Published on August 29th, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti0
Report On Telecom Opportunities In Pakistan
I am pleased to share a report on Telecom Opportunities in Pakistan. It was prepared by Salman Ansari in Aug 2007 for Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA). I am thankful to Ansari Sahib for sharing this useful report with all of us. I believe that reports like this which present the facts and highlight the progress made in the telecom sector of Pakistan are extremely valuable – especially for those who are from outside Pakistan and are looking for a compact summary of Pakistan telecom sector.
The report provides a concise and fact-based overview of the economy, telecom road map, regulatory environment, telecom infrastructure (broadband, international connectivity), licence and spectrum situation, investment landscape, mergers and acquisitions and of course – the opportunities, as the excerpt below shows:
All this signals opportunities in the Traditional and Value Added sectors for not only creating new businesses by riding on these systems but also to be a part of new licenses which are being reviewed. These include MVNO, Regional Hosting, Call Centers, Telecenters, Video Conferencing, Content aggregation, Converged networks, etc. On another plane, the Regulatory environment permits spectrum trading, Mergers and Acquisitions as well as entry via Private equity arrangements. The market opening has nearly doubled the sector revenues and this trend is expected to grow.
The annex has a list of licensed operators as well. Obviously this an evergreen document and one should keep in mind that the numbers represent Aug 2007 and have changed during the last 12 months.