With reference to Zong recent 5G advertisement in print and electronic media, the public is informed that Zong was only allowed to carry out test and trial of 5G Technology, in line with the policy of Government of Pakistan. The Cellular Mobile Operator (CMO), that is, Zong is not authorized to offer commercial mobile services based on 5G technology in Pakistan.
To this end, Zong has already been communicated by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to withdraw any advertisements that may mislead the public regarding availability of commercial services based on 5G network.
In line with the policy directive issued by the Government of Pakistan, PTA has unveiled its road map for facilitating public testing of 5G technology and related services in Pakistan this year. This trial was the first one to be conducted. Other CMOs will also conduct 5G trials in the future, under policy guidelines.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Ordinance 1994, established the primary regulatory framework for the telecommunication industry including the establishment of an authority. Thereafter, Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act no XVII was promulgated in 1996 that aimed to reorganize the telecom sector of Pakistan. Under Telecom Reorganization Act 1996, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was established to regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunication systems, and the provision of telecom services. PTA has its headquarters at Islamabad and zonal offices located at Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Gilgit Baltistan and Muzaffarabad.