Jazz, Pakistan’s leading telecommunication operator, laid the foundation of the country’s first 5G Innovation Lab at the National University of Science and Technology Islamabad, in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Federal Secretary for Information Technology and Telecom (MoITT) Mohsin Mushtaq on Wednesday performed the groundbreaking of Jazz’s 5G Innovation Lab at NUST. He was accompanied by Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Youth Affairs Shaza Fatima, PTA Member Finance Muhammad Naveed, VEON Group CEO Kaan Terzioglu, Co-Founder Veon Augie K Fabela, Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim, 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 healthcare, Industry 4.0, agriculture, security, disaster management, entertainment, and the public sector.
Congratulating Jazz, MoITT Secretary Mohsin Mushtaq said, “This lab will play a pivotal role in helping us build an ecosystem to explore 5G-enabled use cases in Agritech, EdTech and other sectors while serving as a conduit for the interplay of technologies like artificial intelligence/machine learning, internet of things (IoT), and cybersecurity.
VEON Group CEO Kaan Terzioglu 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.”
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.”