Bangladesh ready to launch 5G by 2021: Jabbar

Staff Correspondent

30 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh is likely to launch 5G technology in the country anytime this year.

"Following the advise of Prime Minister's Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, we have completed preparation of launching 5G within 2021," said Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

He made this remark while speaking as the chief guest at the webinar on "Huawei Career Congress 2021, Bangladesh" organised by Huawei virtually on Thursday.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder, and Huawei Technologies Limited Bangladesh CEO Zhang Zhengjun, spoke on the occasion.

Mustafa Jabbar said that 5G is not just a high-speed digital connection; it is the backbone of modern technology in the digital age. "Huawei's cooperation in completing 5G tests in the country in 2018 was a great experience for us," he added.

It can be used in all areas of life and will create a new era by revolutionizing agriculture and industry, he said, adding, "After missing three industrial revolutions in the agricultural age, we are building it to lead in the digital age."

Referring to the Digital Bangladesh programme as a programme to be emulated by the world, the minister said, "Bangladesh has made a groundbreaking change in the establishment of digital connectivity in the last 12 years as a continuation of the Digital Bangladesh programme."

The installation of optical fiber network connection in every union of the country is in the final stage, Jabbar added.

Huawei will be showcasing the latest innovations from their R&D for knowledge sharing and enlightenment.

With this demonstration, the industry players will be well aware of the potential ICT inclusions to different industries and how those inclusions can be beneficial in the socio-economic aspect.

In his speech, Shyam Sunder Sikder said that Huawei organised this congress as a common platform to facilitate exchange of knowledge among national and international organisations and individuals.

This arrangement has a great potential to amplify the digital growth of Bangladesh by broadening the thinking process of every one, he said.

In addition, Zhang Zhengjun, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, shared, "We will continuously increase our R&D investment that allows us to keep enhancing the competitiveness of our products and services."

In Bangladesh, we commit to keep investment on talent cultivation and joint solution innovation with partners this year, he added. Global Public Affairs of Huawei Vice President Edward Zhou, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited CTO Xu Dongjian, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited COO Tao Guangyao, and other officials, among others, were also present at the function.