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Muzaffar Rizvi/Dubai
Filed on August 22, 2019 | Last updated on August 22, 2019 at 09.55 pm
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The Pakistani telecom regulator is expected to issue 5G licences by year-end.

Pakistan has successfully tested 5G network in the country, and the service is expected to be available by early next year, Khaleej Times has learnt.

Also read: First 5G video call from Dubai's Burj Khalifa

CMPak Limited, popularly known as Zong, is a Pakistani mobile data network operator owned by China Mobile. It conducted 5G tests in the presence of senior government officials and telecom executives in Islamabad on Thursday. 

"Zong has become the first operator in Pakistan to successfully conduct 5G trial and this is yet another milestone for the company" Wang Hua, chairman and CEO of Zong, said at the event.

Zong, a pioneer of 4G-service in Pakistan, is among top three telecom service providers with 34.71 million mobile phone subscribers by the end of June. It has established Pakistan's largest network with more than 13 million 4G customers and 12,000 4G sites.

In July, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued the advertisement for 5G wireless networks trials. The telecom regulator is expected to issue 5G licences by year-end that will pave the way to launch 5th generation service of mobile cellular communications in the country, which has a subscriber base of more than 161 million as of June 2019.  

According to industry sources, 5G service in Pakistan will be 100 times faster than the current levels while network will be 10 times faster than existing broadband connections available in the country. 5G home routers speed has been recorded at 4 gigabytes per second, which means that it can download a 50gb file in just two minutes.

5G is expected to revolutionise key sectors such as healthcare, agriculture and education in Pakistan.

It will have a significant impact on Pakistan's economic transformation, social progress and create new avenues of entertainment.       

muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com





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