A document issued by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunication (MOITT) has revealed that the government has plans to introduce 5G throughout Pakistan by 2023. The launch will begin by launching the three largest cities in Pakistan, which include Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.
But don’t get exuberant just yet, because the government has predicted that just 4 percent of Pakistan’s population will be able to access 5G technology by 2025 and 65% will have access to 4G by that time.
According to the report it is reported that according to the document, the Global System of Mobile Communications (GSMA) had estimated that more than 50% of Pakistan’s population would have 4G connectivity at the end of 2022. These projections proved to be accurate, however this is still 3 years ahead of the rest of world. The adoption rate of 4G has been substantially slower than that of the world, however the rate of growth is expected to increase in the next few years.
5G will be available by 2023 Pakistan However, 5G will make up the smallest percentage of connections over the next years.
The growth of mobile internet is accelerating in Pakistan however, it has opportunities to improve. In the month of March the total amount of broadband users on mobile was 123 million, and the market penetration was 51 percent. The percentage of broadband users who use mobile devices in the total number of mobile subscribers is continuing to increase each year.
According to GSMA’s figures according to GSMA’s numbers, 4G users comprised 50 percent of the total mobile connections worldwide in the year 2019. 82% of people of low-middle income nations (LMICs) were connected to an internet connection via 4G, and over 90% of them were connected to 3G. It took these countries about 7 years to reach the 80 percent coverage of 4G, and 10 years to reach 3G coverage.
It is evident that even low-income nations are beginning to adopt the next generation of technology for telecommunications faster than. Therefore, it is reasonable to believe that the technology of 5G will require shorter time to be implemented in Pakistan as compared to 4G.