TPTA and GSMA Ink Collaboration Pacts During Mobile World Congress 2024

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the GSM Association (GSMA) have formalized two key cooperation agreements, namely the Digital Cooperation Agreement and Centre of Excellence. The Chairman of PTA, Maj Gen (R) Hafeez Ur Rehman, along with Jeanette Whyte, Head of Public Policy GSMA APAC, and Sarah Gaffney, Senior Director for the GSMA’s Regulatory Capacity Building Programme, signed these agreements at the Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.

 

The collaboration focuses on supporting and advancing the digital transformation agenda, with GSMA committing ongoing support for PTA’s improvement in indices like the Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI) and the Digital Societies Index. The partnership aims to drive innovation in telecommunications services, covering areas such as 5G, IoT, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. Additionally, both entities are dedicated to sharing best practices concerning women’s digital inclusion and child online protection.

 

The cooperation extends to regulatory training courses on mobile policy issues, exploration of sustainable partnership models for training regulatory and policy professionals, and the promotion of partnership activities on various platforms. It also involves the exchange of information and consultations.

 

Chairman PTA actively participated in a significant roundtable discussion at the Mobile World Congress, titled ‘Reversing the Slowdown of Women’s Digital Inclusion,’ where he discussed strategies with digital leaders, advocates, and stakeholders to overcome barriers and advance gender equality in the digital age.