In line with its commitment to take Internet of Things (IoT) to the next level and help the society realize its true potential, Telenor Pakistan Conducted a Round Table Workshop on IoT yesterday with industry leaders in Islamabad. MoITT, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other industry leaders discussed panel-wise the growing demand and the need of regulatory framework for IoTs in Pakistan. Telenor Pakistan Conducts Round Table Workshop on IoT.
Mikael Lindholm, VP IoT Telenor Group, delivered the opening remarks followed by open panel discussions. The main topics of IoT discussion included:
- Regulating IoT Communication
- Hardware Challenges
- Help societies with IoT
Durdana Achakzai, CDO Telenor Pakistan delivered concluding remarks followed by Chief Guest Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA who discussed the future scope of IoTs, smart cities and the role of Pakistan’s mobile operators in this regard. Dr. Ismail Shah said that “The MoITT and PTA has a much clearer vision or well-developed thought process for the development of IoT and smart cities and has discussed it in its Vision 2020.”
Telenor Pakistan Conducts Round Table Workshop on IoT
The workshop concluded with a joint consent over the roles of all stakeholders and that there will be a need to develop a harmonized policy and regulatory framework in which Government will have to take a lead in making it more conducive for the IoT eco-system players for wider adoption.
The concept of “Internet of Things (IoT)” has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the internet. IoT is basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). And the list of these devices include everything from cellphones to coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything one can think of. This is why every government must think for its possible intervention into the system in order to benefit more consumers. As technology costs are going down and smartphone penetration has sky-rocketed in the last couple of years hence, these things are creating a perfect environment for the IoT.
The IoT market is expected to be one of the fastest growing segments in the Asia Pacific technology industry. According to a recent study, total Asia Pacific spending on IoT will continue to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 34% to reach US$ 58 billion by 2020.