Mohsin Mushtaq, Federal Secretary for Information Technology and Telecom (MoITT) performed the groundbreaking of Pakistan’s first 5G Innovation Lab at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Islamabad powered by the country’s leading digital operator Jazz in collaboration with Huawei.
He was accompanied by Shiza Fatima, PM’s Special Assistant on Youth Affairs; Muhammad Naveed, Member Finance Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA); Kaan Terzioğlu, VEON Group CEO; Augie K Fabela, Co-Founder Veon; Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, Jazz along with other key ICT industry stakeholders.
By leveraging its high bandwidth, low latency, and advanced security, the 5G Innovation Lab will help researchers to work on potential use cases for 5G in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented/Virtual Reality and hi, healthcare, Industry 4.0, agriculture, security, disaster management, entertainment, and the public sector.
Congratulating Jazz, Mohsin Mushtaq, MoITT Secretary said, “This lab will play a pivotal role in helping us build an ecosystem to explore 5G-enabled use cases in Agritech, EdTech etc. while serving as a conduit for the interplay of technologies like Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity.
Kaan Terzioğlu, VEON Group CEO said, “While our priority is to provide 4G for all, we must also look at the future of communications where 5G will have an important role to play. Jazz is making a major commitment towards innovation in the country and exploring the potential of 5G to help transform business and society. We set out to empower our customers while enhancing the prosperity of the countries we operate in, and Jazz’s 5G innovation lab aims to deliver both in Pakistan.”
Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony, CEO Jazz Aamir Ibrahim said that back in 2020 Jazz took the lead initiative in 5G tests and trials in a limited environment and today we are taking it a step ahead by developing Pakistan’s first 5G innovation lab in collaboration with NUST. This partnership will help researchers, entrepreneurs, and the academic world to better understand the opportunities, value and usefulness of 5G spearheading the implementation of use cases for co-innovation ecosystem development.