According to estimates from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), the GDP share of the digital and information technology (IT) sectors would rise to 13 percent by 2025 as a result of the rapid growth of the digital economy over the next five years. According to official ministry documents, the size of the digital economy will significantly increase over the next five years as Pakistan’s adoption of digital technology expands. In the upcoming years, the GDP’s share of the digital economy will increase. While the GDP contribution of the digital and IT sectors will rise from 2.7 percent to 13 percent, the GDP contribution of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) core industry will rise from 1.2 percent to 8.15 percent. According to the information available, Pakistan’s digital economy can be divided into two categories: the ICT core industry and the digital and IT industries. The ICT core industry’s share of the global GDP in 2019 was 1.2 percent. The IT and telecom industry in Pakistan makes about 2.7% of the country’s GDP. Modern ICTs have the ability to accelerate social and economic growth, and this promise will be further realised with the maturation of four enabling technologies: IoT, cloud computing, big data analytics, and AI. The analysis by Huawei predicts that by 2025, the digital economy would be worth $23 trillion. By 2025, there will likely be 100 billion connections, which will accelerate the digital transformation of industries like public utilities, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and finance. By then, 86% of global organisations would be using AI, 85% of enterprise apps will be on the cloud, and data usage will have reached 80%. This implies that 180 billion gigabytes of data will be produced annually, serving as a continuous source of creative intelligence and value creation. The cornerstone for nations to build a digital economy and improve their overall economic competitiveness and well-being is ICT infrastructure and services. They can support sustainable cities and communities by lowering poverty and hunger, improving health, generating new jobs, reducing climate change, and enhancing energy efficiency. In low- and middle-income nations, mobile remains the main method through which many users access the internet (LMICs). The Information Technology University (ITU) estimates that 87 percent of broadband connections in developing nations occurred through mobile devices in 2019. Mobile networks and devices are propelling economic growth by connecting consumers and businesses and delivering public and commercial e-services across a range of industries. According to the report, Pakistan’s mobile ecosystem is becoming more and more crucial to the country’s economic development due to its direct impact on GDP and the productivity and efficiency benefits it fosters in a variety of economic sectors.

The majority of nations currently use 4G as the cornerstone of mobile broadband, and this number is continually increasing. The switch from 4G to 5G is happening at the same time all across the world.

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