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5G service in pakistan being launched from dec 2022

Pakistan will promote ditigalisation of telecom, education, railway and other areas

ISLAMABAD: The 5G internet services will be launched in Pakistan from Dec 2021, Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haq said. He said WhatsApp like mobile-phone chat and Beep will also introduced for the government employees with the aim to secure data.

The minister made this announcement while addressing a ceremony at the Digital Government Summit, held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, on Monday.

Aminul Haq said his ministry would collaborate with Google Cloud and TechValley in adopting the cutting-edge technology in areas including block-chain technology, artificial intelligence, finding industrial solutions and building smart cities. Taking the challenge of COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity, he said, his ministry took the steps to improve connectivity in ensuring facilities in education, health and finance.

He said that 100 million people at present were using broadband facilities. He also said that 5G spectrum auction was an option to raise US$ 1 billion.

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood said after the Covid-19, the canvas of the education system in Pakistan has changed with the introduction of distant learning through television and radio schools.

The challenge of digital expansion and e-learning facilities to the students in remote areas for an access to academic lectures and teachers’ training will be promoted.

Minister said the Ministry of Education was working with Google Cloud and TechValley to launch a project in Islamabad based on the concept of blended technology by experimenting with smart boards, tablets and smart phones as per different age groups.

Federal Minister for Railways Senator Azam Khan Swati said Pakistan Railways was heading on the path of digitalisation and productivity as Google Cloud and TechValley had introduced cutting-edge technology to make the institution an emerging public department.

By the end of June 2022, he said, Pakistan Railways would become a profitable public sector entity through technological solutions in environment-friendly transportation, increased passenger and freight trains, checking scrap theft and outsourcing of dry ports.

Managing Director Google Cloud for Asia Pacific Paul Wilson, in his video address from Singapore, said Google was collaborating with public agencies to support economic development aligned to the situations, especially during Covid-19.

He expressed pleasure that the government of Pakistan was endeavouring to achieve better outcomes across the public sector through employee productivity and effective agency operations.

He mentioned that Google expertise could be applied to build government solutions in streamlining workflows, intelligent transportation, health and human services platform, smart and sustainable cities and the remote office and finance platforms.

CEO TechValley Pakistan Umer Farooq said as a partner with Google Cloud and the Ministry of IT, his company was promoting the culture of technology to pave the way towards economic development. He mentioned that TechValley had so far trained 8,000 professionals and conducted 5,000 workshops on areas such as access to world class services, industry solutions, and real-time analytics. Head of Managed Services Providers Google Sean Lim also joined via video-link.

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