PTA To Launch 5G Cellular Network In Pakistan

5G, the fifth-generation cellular technology is going to be launched in Pakistan. Remember the ban on Huawei in the United States of America (USA)? 5G technology was one of the reasons for the ban on Huawei.

Although Pakistan is not in the list of developed countries, yet it is launching 5G cellular services across the country. The rapid technological advancement compelled Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to invite applications for the 5G network services.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has revealed the structure for testing and developing future technologies, especially the fifth-generation cellular technology.

PTA has asked formal applications for trials 5G wireless networks around Pakistan. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is asking applications from its licence holders, various organisations educational institutes and mobile phone operators.

The authority has issued a public notice named “Test and Development of Fifth Generation (5G) Wireless Networks in Pakistan”.

According to the notice, “Pakistan Telecommunication Authority invites applications from its licensees, research and development (R&D) organisations, academic institutions, equipment and/or device manufacturers, vendors, etc for the trial of fifth-generation wireless networks in Pakistan.” 

There are around 71 million broadband customers, including 70 million 3G/4G customers in Pakistan. Indeed, Pakistan is going through huge growth in mobile data traffic.

What is 5G

5G systems are the fifth generation of cellular internet connectivity. It allows quicker speeds and more secure connections on smartphones and other similar devices.

Merging cutting-edge network technology and the most advanced analysis, 5G connections are much faster than contemporary ones. The average download speed of 5G would be around 1 GB per second.

The current infrastructure is suffering overcrowding due to the accelerated growth in customers. Consequently, customer requirement for 5G is growing in the country. A few days ago, the commanding authority of mobile service operators, PTA, had published a framework for advanced technology, announcing the experiment of 5G would be non-marketable for effective use of the transistor frequency spectrum device and educational purposes like systematic research and communication concepts.

Any organisation enrolled with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Research and Development (R&D) organisations, educational institutions, device makers, are qualified to appeal for the test and permission, as per the PTA framework.

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According to the framework, the Test & Development permission permits an aspirant to provisionally use the spectrum on non-exclusive purposes. Candidates can propose a spectrum for the purpose of trial which could incorporate the necessary spectrum blocks in 2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz and other related bands.

There is no supervisory fee correlated with subject non-commercial trial license or the spectrum usage for this goal.

The trial will continue for the period of 3 to 6 months or as declared in the permission issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Any application for an extension in the time of trials must be tendered to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The authority may decide a fair time for the expansion in the trial period while considering the recommended trial period and the application will be treated according to the official provisions.

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