The government is planning to roll out fifth generation (FG) mobile network technology by end of this year as per its election manifesto, said Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
“We have a plan to introduce 5G mobile network either on December 12, 2021 or December, 16, 2021,” Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar told a webinar organised by Telecom Reporters’ Network Bangladesh (TRNB) on Saturday.
“We are in now an advance stage to introduce 5G network compared with other associate countries,” the ministeradded.
“The process of launching 5G technology is a planned effort of the government. Teletalk will launch 5G technology by December. It will expand later. We will also see other operators rolling out 5G within 2022.”
He said the government is creating the environment of the best use of 5G technology.
The government is also working to introduce 5G at five special economic zones, he said.
Bangladesh has already built up capacity to produce or assemble 90 percent of cell-phone device locally, the minister said.
TRNB president Rashed Mehdi chaired the webinar while its general secretary Samir Kumer Dey presented the keynote paper on “5G: Ecosystem in Bangladesh and Upcoming Technologies.”
The virtual event was also attended, among others, by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chairman Shyam Sunder, BTRC commissioner (spectrum) AKM Shahiduzzaman, Teletalk managing director Md Shahab Uddin, Banglalink chief executive officer (CEO) Erik Aas, Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman, Robi acting CEO M Riyaaz Rasheed, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited COO Taoguangyao and L M Ericsson Bangladesh Ltd country head Abdus Salam.
BTRC chairman said, “The regulatory body is drafting a broadband policy and this is expected to be complete in February or March next year.”
He said the BTRC will launch the 5G in Dhaka city in December and in rest of the country next year.
BTRC commissioner of spectrum AKM Shahiduzzaman said the 5G spectrum will belaunched in Dhaka as experimental basis in December this year.
“The quality of 3G and 4G services is now improving as the government has allocated additional spectrum to MNOs,” he said.
Robi's acting CEO M Riyaaz Rasheed said,“5G is going to be the next determiner of telecom services.” He urged all to make concerted efforts to make it successful.
Grameenphone’s CEO Yasir Azman said, “Technology, devices, infrastructure and spectrum are complementary to each other for reaping the benefits of 5G. It is important to keep in mind how affordably spectrum can be allocated to ensure 5G.”
AMTOB chairman and Banglalink CEO Erik Aas said “5G needs to be looked from an application point of view. To that end, the spectrum policy needs to be addressed rightly by keeping the user experience in mind.” Teletalk MD Md. Shahab Uddin said, “We are trying to launch 5G by the end of December, 2021. But we need device capability, handset capability and high-quality fiber for 5G.”
Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited COO Taoguangyao said, “4G has changed lives, 5G will change the society.”
Country Manager of LM Ericsson (Bangladesh) Abdus Salam said, “5G basically needs 1800-2100 frequency. We have a scope of dynamic spectrum sharing. We are waiting for BTRC license and looking forward to implementing all the networks and technologies for 5G connectivity.”
In his keynote speech, TRNB general secretary Samir Kumar Dey said, “By 2025, every application will be dependent on 5G (wireless robot, car, transportation and smart manufacturing).”
“Our whole livelihood would under 5G connectivity by 2025. So, investment in the ICT sector of Bangladesh should be increased in order to give our users the best experience and ensure cyber safety.”