Pakistan Wins Award for Mobile Broadband Spectrum Auction at GSMA 2015
GSMA announced the winners of the 20th Global Mobile Awards, which were presented at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winners were announced in a ceremony hosted by actor, comedian, writer and film producer John Cleese.[blockquote cite=”John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd.”] The GSMA is very proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Global Mobile Awards, which provide an outstanding platform to recognize world leaders in mobile innovation and diversity. It is an incredible achievement to have been announced as a Global Mobile Award winner today, as the high caliber of entries is a true reflection of the dynamic, creative and inventive thinking that will drive our industry towards the next 20 years.
The Global Mobile Awards are judged by more than 300 independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and in some cases, mobile operator representatives. This year the ‘Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award’ was presented to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the award was received by the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan.
The GSMA recognized the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the mobile industry’s prestigious Government Mobile Excellence Awards, which honor governments’ significant achievements in driving growth in the use of mobile services and maximizing the socio-economic impact of the mobile industry in their respective countries.[blockquote cite=”Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA”] The government of Pakistan has demonstrated a clear commitment to putting mobile at the top of their digital agendas. We encourage administrations from around the globe to be inspired by their achievements and adopt similar best practice measures in order to encourage greater mobile industry investment, support innovation and increase the provision of mobile services for their citizens.
Pakistan had its successful 3G/4G spectrum auction in April 2014, since then, we have already seen a huge increase in mobile usage. Cell phones are seen as key to actively participating in our community, benefitting people in more than one way.
The rapid roll-out of 3G and 4G services is boosting growth and efficiency in all sectors including education, banking, media, health and retailing, as well as being a key enabler for innovative e-services such as e-medicine and e-education in rural and remote areas of Pakistan.
The awards were presented as part of the GSMA’s annual Ministerial Programme at Mobile World Congress. More than 1,200 key government and regulatory representatives from around the world are meeting with industry leaders to discuss specific regulatory issues relating to innovation and development of mobile communications. This year, the Ministerial Programme has attracted more than 160 delegations and international organizations, representing all regions.