The 26th meeting of the Asia Pacific GSM Association (GSMAP) was held in Pakistan, The Nation reported. Pakistan had won the GSMA Government Award for 2006. Pakistan Warid Telecom sponsored and hosted the event for this international body.  CEO Warid Telecom Hamid Farooq said that the holding of conference in Pakistan was yet another landmark achievement for the telecom sector in Pakistan.

Chairman GSMAP, Mehboob Chowdhry said that GSM operators were present in 217 territories and countries. He said that the GSM Association was taking a close look at the numerous telecom indicators of these countries to process their analyses on the status of a country’s telecom sector, regulatory framework and quality in the GSM framework.

CEO Warid said that the primary goals of the GSMA was to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers. The Association’s members serve more than 2 billion customers – over 82% of the world’s mobile phone users.

Speaking in the conference  the PTA chairman admitted the quality surveys conducted by the PTA could not serve the purpose and MNP was there to serve the purpose.

He said that the telecom industry in Pakistan had attracted $9 billion foreign investment in the last three years, and another $ 4 billion are expected during the next 3 to 4 years. He said that 1.5 million new subscribers are being added each month.

CEO of Warid said that special sessions have been reserved to converse on Roll out of 3G, Regulations in IP world, Interconnection in IP world and the proposed direction for the operators and GSMA Public Policy update. The Warid CEO said that an exclusive case study ‘Inherent complications in emerging markets’ would also be shared with the participants.

If anyone has access to this study please share or let me know.

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