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Broadband Policy by PTA

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Some of My Friends asked me to let them know how to get ISP license, while searching for license form from the PTA (Pakistan telecommunication Authority) website find some policies and it was strange that the Broadband Policy Pakistan was created on December 22, 2004 . Its quite long that still there are no updates in the policy.

here is table of contents of that policy

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………… 1.0
Broadband Definition……………………………………………………………….1.1
Broadband Benefits………………………………………………………………… 1.2
Broadband Lessons from World Markets………………………………………… 1.3
Broadband in Pakistan……………………………………………………………… 1.4
Broadband Policy Objectives……………………………………………………… 1.5
Broadband Targets………………………………………………………………… 1.6
POLICY STRUCTURE………………………………………………………….. 2.0
CONTENT FACILITATION……………………………………………………. 3.0
Locally Located Content ………………..…………………………………………..3.1
Local Language Content…………………………………………………………….3.2
BACKHAUL FACILITATION…………………………………………………. 4.0
Reduction in International Bandwidth Prices …………………………………… 4.1
Reduction in Domestic Bandwidth Prices………………………………………..…..4.2
National and Local Peering…………………………………………………….. 4.3
BROADBAND DELIVERY FACILITATION………………………………… 5.0
Broadband Delivery Technologies……………………………………………….. 5.1
DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop) Technology…………………………………….….5.2
Fiber / Coaxial network……………………………………………………………. 5.3
Broadband Wireless Access..…..…………………………………………………. 5.4
Satellite Broadband Access……………………………………………………….. 5.5
Government’s Initiatives for Broadband Rollout in Pakistan…………………….. 5.6
END USER TERMINALS FACILITATION…………………………………… 6.0
REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND ROLE OF PTA ……………………….7.0
BROADBAND PROMOTION AND AWARENESS……………………………8.0
PAKISTAN BROADBAND ROADMAP…………………………………………9.0

here is the Broadband definition by PTA .

The definition of ‘Broadband’ varies from country to country, but it is generally accepted as high speed, ‘always on’ Internet connection. Various organizations like the ITU, OECD and international regulators specify the minimum download speed of a broadband connection ranging from 128 Kbps to 2 Mbps or higher. The ‘Always On’ facility as opposed to the ‘dial up’ (10s of KBps) means that the user has access to the net as soon as he switches his internet browser on and does not need to dial the ISP number for a connection. As illustrated in Figure 1, most applications can be adequately supported if the minimum user speed is around 128kbps, accordingly broadband in Pakistan will be defined as “Always on Internet connection with a download speed of at least 128kbps connectivity”. This
download speed target will be subject to an increase as the bandwidth prices reduce, local content becomes available and there is a general increase in awareness of broadband.

Global Standing of Pakistan 

Global Standing of Pakistan , Even with tremendous growth in the information technology sector over the past five years with the internet reaching almost 2000 towns and villages and the international bandwidth rates dropping by almost 90% (from USD 30,000 in year 2000 to USD 3,950 in 2004), overall ICT usage and penetration in Pakistan is still below international averages and shows a significant room for improvement. (See table 1- Annex B). Although the availability of broadband infrastructure in itself will not necessarily result in the spread of broadband services in Pakistan, the price of broadband access will play a significant role.

The above was some text from the Broadband Policy Pakistan, Many of my IT Colleagues asked that do they need to update these documents or not ? the answer I always gave them that we might need to wait and see what is going on . There is no chances to get these information updated till the time some one take some responsibility to do so.

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