ON BEHALF of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), it gives me great pleasure to commemorate the international 2012 World Telecommunication & Information Society Day (WTISD). Indeed, the ever-evolving ICTs have acted as a catalyst for the world in creating new and better opportunities, sustaining economies, improving health care, providing information & education, and increasing our knowledge and vision.
This year’s theme for the Day “Women and Girls in ICT” aligns the basic objective of ICTs to create equal opportunities and openness for all – irrespective of gender or creed – with a special focus on women and girls. Gender equality is a basic human right enshrined in the UN Charter, and it is one of the main objectives of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). ICTs are tools that can help accelerate progress towards achieving this critical target. This year’s focus is on special efforts for women and girls, using the power of ICTs to provide new digital opportunities to end discrimination and empower the female half of the world’s population to achieve their rightful place as equals in the world.
As Pakistan’s largest integrated telecommunication company, PTCL stands committed to the envisioned goals of WTISD 2012. We passionately believe in creating innovative yet affordable ICT and telecom solutions, products and services that meet the needs of all segments of Pakistan’s society. With over 3 million fixed line users and 1 million Broadband customers in over 1000 cities, PTCL is reaching the country’s furthest areas where others have not. We are fueling the Broadband revolution in Pakistan with our EVO 3G Wireless Broadband offering true mobility and fastest wireless Internet within the reach of every citizen of Pakistan.
At PTCL, we are determined to utilize the full potential of ICTs by providing women with the telecommunication tools, products and services they need to empower them to be free and make their own decisions. We strongly believe that by promoting across-the-board affordability, accessibility and mobility for its products and services, PTCL is playing a real part in reducing gender barriers in Pakistan by providing freedom to access information, communication and education in every corner of the country.
Whether it is our highly popular EVO student package, or outreach in women’s universities/colleges in Balochistan, or Internet powering of Punjab’s primary schools, or powering snow-capped Chitral with Wireless Broadband, PTCL is truly empowering the youth and women of Pakistan to get on the info-comm highway and become part of a globalized world for the better.
I commend Technology Times for publishing a special issue to commemorate the WTISD 2012. Furthermore, I join the telecom fraternity in celebrating our successes as well as renewing our commitment for sustainable development and growth of information communication technologies in Pakistan.