The Khyber-Paktunkhwa (K-P) government has conducted a successful trial of 5G technology in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) “in a limited environment on a non-commercial basis”.
The 5G trial conducted in a limited environment on a non-commercial basis was organised at Durshal Incubation Centre in Peshawar, where the provincial Minister for Science, Technology & IT Atif Khan was the chief guest, the PTCL said in a statement.
The demonstrations included successful remote surgery concept, cloud gaming and an overview of anticipated 5G technology applications in Pakistan. “Once the infrastructure and systems are operational, surgeons will be able to perform surgeries remotely in the far-flung areas,” the communique added.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said: “I am glad to participate today at this significant milestone event in the history of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, where we have successfully conducted trials for 5G technology, in collaboration with the PTCL Group that will pave the way for supporting the prime minister’s vision of a Digital Pakistan. This technology, once deployed, will enable the provision of the best medical and healthcare facilities to remote areas, provide international level education opportunities to the underserved areas, and have a significant overall impact on the socio-economic landscape of the country. I congratulate all the stakeholders to make a significant contribution in arranging this latest technology demonstration.”
Zarrar Hasham Khan, chief business services officer, PTCL, said: “The PTCL is committed to fulfilling aspirations for digital transformation in the provinces and is proud to partner with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to conduct successful 5G trials in a limited environment today. It will accelerate the process of digitalisation and economic growth by connecting the masses with robust purpose-built technologies and create new opportunities. Being the backbone of connectivity in the country, we support the efforts of the government by providing innovative IT infrastructure and solutions that will surely turn the vision of a Digital Pakistan into a reality.”
This futuristic technology will enable innovation in diverse sectors including remote education, public safety, transportation, health, manufacturing, and many others.
Furthermore, the KPITB and the PTCL signed an MoU for mutual collaboration and agreed to work together to promote K-P’s digital policy and realise the PM’s vision of a digital Pakistan, the statement added.