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Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has unveiled that government’s plan to launch 5G cellular services. He made this announcement while speaking at ‘Pakistan Startup Cup’ competition, jointly organized by US Embassy and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

The Minister said Pakistan and the United States are working on ‘Knowledge Corridor,’ under which around 10,000 PhDs from Pakistan will be trained in the US universities.

“People who already have access to 3G/4G technology will be able to benefit from the next advanced mobile network technology after the launch of 5G in near future,” he added.

Speaking at the event, he said; Pakistan and the United States were working on the ‘Knowledge Corridor’ under which 10,000 PhDs from Pakistan will be trained in U.S universities. “We have big hopes from our youth, who have the potential to contribute to the development and prosperity of the country,” said Iqbal.

Over 950 teams from Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, and Islamabad participated in the competition and competed for the prize of Rs. 1 million.

The announcement came amid media reports that Pakistan has a very low internet speed, averaging below 3.5 Mbps. Ironically, Pakistan, Venezuela, and Algeria were the only three countries having 4 Mbps and a low broadband adoption rate.

 

With the arrival of 3G and 4G LTE services in Pakistan, people had started taking a keen interest in smartphones and internet, and just in two years, 17 percent of the total population was already using 3G and 4G LTE. However, the government needs to work on the speed and quality of the service, alongside making

On the other hand, industry experts while appreciating the government’s move to bring in the next generation of mobile internet, stressed upon the need for quality and speed.


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