Huawei, a China-based ICT solutions provider, in association with mobile phone operator Robi Axiata on Wednesday demonstrated 5G (fifth generation) mobile phone service as part of government’s initiative to understand the technology.
The 5G service, however, is yet to be launched anywhere in the world and expected to be emerged in several countries after 2020.
The programme titled ‘Bangladesh 5G Summit 2018’ was held at the Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka where prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar and state minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak were present, among others.
The 5G internet was tested at highest 4.21 gigabits per second.
Organisers said the purpose of the event was to show how a 5G ecosystem could be cultivated in Bangladesh and how to use 5G to respond to the economic transformation of the country as well as the operators.
This next generation of wireless technology is expected to change the way of everyday life as it would allow automatic driving, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data, internet of things, smart city and network, they said.
They also informed that 25 telecom operators had already announced that they would launch 5G in 32 counties in next 2-3 years and its evolvement would continue until 2030.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy said, ‘I am a techie. Whenever there is a new technology, I want to have it.’
‘Even though we have recently launched 4G, we are talking about 5G. It’s not a dream, it’s become a reality now,’ he said.
He also informed that his goal was to make Bangladesh become one of the first countries to deploy 5G in the world.
‘I want Bangladesh to relentlessly move forward. I promise you we would introduce 5G in Bangladesh in our next term, if you vote for Awami League once again,’ Joy said.
He also informed that the country advanced to 4G from 1G over a span of just a few years.
‘Technologically, Bangladesh was the most backward countries in the world.
Now, see, where we are,’ he said.
The PM’s ICT affairs adviser said, ‘I put pressure on the regulators to reduce the cost of internet by 99 per cent within 5 years in the first term of our consecutive two terms,’ he said.
‘Now, Bangladesh has one of the cheapest prices for internet in the world,’ he said. Mustafa Jabbar said, ‘Historically, Bangladesh has been considered backward. But, with the trial run of 5G technology we have proved that Bangladesh and other countries in the world stand on an equal footing.’
‘Proper rollout of 4G would play vital role in 5G launch. That’s why, operators should give emphasis on the issue,’ he said.
Robi managing director and chief executive officer Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said, ‘Complete manifestation of digital Bangladesh is not possible without latest technologies, such as 5G.’
‘5G gives us once in a lifetime opportunity to rethink our education, health, housing, transport, shipping and all the other sectors imaginable for the socio-economic development of the country,’ he said.