Islamabad January 22 2022: The ECC approved a summary tabled by Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication for the constitution of Advisory Committee headed by the Finance Minister for the release of IMT/5G spectrum.
While the competition over the test trial of fifth generation (5G) mobile technology is heating up between Jazz and Zong, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication is in the process of making committee for the auction of 5G spectrum in the country.
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The committee, will be headed by the member IT of the ministry and comprise representatives of the four telcos operating in the country and an officer of the Frequency Allocation Board.
The committee will formulate policy regarding the auction of 5G license, including its fee and other issues.
The committee has been formed on the directives of Minister for Information Technology Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. He said that Pakistan was among a few countries of the world where test trial of 5G was being conducted.
The 5G test by Jazz and Zong has triggered a war on social media between the supporters of both telecom companies.
Though the SG test was launched by Zong in August 2019, the company showcased its 5G performance again after Jazz demonstrated its
fifth generation (5G) mobile technology.
Jazz has achieved speed of 1,452Mbps and upload speed of 68Mbps along with successful HD voice and video calls.
In technical terms,
Mbps means megabits per second, used in reference to download and upload speeds.
In a statement, Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim said that the launch of 5G would meet the evolving needs of tomorrow`s customers.
The statement added that Jazz was ready to offer 5G`s game-changing potential whenever the government allowed for its commercial launch.
With the approval from the telecom regulator PakistanTelecommunication Authority (PTA), Jazz is showcasing its 5G capacity to ordinary customers for 20 days at its offices in F8, G7, E7 and Blue Area, where citizens with 5G compatible devices can experience the next generation high speed internet.
Meanwhile, Zong has successfully completed its first 5G video call and reached the speed of over 1.5GB per second during testing.
`We will be showcasing more technologically advanced and groundbreaking use-cases to enable Pakistan to become one of the most digitally connected countries in the world, Zong chairman and CEO Wang Hua said.
Telenor is also set to announce its test of 5G in the near future, an official of the company said, adding that the application for the test trial had been submitted to the PTA.
Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication also presented draft Policy Directive of the Pakistan Telecommunication ( Re-Organization) Act 1996 for renewal of Cellular License of Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (PMCL/Jazz). The ECC after discussion approved the summary.
Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Mr. Shaukat Tarin, virtually presided over Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet, today
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Federal Minister for Water Resources Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, Federal Secretaries and senior officers attended the meeting.