The dream of digitalising Pakistan is coming to life as the government is planning to launch 5G technology by 2023. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has prepared a policy framework aimed at rolling out 5G and advanced technology in the country.
“PTA has developed a framework and it will be made available after successful trials of the next generation wireless network by telecom operators,” said PTA Chairman Amir Azeem Cheema. Bajwa highlighted that PTA always supported and encouraged the introduction of new technologies and improvement in services.
The 5G, for Fifth Generation, is the latest iteration of cellular technology engineered to increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. Global telecom giants are aiming at the commercial deployment of the latest networks.
In Asia, South Korea, Japan, and China are leading the race. On the other hand, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sri Lanka are lagging behind as they have not yet implemented a 5G policy. However, China is spreading a vast network of 5G in Pakistan. According to a plan issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of that country, the network will be spread to all cities and towns, as well as most villages, by 2025.
The telecom operators — including Jazz, PTCL, Telenor Pakistan, and Zong — have successfully made trials of 5G in Pakistan. The government is working to make policy and provide a platform for the commercial launch of 5G in the country.
The 5G technology will revolutionize all the sectors of the economy in Pakistan. Fast paced internet will help facilitate education, promote freelancing and improve e-commerce and also revolutionize medicine as doctors will be able to connect to their patients.