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Dr. Ismail Shah being Appointed Chairman PTA

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Dr. Ismail Shah being Appointed Chairman PTA – Possible headway towards 3G auction

The federal government has finally come up with two names to fill the positions of members and chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The Prime Minister’s special commission shortlisted:
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  • Dr Ismail Shah for the position of Member Technical as well as Chairman of PTA
  • Tariq Sultan for the position of Member Finance, PTA

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The commission has shortlisted these two candidates to comply with the SC’s deadline, which ended on 26th Sept. Earlier this month, the SC had directed the government to appoint members and chairman of PTA – the telecom sector’s regulatory body responsible – for the auction of 3G spectrum licenses by September 16. The commission however failed to meet the deadline and sought more time to complete the hiring process. On September 17 the court gave another 10 days to the government to fill the aforesaid positions which have been vacant since March.

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I don’t know if this is confirmed news but this has created a new ray of hope across the telecom industry because Dr Shah is an honest and competent official. Tariq Sultan, on the other hand, is also a good choice and this will make a good combination for PTA’s leadership
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[success]Dr Ismail Shah, former member Telecom at the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, is currently working with Qualcomm as a consultant on 3G and 4G technologies. He is conducting technical trainings on 3G and 4G in the United States (US), Thailand and other countries.
Dr Shah completed his doctorate in electrical engineering from University of Pittsburgh, US; supervised six PhD students and has more than 90 publications to his credit. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, US.
Dr Shah has also been associated with the Pakistan Engineering Council, IEEE-USA – an organisational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Incorporated – and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan. He is also associated with Central Asian CDMA Forum as an Executive Director.[/success]

[success]Tariq Sultan is currently working as Director General, Revenue Assurance at PTA. He has previously worked with NIB Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a Financial Analyst, according to a report by Propakistani – an Islamabad-based blog that covers IT and telecom news. Sultan holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, according to the reports. [/success]

The unfilled positions of PTA’s chairman and members are, apparently, the only obstacle in the rollout of 3G mobile technology.