MoIT Seeks Federal Cabinet’s Approval to Roll Out 5G Services in Pakistan


In order successfully launch the evolutionary technology 5G in Pakistan, the Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) on Thursday sought an approval from the Federal Cabinet to roll-out 5G. MoIT Seeks Federal Cabinet’s Approval to Roll Out 5G Services in Pakistan. This indicates Government of Pakistan (GoP) commitment towards improving the mobile broadband services in the country as the launch will further increased the speed of internet connectivity in Pakistan.

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MoIT Seeks Federal Cabinet’s Approval to Roll Out 5G Services in Pakistan

If the cabinet division approve this proposal will allow for the market test of latest and advanced technologies including 5G and some other mobile communications. This will make Pakistan one of first country to test, trial and then successfully launch the 5G mobile technology.

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The draft proposal includes policy directives for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Frequency Allocation Board (FAB), which will identify appropriate bandwidth in the frequency spectrum blocks currently under consideration for 5G. A new regulatory framework will also be issued to govern the new technology.

“The ministry has stayed committed to accelerated digitisation through proliferation of broadband and particularly mobile broadband.”

State Minister for IT Anusha Rahman said this while releasing the policy directive for consideration.

This will make Pakistan one of first country to test, trial and then successfully launch the 5G mobile technology

Anusha Rehman also said:

“Keeping the focus we shall ensure that Pakistani nation stays at the cutting edge of technology and the policy directive is meant to ensure and showcase the continued commitment.”

Worldwide, 5G technology under the research & development phase and it is expected to be standardized by the International Telecommunication Union Radio communication sector in 2019.

Th IT Ministry’s proposal further said that:

“Testing entities will be allowed access to such frequency blocks for testing purposes only. PTA will roll out such test trial facility for the new technologies through a regulatory framework to be issued in line with the Telecom Policy 2015 for temporary test and development licenses/authorizations within three months.”

The regulatory framework will include:

  • Criteria for the provision of the test licenses
  • Conditions
  • Duration and other terms and conditions of reissuing the test licences on expiry

For this reason, PTA has been assigned the task to engage all the concerned parties such as telecom operators, equipment manufacturers and R&D institutes for the successful execution of 5G trials.

It is expected that 5G will be a big catalyst in transforming and taking the Pakistani IT and Telecom sector to a next level. This will further benefit the national exchequer of Pakistan and overall masses of general public.

Source: The News

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