Pakistan has great potential to develop information technology sector but inconsistent policies are creating serious hurdles.
This was the consensus among the leading information technology experts at a webinar organised by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) titled, “Internet for all”
Pakistan has 98 million wireless and two million wireline connections. Pakistan was auctioning small volume of spectrum and still auctioning of 100 megabytes of spectrum and it should be used timely, if not used, the country will lose significant resources.
The panel stressed that the 2021 telecommunication policies should be consistent, taxes for ROW should be decreased.
The Universal Service Fund should be taken in consideration to provide internet for all.They said that the government was collecting Rs30 as tax from Rs100 spent on mobile services by a consumer, which is the highest in the world, saying that the cellular companies are most efficient tax collectors.