Pakistan to be first South Asian country to test 5G – says Anusha Rehman

Anusha Rehman, Minister of State for Information Technology

Pakistan —

Anusha Rehman, Minister of State for Information Technology, has said that Pakistan would be the first South Asian country to test 5G network. Ms Rehman was speaking at the ICT awards ceremony, organised by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).

Ms Rehman said, “Pakistan recently won the GSMA award and ranked third in the list of mobile telecom operator groups.”

The government was working on a project to provide at least one mobile tower per 100 users in every village by 2030, she added.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Ismail Shah, RCCI Presi­dent Raja Amer Iqbal, officials of the Pakistan Software Export Board and officials of other leading IT and telecom companies were present on the occasion.

Ms Rehman said information technology was booming in the country and broadband penetration increased from 3% to 27% in the last two years. “We are working towards making a digital Pakistan. Digital economy through IT, freelance, start-ups, e-commerce and mobile apps are the future,” she said.