Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications

Khalid Maqbool Says 5G Services in Pakistan Could Launch in 2019


According to sources Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications says 5G Services in Pakistan Could Launch next year; hopefully it would appeal massive foreign investment. Customers in Pakistan has already been successfully experiencing 3G and 4G mobile broadband technology, with the number of users increasing with each passing day.

We need to announce more advanced services in mobile broadband arena not only to facilitate the customers but also to appeal valuable foreign investment and meet modern necessities, he said in an exclusive talk with APP after planting a seedling at National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Headquarters.

IT Minister kicked off Plant for Pakistan campaign at NTC under which 5000 plants will be planted at its different sites throughout the country. Managing Director NTC Brig (r) Viqar Rashid Khan and other senior officers of NTC were also present on the occasion.

Responding to a question, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said, “The world is changing very quickly and to contest with other nations we need to adopt new technologies.” Expressed the hope keeping in view the status of IT sector in Pakistan, he said foreign companies would approach themselves to launch the modern 5G service.


The foreign companies are also interested to invest in Pakistan which is a huge market for foreign investors and the 5th largest free-lancing country in the globe. When asked about priorities of the new government, he said,

We will take with all good creativities taken by previous regimes while shortcomings would also be addressed. Our basic objective is to harvest results which should be beneficial both for players and consumers.

IT Minister Says Pakistan Could Launch 5G Services in 2019

After 5G Services in Pakistan we would start new project that were supposed to be started by the previous governments,” he said, regretting that the country can attract more investments in case IT sector has been effectively focused.

Replying to another question, the Minister said, we will talk to concern authorities to explain the tax on Telco’s and telecommunication companies. Further, he added it is our duty to ensure transparency in all ministries and departments and also improve the capability of department working under ministry of IT and Telecommunication.

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