Zong today presented his 5G network to the world at an event attended by Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary of the Information Technology and Telecommunications Division, Division General (Retired) Amir Azeem Bajwa, President of the PTA and Dr. Wang Zhihua, Economic & Commercial Counselor, Chinese Embassy, along with dignitaries from various government entities, the telecommunications industry and the corporate sector.
Zong was allowed to perform 5G tests after a green signal from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, in an agreement where the company can test its 5G network availability within limited geographical limits.
If you are wondering, commercial tests are not allowed for now and, therefore, regular customers will not be able to see or test the Zong 5G network. Not to mention that you must have a 5G-enabled phone to test and experience the 5G network, and these smartphones are very rare so far.
Not to mention that commercial tests or large-scale deployments for 5G networks will take a longer period of time. While we can’t be sure, you can expect this to happen after a year or two at least.
In fact, and according to people with privileged information, there are fewer than 1,000 5G-enabled phones in Pakistani networks for now, which means there are no commercial arguments for a widely extended 5G network deployment. But, again, this will change and the market will be prepared in about two years or so.
Also to take into account, the PTA has to prepare the regulatory framework and, ultimately, the spectrum for the operators of its 5G networks.
Returning to today’s event and the 5G Zong test, ProPakistani received exclusive access to test the speeds. We were able to witness the speed of 1 Gbps, and even beyond. In fact, at some point the speed tests reached 1.4 Gbps on the screens.
Zong also showed several applications and use cases for its 5G network. They were obviously working in a laboratory environment for now.
Look at the 5G speed test we did ourselves at the Zong headquarters in Islamabad:
Below are some pictures from the event: