Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and GSMA, held its first capacity building training workshop on “IoT Policy & Regulations” at PTA headquarters in Islamabad under its strategic agreement to conduct a series of workshops in the region. Internet of Things (IoTs) is a growing trend and the workshop was conducted by experts from GSMA at PTA Headquarters to enhance the policy & regulatory environment for the successful growth of IoT in Pakistan. PTA & GSMA Holds Workshop on IoT Policy & Regulations.
Chairman PTA, Dr. Ismail Shah in his welcome address thanked the GSMA team who took out time to visit Pakistan for this workshop and shared their knowledge and experience. Dr. Shah said that PTA is in the process of redrafting regulatory framework and its opportune time to take advantage of the recommendations by GSMA. He also said that:
“After the launch of 3G/4G services in Pakistan, it is the right time to develop a regulatory framework for IoT; which is the need of hour.”
PTA & GSMA Holds Workshop on IoT Policy & Regulations
The experts from GSMA Stefano Nicoletti, M2M Regulation Manager and Lauren Dawes while conducting the workshop on “Capacity Building Regulatory Training Workshop on the Internet of Things”, discussed case studies of developed nations who had successfully enabled the opportunities by IoTs in industry, health, education and agriculture fields.
The workshop was attended by participants from MoITT, PTA, Frequency Allocation Board (FAB), mobile operators, Wateen Telecom and NTC.
A group activity was organized at the end of workshop in which each group was given a case/industry for which IoT solutions can be introduced.
The workshop was concluded with the discussion of current and future IoTs marketplace in Pakistan and how each relevant stakeholder can play its role to help the public sector to develop regulatory framework for IoTs in Paksitan.
Last month, the GSMA Capacity Building Programme and the Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF) signed a strategic agreement to deliver GSMA course content in several countries across Central Asia including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This workshop was first training session under this agreement. The fundamental objective of the agreement between these two organizations is to help policymakers, regulators and other mobile eco-system stakeholders to keep pace with the latest industry developments through training courses that highlight examples of policy and regulatory best practice from around the world.