Bangladesh’s state operator Teletalk has revealed its goal of launching 5G services before the end of 2021.
The country’s telecoms minister Mustafa Jabbar told local news outlet The Independent that the government had planned the 5G launch, with the operator testing the technology in partnership with Robi and Huawei. He added that other operators were planning to deploy 5G in 2022.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has not yet sold 5G spectrum, although an auction is slated for December 2021. However, TeleGeography reports that the regulator allocated 60MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum to Teletalk in September this year as a means of ensuring it could implement its 5G offering.
A further 400MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum is available, and operators will be able to bid on it via a tender process.