The federal cabinet has directed the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to start the 5G tests in the market before the technology is commercially available after 2020, reports The Express Tribune.

Previously, Minister of Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman revealed Pakistan would be the first country to test 5G services in South Asia for fast connectivity. The Cabinet has already approved the launch of fifth next-generation service in Pakistan and has allowed the PTA to conduct tests and trials for its marketing in the future.

As we reported earlier, the Ministry of IT and Telecom moved a Policy Directive for consideration of the Federal cabinet to enable a market test 5G technology in June 2017. PTA is also tasked with providing a regulatory framework for testing 5G in Pakistan, and the authority has reportedly finalized a draft of the policy directive.

It took many long years for the Pakistani government to introduce 3G/4G technology in the country where the current subscriber base lies around 41 million for the data services.

5G is bound to bring the next big revolution in technology. This trend was seen at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 where the fifth next-generation service was the focal point of the whole event.

Many big companies around the world namely Samsung, Cisco Technologies, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Nokia, Sprient, Intel, etc. are also working tirelessly towards making the fifth next-generation service a reality.

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