The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications intends that Pakistan to start trial coverage of 5G network by end of 2023 in major cities across the country. .
“The future of technology in Pakistan is related to the introduction of 5G technology, and the ministry is taking all feasible steps to make new technology business-friendly,” according to the ministry officials.
He stated that the Ministry of Information Technology was providing full support to telecom providers and urged them to play their proper role in introducing modern technology to Pakistan.
He stated that providing broadband services across the country was the government’s top priority, and that the ministry of IT had launched 70 projects of optical fiber cable (OFC) and broadband infrastructure development in four provinces at a cost of Rs 65 billion through the Universal Service Fund (USF). “All initiatives in remote locations would be completed by June.”
“In Sindh alone, 20 NGBSD and OFC projects totaling Rs 16.3 billion have been launched in 20 districts, including Tharparkar, Nawabshah, Khairpur, Larkana, Badin, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Mirpurkhas, and Dadu,” the source said.
He also stated that programs to connect unserved and underserved populations in Baluchistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces have been initiated.
Why is 5G important for Pakistan?
Pakistan’s vast population, combined with the country’s potential for additional economic expansion, makes access to 4G and the early launch of 5G services critical. 5G is offering new prospects for both individuals and enterprises, particularly because its application extends beyond the ICT sector.
The Authority further remarked that the adoption of 5G is critical for Pakistan to stay up with regional trends. Despite challenges that must be addressed before the government issues a comprehensive 5G policy, the PTA and MoITT are working together to develop the Infrastructure Sharing Framework, Spectrum Re-farming Framework, Spectrum Sharing, National Roaming, and Ease-of-Doing-Business to accelerate 5G deployment. For all these reasons it is now mandatory for Pakistan to start trial coverage of 5G network by end of 2023 in major cities across the country. .
Once policy directions are in place for the commercial launch of 5G services, PTA will hire a consultant to create a suitable auction design with comprehensive recommendations that include incentives for investors, rollout models, implementation models, and the development of diverse use cases involving verticals.