ISLAMABAD: Nokia has expressed strong interest in working with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) to develop a roadmap for the 5G ecosystem in Pakistan.
This was revealed by senior officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT), which officially launched the consultation for the launch of 5G services in Pakistan.
The ministry has evaluated seven bands for the adoption of 5G services in the country and currently, in a process of evaluating the options available for the rapid launch of 5G services in Pakistan.
In this regard, the following bands are being assessed for adoption of 5G services as low, medium and high bands: (a) 700 MHz; (b) 2.3 GHz; (c) 2.6 GHz; (d) 3.5 GHz; (e) Millimeter wave bands; (f) C band (3.6-4.2) GHz, and (g) License-free link frequency bands (P2P and P2MP).
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In view of these bands, the ministry has requested the Frequency Allocation Council (FAB) to share the current status and availability of all 5G spectrum in the frequency bands identified above.
The government plans to launch 5G services in the country by December 2022, which will open up new avenues for investment and accelerate progress towards achieving the goal of “digital Pakistan”,
a ministry official said.
Official sources revealed to Business recorder that Federal Minister of Informatics and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haque wanted to launch 5G services by December 2022 and that the early launch of 5G services in Pakistan was a priority.
An important meeting with 5G providers chaired by Telecom member Muhammad Umar Malik was held at MoITT to discuss the way forward.
The meeting brought together representatives from Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia online from their regional headquarters.
Officials from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and FAB were also present at the meeting.
During the meeting, detailed technical discussions were held to assess vendor support and their readiness to launch 5G services in Pakistan.
An interoperable waveband with interoperable EU and 5G Telecom equipment, including a launch strategy taking into account business cases, was discussed to make inclusion attractive and a win-win situation for citizens, industry and the government.
Sources revealed that Nokia has expressed strong interest in working together to develop a roadmap for the 5G ecosystem.
Citing representatives from Nokia, the sources said the company is fully committed to sharing its global experience on 5G technology setup, gradual evolution and other market use cases with MoITT.
Advancing this collaboration to develop a roadmap for the 5G ecosystem will help accelerate the Digital Pakistan initiative in Pakistan, the sources added.
Aminul Haque said that a strategic plan and roadmap for 5G technology in Pakistan is being developed taking into account aspects of spectrum management, infrastructure development, review of relevant regulations. telecommunications and 5G applications / use cases.
The ministry has formed an advisory committee for 5G planning in Pakistan (5G plan committee Pakistan) to define a roadmap and finalize recommendations for the preparation of 5G technology in the country.
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The committee will develop a strategic plan and roadmap for 5G technology in Pakistan with the formulation of working groups for 5G spectrum management, telecommunications infrastructure development, telecommunications regulatory review, including including health and safety and 5G applications and use cases.
The committee includes members from MoITT, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), FAB, PM Office Strategic Reforms Implementation Unit (SRIU), PM Taskforce on IT and Telecom, academia, mobile operators and telecommunications providers.
Last year, the PTA allowed mobile operators to conduct tests and trials of 5G technology in a limited environment and on a non-commercial basis.
The PTA had issued a “Framework for Testing and Development of Future Technologies (Particularly Fifth Generation (5G) Wireless Networks in Pakistan)” to facilitate testing / testing only of 5G technology and related services in Pakistan .
The rapid growth in mobile data traffic and consumer demand for an improved mobile broadband experience has led to an increasing focus on the next generation of mobile technology (5G).
Considered as a complete wireless access solution capable of meeting the demands and requirements of mobile communication for IMT-2020 and beyond, it is expected that this technology will operate in a highly heterogeneous environment and provide ubiquitous connectivity for a wide range of devices, new applications and use cases, added the PTA.
The scope of IMT-2020 is much broader than that of previous generations of mobile broadband communication systems.
ITU’s work to develop the specifications for IMT-2020 in close collaboration with all 5G stakeholders is now well advanced, as are the associated aspects of spectrum management and spectrum identification.
IMT-2020 will be the cornerstone of all activities related to the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021