Government Endorses Framework for Sharing Telecom Infrastructure

The Federal Government has given its approval for the Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Framework (TISF), a development by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The framework, crafted in consultation with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and the telecom industry, establishes a regulatory mechanism for licensees to share both active and passive telecom infrastructure equitably and competitively. 

This approval marks a significant stride for the telecom sector in Pakistan, with the expectation of considerable cost reductions in deploying (CapEx) and operating (OpEx) telecom networks. The result is anticipated to be lower prices and improved services for consumers.

The framework comes at a crucial time, addressing the pressing need for telecom infrastructure sharing in Pakistan. Factors such as inflation, low Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), escalating fuel prices, revenue challenges, and the substantial capital expenditure (CapEx) required for the expansion of 4G and 5G networks have underscored the importance of this regulatory mechanism. 

Telecom infrastructure sharing is not only seen as a solution to these challenges but also as a catalyst for introducing new services, enabling broader coverage and faster Time to Market (TTM) for innovative products.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority expressed gratitude for the support from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication in both developing and approving the Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Framework. There is confidence in the positive impact this framework will have on advancing Pakistan’s telecom sector, aligning with the shared goal of transforming the country into a leading digital economy.