Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir7
PTA Publishes Pakistan Telecom Services Coverage Map
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has launched the “Pakistan Telecom Service Coverage Footprint”. The interactive application is based on Google Maps and powered by NSN (Nokia Siemens Network) allows users to zoom in and see the coverage plot of telecom services in graphical format. This application has been categorized into four major services broadband, cellular, FFL (Fixed Line Loop) and WLL (Wireless Local Loop) which are further bifurcated into technologies and number of PTA licensees. The application gives the flexibility to select any one of the telecom service like GSM, DSL, EVDO. Similarly user can view coverage of particular operator in particular city through the coverage map.
By using this application general public can view the growth in mobile and fixed line services all along the country including Azad Jammu and Kashmir. It would be helpful for those people who are planning to visit remote areas, whether coverage of the particular telecom service for particular operator is available in that area or not. It is worth mentioning that this type of application is first of its kind in the public sector of Pakistan.
Federal Secretary for Information Technology and Telecom Mr. Saeed Ahmad Khan has inaugurated an application enabling general public, telecom operators and investors, to view availability of telecom services coverage all across Pakistan. The application named “Pakistan Telecommunication Coverage Footprint” has been developed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and is available on its website (www.pta.gov.pk). The Secretary inaugurated this application during his visit to PTA Headquarters today. Chairman PTA Dr. Mohammed Yaseen Member Technical Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar and senior officers of the Authority were also present during the visit.
The application has few glitches, but we are sure that they will be resolved with time. As a whole PTA’s effort in developing this consumer benefiting application is laudable.
The coverage footprint can be viewed at: http://www.pta.gov.pk/digitalmaps/digitalmaps.php