Lahore (APP): Wi-Tribe will be launching 4.5G service for the first time in Pakistan, with the target to be operational in five cities by June 2017.

According to media reports, Wi-Tribe has announced a $15 million contract, forming a strategic partnership with China's Huawei, for the advanced up-gradation of LTE services in at least five cities , including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, and Faisalabad.

4.5G provides better performance than 4G systems and is used as an interim step towards the deployment of full 5G capability. The technology will initially be tested at the head office in Islamabad before it becomes fully operational across the city.

This is the first time that LTE-A (5G) is being inducted in Pakistan's broadband-saturated market. This is also the first time that 3.5 Ghz is being deployed in South Asia and the Middle East.