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Pakistan Establishes Framework for Test and Development of Future Technologies

On June 26, 2019, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) unveiled the framework for test and development of future technologies (particularly 5G wireless networks) in the country. The framework enables the use of radio spectrum on trial basis for non-commercial purposes to carry out trials for innovative use of radio frequency spectrum, apparatus/equipment, and academic purposes including but not limited to scientific research, radio concepts, and new systems demonstrations.

The document contains the terms and conditions that will be complied by an entity/organization, which intends to conduct trials, demonstrate systems and/or services in Pakistan-based on IMT 2020 for the purpose of demonstrating readiness for new technologies in standalone (SA) and/or non standalone (NSA) environment including but not limited to identified use cases of EMBB (enhanced mobile broadband), URLLC (ultra reliable and low-latency communications), and MMTC (massive machine type communications) through slicing, orchestration, and management techniques, application and use case development, etc. for better spectral efficiency and improved overall user experience.

The applicant will apply for authorization to the PTA in accordance with the checklist at Annex-A of this framework. The PTA will analyze the application and may require any clarification or additional information from the applicant in a timely manner. Once the application is complete in all aspects, the PTA may forward the same to the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB).

The FAB will assign the spectrum to be used for subject trials as per the act, which is effective from the date of authorization issued by the PTA. Mere assignment of the spectrum by the FAB is not giving the applicant the right to use the same until authorization is obtained from the PTA. Upon the assignment of spectrum by the FAB, the PTA will issue authorization to the applicant consistent with the terms and conditions. The grant of authorization will be subject to fulfillment of all the formalities by the applicant.

The official document is available here.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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