5G Technology Launch Date Revealed for Pakistan

Dr. Umar Saif announces the establishment of a telecommunication tribunal and forming an action advisory committee for 5G, both to be initiated within three weeks.

Dr. Umar Saif, the Caretaker Minister for Information Technology (IT) and Telecom, disclosed Friday’s official launch date of 5G services in Pakistan. In addition to this revelation, the minister shared positive updates on the nation’s potential for IT exports in the Middle East.

During his announcement, Dr. Saif informed about signing memorandums of understanding with three Qatari companies. This development is anticipated to foster substantial growth within the sector.

Providing more details on the imminent introduction of 5G technology in Pakistan, the minister specified that the launch is scheduled for July 2024. Dr. Saif assured us of implementing proactive measures to address concerns raised by telecom companies regarding allocating the 300 MHz spectrum for 5G services. He emphasized the government’s active efforts to resolve any outstanding issues.

Furthermore, Dr. Saif revealed plans for establishing a telecommunication tribunal within the next three weeks. This tribunal aims to offer a dedicated platform for resolving disputes within the telecommunications sector. An action advisory committee has also been formed to ensure the smooth implementation of the 5G rollout plan. The government is presently in the process of hiring a consultant to provide expert guidance on the project.

Dr. Saif underscored the vital role of women’s participation in decision-making processes and stressed the importance of providing equal opportunities in business endeavors. He acknowledged the government’s ongoing initiatives to support women entrepreneurs and highlighted the significance of empowering rural women as a crucial driver of national development.

Additionally, a consultant will be hired to oversee the 5G action plan, expressing optimism that all telecommunication companies will participate in the spectrum auction.

Dr Saif underscored the importance of women’s participation in decision-making and emphasized the need to provide equal opportunities for women in business. The government has launched various schemes to support women in entrepreneurship.

The occasion also featured a ceremony hosted by the World Bank Group, marking the conclusion of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) in Pakistan.

Dr Saif highlighted the government’s crucial role in supporting women’s entrepreneurship and access to finance.

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