RAWALPINDI – Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has claimed that Pakistan would be the first country in South Asia which is going to test 5th generation (5G) cellular services to expedite connectivity.

Anusha Rehman was speaking at the In­for­ma­tion Communication Tech­no­­logy (ICT) awards ceremony, held by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Tuesday. “Pakistan recently won the GSMA award and ranked third in the list of mobile telecom operator groups,” she highlighted

The government aimed at providing at least one mobile tower to every 100 users in every village by 2030, she added.

Pakistan Telecom­muni­ca­­tion Authority (PTA) Chairman Ismail Shah, RCCI Presi­dent Raja Amer Iqbal, officials of the Pakistan Software Export Board and officials of other leading IT and telecom companies also attended the ceremony.

Rehman said that information technology was growing in the country and broadband penetration had increased from three per cent to 27pc during last two years. “We are working towards making a digital Pakistan. Digital economy through IT, freelance, start-ups, e-commerce and mobile apps are the future,” Dawn quoted IT minister as saying.

RCCI President Amer said the ICT award initiative was taken to promote healthy competition among organisations working in the IT sector. “The awards aim at giving merit-based recognition to those who have showed better performance throughout the year.”