Special Report

ISLAMABAD— Zong Cellular Company in connivance with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) permitted the Cellular Company to advertise test of 5G services in Pakistan, a violation of 5G policy 2017.

On its website, the cellular company proudly states, “5G TEST: Pakistan’s No.1 Data Network, Zong 4G, the pioneer of 4G in Pakistan, is now the first and only telecom operator to successfully test 5G services. Backed by China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), and supported by 11,000+ 4G towers and 13 million 4G customers, Zong 4G is truly a leader in innovation, advanced technology, and infrastructure.

Now, anyone wishing to test 5G will be able to experience lightning fast speeds of 5G. With the 5G enabled technology of the leaders of the digital revolution in Pakistan, businesses will be better equipped to work on IoT and integrate interoperable devices, manage fleets, and systems through cloud technology.

Whenever 5G is launched in Pakistan, the nation’s No. 1 Data Network’s customers will be able to experience infinite possibilities, define the undefined, and explore technology like never before”.

In a parliamentary panel meeting on Monday, Member PTA stated that PTA has stopped Zong Cellular Company to advertise its test service of 5G network. However, it is still available at the cellular company’s website.

Member PTA informed the committee that the telecom authority issued show cause notices to Zone Cellular Company over alleged violation of 5G Policy 2017. The committee was further informed that Telenor had requested on July 23, 2019 for launching test service of 5G. They received such requests from PTCL, SCO and Mobilink too. Any cellular company could test this service for the period of three to six months.

The Member further explained that the cellular company Zong was permitted to launch 5G services under joint venture and availability of spectrum.  He said that Pakistan is among few countries where 5G services were started and the service would be available in 2023 to 2025.

However, he did not satisfy the Members of the committee. Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh questioned the PTA under what rules they allowed the cellular company to claim of launching 5G test services. The committee directed the PTA to explain its position and actual facts through advertisments.

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