The overall capacity requirement of voice and data services in the telecommunication sector is expected to increase by three and five times respectively during the coming years.
Pakistan Telecom-munication Authority (PTA), in its Vision 2020 document predicted that specialised corporate and business requirements for data services will grow at a much greater pace than the voice services which have already seen a penetration level of close to 50% last year.
Consumption of both voice and data services is being projected to higher levels due to the positive outlook on the political and economic fronts, it added.
Regarding cost reduction, the Vision 2020 document said that there is a clear need for the country to ensure that maximum amount of efforts are put in place so that unnecessary foreign exchange based costs are brought down.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2012.
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