China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), popularly known as Zong, has successfully conducted 5G trials in Pakistan, a press release issued by the company said.
With this, Zong has become the first and only operator to officially test 5G services in the country.
“This success marks an important milestone in Pakistan’s telecom sector,” said Zong CEO Wang Hua at an event in Islamabad held to conduct the test. “5G will herald a new era in Pakistan’s social and economic sectors.”
According to the handout, “Zong believes that 5G will bring more profound and long-term changes to Pakistan’s economic transformation, social progress, and people’s livelihood improvement in future. It is expected that 5G will have an impact on health care, agriculture and education.”
At the event, the Zong CEO also announced that the company will establish a 5G research centre in collaboration with the government of Pakistan.
He reminded the audience that five years ago, it was CMPak that had first brought 4G technology to Pakistan. Hua said that the introduction of 5G services is an important pillar to meet future technological needs.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman (r) Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa also spoke on the occasion. “The country will soon be able to enjoy 5G services which will be introduced for commercial purposes,” he said.
He said that the authority was making efforts in this regard and recognises that the introduction of 5G services would bring in a technological revolution.
Information Technology and Telecommunication Division Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui lauded the efforts by PTA and congratulated CMPak on becoming the first to have such a huge achievement under its belt.
“I would like to take this moment in congratulating Zong for becoming the first Pakistani telecommunications operator to have successfully conducted the 5G trial and putting Pakistan on a short-list of countries which are 5G ready,” he said. “Zong is an important part of the ties that bind the two countries together.”
The IT secretary said that the government aims to bring in other major developments via the Information Technology sector as well. “It is the right of every Pakistani to be able to compete in terms of technology with the developed countries of the world.”