5G technology is still a work in process but the Non-Commercial Trial of 5G Technology in Pakistan has been conducted. Continue reading if you want to learn more about this technology.
The next generation of internet speed is coming soon, and unlike fifth-generation battle, 5G internet actually exists. Two big telecommunication giants like Zong and Jazz have already tested 5G speed. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has also allowed non-commercial trials as per the policy developed by the government.
History of Mobile Internet in Pakistan
This might not be as big of a deal as when the 3G and 4G wave hit the country. Before the people of Pakistan were introduced to these new bandwidths, internet usage was different in the country, and mobile data was not used very often. As per PTA now there are 76 Million users of Mobile data which is an insane figure.
Smartphone users in Pakistan have gotten used to this new spectrum of communication. Their conception of 5G technology is that it will be a lot faster for video streaming with insane download speed.
However, there are other things to consider while implementing this technology. Such as technical difference and requirement for usage that may have an impact not only on telecommunication but also on other aspects of our society.
China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) also known as Zong On August 22, 2019, conducted a Non-Commercial Trial of 5G Technology in Pakistan. They did their first official 5G video call testing on January 6, 2020, reaching the insane speed of over 1.5 Gigabytes per second (Gbps). Pakistan’s second-largest Telecom operator Jazz followed suit on January 4, 2020, with its first 5G test attaining a speed of 1.43 Gbps.
Among the rising competitive heat between the two big giants, the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication announced, on January 7, 2020, formation of a committee for the auction of 5G spectrum licenses in the country. This committee will include members from all four telecom operators in Pakistan – Jazz, Zong, Telenor and Ufone – and will have members of IT ministry and an officer of the Frequency Allocation Board.
On January 10 Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued, “Framework for Test and Development of Future Technologies (Particularly Fifth Generation 5G) Wireless Networks in Pakistan” allowing non-commercial trials of 5G technology for six months.
But for tech geeks desperately waiting for the 5G technology, we have some bad updates. If you are thinking that 5G technology will be available in Pakistan in a matter of months, you are wrong.
Despite the grand promises, even the United States only has 5G coverage in 25 cities. Thee kind of 5G available for now is some kind of boosted 4G instead of the full-fledged 5G services.
In China, only 50 cities have 5G coverage. There is a long way to go for the world, and maybe even longer for Pakistan. Huge legislation is required before we gain access to the next-generation spectrum.
There is one more bad news. If you own a smartphone that costs less than PKR 80,000, there is an even lesser reason for you to be excited about 5G coming to Pakistan. Because for now, only a few devices are able to run this technology and all these devices cost above PKR 80,000. In the future, you may be able to get this technology on mid-range or lower mid-range smartphones but for now, this technology is only available on high-end devices. For example:
5G Supported Smartphones
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
- Oppo Reno 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- OnePlus 7 Pro
But here’s the thing, even though this technology is unapproachable for now, 5G will prove to be a lot more than just means for mobile communications.
The EU and the developed countries have already started thinking about the far-reaching impacts of 5G and Pakistan needs to inculcate its findings and conduct its own research.
I will share more updates on this technology but for now this is all I got.
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