Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Tuesday pointed at introducing 5G (5th Generation) service next year and it would attract a huge foreign investment. After the rapid success of 3G and 4G cellular services, 5G services in Pakistan are coming next year.
He said in an exclusive talk with APP after planting a sapling here at National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Headquarters.
“We need to introduce more innovative services in the mobile broadband arena not only to facilitate consumers but also to attract precious foreign investment and meet modern requirements,”
Dr. Khalid Maqbool planted for Pakistan campaign at NTC under which 5,000 plants will be planted and it will bring a huge change in the country. Managing Director NTC Brig (r) Viqar Rashid Khan and other senior officers of NTC were also present on the occasion.
5G services in Pakistan are coming next year
Replying to a question, the Minister said,
“The world is changing very swiftly and to compete with other nations we need to adopt new technologies.”
When asked about priorities of the new government, he said,
“We will take with all good initiatives taken by previous regimes while shortcomings would also be addressed. Our basic objective is to produce results which should be beneficial both for players and consumers.”
“We will start new projects that were supposed to be initiated by the previous governments,” he said, regretting that the country can attract more investments in case IT sector has been effectively focused.
“It is our responsibility to ensure transparency in all ministries and departments and also enhance the capacity of department working under ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication,” he added.
It will be a huge change if 5G services in Pakistan launches next year. The 3G/4G subscribers in Pakistan are around 56 million with 75% teledensity. It shows that the Balochistan areas are still not covered with 4G access Furthermore the 46% users in Balochistan has no access to mobile or any landline facility.
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