Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology (IT) is embarking on an exciting journey toward 5G technology, a significant step in the country’s tech landscape.
Sources have confirmed that the IT ministry is actively working on bringing 5G services to Pakistan. They have given clear instructions to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other relevant ministries to make this ambitious move a reality.
Reports suggest that the government is expecting substantial revenue from the upcoming 5G auction, slated for August 2024. This auction is expected to expand the current spectrum usage from around 367 MHz to over 600 MHz.
Until recently, many believed that bringing 5G to Pakistan within 10 months was nearly impossible. This skepticism arose from local mobile operators’ hesitance to invest in 5G licenses due to economic uncertainties.
However, Dr. Umar Saif, the interim Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications, has assured that Pakistan will indeed experience the benefits of 5G services within the promised timeframe.
This assurance came after a crucial meeting between Saif and the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Maj Gen (R) Hafeezur Rehman. During this meeting, they discussed various complex telecom issues, the upcoming 5G auction, and spectrum allocation.
Yet, insiders from the telecom industry reveal that local mobile carriers remain cautious about acquiring 5G licenses. They cite concerns about the constant depreciation of the rupee against the dollar and the lack of local technology to support the 5G spectrum.
In conclusion, Pakistan’s IT Ministry is leading the way toward a promising 5G future. As the August 2024 auction approaches, the country eagerly anticipates the transformation that 5G technology will bring. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting journey.