Zong, Pakistan’s third largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has announced that it is the ‘first network to successfully test 5G in Pakistan’. The cellco, which is backed by Chinese powerhouse China Mobile Communications Corporation, staged the trial at its headquarters in Islamabad, and generated download speeds in excess of 1Gbps.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July this year the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) published guidelines for issuing temporary 5G authorisations to service providers, vendors and research organisations. The ‘Framework for Test and Development of Future Technologies (Particularly Fifth Generation [5G] Wireless Networks)’ document stated that the frequencies can include – but are not limited to – airwaves in the 2.6GHz, 3.6GHz and millimetre wave (mmWave) ranges. There is no charge for a temporary licence, which have an initial duration of either three or six months but may be extended – subject to approval from the PTA.