PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday successfully tested 5G technology in collaboration with Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and KP Information Technology Board (KPITB) under the umbrella of Department of Science and Information Technology.

The 5G trial was conducted in a limited environment on a non-commercial basis at Durshal Incubation Centre, Peshawar. Senior Minister for Information Technology, Science and Food Atif Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. At the ceremony, demonstrations were made on Cloud Gaming, successful remote surgery concept, and an overview of anticipated 5G technology applications in Pakistan.

The surgeons will be able to perform surgeries remotely in the far-flung areas once the infrastructure and systems are operational.

Atif Khan said on the occasion that successful trials for 5G technology have been held in collaboration with PTCL Group that will pave the way for supporting the prime minister’s vision of a Digital Pakistan. The minister said the new technology will enable provision of best medical and healthcare facilities to remote areas, international level education opportunities to the underserved areas, and would have a significant overall impact on the socio-economic landscape of the country.

Atif Khan facilitated all the stakeholders to make significant contribution in arranging this latest technology demonstration.

PTCL Chief Business Services Officer Zarrar Hasham Khan said the PTCL is committed in fulfilling aspirations for digital transformation in the provinces and is proud to partner with KP to conduct successful 5G trials in a limited environment. He said that it will accelerate the process of digitalization and economic growth by connecting masses with the robust purpose-built technologies and create new opportunities.

Zarrar Khan said that being the backbone of connectivity in the country, PTCL supports efforts of the government by providing innovative IT infrastructure and solutions that will surely turn the vision of a Digital Pakistan into a reality. He said this futuristic technology will enable innovation in diverse sectors including remote education, public safety, transportation, health, manufacturing, and many others.

Furthermore, KPITB and PTCL signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for mutual collaboration and agreed to work together to promote KP’s Digital Policy and realise the prime minister’s vision of a Digital Pakistan.

 

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