Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Ministry of IT, IT and Telecom Division in collaboration with Qualcomm Pakistan organized a one day workshop on Technology Evolution & Roadmap to 5G here in the capital city.
In participation were officials from the Ministry itself, PTA and Frequency Allocation Board, where the discussion included practical steps in line with the vision of the Government of Pakistan to introduce latest technologies in Pakistan.
The workshop was led by Khalid Barghouti, where one of the main highlights of the session was the discussion on underlying technology of 5G, its evolution phases and the tests, trails and development in various countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah said that:
“The government has always encouraged new ideas and support initiatives for the use of technology for the betterment of the citizens. In this regard 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 license and spectrum. One of the harmonized spectrums for 5G is in the 3.5 GHz band and one of the first use cases is the Wireless to the home/office (WTTx) service.”
He also added that:
“There is spectrum available in this band in Pakistan and an EoI would be floated at a suitable time to gauge interest in conducting a trial before the standard is finalized in the year 2020. It may be noted that Minister of State for IT Ms. Anusha Rehman Khan has on several occasions stated that Pakistan would be among the First few countries in South Asia to have 5G services.”
Dr. Ismail also mentioned that PTA and MoIT are working on several fronts to increase the access of broadband technologies to far flung areas of Pakistan and to improve the Quality of Service and Quality of Experience while keeping pace with the modern technologies. It may be noted that just 3 years ago Pakistan was without Mobile Broadband Services and was even behind all our neighboring countries.
Everyone present appreciated the team work of PTA, FAB, MoIT, the Telecom operators of Pakistan and most importantly the citizens of Pakistan for being supportive. It was common view that it is only through joint efforts that we can succeed. Regarding 5G and broadband technologies, it was noted that some countries have even declared access to broadband as a basic human right. It was emphasized that all the citizens of the country should use Internet for Positive activities like learning, financial inclusion and entrepreneurship and avoid activities that can harm others or waste time.