The Cabinet’s Economic Committee (ECC) Coordination approved the long-awaited Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Framework on Tuesday.
Meeting by Caretaker Finance Minister
The meeting, presided over by Caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar, considered a summary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication for approval of the first-ever Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Framework and approved it after extensive discussion.
Next-gen Mobile Broadband Services
The committee also approved another summary for the release of IMT spectrum in Pakistan to improve next-generation mobile broadband services.
The ECC approved the formation of an advisory committee and its terms of reference for the release of unsold IMT Spectrum.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) finalized the draft of the first-ever Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Framework.
The term “telecom infrastructure sharing” refers to the sharing of telecom network components as well as associated non-electronic and physical infrastructure.
Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Framework
The infrastructure-sharing concept promotes resource optimization by maximizing asset utilization, avoiding network infrastructure duplication, saving time and money, and accelerating service rollouts.
The framework will enable licensees to share their telecom infrastructure facilities, which will include both passive (tower space, ducts, and so on) and active (Access Network – BTS, BSC/RNC, microwave, and so on) components.
Ministers for Commerce, Industries, and Production Gohar Ijaz, Communications, Railways, and Maritime Affairs Shahid Ashraf Tarar, Power & Petroleum Muhammad Ali, IT & Telecom, Dr. Umar Saif, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Dr. Waqar Masood, Chairman SECP, Federal Secretaries, and other senior government officials from the relevant ministries attended the meeting.
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