Pakistan Govt Issues Policy Directives for 5G Technology

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) has issued policy directives for test and development of technologies for fifth generation (5G) wireless networks in Pakistan.

The Federal Cabinet had approved policy directives for test and development of technology for 5G wireless networks last month. The Ministry issued the policy directive which would be implemented by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

As per the policy directive, next generation mobile services (3G/4G) are continuously gaining momentum in Pakistan since their launch in mid 2014. This was made possible through consistent policy initiatives adopted over the past four years by GoP (MoIT&T) ensuring availability of requisite frequency spectrum supply to the mobile broadband market.

As a result of the auctions conducted by the Authority under the directives of MoIT&T, issuance of respective licenses and launch of 3G/4G mobile broadband services, the demand for data services is growing along with the subscriber base which has crossed 44 million in just three years.

To stay at the forefront of technology and to enable state of the art services for Pakistani consumers, Telecom Policy 2015 provides measures not only for early commercial adoption of technology but also to provide conducive tests and development environment for upcoming and future technologies.

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It is imperative that we remain proactive in ensuring market readiness for the next wave of mobile communications i.e. 5G.

5G is expected to enable new ground breaking data rates and will considerably enhance the experience of services/applications that are available today.

It is pertinent to mention that research and development on 5G radio interface standards has been in full swing over the past half decade at multilateral standardization fora. ITU-R has recently published the key requirements related to the minimum technical performance of IMT-2020 (or 5G) candidate radio interface technologies.

Similarly, another key standard development organization, 3GPP, in close collaboration with industry and academia, is developing the specifications for 5G, which are scheduled to be released to ITU-R by the 2019.

Based on evolving standards, a number of trials and tests are well under way around the globe on pre-standard 5G. South Korea is expected to have a pre-standard 5G system up-and-running by the 2018 Winter Olympics. Last month, China completed its plans to conduct 5G field test in Beijing.

Pakistan’s Policy Directives for 5G

In view of the current scenario and to enable Pakistan to keep up with the growth, it is imperative to formalize the regulatory environment for test deployment and benchmarking of 5G technologies through a policy.

Thus, the Federal Government, using powers conferred by the Section 8(2) of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 (Amended 2006), is pleased to issue the following directives for compliance of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority:

  1. In line with Section 8.14 of the Telecom Policy 2015, PTA will issue a framework for Temporary Test and Development Licenses/Authorizations as appropriate for all future technologies particularly 5G Mobile technologies.
  2. PTA will identify/set aside appropriate bandwidth in the frequency spectrum blocks currently under consideration for 5G standardization purposes wherever available in Pakistan. These could include the requisite spectrum blocks/channels in 2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz and other relevant bands amenable to millimeter wave (mmW) propagation. Testing entities will be allowed access to such frequency blocks for testing purposes only.
  3. The framework for test and development licenses shall include criteria for the provision of the test licenses, conditions, duration, and other terms and conditions of reissuing the test licenses on expiry.
  4. PTA will consult stakeholders on the framework and then finalize the test and development framework within three months to enable eligible organizations to acquire such licenses.
  5. In defining the requirements for an organization to be eligible, PTA will consider the following types of organizations: telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, and research & development organizations, in order to encourage the highest level of technology and application innovation in Pakistan.
  6. The industry and other eligible organizations will be able to test and develop new services by the assignment of spectrum with specific conditions of use for research, development, testing and demonstration activities, and that such licence/ authorization will be made available within three months of application.
  7. PTA will forward the applications to FAB for allocation of suitable frequency band for any such request as per procedure in vogue.
  8. To oversee implementation under the test licensing /authorizations framework, PTA will form a multilateral working group comprising members of MoITT, PTA, FAB (Frequency Allocation Board) and Industry. The working group will engage other stakeholders regarding harmonious testing and trials of technologies including 5G and will also recommend further suitable frequency bands if required in view of future technology/standards development as well as other technical and logistical requirements for the trials.
  9. Developments ensuing from such technology test and trials will be regularly published in the annual report of the Authority.

    • Country to koi bhi fully covered nhn hai 4G se, expension mein time lagta hai koi magic stick to hai nhn k ghumaai aur fully covered ho gaya aur waise Pak telecoms ki 3G speed bohat si countries ki 4G speed se zyada hai

        • India ka LTE average speed 5Mbps hai, toh INDIA me roz humko 1GB or 2GB per day 4G bhi milta hai. 5Mbps average speed ha but actual me 70% place me Jio ka average speed 10Mbps+ ha or jaha isse kam ha woha Airtel/vodafone/idea ka 4G speed 10Mbps+ hai. sab operators k plan approx same ha India me 1GB or 2GB per day plan or Airtel 4G k 3GB per day plan bhi hai. Recharge packs Rs300 INR to Rs500 INR me 3months milte hai validity 1GB/day + unlimited free calls, sms & free LIVE TV. now you tell me? agr tumko 50Mbps speed bhi milta ha pakisthan me to ussa kya kr loge ? net surf or youtube videos me 50Mbps speed ki jarurt nhi parta ha. Hum Indians jitna net surf or youtube videos dekhte hai tum apne data plan k 50Mbps speed me itna kr paoge ? Pakisthan me toh 1GB or 2GB monthly milte ha. jitne tum monthly use krte ho data, hum ek din me use krte hai. ek aur plan batanaunga toh sunn k behosh maat hona Aircel 3G ne just 1week phele new plan launch kiya Rs999 INR me 900GB (30GB per day) for 30days. Aircel 3G ka average speed 2Mbps to 5Mbps hai. now think about it 2Mbps ki speed me bhi tumko 900GB milta hai Rs999 INR me, toh tumko Speed chahiye ya data ?

          • Yar aap to really fortunate log ho. Hamare yaha to Internet data kafi mehanga hay. Rs. 18 me sirf 100 mbs/day. Rs. 200 me 2000 mbs/day. Rs. 600 me 6000 mbs/month by Telenor.
            Dolat mand log to enjoy kartay hain par average class walay is se bari had tak mehroom hain.
            Magar ek baat hay keh India me government ne Internet par koe tax nahi lagaya hay jab keh Pakistan me government ne Internet par 19.5% k hisab se withholding tax impose kiya hay jis ki waja se bhi yaha data mehanga parta hay as compared to your country.

      • bhai mey ney kab kaha hey k full cover karo?mey ney likha hey most of the country even cities are not covered with 4 g.
        mey kissi jungle mey nahi rehta yaha merey ghar k ird gird towers b hin but no 4gb cover.yeh likthey 4 gb hey but milta 3 gb b nahi.

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