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Pakistan set to have 5G technology by 2020, says Anusha Rahman

State Minister for Information Technology, Anusha Rahman said on Monday that 5G technology will be introduced in Pakistan by 2020. She also affirmed that consumers in Pakistan would be availing complete broadband services in 2 years by the end of 2018.

The minister also said that the government is trying its best to make connectivity easy in northern and remote areas of the country. She also stressed on the empowerment of women through technology.

Anusha Rahman made the aforementioned statements at the ITU-PTA Asia-Pacific Regulator’s Roundtable 2016 in Islamabad. While addressing the session, she also stated that Pakistan would become first country ever to adopt Over-The-Top (OTT) framework for information technology.

OTT is a framework which will allow all the broadband users in Pakistan to access content directly from third parties. They won’t be required to go through internet service providers (ISPs).

Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and CEO of National ICT Research and Development (R&D) Fund, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah also endorsed Anusha Rahman’s statement. He said that Pakistan is heading towards fifth generation technology.

About the conference

ITU-PTA Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable and the ITU-PTA International Training Program (ITP) 2016 started in Islamabad from 18th July under the guidance of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Representatives from more than 23 countries including China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are participating in the events. The conference is discussing issues related to telecommunication, cyber security, mobile banking and access to modern telecom services. This is also the first time this conference is held in Pakistan and a lot of credit needs to be given to the efforts of PTA.

Anusha Rahman said that consumer rights and privacy were big challenges for the IT regulators, and the conference would be helpful in minimizing the level of threat from these challenges.

Do let us know your sentiments about the statements made by the minister. Will Pakistan really be able to introduce 5G by 2020?

Source: The Nation

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