State-owned mobile operator Teletalk is all set to launch fifth generation mobile technology (5G) service in the country today (Sunday).
With this, the country is entering the 5G era as the ninth country of the world.
Post and telecommunication minister Mustafa Jabbar made this assertion while speaking as chief guest at a press briefing on 5G launch at the secretariat office in the capital on Saturday.
The minister said, “In 2020, eight countries in the world launched 5G. Malaysia will launch in March next year. We are fortunate to be the ninth country to introduce this technology.”
“Initially, the service will be launched through Teletalk at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka, Dhanmondi-32, Bangladesh Secretariat, Manik Mia Avenue, and outside Dhaka in Savar and Tungipara,” added the minister.
The Minister said, “This auspicious moment of 5G inauguration will be unforgettable in the history of development of digital technology. Bangladesh is entering the 5G era as a continuation of the visionary program announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 12, 2008 to build a digital Bangladesh.”
5G mobile networks is one of the essential technologies to meet the challenges of artificial intelligence, IoT, robotics, big data, blockchain, automation and other technologies in the transformation of new civilizations in the world following the digital revolution.
Mustafa Jabbar said, “The Awami League’s election manifesto announced in 2018 promised to launch 5G in Bangladesh between 2021 and 2023. Following this, Teletalk is going to launch 5G in a limited range.”
Initially, 5G coverage will be available to six places across the country, but later Teletalk will launch this technology service in 200 important areas of Dhaka city. The technology will be launched by three private mobile operators in March next year following the spectrum auction. Preparations are underway to launch this service in important industrial zones of the country, especially in special economic zones, through Teletalk and BTCL after 2022.