PTCL Group Successfully Conducts 5G trial in a Limited Environment

PTCL Group, one of the country’s largest telecom groups and the backbone of connectivity in Pakistan, has successfully tested 5G technology at a special ceremony held at PTCL Headquarters, which was graced by Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication as the Chief Guest. The 5G trial was conducted in a limited environment on a non-commercial basis.

The ceremony was attended by Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Federal Secretary IT & Telecom and Chair- man Board of Directors, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Major General (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa HI (M), Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), H.E. Nong Rong, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Ha- mad Obaid Ibrahimi Alzabbi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, along with senior government and PTCL officials and members of PTCL Board.

Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Information   Technology & Telecommunication, along with other dignitaries, were presented an overview of the live 5G usage scenarios at the ceremony. The demonstrations included remote surgery, cloud gaming, and an over- view of anticipated 5G technology applications in Pakistan. Moreover, PTCL Group was able to achieve the fastest data rate with download speeds reaching 1.685 Gbps during the 5G trial in a limited environment.

PTCL Group demonstrated a 5G re- mote surgery trial that will help in making the lives of people better. Once the ecosystem is developed, doctors will be able to conduct surgeries remotely in fall flung areas. Thus, it will create new social and economic development opportunities that will make the dream of Digital Pakistan a reality. 5G will help the digitalization of Pakistan by connecting more and more people with robust purpose-built technology opening up opportunities for industries as well as individuals. This technology will enable future innovation in sectors

such as remote education, public safety, transportation, health, manufacturing, etc. Importantly, the technology will provide enabling levers for delivering richer services and improving customer experience, not only for mobile operators such as Ufone but also for fixed-line operators like PTCL, who are offering fixed-wireless services as well.

On the occasion, Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication, said, “I am glad to be present on this crucial event as PTCL Group takes a momentous step of a successful trial of 5G technology in Pakistan. Ministry of I.T. & Telecom is committed to Prime Minister’s vision of a Digital Pakistan & Broadband for all its utility and is striving towards realizing PM’s vision further as boundless, high speed & resilient. I believe that communication plays a major role in the social economic development and uplift of the financial inclusion of the country. 5G technology will surely enable an emerging technological environment & ecosystem conducive for economic prosperity in Pakistan.”

PTCL is committed to the vision of a Digital Pakistan. PTCL Group’s suc- cessful 5G trial is a major step that will pave the way towards digitali- zation of Pakistan. This technolo- gy will open new avenues in many fields such as education, health, security, and communication that will have a positive social and eco- nomic    impact    on    the    country.

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