The SATRC Policy, Regulation, and Services Seminar Comes to An End

The South Asia Telecommunications Regulatory Council (SATRC)  Policy, Regulation, and Services (PRS) workshop successfully concluded today after three days of discussions and brainstorming on key issues related to South Asia’s ICT regulatory landscape. 

The workshop was attended by experts and representatives from various fields, including telecommunications and ICT regulatory authorities, the telecommunications industry, and academia. During 10 sessions, 45 experts shared ideas and best practices related to the workshop topics.

As a result of the workshop, the importance of nationwide fiber optic backbone networks for 5G networks was emphasized, and the Universal Service Obligation Fund was used to build it. Regional cooperation was seen as crucial for reliable connections and reducing telecommunications costs. Other issues focused on locating OTT communication platforms, enabling  NGSO connections, LEO  band development, and responsible satellite operations. SATRC Working Group PRS Chair DG SandD also emphasized the ethical challenges of deep counterfeiting and artificial intelligence (AI) and the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration and digital transformation in the work summary. 

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) member (compliance and enforcement) Khawar Siddique Khokhar hailed SATRC as a model of regulatory cooperation. He said the workshop is important for discussion on the current and future dynamics of the ICT landscape in South Asia and beyond.

Asia-Pacific Telecommunication Community (APT) Secretary General  Masanori Kondo said in his closing speech that the diverse perspectives and expertise of the workshop broadened perspectives and created new opportunities for ICT development. He thanked the PTA for organizing the seminar and for the hospitality of the congress members. 

PTA organized a SATRC workshop on PRS with representatives of 9 SATRC Member States and representatives of national and international organizations. The workshop provided a forum for constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas on issues central to the telecommunications and ICT industry in the region.