The country with over 37 million 3G and 4G users, is now moving one step ahead. Pakistan aims to be one of the first countries to test, trial and launch the 5G mobile technology.

In April, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Anusha Rehman said Pakistan would be the first country in South Asia to test 5th generation cellular services for fast connectivity.

5G technology is currently not available in any country. However, US, China, UK , South Korea and now Pakistan have decided 2020 as their deadline to launch the service.

“The government would facilitate all existing as well as new companies to test 5G in Pakistan. The facilitation would be in the form of free test licence and spectrum,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah at a workshop in Islamabad.

“Harmonized spectrum for 5G is [available] in the 3.5 GHz band,” he informed participants at the workshop, according to a PTA handout.

“An EoI [Expression of Interest or invite for applications] would be floated at a suitable time to gauge interest in conducting a trial before the standard is finalized in the year 2020,” he said.

Shah claimed that the government has always encouraged innovations and abet initiatives to utilize technology.

He included that the PTA and Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) are dealing with several fronts to expand the access of broadband technologies to far-flung zones of Pakistan, and enhance the quality of service and experience while keeping pace with modern world technologies.

However, the ground realities indicates otherwise. Poor quality of 3G and 4G services , lowest average speed and lack of 4G service providers in the country are some of the inadequacies needs to be sort out before going for a level-up.

In the country, which is ranked 4th for freelancing in the world, arrival of 5G technology will not only enhance the career opportunities for individuals but also strengthen the economical growth of state.


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