The much awaited 3G technology was to be introduced in 2008 in Pakistan, but took a long time due to the government’s lack of decision in this matter. Even though the government will collect at least $30 billion in revenue sales from it and will also ease on the problem of unemployment in the country by creating millions of jobs. The government now wants to launch the 3G technology in the current fiscal year so as to give boost to the IT sector in Pakistan but unfortunately we are waiting for 3G from past three years and may be this year will also passes away without any final decision.
Now the ministerial committee has been formed by President Asif Ali Zardari to help decide the launch of third generation technology and whether the government should allow new international IT companies to enter the bidding for 3G licenses auction or not. The committee, which is based on Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Water and Power Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, and also on representatives of private sector companies, had also been forwarded three different prospects.
The debate has been revolving on whether the government should agree to the demand of the telecom sector about not giving any new investor or company LDI (Long Distance and International) license till year 2013. But there is no doubt that there the arrival of 3G technology is long overdue. The committee will also consider the matter of complaints against service quality and hidden charges of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, but the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication can only give policy guidelines.