Islamabad: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom is planning to roll out 5G in 2023. The ministry added that the foreign investors have appreciated the mission too. The announcement was made after the telecom industry’s market size reached $16.9 billion in the last three years.
This is to add to the prime minister’s vision of “Digital Pakistan.” In the event, the ministry highlighted the challenges to meet the future digitization plan across the country. 5G will help to meet the technological needs in 2023 and onwards. The ministry also added that the projects have been launched for “deep fiberisation” by the USF (Universal Service Fund) to expand the internet services in remote areas of the country.
By 2022, more than 10,000 km optical fibre cable will be laid across the country which will provide high-speed internet to 1,175 towns and union councils.
Minister of IT and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haq emphasize the importance of deep fiberisation projects in Pakistan. He said that the government is working to increase the export of IT services up to $5bn by the end of 2023.
“We will ensure affordable and high speed internet to people in small towns and I am sure even girls from KP and GB region will excel as freelancers, while working from their local areas,” the minister said.
The report also highlighted the role of USF in the development of telecom infrastructure for future digitization which includes 43 projects in more than 60 districts in Southern Balochistan, FATA, and interior Sindh.
The initiative seems like a great future ahead but while Gilgit Baltistan is still running out of the basic 3G, 4G services, we don’t think 5G will work in their favor. At first, the government should work to make the internet accessible for everyone, especially in Baltistan, and Balochistan.