5G Pakistan Plan (5GPP) Committee formed

According to Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, quality broadband connectivity is critical for increasing IT exports, generating new business and employment opportunities and realizing the ‘Digital Pakistan Vision’. So, the government has decided to constitute 13-member broad-based International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)/5G Technology Advisory Committee.  Since, efficient utilization of frequency spectrum for mobile broadband services is fundamental to enable quality broadband connectivity. Ministry of IT & Telecommunication has constituted a 5G Pakistan Plan (5GPP) Committee to define a roadmap to finalize the policy recommendations for 5G readinesses in Pakistan, in consultation with the stakeholders to formulate the 5G strategic plan. Before this, a 5G readiness study was also undertaken with stakeholders’ consultation and technical assistance from the World Bank (both documents are available on Ministry of IT & Telecommunication website). Moreover the onset of Covid-19 pandemic and increased digital activity has led to the requirement of more International Mobile Telecommunications spectrum so that the telecom operators can expand their current networks, improve the quality of broadband and are enabled to introduce 5G technology in the country.