Bangladesh state-run operator Teletalk has partnered with leading global ICT solution provider Huawei to roll out 5G in the South Asian country.
Under this contract, Huawei is to provide the industry-leading and globally acclaimed technology to Teletalk for ensuring a seamless 5G experience, said a press release.
Initially, the 5G network will be available in 6 locations around the Bangladesh Secretariat, the National Parliament area, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, the National Monument in Savar, and the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation in Tungipara, Gopalganj. Coverage will gradually expand to more regions of the country.
A program titled ‘New Era with 5G’ was held on Sunday at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden to mark the historic launch.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser, said, “The key to realizing Digital Bangladesh is connectivity. In the era of connectivity, now everything is going digital. I would like to thank the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, and BTRC. They worked hard to implement 5G. I would also like to thank Huawei for their contribution in implementing the 5G service. We believe that we will be able to keep pace with the developed world, and Digital Bangladesh will continue to move forward.”
Mustafa Jabbar, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Division, said, “From only 8 hundred thousand internet users and 40 million people with mobile connections in 2008, we have been able to bring in drastic changes within 13 years. 2G and 3G are able to satisfy our day-to-day needs, whereas 5G can go much beyond that. It can expand the horizons for industries, businesses, agriculture, healthcare, and much more. Also thanks to our long term digital eco partner Huawei, their continuous effort and advanced technology to accelerate Digital Bangladesh”
Zhang Zhengjun, CEO of Huawei Bangladesh, added, “We believe 5G will change society with diversified applications for individuals, homes, and industries. And Huawei will always be there to facilitate Bangladesh with its innovative technology because we are in Bangladesh, for Bangladesh.”
At the event, a temporary 5G site was launched. Members of the audience experienced AR/VR services, learned about innovative 5G use cases, and experienced 969 Mbps speed and 4~10 ms latency first hand. A game-changing wireless mobile technology, 5G can provide, ultra-reliable low latency communications, and support for up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer, also facilitating the availability of rural broadband via fixed wireless access, thereby reducing the digital divide.