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Pakistan to launch 5G internet network in 2022-23

Christian Fernsby |
Pakistan is reportedly planning to roll out the most advanced 5G internet network available in 2022-23.

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Topics: PAKISTAN   

Such a breakthrough will accelerate the download speed 10 times to one gigabit per second (Gbps) and widen the country's economic activities.

Pakistan is the first South Asian nation that has kick-started its journey to test 5G technology with a recorded download speed of more than one Gbps, The Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan´s government is developing a comprehensive roadmap for 5G technology readiness in the country, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said in its 2020 annual report.

The Covid-19 pandemic proved a blessing in disguise as the digital economy widened multi-fold during these testing times in Pakistan. The crisis has prompted regulators and stakeholders to improve digital infrastructure, the newspaper reported.

Earlier, mobile phone service providing firms successfully conducted a test trial of 5G services under a limited environment and on non-commercial basis in 2019 and 2020.

Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Aminul Haque said the government had planned to launch 5G technology by December 2022, but experts are still sceptical, believing the country will take a much longer time (5-7 years) to roll out the next-generation technology.

It is estimated that the economic contribution of the mobile industry in Pakistan could reach $24 billion and would account for 6.6% of total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2023.

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