Ministry of Information and Telecommunication has said that the government will launch 5G by 2023. The launch can begin with the 3 major cities of Pakistan, Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.
Don’t get too excited just yet, because the government predicts that 4% of Pakistan’s total population can access 5G technology by 2025. And 65% of users will be using 4G by then. According to GSMA, more than half of Pakistan’s population will use 4G by the end of 2022.
5G will roll out in 2023 in Pakistan, but there will be minimal connections in the following years.
Mobile Internet is growing in Pakistan. However, it still has much space for improvement. Last month, the whole range of mobile broadband users reached 123 million, and penetration was at 51%.
The proportion of mobile broadband users among mobile subscribers continues to increase yearly. According to GSMA’s numbers, the quantity of 4G users created 50% of the total mobile connections globally in 2019. 82% of the population in low-middle financial gain countries (LMICs) had a 4G connection, and over 90% were exploiting 3G.
These countries took around seven years to succeed in 80% coverage for 4G and ten years for 3G. Even low-income countries are commencing to adopt next-generation telecommunication technology quicker over time. Hence, it’s safe to assume that 5G technology can take less time to roll call in Pakistan compared to 4G.