The federal cabinet in Pakistan has approved a telecom infrastructure-sharing framework and the formation of a committee to auction the spectrum for the next-generation 5G wireless network. The infrastructure-sharing framework aims to help telecom companies share resources such as towers, antennas, and cable ducts, which could reduce operational costs. It is also hoped that this framework will encourage new companies to enter the telecom industry in Pakistan. The committee, headed by Caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar, will play a key role in rolling out the 5G network. It will assess the availability of spectrum across different frequency bands and proceed with its auction based on recommendations from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. The current spectrum allocated to telecom companies in Pakistan is considered insufficient to meet consumer needs. The Minister of IT, Dr Umar Saif, praised the ministry for initiatives aimed at boosting IT and telecom sector exports, including promoting local mobile phone production, supporting freelancer growth, and reducing import reliance.
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