A delegation led by Etisalat International CEO Mikhail Gerchuk met with Federal Minister Syed Aminul Haque today.
Secretary IT Mohsin Mushtaq Chandna, Etisalat Pakistan CEO Abdulrahim Abdulla Abdulrahim Al Nooryani, PTCL & Ufone CEO Hatem Bamatraf, and Group Chief Regulatory Officer Naveed Khalid Butt were also present at the meeting.
Aminul Haq said the government’s top priority is coverage and expansion of 4G technology across the country before moving to bigger and better options. Following the vision of Digital Pakistan and expanding on Pakistan’s digital connectivity backdrop, the federal minister said the future of technology in the country is subject to the introduction of 5G technology.
The minister said no one wants Pakistan to be left out of the global technology race, and all companies and vested stakeholders should make their preparations for nurturing sustainable and inclusive technological growth for Pakistan’s long-term prosperity and potential.
Aminul Haque also informed the delegation that the ministry was providing all possible support to all mobile companies. Underscoring the importance of the sector’s growth in the long run, the federal minister implored all telecom companies to play their role in bringing modern world technology to Pakistan.
In view of the above, the IT minister assured the delegation that all possible steps were being taken at the top level to make 5G more business-friendly. He added that 5G trials will be started at certain points across major cities before countrywide deployment.
The Etisalat delegation appreciated Federal Minister Aminul Haque for the government’s initiatives on improving telecom services in Pakistan. The e& international CEO Mikhail Gerchuk acknowledged the role of IT and Telecommunication in the overall economic development of the country and said the company is willing to invest in various areas of the sector.