IT Minister announces 5G launching date in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque has said that 5G internet service in Pakistan will be launched by December 2022 or January 2023.

On the formation of the 5G Advisory Committee, Federal Minister for IT Aminul Haque said that the committee would review the spectrum available and used in Pakistan as per international standards and approve it after reviewing the strategy plan for launching services. Stakeholders, especially telecommunication companies, will also be consulted for the strategic plan.

Syed Aminul Haque said that the committee would also approve the procedure for auction of 5G spectrum in the light of the consultant’s suggestions. The 5G spectrum auction will be made workable keeping in view the concerns of the telecom sector. The establishment of 5G ecosystem under Digital Pakistan Vision is important for the economic development of the people and the country.

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He said that efforts are being made to launch 5G services in Pakistan by December 2022 or January 2023. Haque further clarified that in the initial phase, 5G services would be launched in five major cities of the country.

The Federal Minister further said that the imposition of additional taxes on telecom sectors has created some difficulties. In principle, the more concessions are given to telecom sectors, the more revenue the country will get.

Earlier, the Ministry of IT and Telecommunications had issued a notification setting up an advisory committee for the 5G auction. According to the decision of the federal cabinet, the advisory committee headed by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin will have 13 members.

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According to the notification, Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque, Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz, Minister for Industry and Production Khusro Bakhtiar, Advisor on Trade and Investment Board, Department of Finance, IT and Secretary of Law are also part of the advisory committee.

While members of Telecom, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Frequency Allocation Board, officials of important institutions will also be members of the committee.

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