The news: Telenor Pakistan, one of the country’s leading telecom service providers, successfully tested 5G internet on March 13. During a ceremony celebrating 15 years of service in Pakistan, at the company’s 345 campus in Islamabad, Telenor officials conducted extensive 5G trials, reaching internet connectivity speed more than 1.5 gigabytes per second (Gbps). They also demonstrated relevant utilization scenarios of 5G internet including a virtual reality classroom for education in remote areas and an ultra-HD 4K live video streaming from a drone camera.
Technological development: Telenor Pakistan CEO, and Head of Emerging Asia Cluster, Irfan Wahab Khan, addressed the media saying that it was a proud day for the company as they continued its journey to benefit the people of Pakistan. “Staying true to our purpose, we will sustain and expand our efforts towards empowering societies and reducing inequalities,” he added. He claimed that the market has lots of opportunities for the development of new technology and Telenor will use it to work toward the realization of a digital Pakistan. The completion of 15 years of service is a renewal of Telenor’s commitment to Pakistan and its capabilities.
‘Digital transformation’: Deputy CEO & Chief Technology Officer Khurrum Ashfaque also addressed the ceremony, saying that Telenor is a leader in innovation and digital transformation of the country. He said that the journey towards 5G readiness began last year as Telenor’s network core evolved from legacy architecture to state-of-the-art virtualized Telenor Hybrid Cloud and rapid fiberization to the tower. “Today, we have further ventured into the next era by establishing the fastest cellular 5G test data connection in Pakistan and showcasing relevant, impactful use cases in our trial,” he said. “We will continue making strides towards enhancing the ecosystem that we set out to build years ago through network transformation and expansion,” he added.
Third to test 5G: Telenor is the third telecom service provider to test 5G internet speeds in Pakistan. Jazz conducted 5G trials on January 4, reaching connectivity speed up to 1.42 Gbps, followed by China Mobile Pakistan, also known as Zong, which also successfully tested 5G internet. As Telenor celebrated its 15-year anniversary as a telecom provider in Pakistan, the officials highlighted that reducing inclusion gaps in the country had been a major motivation of the company. Over the years, Telenor launched a number of services, including access to financial services through Easypaisa, consultancy services for farmers across the country through Khushaal Zamindar, access to Digital Birth Registration in remote areas using mobile connectivity, among others.