The federal cabinet has directed the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to start the 5G tests in the market before the technology is commercially available after 2020.
According to media reports, the cabinet was also informed that existing 3G/4G mobile broadband technologies were continuously gaining momentum since their launch in mid-2014, which was the outcome of consistent policy initiatives taken by the government over the past four years.
It was further revealed during the meeting that the Telecom Policy 2015 provided measures not only for early commercial adoption of futuristic technologies, but it was also aimed at promoting an environment conducive for research, development, testing and trial of new technologies.
The Cabinet has already approved the launch of fifth next-generation service in Pakistan and has allowed the PTA to conduct tests and trials for its marketing in the future. PTA is also tasked with providing a regulatory framework for testing 5G in Pakistan, and the authority has reportedly finalized a draft of the policy directive.
5G in Pakistan
If you remember, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman revealed that Pakistan would be the first country to test 5G services in South Asia for fast connectivity. As we reported earlier, the Ministry of IT and Telecom moved a Policy Directive for consideration of the federal cabinet to enable a market test 5G technology in June 2017.
It took too long for the Pakistani government in introducing 3G/4G technology in the country where the current subscriber base lies around 41 million for the data services.
5G is bound to bring the next big revolution in technology. This trend was seen at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 where the fifth next-generation service was the focal point of the whole event.
Many big companies around the world namely Samsung, Cisco Technologies, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Nokia, Sprient, Intel, etc. are also working tirelessly towards making the fifth next-generation service a reality. For instance, Telenor and Huawei conducted 5G tests with 70 Gbps speeds in April this year.