PTA Moves beyond 3G/4G

by Jawad Ali

IXP will help Pakistan speedup internet access, improve business environment and local content.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is looking into the possibility of installing an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Pakistan. This was announced by the Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail at a workshop organized by PTA for this purpose in Islamabad today.

“PTA has always encouraged new ideas and supported initiatives for the betterment of telecom sector. Setting up of IXP is one such new initiative which will help in improving internet access, business environment and local content,” he said.

“Owing to the introduction of latest technologies such as 3G /4G exponential growth has been seen in broadband users. The number of users has already crossed 30 million mark which is 17 percent of the total population,” he asserted further.

On this occasion, international experts of IXP from US and Australia Ms. Jane Coffin Director (Business Strategies), ISOC and Mr. Philip Smith, Consultant Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), highlighted different aspects of IXP i.e., technical perspectives, global landscape, best practices and regional perspective, legal aspects, dispute resolution and cost Issues.

IXP is a device through which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Contact Delivery Networks (CDNs) exchange internet traffic between their networks (autonomous systems), removing the need for one or more third-party networks for the interconnection.

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