The government plans to introduce 5G technology by 2023, following successful trials of the next-generation wireless network by telecom companies.
5G, or Fifth Generation, is the latest cellular technology designed to boost network speed and responsiveness. Global telecom corporations strive to commercialise new networks.South Korea was the first country to launch a 5G mobile network in 2019. As of June 2021, 58 nations have implemented 5G networks, while others are in the process of doing so.
Globally, around 90 operators have launched 5G networks, and over 300 have invested in it.By 2025, there will be 2.8 billion 5G connections. Asia’s leaders are South Korea, Japan, and China. However, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka have yet to enact a 5G policy.China is building a massive 5G network. The network will be stretched to all cities, towns, and villages by 2025, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Covid-19 has harmed all spheres of life except IT. The pandemic has only increased investment in this industry. In the previous three years, Pakistan’s technology sector has received over $1 billion in FDI. During the fiscal year 2020-21, IT exports climbed by 46%. Jazz, PTCL, Telenor Pakistan, and Zong have all successfully tested 5G in Pakistan. The government is working on policies and a platform for 5G commercialization. 5G has a lot of potential in Pakistan. The number of smartphone users is around 90 million and rising rapidly. The annual internet adoption rate is 23%.
5G technology will revolutionise Pakistan’s economy. Technology and broadband internet allow for remote schooling. 5G will aid remote residents. Fast internet would allow video animation and lectures online. 5G will revolutionise medicine.
Fast connectivity will allow city doctors to diagnose patients online.Pakistan also boasts the world’s second-most freelancers.Pakistanis are earning foreign reserves through working online. Every year, 10,000 Pakistanis enter the worldwide freelance market. 5G will enable them deliver services faster.
The global e-commerce sector is rapidly expanding, and the e-commerce market is promising. Through connectivity, Pakistan may sell its goods globally via e-commerce, boosting its economy.