Pakistan to test 5G mobile internet by 2020

KARACHI: Pakistan is set to test the most advanced mobile internet, 5G, by the year 2020, as the telecom regulator works towards setting technical standards and inviting applications from mobile operators for the spectrum award.

“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 licence and spectrum,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah at a workshop in Islamabad.

“Harmonised spectrum for 5G is [available] in the 3.5 GHz band,” he informed participants at the workshop, according to a PTA handout.
“An EoI [Expression of Interest or invite for applications] would be floated at a suitable time to gauge interest in conducting a trial before the standard is finalised in the year 2020,” he said.

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