Pakistan is all set to move ahead in technology and test 5G connectivity next year. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has unveiled its plans to start public trials of the 5G Wireless Networks in the country.

According to media reports, a draft framework document has been surfaced that enlists information to test 5G connectivity in Pakistan along with its public trials and demonstrating systems.

PTA claims that the rapid growth in mobile data traffic and consumer demand for enhanced mobile broadband experience have led the Authority to emphasize the upcoming fifth generation of mobile technology – 5G. The statement says:

“Seen as a comprehensive wireless-access solution with the capacity to address the demands and requirements of mobile communication beyond IMT-2020, it is projected that this technology will operate in a highly heterogeneous environment and provide ubiquitous connectivity for a wide range of devices, new applications and use cases.”

Roadmap to Test 5G Connectivity in Pakistan

The PTA said that the initial draft framework invites all stakeholders for participation in 5G trials, outlining different procedures, authorizations, duration and other terms and conditions needed for legal testing of this service in Pakistani telecom space.

PTA further clarifies that The Test & Development Authorization allows an applicant to use spectrum on non-exclusive, non-commercial basis temporarily for the testing purposes only.

Moreover, the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) shall assign the spectrum to be used for subject trials which shall become effective from the date of Authorization issued by PTA. Once, the authorization is done, 5G services would be made available for testing purposes in certain areas for a period lasting from 3 to 6 months.

According to the reports, no regulatory fee is associated with subject non-commercial 5G trial permission. Therefore, users would not be charged for these services during the trial period.