Pakistan eyes to introduce 5G technology by late 2021

With the 5G technology just on the horizon of mass implementation, companies around the world are making rapid strides to become the technology leader, but so far no significant work has been done for the introduction of this service in Pakistan.

Speaking to Urdu News in this regard, Federal Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haq said that the government is making rapid efforts to introduce 5G technology and planning has been done to ensure the provision of 5G service by December 2021.

The federal minister further said that a trial of 5G service would also be conducted in a hospital in Islamabad in collaboration with telecom company Zong. Prior to this, work on connecting Islamabad, Karachi, and Gwadar to fiber optics will have to be completed for which all stakeholders will also be consulted.

The Federal Minister for IT added that his ministry has set up a policy committee for bidding for the 5G spectrum in the country, which includes representatives of all mobile companies as well as the Frequency Allocation Board.

The committee is currently looking for an international consultant to auction the 5G licenses. After hiring a consultant, the bidding for the 5G service, its starting price and other conditions would be decided.