According to a MOITT (Ministry of Information and Telecommunication) official report, 5G would be operational in Pakistan by 2023. The first three main cities to get the launch are Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.
But don’t get too enthusiastic; according to the government, just 4% of Pakistan’s population will have access to 5G technology by 2025, while the other 65% will continue to use 4G.
According to the Global System of Mobile Communications (GSMA), by the end of 2022, more than half of Pakistan’s population would be using 4G. Even if these predictions came true, the nation is still three years behind the rest of the world.
Although 4G adoption rates have trailed behind the rest of the world, they are expected to accelerate in the coming years.
Although 5G will start to roll out in Pakistan in 2023, it will only account for a small percentage of connections in the years that follow.
Despite the fact that mobile internet usage is growing in Pakistan, there is still considerable need for improvement. There were 123 million active mobile broadband customers last month, with a market penetration of 51%.
Every year, an increasing number of mobile consumers use mobile broadband as a proportion of total mobile subscribers.
According to GSMA statistics, 4G customers accounted for 50% of all mobile connections globally in 2019.
Over 90% of individuals in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) used 3G, while 82% used 4G. It took these countries roughly 7 years to develop 4G, but it took them about 10 years to develop 3G.
It is clear that, over time, even low-income countries are embracing next-generation telecommunications technology more swiftly. As a result, it is realistic to anticipate that the implementation of 5G technology in Pakistan will be faster than that of 4G.