As part of its effort to encourage the use of mobile broadband, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a web portal named Smart-Pakistan (www.smartpakistan.pk). This web portal will provide one stop repository and directory of mobile applications focusing on different thematic areas such as mEducation, mHealth, mGovernment, etc.
Connected & Smarter Society is the Focus of Vision 2025
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has aimed at creating ‘Smarter Communities’ in its Vision 2025 future road-map. Smart Pakistan Initiative is first path-breaking step towards achieving this objective. In this regard, the launch ceremony of its m-Education Platform was formally launched today at PTA Headquarters. The event was attended by many industry professionals including PTA’s Chairman Dr. Ismail Shah, Director Generals and the developers of Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF). Chairman Dr. Ismail Shah gave inaugural speech in which he introduced the audience with the Smart Pakistan Initiative. While focusing on the significance of Smart Pakistan Initiative, Dr. Ismail said:[pull_quote_center]As connected devices will rise exponentially and will also impact the society. Availability of 2.1 billion in 2025 connected devices in Pakistan with an average person connected to 9.5 devices presents an 11 times bigger market opportunity than the mobile voice market. Hence, Smart Pakistan initiative great potential to smartly connect people across Pakistan in different ways. [/pull_quote_center]
He also said that:
It will provide an easy to use platform where a user can search for applications related to their requirements. The aim of ‘Smart-Pakistan initiative’ is also to engage the application developers and give them an opportunity to showcase their apps through this portal.
The emphasis of this initiative will be to promote mobile applications and services that are relevant to the Pakistani society and at the same time to encourage operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and local developers in promoting innovative ideas.
This initiative will bring all stakeholders such as citizens, government, mobile operators, OEMs, international organizations, academia, mobile entrepreneurs and others under one platform to build a sustainable echo-system.
In collaboration with professionals from the industry PTA has also set up a ‘Smart Pakistan m-Lab’ at its headquarters to provide mentoring and coaching services for young mobile applications developers and entrepreneurs. It will provide start up, acceleration and launch services to the developers.
The event ended with very informative and friendly question answer session. The industry professionals really appreciated the efforts of Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF) and suggested many interesting points for the portal.