Pakistan looking for 5G launch by end-2021

30 Oct 2020

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information Technology, Aminul Haq, says the government is making rapid efforts to introduce 5G technology and planning has been done to ensure the provision of 5G services by December 2021. The Minister told Urdu News that a trial 5G network will be launched at a hospital in Islamabad under a partnership with local cellco Zong, which is owned by China Mobile. Officials are currently seeking a consultant company to help prepare the terms for a 5G spectrum auction, though a detailed timetable for the licensing has yet to be laid out. In the meantime, work is ongoing to improve fibre backbone connectivity in Islamabad, Karachi and Gwadar.