Pakistan to Test 5G Mobile Broadband Services by 2020; said Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) during a workshop organized by Qualcomm organized on “Technology Evolution & Roadmap to 5G” last week. PTA and Ministry of IT and Telecom Division in collaboration with Qualcomm has organised this one-day workshop in Islamabad.
Pakistan to Test 5G Mobile Broadband Services by 2020
Dr. Ismail Shah explained to the media that:
“The government would facilitate all existing as well as new companies to test 5G in Pakistan. The facilitation would be in the form of free test licence and spectrum.”
He also informed the participants at the workshop and said:
“Harmonised spectrum for 5G is [available] in the 3.5 GHz band.”
To initiate the test process of 5G in Pakistan, PTA will float an EoI (Expression of Interest) in order to gauge interests of interested companies before the standard is finalized for the technology.
As currently, no country even in Europe is using 5G and they all have planned to launch it in 2020.
Dr. Ismail said that:
“The government has always encouraged new ideas and supported initiatives for the use of technology. And for this purpose, PTA and Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) are working on several fronts to increase the access of broadband technologies to far-flung areas of Pakistan, and improve the quality of service and quality of experience while keeping pace with the modern technologies.”
Another speaker at the workshop “Khalid Barghouti” talked about evolution, tests, trials and development of 5G technologies in various countries.