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When 5G will come to Pakistan

The next age of mobile internet is almost upon us and 5G internet actually exists. Zong and Jazz have already successfully conducted 5G speed tests and now the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has also allowed non-commercial trials in Pakistan. In Pakistan, a few months ago 5G is a hot topic in Pakistan and some telecom companies also tested 5G successfully. Zong’s first official 5G video call test held on January 6, 2020 and recorded speed of over 1.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Likewise, Mobilink-Jazz tested its 5G services on January 4, 2020 and recorded speed of over 1.43 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Another Pakistan telecom company Telenor successfully tested 5G on 13 March, 2020.

 

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5G stands for the Fifth Generation of wireless technology or more easily mobile communication technology. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.. 5G is developed to accommodate the needs of gigantic growth in data and the ever-rising need for connectivity in modern societies.

History

  • It started from Analog Cellular services in the late ’70s, the 1st generation of mobile phones featuring large and heavy handsets with fixed antennas. The maximum speed of 1G is 2.4Kbps.
  • The 2nd generation brought GSM technology. Which in Pakistan you might remember from the time SIM cards became all the rage. This technology also brought us GPRS and brought the internet to our phones that come with a maximum speed of 50Kbps to 1Mbps.
  • 3rd Generation came in 1998 globally and took almost another decade to touch Pakistan. 3G was the ‘fastest’ internet, then the mobile internet speed jumped from a few hundred kbps to several Megabytes per second (Mbps), and that most of us might remember as the true internet revolution in Pakistan. With 3G Careem/Uber become possible in Pakistan
  • 4th generation (LTE), came in 2008 globally and took almost another decade to touch Pakistan. It is still a relatively latest concept in Pakistan. Here we have the speed of several hundred Mbps, rolling out at a time comfortably coinciding with the arrival of Netflix in the country.

Countries where 5G is available

Cellular phone companies began deploying the 5G cellular network standard worldwide in 2019. There are many countries in which 5G is available.

  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • USA
  • Qatar
  • Many more…

When 5G will come to Pakistan?

Currently, there is no hope that 5G comes in Pakistan this year but due to corona pandemic it can b possible. As you know everything is online now so telecom companies are trying best to provide this service. As you know 3 out of 5 telecom companies have already tested 5G.  The first meeting of the Advisory Committee for 5G Planning in Pakistan (5G Pakistan Plan Committee) discussed the way forward, a roadmap with timelines and key challenges for the introduction of 5G technology in the country.

 

Benefits of 5G

The first benefit of 5G all over the world is IoT. IoT(Internet of Things) means without requiring human interference at a minimum if not at all you can control devices around you like LED, bulbs, cars, robots and etc. The internet of things helps people live and work smarter, as well as gain complete control over their lives. IoT enables companies to automate processes and reduce labor costs.

In 5G the latency will be ten times less than in 4G, being able to perform remote actions in real-time. Latency means pings, low ping means faster connection without any delay. For example if you are video calling then you feel that the person you are talking on the video call is sitting in front of you because there is no lag or latency is very low.’

 

Do I need a new phone if I want 5G?

Yes, you will need to get a new smartphone that supports 5G if you want to be able to use the network. There are several new mobile phones available that are designed to support 5G.