Nokia is helping to develop a roadmap for the 5G ecosystem in Pakistan

04. 10. 2021 Monday / By: Robert Denes / Business / Exact time: BST / Print this page

I SLAMABAD: Nokia has expressed a keen 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 has officially launched a consultation on the introduction of 5G services in Pakistan. The Ministry assessed seven lanes for the adoption of 5G services in the country and is currently assessing the options available for the timely introduction of 5G services in Pakistan. In this context, the following bands shall be assessed for the adoption of 5G services for low band, medium band and high band: (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) Unauthorized feedback frequency bands (P2P and P2MP).

With respect to these bands, the Department has requested the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) to share the current status and availability of all 5G spectra in the frequency bands defined above.

The government plans to launch 5G services in the country by December 2022, opening new avenues for investment and accelerating progress towards the “Digital Pakistan” goal, a ministry official said.

Official sources revealed to Business Recorder that Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haque wants to introduce 5G services by December 2022, and early introduction of 5G services in Pakistan is a priority.

An important meeting was held at MoITT, chaired by Muhammad Umar Malik, Member of Telecom, with 5G providers to discuss further steps. The meeting was attended by online representatives from Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia 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 the support of suppliers and their readiness to introduce 5G services in Pakistan.

An interoperable radio frequency band with interoperable UE and 5G Telecom equipment was discussed, including a business-friendly launch strategy to make it more attractive and advantageous for citizens, industry and government. Sources revealed that Nokia has shown a keen interest in working together to develop a roadmap for the 5G ecosystem.

Citing Nokia representatives, sources said the company is fully committed to sharing its global experience with MoITT on setting up 5G technology, gradually evolving and using other markets.

Advancing cooperation to develop a 5G ecosystem roadmap will help accelerate the Digital Pakistan initiative in Pakistan, sources added.

Aminul Haque stated that a strategic plan and roadmap for 5G technology is being developed in Pakistan, taking into account aspects of spectrum management, infrastructure development, review of telecoms rules and 5G applications / use cases.

The Ministry has set up an Advisory Committee on 5G Planning in Pakistan (5G Pakistan Planning Commission) to set a timetable and finalize recommendations for preparation for 5G technology in the country.

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The committee will develop a strategic plan and roadmap for 5G technology in Pakistan, including 5G spectrum management, development of telecommunications infrastructure, review of telecommunications regulations, including health and safety, and working groups on 5G applications and use cases.

The members of the committee are MoITT, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), FAB, PM Office SRIU (Strategic Reform Implementation Unit), PM Taskforce on IT and Telecom, academia, mobile operators and telecom operators.

Last year, the PTA licensed mobile operators to test and trial 5G technology in a limited environment and on a non-commercial basis.

The PTA has released the “Framework for Test and Development of Future Technologies (especially fifth generation (5G) wireless networks in Pakistan)” to facilitate testing / trial of 5G technology and related services in Pakistan.

It is seen as a comprehensive wireless access solution that can meet the needs and requirements of mobile communications in IMT-2020 and beyond, and it is expected that this technology will operate in a highly heterogeneous environment and provide ubiquitous connectivity between devices, new applications and use cases, the PTA added.

The work of the ITU, in close cooperation with the full range of 5G stakeholders, is already underway in the development of IMT-2020 specifications, together with related spectrum management and spectrum identification aspects.

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