Pakistan was a late entrant into the 3G/4G technology sector but it looks as if the government does not want to waste any time in order to deploy 5G technology in the country. The Federal Cabinet has approved the testing of 5G technology in the country after issuing Policy Directive to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
However, Cabinet has asked the concerned authorities to test 5G technology within the regulatory environment only. Cellular companies won’t be allowed to commercially charge it in the testing stage as well. PTA will now start its work in order to allow telecom companies to start testing out 5G services to the mobile phone subscribers. For now, PTA has not yet decided how and when it will allocate the spectrum to cellular service companies.
It won’t be an easy task for telecom companies to start testing out the new technology as there are certain hurdles that they need to overcome. For now, there are no international standards set for the technology but industries, for now, have only set general guidelines and benchmarks for the new technology.
While testing for the 5G technology will soon start, the government has made it clear that there will be no auctioning of the technology before 2021. Minister of Information and Technology Anusha Rehman had earlier said in 2018, there will be general elections in the country and thus there will be no time to conduct an auction of the 5G technology.
Earlier it was reported that Zong had already shown its interest in testing out the 5G technology to its subscribers before the official launch of the technology. The cellular company had requested the authorities to allow it to test the services on spectrum trial basis. Other cellular companies have also been preparing themselves and conducting field tests for the 5G technology.