5G Cellular Services in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Mr. Ahsan Iqbal has unveiled that government is seriously planning to launch 5G cellular services in Pakistan. He made this statement while speaking at ‘Pakistan Startup Cup’ competition, jointly organized by US Embassy and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Be noted that over 950 teams from Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad and Islamabad participated in the competition and competed for the prize of Rs. 1 million.

The Minister’s Views

The Minister said Pakistan and the United States are working on ‘Knowledge Corridor,’ under which around 10,000 PhDs from Pakistan will be trained in the US universities. “We have big hopes from our youth, who have the potential to contribute to the development and prosperity of the country.” ha added.

“People who already have access to 3G/4G technology will be able to benefit from the next advanced mobile network technology after the launch of 5G in near future,” the minister emphasized.

Ground Reality

When people got access to 3G and 4G LTE services in the past couple of years, it’s only 17% of the total population using these services. On the other hands, the users have a big complaint of slower speeds on all the networks.

Recent media reports claim that Pakistan has a very low internet speed, averaging below 3.5 Mbps. Unluckily, Pakistan, Venezuela and Algeria were the only three countries having 4 Mbps and a low broadband adoption rate.

Keeping in view the ground reality, it is better to improve the existing services in terms of quality and speed. Even though, it seems an appreciable effort to offer latest technology to the users.

Wait and see when the next announcement comes on air!