Published On: Mon, Jun 5th, 2017

Mobile Internet to Test 5G in Pakistan

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5G in PakistanThe telecom regulators have started working towards setting technical standards and inviting applications from mobile operators for the spectrum award to test mobile internet 5G in Pakistan by 2020.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr. Syed Ismail Shah said that the government would facilitate all existing new companies to test 5G in Pakistan.
He added that the facilitation would be in the form of free test license and spectrum.

He was addressing the participants of a workshop in Islamabad, he said that the harmonized spectrum for 5G is [available] in the 3.5 GHz band.

Further he informed that 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 will be finalized in the year 2020.

Countries like UK, US, China and South Korea have set 2020 as their deadline to launch 5G and Pakistan will also soon be joining these countries as 5G mobile broadband is not available in any country.

The PTA chairman said that they had full support from government and government has always encouraged new ideas and supported initiatives for the use of technology.

He also discussed how PTA and Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) are working together to increase the access of broadband technologies to wide-ranging areas of Pakistan. They continuously strive for improvement in quality of service and experience while catching up with the modern technologies.

‘Technology Evolution & Roadmap to 5G’ was a one-day workshop organized by PTA and Ministry of IT and Telecom Division in collaboration with Qualcomm Pakistan.

The workshop was arranged to take steps toward introducing the latest technologies in line with the vision of the government of Pakistan.

Another speaker Khalid Barghouti talked about evolution, tests, trials and development of 5G technologies in various countries. He said that some countries consider broadband access as a basic human right now.

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