Bangladesh is set to enter the 5G era on December 12, 2021, on a trial basis involving about BDT 200 crore. The project will be rolled out by the state-owned telecom operator Teletalk, with the infrastructure and technical support from Huawei Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will mark ‘Digital Bangladesh Day 2021’ by putting an end to all the speculation about 5G technology ambition. According to the posts and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar, ‘A few publicly important places such as Bangabhaban, Gonobhaban, Sangsad Bhaban, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh Secretariat, and Dhanmondi 32 are planned to launch the 5G network services initially.’
The service will be expanded to 200 locations by 2022 for commercial customers.
In October 2021, Huawei signed an agreement with Teletalk to provide 5G technology services. Ensuring a seamless 5G experience, Teletalk will be provided with the industry-leading and globally acclaimed technology by Huawei, which is leading the global 5G technology standard.
The government is planning to introduce 5G networks in the big industrial and economic zones, as the 5G network can deliver data speeds up to 50 times faster than 4G networks and serve as critical infrastructure for a range of industries. After that, 5G will be expanded to divisional cities and district levels based on demand. Primarily 5G will be used to augment artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT), and factories that need high internet speeds for running the latest machinery.
According to Mustafa Jabbar, there would be no need to set up new towers or base transceiver stations (BTS) for the 5G network thanks to a new project approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Dec 10, 2021.
Mr. Kevin Xu, Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Bangladesh said to a leading newspaper of Bangladesh that, as ICT is fundamental to the digital economy of Bangladesh, 5G can address the challenge of improving the ICT sector as a whole. With the introduction of 5G, we can decrease carbon footprints by making remote jobs much easier to do.