of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf
praises the progress made in high-tech
During the last few years, Pakistan has witnessed
tremendous growth in the field of information
technology and telecommunications. The policies
of the government have made Pakistan an attractive
place for telecom investment. This is evident
from the launch of new fixed and cellular services.
Foreign investment to the tune of three billion
dollars has taken place during the last three
years. A large number of domestic and international
call centers are operational, providing thousands
of skilled jobs. Combined, fixed and cellular
teledensity has doubled from 4% to over 9% in
the last three years. Internet has spread throughout
the nation and has over 3 million users.
International bandwidth capacity has also
With the advent of new service providers, we
are witnessing tremendous competition, increasing
options for customers. At present, five mobile
operators are offering services. The sixth was
launched on May 12, 2005 and quality of service
Software development has improved considerably,
and current export levels are at about $50 million
per annum. New technology parks have been established
at Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.
Software companies are winning international
recognition for their achievements and the NCR
is one of the major IT multinationals that has
put Pakistan at the center of its global operations.
From our nation they provide consultancy services
to countries throughout the world.
Pakistan is keeping pace with international
trends in banking, business and information
technology through the increasing application
of sophisticated equipment and software.