Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF) was formed with the primary objective to support the development of Mobile Broadband Technologies in the region. While, the activities of the forum started about a decade back to provide support to the mobile community in Pakistan, it was renamed in the later part of 2007 and was also registered officially with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as “3G Technologies (Guarantee) limited” and the footprint expanded to other countries including Afghanistan and CIS for facilitation of mobile broadband stakeholders. This category of registration is for the Not‐for‐Profit organization while continuing to work as a corporate body in line with that of private companies. The forum is an active member of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) and has close association with international reputable organizations including Qualcomm Inc. USA, WWA University USA, Informa, ITU, GSMA etc.
The countries which are being served under the current scope include Pakistan and Central Asian Countries. However consultancy services have been offered in other countries including Middle East, North and South Africa. The scope of the Forum will be expanded in future as requirements for such a regional forum grow further.
Central Asian Cellular Forum (www.3gca.org) is an industry forum that works with regional Governments, Telecom Regulators & Operators, Broadcasters, Manufacturers, Academia and the general public in the Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The rationale behind forums foundation is to create awareness and to facilitate promotion and development of mobile broadband technologies.
The major focus area of the forum is to impart mobile broadband technology training and support services in the region. It works closely with the Industry and has established a mobile Training & Resource Development Center that caters for the mobile broadband HR requirement for the entire region. Besides training programs CACF has also provided a wide range of network planning, optimization and audit services to leading mobile operators across the region. Further, CACF has extensive expertise in mobile devices and provide support services to stakeholders in the end user terminal domain.
CACF services are of immense use to government ICT ministries, operators, regulators, manufacturers and suppliers who are related to the process of setting up mobile broadband networks and services.