Cyber governance policy

Formulation of Cyber Governance Policy is in the process

Engineering Post Report

With the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, deter mobile phones theft and to protect consumer interest in line with the duly approved Telecom Policy 2015 issued by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications,  Pakistan  Telecommunication Authority (PTA)  has developed and established a “Device Identification Registration  and Blocking System  (DIRBS) “ in collaboration  with all Cellular Mobile Operators.

DIRBS acts as a central system  and  database for  all network  operators  to share and synchronize  information about black listed  mobile devices to deny  operations to such unauthorized  devices  on any network.

Additionally, the system  also enables  a unique opportunity  to eliminate  smuggling of new and used  mobile phones as only white listed  devices  i.e. those with valid  IMEIs formally cleared  by the PTA/Customs  will be allowed to operate  on the network henceforth .

The federal government has and is the process of taking number of interventions for proving Telecommunication Sector in the country and to safeguard interests of the genuine stakeholders and users.

Cyber Governance Policy is in the process of formulation and all stakeholders have been taken on board  for ensuring its representative , effective and feasible in  all respects.

Furthermore, a comprehensive draft Spectrum Plan and Strategy has been prepared  in close collaboration of the stakeholders including Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, FAB and PTA and spectrum veterans.  The draft was accordingly improved  during the year  and is currently reported to be in the approval process at the appropriate level.

According to the information available from official sources concerned in the federal capital,   the Universal services Fund Company  (USF Co)has also after determination of under-served areas  for , launched projects  to provide  telecommunication  coverage to approximately  12000  unserved Mauzas  with an estimated population of  around 15 million across all provinces  of Pakistan. In these areas,  provision of telecom services  were not commercially viable  for Telecom Operators  and without  intervention from the USF Co, the general population  would have remained  deprived of telecom connectivity.

The new flagship programme of USF Co is the Next Generation Broadband  for Sustainable Development  (NG-BSD).  This programme  provides enhanced  Broadband data rates ( 512 kbps) to Unserved and Underserved  population of the country  facing limited or no data coverage.

The Federal Cabinet has already approved the declaration of the following areas as Underserved  for inclusion in USF”s Programme at the provision of  Next Generation  Broadband to a population of  30435725  in  11915 Under-Served Mauzas  of Pakistan  i.e. Pishin,  Nasirabad,  Mastung, Turbat, Sukkur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas,  Larkana, Chitral, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan.