A meeting was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Member Telecom Omar Malik of Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom in order to discuss the adoption of Wi-Fi 6E technology in Pakistan.

In the meeting, participants discussed the possibility of including the latest indoor-outdoor Wi-Fi 6E band devices and technology in Pakistan in the near future.

There were several government officials in attendance at the meeting including Dr. Ismail Shah, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy-APAC at Meta, Mudassar Naveed, Director General of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Strategy and Development, Director of the Frequency Allocation Board, Director of the Wireless Ministry of Information Technology and Technology, Director of the Pakistani Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO/PAKSAT), and others.

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An appropriate committee has been constituted under the aegis of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for the purpose of determining the timing of the inclusion of Wi-Fi 6E technology in the Pakistani technological ecosystem in line with the current needs.

As a result of the existing Wi-Fi technology for end users, there are latency and capacity issues that limit the adoption of next-generation technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), industrial robots, Metaverse, and mass adoption of ultra-low latency gaming and animation business cases irrespective of whether current home routers and outdoor Wi-Fi devices are connected to fibre optics.

There is a need for the inclusion of the Wi-Fi 6E standard in Pakistan as it provides a platform for implementing cutting-edge technologies, which are unlicensed and will provide access to a wide range of frequencies to be adopted widely. On both the broadcasting end as well as the receiving end of Wi-Fi 6E, there is a requirement for new hardware.

The Internet of Things regime has already been opened in Pakistan, with the aim of encouraging the use of agri technology, smart homes, safe cities, disaster management, industrial automation, remote sensing, lighthouse networks, and other Internet of Things applications, to benefit new businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


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