The government has initiated a move to go for a test run of 5G mobile phone services in July to understand the newly emerging technology which is yet to be launched anywhere in the world.
Posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar told New Age on Friday, ‘The initiative is about to conduct a trial run of the 5G services but not to launch it. The trial run would be conducted any day in July.’
Asked, what was the rationale behind the 5G test run only five months after the 4G launch in the country, the minister said, ‘The trial run of 5G technology is completely unrelated to the launch of 4G service.’
‘The 5G technology has been emerging in the world and many counties would introduce the technology within 2020. So, why should we not take preparations for it?’ he said.
It would be prudent to introduce the service in Bangladesh when it would be launched in other countries, the telecom minister said.
According to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) report, to qualify for a 5G a connection should meet most of the eight criteria.
The criteria include 1-10 Gigabyte per second connections to end points in the field that would allow a user to download a high-definition movie within 4-40 seconds whereas it requires around 3.5 minutes to download such movie by using 4G technology.
The criteria also include one millisecond end-to-end round trip delay, 100 per cent coverage and 90 per cent reduction in network energy usage.
According to officials of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the leading mobile technology vendor in Bangladesh, Huawei, is expected to conduct a daylong trial run of the fifth generation technology with the help of two mobile operators Robi and Teletalk at the Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on July 25.
The BTRC has already allotted 800 Megahertz spectrum to Huawei on a temporary basis for the purpose.
Under the allocation, the Chinese telecom giant would be allowed to use the spectrum on 27555 to 28355 bands for a week and the event will be organised under the title of Bangladesh 5G Summit.