IT minister launches Rolling Spectrum Strategy 2020-23

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque on Monday launched the Rolling Spectrum Strategy 2020-2023.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Haque lauded the efforts of the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) for finalising the rolling spectrum strategy in consultation with all stakeholders.

He said the incumbent government, in line with its vision of Digital Pakistan, gave highest priority to the telecommunications sector’s issues, particularly spectrum, adding that the the strategy would help telecom companies formulate their business plan efficiently.

“The rolling spectrum strategy will also become the basis for 5G technology in the country.”

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Federal IT Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, PTA Chairman Maj Gen (r) Amir Azeem Bajwa and FAB executive director were also present on the occasion.

It may be noted that the rolling spectrum strategy provides a future roadmap for spectrum allocation as well as spectrum-related policy reviews that are anticipated to take place between 2020 and 2023. The publication of the spectrum roadmap will help commercial operators with their network planning investments.

The strategy report discusses global trends around wireless communications, the challenges faced by spectrum managers and spectrum management needs to cope with these trends. It stresses the requirement for spectrum sharing & trading and adoption of Spectrum Pricing – Administrative Incentive Pricing (AIP) to promote efficient utilization of frequency spectrum.

The strategy discusses current utilization and future frequency spectrum outlook for mobile broadband services, broadcast services, fixed services, aeronautical and maritime services, public safety and land communication systems, satellite services and unlicensed bands for short range devices.

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