Pakistan becomes the first country in South Asia to be ranked as 4th Generation Regulator (G4)

This shows that the country’s ICT regulations are led by social and economic policy goals.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has ranked Pakistan as a 4th Generation Regulator (G4), making it the only nation from South Asia to have achieved this status.

In ITU’s report named ‘Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2020 (GIRO)’, Pakistan got a score of 88 out of 100. This shows that the country’s ICT regulations are led by social and economic policy goals. It is now also among the top five regulators in the entire Asia-Pacific region with a global rank of 48.

Only 8% of countries in Asia-Pacific have been able to achieve G4 status.

GIRO is built using data provided by 193 countries, which forms the foundation of ‘ICT Regulatory Tracker’. The tracker helps decision-makers and regulators observe the evolution of ICT regulation. The report shows that Pakistan scored 20/20 for regulatory authority, 22/30 for the regulatory regime, 27/28 for competition framework, and 19/22 for the regulatory mandate.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it will continue to achieve such international milestones. It will protect consumer interests and increase private-public partnerships for digital transformation and Pakistan’s socio-economic benefit.

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