Monday, March 16, 2009

PTA, Atra to enhance mutual cooperation

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (Atra) have agreed to enhance mutual cooperation and PTA will extend help to Atra for the furtherance of telecom services in Afghanistan. This was decided in a meeting of both the Authorities at PTA Headquarters.
The high level delegation of Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority was headed by Atra, Chairman, Zakaria Hassan who presently visiting Pakistan. During the meeting issues pertaining to cross border flow of telecom signals were also discussed. It was decided that a joint committee will formulate guidelines in this regard. It was decided that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed to enhance mutual cooperation in training and sea cables system. On this occasion representatives of Afghan telecom and senior PTA officials were also present.
On this occasion, Chairman PTA, Dr Mohammed Yaseen briefed the delegation on Pakistan telecom sector development. He said that Pakistan has made unprecedented progress in mobile and fixed telephone sectors and internet services. The Chairman said that the operators from Pakistan are willing to extend fibre optic links to Afghanistan after which Pakistan will be connected to Central Asian Countries, Central States and Afghanistan could also be linked to the International Sea Cable System through Pakistan. He proposed a joint working group to expedite this process and to enhance mutual cooperation.
Atra Chairman said that Afghanistan opened up its telecom sector in 2003 and since then it has been making rapid progress. He said that we want to get benefit of Pakistans experience in telecommunication areas such as interconnect costing models, tariff regulations and also in acquiring training from Pakistan.

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