Pakistan likely to introduce 5G in 2019

Pakistan likely to introduce 5G in 2019

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui hinted on Tuesday at introduction of 5G telecom services in Pakistan next year saying it would attract huge foreign investment.

The country has already been successfully experiencing 3G and 4G mobile broadband technology and the number of users is increasing every day.

“We need to introduce more innovative services in mobile broadband not only to facilitate consumers but also to attract foreign investment and meet modern-day requirements,” said Siddiqui while talking to APP.

“The world is changing rapidly and to compete with other nations we need to adopt new technologies.”

Dr Khalid Maqbool kicked off Plant for Pakistan campaign at NTC under which 5,000 plants will be planted at its different sites throughout the country.

Managing Director NTC Brig (r) Viqar Rashid Khan and other senior officers of NTC were also present on the occasion.

Replying to a question, the Minister said, “The world is changing very swiftly and to compete with other nations we need to adopt new technologies.”

Siddiqui voiced hope that foreign companies would approach Pakistan for the launch of modern 5G services. “Foreign companies are interested in investing in Pakistan which is a huge market and the fifth largest in terms of freelancers,” he said.

Expressed the hope of keeping in view the importance of IT sector in Pakistan, he said foreign companies would approach themselves to launch the modern 5G service.

When asked about priorities of the new government, he said, “We will take with all good initiatives taken by previous regimes while shortcomings would also be addressed. Our basic objective is to produce results which should be beneficial both for players and consumers.”

“We will start new projects that were supposed to be initiated by the previous governments,” he said, regretting that the country can attract more investments in case IT sector has been effectively focused.

In response to another question, the Minister said, we will talk to concerned authorities to rationalize the tax on Telco’s and telecommunication companies.

Dr Khalid said smartphones and internet is the need of the hour through which people can resolve many problems they face in their daily routines.

He said, Information Technology is the main tool to bring change in the country and we are responsible to use this tool effectively.

“It is our responsibility to ensure transparency in all ministries and departments and also enhance the capacity of department working under ministry of information Technology and Telecommunication,” he added.

He emphasised that the basic objective of the present government was to produce results which should be beneficial both for producers and consumers.

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