STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) is all set to launch the first draft of Telecommunications Policy with an aim to further promote the culture of information technology for economic stability in the country.

Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman said while chairing a meeting in Islamabad in which international consultant hired for “Reviewing and integrating current Telecommunications Policies” briefed the meeting about his key findings and policy suggestions about various aspects of telecommunication sector.

Senior officials from the ministry, PTA and Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) attended the meeting.

On the occasion, the minister expressed that policy be forward looking and focus should be made on promoting latest trends and services. She emphasized that the policy should enable and encourage local manufacturing, content and application development.

During the meeting, expected provisions of the new policy regarding interconnection, VoIP, Licensing Framework, Broadband services and Public Wi-Fi etc. were extensively discussed. All public sector stakeholders were given full chance to comment and present their views.

The minister said that the policy will be aimed to achieve universally available and affordable telecom services to all users to benefit the economy and society.

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