Anwar Hossain
The government is going to run a daylong experiment on 5G (fifth generation) mobile technology at the end of this month.
To this end, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has allotted separate spectrum.
Chinese multinational networking, telecommunications equipment Huawei is set for the daylong test run in association with two other mobile operators, Robi and Teletalk at the Pan Pacific Hotel Sonargaon in the capital, on July 25.
The BTRC on a temporary basis, allotted 800 Megahertz spectrum to Huawei. For this, the Chinese telecom service provider company will pay Tk 5 lakh for week long use of the spectrum in between 27555 to 28355. The test run will be titled ‘Bangladesh 5G Summit.’
“As many parts of the world have already introduced 5G , we also are looking forward to starting 5G without wasting further time. By introducing 5G, we want to take lead in this arena by deploying state-of-the-art technology, said Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
But experts in telecom industry raised questions saying, as 4G has been introduced just a few months ago, lots of development still remains to improve and reach 4G to the remote areas of the country, and in that sense it will take more time to implement 5G.
Even some mobile operator are yet to start 4G operation in the country.
It is to be noted, in 1997, Bangladesh introduced 2G services and the subscribers base was 1.08 crore in 2002. After introduction of 3G, the total users rose to near 15 crore in 2018, while internet users stood at over 8 crore.
Fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. South Korea is leading the way, but very few developed countries have conducted test runs.