ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah  said on Tuesday that efforts were underway to open bank accounts on mobile through which the people would be able to open mobile bank accounts till 2019.

Talking to APP here after attending the opening session of the 29th South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) meeting, he said that Pakistan has been playing a leading role in this group.

He said that currently about 40 million people were using mobiles in the country and 87 percent people have access to the mobile facility.

Dr Shah added that geographically 57 per cent Pakistanis have the access to mobile facility.

He said two and a half years ago there was no broadband service in Pakistan but now the country has access to 3G, 4G and HD technologies.

The government, he said had withdrawn 19.5 percent tax on mobile data with the cooperation of provinces.

He said that 71 percent of SIMs has been verified through biometrics system.

A special mobile application, he said, had been prepared for special persons with the cooperation of Telenor adding that these people would be able to use internet services like ordinary citizens.

In future the problem of transportation would also be resolved through mobile applications, he added.

For women, he said, such types of services have been introduced through which they are able to do official work at home. – APP