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Google country director says 5G rollout will help Pakistan's tech ecosystem - Business Recorder

Last updated Friday, November 25, 2022 09:05 ET

Google Country Director for Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh Farhan Siddique Qureshi said on Friday that Pakistan has proved itself as a high-growth market and any technological advancement, including the expected rollout of 5G, will boost the tech ecosystem in the country.
Qureshi was talking to journalists at the sidelines of an event where YouTube, an online video sharing and social media platform, hosted its first Brandcast in Pakistan. YouTube is owned by Google.
Speaking to Business Recorder, Qureshi said “different kinds of technological advancement will not only help Pakistan but also the wider technology sector”.
His comments came as Federal Minister for IT & Telecom Syed Aminul Haque has been seen pushing the launch of 5G launch in the country. In August, the minister said that the technology would be launched before elections next year.
Meanwhile, Google’s country head underlined that Pakistan possessed a huge youth population that makes it a high growth market. He said that despite connectivity and accessibility issues, significant growth was yet to be seen in the country.
According to Google and Kantar’s Unlocking Digital in Rural Pakistan research, YouTube is the most popular online video platform in the country as 62% of online Pakistanis of age bracket 18-24 have reported watching YouTube once a month or more. The same study found that 48% of Pakistanis living in rural areas are now online and YouTube was popular among 78% of them.
Qureshi stated...

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