Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) has officially sought permission from the Federal Cabinet to test 5G technology across Pakistan. The 5th Generation (5G) technology test can be a major boost for telecommunication sector within the country.
Draft Proposal by Ministry of Information and Technology
The plan proposed by MoIT to the cabinet holds significance importance. 5G technology is considered an elusive ‘gold standard’ and to-date remains almost a theoretical concept with no country in the world having a practical implementation of it.
The draft proposal shared with the cabinet outlines instructions for Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) and Frequency Allocation Board. The proposal also contains details about the frequency spectrum blocks needed to test 5G.
Chairman PTA, Syed Ismail Shah in a seminar held last week had stated that Pakistan wanted to test 5G by 2020. Ismail had gone on to say:
“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.”
State Minister of IT, Anusha Rahman while sharing the proposal with the Cabinet maintained that government is interested in building a technologically advanced Pakistan. She said:
“The ministry has stayed committed to accelerated digitization through proliferation of broadband and particularly mobile broadband. Keeping the focus, we shall ensure that Pakistani nation stays at the cutting edge of technology and the policy directive is meant to ensure and showcase the continued commitment.”
What is 5G and why do we need it?
5G is the name given to the next generation of mobile data connectivity that will come after we’ve exhausted 4G spectrum.
It will provide fast broadband speeds and enough capacity wherever you go to perform every function you want it to without a drop in speed. 5G technology will provide constant bandwidth without a drop in speed no matter how many people are connected at the same time.
5G will run on a new “high-spectrum band”, which uses higher frequency signals than 4G. The new band offers less congestion as compared to present. Due to less distance covered by 5G signals, more relay points (access points) will be needed for 5G implementation.