With the country's cellular mobile operators (CMOs) receiving licences for third-generation (3G) and 4G mobile internet technology on
With the service providers doing away with the final formality before the commercial launch of 3G broadband, Information Communication Technology (ICT) expert
Also a former managing director of the
Funded by the country's telecom sector, the USF was established to promote the development of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served areas throughout the country.
With such a high amount available with USF, the expert said it was time the government crafted policies to implement the merits of mobile broadband to the social sector.
The former USF chief expressed his concern regarding the application of these facilities. He stated that 3G or 4G will merely be deployed for services that may not prove to be practical such as cheap videos.
"Content creation in the fields of education, healthcare and governance, with the help of concerned ministries, must be started," Iftikhar said. There is some content available but only to 2G mobile networks, he says. "Now the same information and knowledge could be communicated in a much better way using video clips transmitted over 3G/4G networks."
The government has to take the lead in coordinating among provincial governments and other line-ministries of the federal government, according to Iftikhar.
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