprise people, Internet is already offering and very stable, besides it have threats already available like PTCL Evo, DSL, WiMAX, but still hopes are embedded with 3G- as it is more of non-technical, a huge investment which can certainly cater jobs for young students and other fellows. According to ITU World Telecommunications Database Statistics in 2003, for every one percent increase in a countrys broadband Internet diffusion, GDP per capita increase by roughly 10 percent (USD), and a one percent increase in mobile penetration results in GDP per capita increases roughly five percent (USD). Moreover to be more specific economic studies designate that for every additional $1 million (USD) invested in telecommunications, 18 new jobs are created.

One best service by 3G network would be video calling that is estimated around 5 PKR /per minute with that other addition would be, low cost and elastic access to IT resources, such as file storage, software and databases, can be retrieved using Cloud based services. Concluding it, we can be confident that Telecom sector is going to become the back-bone of national economy and hence an accurate devotion and rational taxing is what it requires which is possible when we plan and make our world go more Digital-Of Corse only can be possible with 3G services.

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