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Pakistan has been ranked as 4th Generation Regulator (G4) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has become the only country in South Asia to have achieved this goalpost. Out of 38 economies in Asia-Pacific, only eight percent states have managed to achieve G4 status, said a press release issued on Thursday.

According to ITU's report "Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2020 (GIRO)", Pakistan scored 88 out of 100, which means that Pakistan's ICT regulations are led by economic and social policy goals.

Pakistan is also among the top five regulators in the entire Asia-Pacific region with a global rank of 48.

GIRO is built on high-quality data provided by 193 countries worldwide that forms the basis of 'ICT Regulatory Tracker'.

The Tracker, developed by ITU, is an evidence-based tool that helps decision-makers and regulators monitor the rapid evolution of ICT regulation

The report further reveals that Pakistan has scored full marks (20/20) for regulatory authority, 19/22 for regulatory mandate, 22/30 for regulatory regime and 27/28 for competition framework. Pakistan's journey towards collaborative regulation has also been highlighted as a special feature in the report.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is continuously striving to achieve new international benchmarks by showing its commitment to protect consumer interests and enhance public-private collaborations for the digital transformation & socio-economic benefit of Pakistan.-PR

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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