Engr. Imad Memon


With (28) Years of experience in IT & Telecommunications Engineering and Post Graduate education in Engineering and Business Management, Mr. Imad Memon brings with him an insight into internationally recognized best work practices and latest trends in ICT technologies.

Mr. Memon’s area of expertise include RF Network Planning & Optimization, Cell Site Engineering & Modifications, and Roll-out of 4G (LTE-A, WiMAX), 3G (WCDMA) , & 2G (CDMA, GSM) Mobile Networks.

He has worked with multiple multi-national corporations (MNCs) in USA, Australia, UK and Pakistan including INTELSAT, Lucent Technologies, Nokia (NSN), Motorola, Nortel, AT&T Wireless, Sprint, CellularOne, and Bechtel (USA); Telstra (Australia); Hutchison3G (UK); PTCL, Telenor, Ufone, Paktel, Mobilink, Huawei and Wi-Tribe (Pakistan).

Mr. Memon joined Pakistan Telecommunications Authority as Director General (Licensing) in July 2017. He is responsible for regulating the provision of Telecom services and ensuring fair trading conditions in Pakistan through licensing framework.

Mr. Memon has taken the lead to establish regulatory framework for Internet of Things (IoT) in consultation with Frequency Allocation Board (FAB), Academia, R&D Organizations and Mobile Network Operators.


"Regulatory Framework for Internet of Things (IoT)"

Internet of Things (IoT) is still at a very early stage of development, so definitions are still evolving. Many vertical markets will adopt IoT solutions. The common elements of IoT include Network / Connectivity, Data, Device and Sensor / Actuator.

IoT services are fundamentally different from traditional telecoms services, such as voice and messaging. Regulators should recognize these differences when considering policy and regulatory frameworks. One of the key drivers of IoT is the government policies promoting IoT. At the same time, one of the major inhibitor of IoT is Government policy and legal barriers.

Ministry of IT & Telecommunications (MOIT&T) has formulated Digital Pakistan Policy which aims to transform the IT and other sectors of economy on fast track basis. MOIT&T has identified IoT among the cutting edge technologies and plans to establish specialized innovation centers to promote home grown players by encouraging a highly integrated startup ecosystem through collaboration with national and international incubation centers, financial institutions, universities, relevant government departments, industry consultants and associations.

Recognizing the potential of IoT and emphasis laid in Digital Pakistan Policy, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) is in process of formulating a Framework for test and development of new technologies, including IoT.

The paper discusses different aspects of policy and licensing framework for IoT service providers. It describes the possibilities which exists in existing regulations and the need to introduce new regulations to assist in implementation and proliferation of various use cases of IoT.