6th Pakistan TeleCON 2013 concludes – Resolution passed to speed up deployment of new tech
KARACHI: The 6th Annual Pakistan Telecommunications Conference 2013 (TeleCON 2013) concluded on Friday with a resolution passed to speed up deployment of new technologies and celebrated Pakistan’s IT potential and success, both on the local and international fronts.
Participants from a cross-section of the government, corporate, business, social and academic organisations attended the conference.
Distinguished speakers and panelists outlined specific areas of development and shortcomings and concluded that Pakistan was today among the slow-starters in deployment of new technologies whereas, globally countries had migrated from 3-G/LTE to 4-G and beyond. It was not too late to embrace the changes.
“Whatever the problems have been, we need to leave the past behind and move on, we have an opportunity here so let’s take the next steps for the benefit of the people of Pakistan,” said PTCL SEVP Furqan Qureshi in the Thought-Leadership forum, an exclusive by Shamrock, and moderated by the prolific former adviser to the Ministry of IT and telecommunication Salman Ansari. Punjab IT Board Director General Aamir Zafar Choudhry, and P@SHA President Jehan Ara cited Pakistan’s great IT potential and called for its recognition.
Former minister and senator Javed Jabbar, in his keynote address characteristically presented a holistic picture of the telecom and IT sector and observed that it was important for the ‘new wave’ to have an impact in Pakistan not just in telecommunication but equally a ‘new wave’ in good governance in our national institutions, and more so to the four pillars of the state.
Earlier, TeleCON 2013 Chairman Menin Rodrigues welcomed the delegates saying that the industry had shown remarkable performance trends and had created some truly empowering services, products and events; telephony, he said, had indeed changed and re-shaped lives in Pakistan.
The first session on ‘The Telecom Cloud Opportunity’ was chaired by former PTA director technical Dr Khawar Khokhar. The speakers who spoke about cloud computing as a revolutionary advancement and a new concept in Pakistan, included, Cisco Systems’ Babar Shahbaz Ahmed and Adviser Systems Limited Ashraf Kapadia. They said cloud computing was all about building a shared pool of configurable computing resources – network, servers, storage, applications and services, and provided better return on investment.
The next session on ‘A New Generation of Cellular Standards’ was about a new generation of standards that enables a whole new range of revolutionary telecom facilities, for streamlining economic functions and social outreach. The presenters included, 03b Networks/ Interactive Group Country Manager Nadeem Safdar; Trango Interactive CEO Shehryar Hydri and Habib University Foundation Dean Dr Charles Timothy.
The closing session was a panel discussion on ‘Innovations in Telecommunication and Information Technology Sector’ and was chaired by Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) Managing Director Muhammad Anwer Sheikh who represented the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication. The panelists included, AUC Technologies CEO Asadullah Choudhry, Institute of Business Management Head of Telecom Department Seema Ansari and an industry perspective by P@SHA president.