Pakistan has been in a small list of countries that intend to experience the fastest speeds of internet through 5G technology in their telecom sectors. The Federal Cabinet has shown interest in the subject and approved the issuance of Policy Directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) authorising the body to test the 5G technology in the country.
Decision was taken in a meeting that held with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad. After this approval, PTA is going to make a framework and allow Pakistani operators to test 5G in Pakistan before conducting the commercial auction in the country.
It must be noted that operators conducting 5G tests will not be allowed to charge the users for 5G services during the tests. However, it will take time for PTA to derive a framework and terms & conditions to allocate 5G spectrum to various operators for the testing purposes.
5G Technology in Pakistan
Earlier, Anusha Rehman, Minister for IT and Telecom, has already indicated that Pakistan will be auctioning 5G spectrum in 2021. Even before that the then Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal hinted about 5G tests in Pakistan last year.
Likewise, the China based network Zong has shown its interest to go for a test of 5G technology in Pakistan, if it is allowed to do so. Need not to mention that Zong was the pioneer in the field of 4G services in Pakistan.
It must be noted that 5G as a network technology is still evolving and internationally recognized standards are yet to be determined. Meanwhile, various lab and field tests are being conducted by network and cellular companies to prepare themselves for the launch of 5G technology, when its ready. Telenor and Huawei conducted 5G tests with 70 Gbps speeds in April this year.