First 5G innovation lab established to assess the utility of telecom services



ISLAMABAD: In a partnership between industry and academia, Pakistan’s first 5G innovation lab was established on Wednesday at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust).

The innovation lab’s goal is to evaluate the social-ecological potential of 5G and introduce locally developed solutions to issues such as health, education, mobility, and businesses. The “innovation lab” is a research project that will use Jazz and Huawei technologies to find out how 5G telecom services will affect and benefit Pakistani society. Nust’s various disciplines will also be involved.

The project will assist researchers in working on potential use cases for 5G in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality, healthcare, manufacturing and service, agriculture, security, disaster management, entertainment, and the public sector by leveraging its high bandwidth, low latency, and advanced security.

The Federal Secretary for Information Technology and Telecom (MoITT), Mohsin Mushtaq, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the 5G Innovation Lab. He stated that the lab will be crucial in assisting in the creation of an ecosystem to investigate 5G-enabled use cases of IT and telecommunications technologies.

Speakers pointed out that, unlike 4G, 5G was used for more than just data and phone calls, encouraging the digitization of other industries.

Jazz’s parent company, VEON Group, CEO Kaan Terzioglu stated that 5G would play a significant role in the foreseeable future of communications. He said that Jazz’s top priority was to provide 4G to everyone, but it was also making a big commitment to innovation in the country and looking into how 5G could help change business and society.

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