The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom (MoITT) is planning to roll out the 5G internet facility in Pakistan by the year 2023. This decision is taken by the government, after observing the telecom industry’s market size growth to $16.9 billion after bringing in $1.2 billion foreign direct investments in the past three years.
Pakistan’s Future Technological Needs Require 5G
Furthermore, the IT Ministry has stated that the target has also been welcomed by international investors. In a recent exhibition on the sector’s to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the ministry has highlighted that for satisfying the future claims of digitization across the country and the launch of future technological needs such as 5G, projects have been rolled out for “deep fiberisation’ by the Universal Service Fund (USF) to develop the telecom services and internet even in isolated and underdeveloped areas of the country.
Furthermore, during the period 2018-22 over 10,000 km optical fiber cable will be placed across the country implementing high-speed internet providing 5G technology to 1,175 towns and the labor councils. IT Ministry has further stated that USF projects have covered more than 1,800km of unserved road network including roadways and motorways in Balochistan.
IT Ministry is Heavily Relying on the Exports of IT Services
Moreover, while reflecting on the significance of the deep fiberisation project, Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Amin ul Haq announced that the IT Ministry of Pakistan was leaning heavily on expanding exports of IT services up to $5 billion by the end of 2022-23.
“We will ensure affordable and high-speed internet to people in small towns and I am sure even girls from KP and GB region will excel as freelancers while working from their local areas,” the minister said. The export of IT assistance in Pakistan grew 47 percent to $2.1 billion in 2020-21.
USF Has Contracted 43 Projects Amounting to PKR 29 Billion
In addition to this, the article has highlighted that the USF has performed an extensive part in telecom infrastructure development for future digital growth by contracting out 43 projects amounting to Rs29 billion in unserved and underserved areas. These included over 65 districts in Southern Balochistan, former FATA, and interior Sindh, catering to a population of over 25 million in Pakistan.