GSMA: Pakistan to remain at the lowest end in 5G coverage and smartphone usage in Asia-Pacific

A government minister remarks that the Pakistani authorities aim to surpass the GSMA figures.

Navigating the mobile connectivity landscape - Telecoms.comPakistan will be at the lowest end in terms of smartphone users and 5G coverage in the Asia-Pacific region by 2025.

This was revealed by the GSMA — an organization that represents the interests of mobile network operators globally — in its “The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2021” report.

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Meanwhile, the Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication, Syed Amin Ul Haque, remarked that the authorities had taken vital initiatives.

This would help the South Asian country surpass the projections made by the GSMA.

The GSMA report disclosed that South Korea, one of the Four Asian Tigers, was the first country in the region to launch 5G in 2018.

The countries that are generally included in the Asia-Pacific region are colored Dark Green. The countries that are included in some definitions but not all are colored Light Green.

The East Asian country was followed by AustraliaMaldives, and New Zealand in 2019.

In 2020, GuamJapanLaosNorthern Mariana Islands, the PhilippinesSingapore, and Thailand, went ahead with their 5G rollout.

In 2021, IndonesiaVietnam, and Malaysia successfully achieved their goal of launching 5G.

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On the other hand, Brunei DarussalamIndia, and Cambodia aim to roll out 5G by 2022.

Meanwhile, PakistanBangladesh, and Samoa aim to launch 5G in 2023 — some of the last countries in the region to do so.

The report added that over 80% of connections in the Asia-Pacific region would be via smartphones in 2025.

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Nevertheless, among the list of the selected 12 states, Pakistan and Bangladesh are forecast to be the only countries that would fail to achieve this benchmark.

The report also disclosed that Pakistan’s mobile market has significant potential.

However, the South Asian country lacks behind other countries due to the low levels of mobile internet adoption, smartphone take-up, and usage of digital services.

It added that some policies might have adversely affected Pakistan’s digital development.

Nevertheless, the GSMA has acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to spread IT and telecom services across the nation.

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