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PTA announced that it would take 5 years to launch 5g services.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced on Monday that the 5g services will be introduced in the country in four to five years.  Dr. Khawar briefed the senate standing committee on information technology and appealed for two months in order to make a plan regarding the services.

During the briefing, the PTA member informed that a 5G policy had been constituted in 2017 and that in June this year, the authority had devised a framework for 5G. Khawar stated that “The PTA issued a framework for test and development of future technologies, particularly fifth-generation wireless networks in Pakistan, on June 2019,”

Approval for a license was given to Zong and other cell phone operators had subsequently approached the authority and asked permission for trial.

He further clarified that Zong had experimented site test and not a network test and the 5G technology has not been introduced on a commercial level, neither Zong is authorized to do so.

Furthermore, he made it clear that the permission given to Zong was limited to a trial period of three months and not for use on a commercial basis. He further said that the PTA was responsible for removing concerns expressed by the relevant quarters and the authority would do so.

Dr. Khawar stated, while referring to an advertisement placed by Zong pertaining to its 5G test, and said that the company had been barred from advertising the test. He added that a notice had been sent to Zong for issuing the ‘misleading’ advertisement.

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