The Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecommunications, Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, inaugurated the 10th Pakistan Telecommunication and ICT Conference (TeleCON 2017) as Chief Guest.
The keynote address was delivered by the Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), Syed Ismail Shah.
Addressing the large number of enthusiastic delegates at the forum, the Minister of IT and Telecom stated, "It is delightful to see that global Telecom & IT giants are undertaking major ventures in Pakistan, while our country's start-up enterprises are winning great accolades at global technology forums, with the support of incubators and incentives from the government".
She further stated that: "The next-generation 3G and 4G telecom technologies are already empowering all consumer segments and industries, as we benefit from revolutionary concepts like; 'Mobile" commerce, E-Governance, Smart-Cities, Mobile-banking, Cloud-Computing, 'Smart' Healthcare & Education and much more. The government is now seeking the earliest possible deployment of 5G technology in Pakistan. With the successful orchestration of this 10th annual TeleCON Forum, SHAMROCK has made great contributions in the advancement of this important industry in Pakistan."
Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman of PTA said, "A social and industrial revolution has taken place in our country with the deployment of fascinating new technologies. It is now the primary responsibility of the regulators and experts of telecom and IT industries, to focus on the future, enabling swift and secured consumption of massive volumes of data, whereby we can greatly enhance national productivity to accelerate progress and economic prosperity". Other distinguished Chairpersons and speakers included; The Chief Executive Officer of PTCL - Daniel Ritz, CEO of ICT R&D Fund - Mr. Yusuf Hussain, the CEO of IBM Cloud - Nadeem A. Malik, the CEO of Bluetech Consulting - Kashif Jadoon, Mr. Pervez Iftikhar, Ex CEO USF, the Head of Conferences at SHAMROCK - Mr. Usman Janjua and others. These learned speakers discussed critical topics like; expansion of outreach, fibre-optics, rural-area connectivity, broadband, wireless-access, connectivity and cyber-security.
An insightful panel discussion on 'Revolutionary Technologies' included experts like: Chief Commercial Officer of PTCL - Adnan Shahid, CEO of COMSATS - Jamshed Masood and Mr. Naveed Khalid Butt, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Ufone. Numerous other experts, professionals, and stakeholders attended the forum, sponsored by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd. (PTCL) and Wateen Telecom, while being supported by PTA, relevant ministries and the leading enterprises of this robust industry.
TeleCON is a prestigious assembly of industry specialists, regulators, technologists, speakers, visionaries, experts, academics, emerging media and investors from national and global enterprises and institutions. The key topics of discussion included; challenges & opportunities, fresh ideas for enhancing foreign-direct Investments, regulations to control cybercrime, data security & safer exchange of information.