ICT Adviser Joy to inaugurate 5G on Dec 12
Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, the prime minister's ICT affairs adviser, will inaugurate 5G services on December 12.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy will inaugurate the 5G mobile services in the month of victory," said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's "Sonar Bangla" would enter the 5G era in the month of victory, as the state-run mobile operator Teletalk initially was going to launch 5G on a trial basis to gain experience.
He joined a seminar on "5G: the frontier technology" virtually and said the government has pledged in the 2018 election to launch the latest mobile technology service 5G in the country between 2021 and 2023.
Awami League's Science and Technology Affairs Sub-Committee organised the seminar with its chairman, Professor Dr Hossain Monsur, in the chair.
Following the promise, Teletalk Bangladesh took preparations to launch 5G on a limited scale next December by connecting to the existing 4G network at the initial stage as per the directions of Posts and Telecommunications Division and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, he said.
"First, limited 5G services will be introduced in some important government offices and business establishments in Dhaka city. It is planned to extend this service to other divisional cities and industrial establishments of the country in phases by 2023," the minister added.
The Awami League general secretary said the 5G technology services would not be limited to customers' mobile broadband and voice calls.
"Through use of this technology, industry, government and enterprise and utility service providers will be able to take advantage of critical mission service, smart grid, smart city, smart factory using IoT, human to machine, machine to machine devices," he said.
Quader said, "This is a milestone initiative in the year of Mujib Borsho. With 5G technology, mobile subscribers will be able to use better quality voice calls and users will be able to get 20 times faster mobile internet access than 4G."
He said driverless vehicles would run on roads through 5G, adding, "We hope that the number of call drops will decrease with introduction of 5G…5G will play an important role in the development of big data and artificial intelligence."
Member Secretary of the Sub-Committee Md Abdus Sabur delivered the welcome speech while Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Vice-Chancellor Prof Munaz Ahmed Noor and Teletalk Bangladesh Managing Director Md Shahab Uddin were present as discussants.
Canadian University of Bangladesh Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohammad Mahfuzul Islam presented the keynote speech. Sub-committee member Ranak Ahsan moderated the seminar.