The minister made these remarks during a virtual meeting with Julian Gorman, Head of Asia Pacific (APAC), GSMA to discuss the financial health and sustainability of the telecom industry in Pakistan.
The minister discussed the readiness of the government for the commercial launch of 5G in Pakistan with tangible steps taken by the ministry after broad consultation including the World Bank, telecom industry, and international stakeholders.
The minister assured all possible support and measures to facilitate the telecom industry, 5G strategy, and readiness for the upcoming spectrum auction. He also highlighted that ample progress has been made in finalization of telecom infrastructure and spectrum sharing framework.
Member Telecom Omar Malik briefed regarding steps for 5G readiness, ecosystem scale-up, and smart device manufacturing progress. Long-distance international regime for fiberization, Internet of Things (IoT) licensing, and emerging Wi-Fi 6E framework were also deliberated.
Universal Service Fund (USF) CEO Haaris Mahmood highlighted the fiber optic projects led by USF under MoITT which was well commended by GSMA.
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