Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Maj Gen (r) Amir Azeem Bajwa has said that the country’s telecom infrastructure is ready to support 5G networks and services across the country.

The PTA chairman said this while addressing the virtual SAMENA Telecommunications Council Leaders’ Summit, which was attended by telecom leaders and experts from Pakistan and across the world.

The conference reviewed plans for unleashing the potential of 5G networks to boost economies and societies in a post-Covid-19 environment.

IT and Telecommunication Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and Huawei Pakistan CEO Mark Meng also graced the event, which was hosted by Huawei for the seventh consecutive year.

Speaking on the occasion, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said, “Crisis presents both danger and opportunity. Let’s focus on opportunities in the current pandemic and develop the ICT sector as the true key technology enabler for digital harmony, connectivity and cooperation among all sectors of society.”

Mark Meng, CEO of Huawei Pakistan, stated that Huawei would support the government’s Digital Pakistan initiative to move towards a diversified knowledge-based economy with the latest technologies like 5G, AI, and Internet of Things and unlock new avenues of growth and innovation.

Bocar ABA, CEO of SAMENA Telecommunications Council, said, “We are increasingly witnessing progressiveness across Pakistan’s ICT policy and regulatory landscape.”

He deemed it necessary for 5G preparations to be accelerated in the country with the hopes of achieving “digital inclusion” at all levels of society.

The summit also explored how ICT stakeholders can work together with industry verticals to turn their vision into reality at the local and regional level. Participants reviewed 5G ecosystem cooperation in the Middle East and Pakistan, and how 5G paired with complementary technologies such as cloud, AI and can create new industry applications. Better integration of AI into the public health response was also spotlighted.

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