Dhaka: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has said that 5G services will be launched in the country by the end of this year. “We plan to launch 5G technology on a trial basis by the end of this year,” he said at a business roundtable in New York.
He added that as the government is committed to providing broadband internet services to the people at the end of the day, there is no shortage of capacity and bandwidth in Bangladesh. “We have a lot of capacity and optical fiber,” he said.
Joy added that end-users do not use the Internet through fixed lines. They use mobile internet.
“For this reason, we are facing the challenge of somewhat deficient in spectrum expansion,” he said.
Due to overcrowding, we have to give this connection in a wide space and additional connections have to be given through auction. And for this, we are giving more spectrum to the mobile operators. ‘
Noting that they launched 4G a few years ago, the Prime Minister's Adviser on Information and Communication Technology added, “We hope that mobile operators will be able to launch 4G in remote rural areas (at the end) using the extra spectrum.”
“Through 4G and 5G together, we are trying to solve the problem of internet connectivity up to the last frontier of the country,” he added. Since there is a lot of capacity and fiber in the country. ‘
The US-Bangladesh Business Council hosted a business round table in honour of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 21 September.
The Prime Minister is currently in New York to attend the 7th General Assembly of the United Nations. The Prime Minister virtually joined the round table titled ‘Bangladesh Forward: The New Frontier for Growth'.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy said they have launched Online Identity (KYC) in the last two years and launched another service just a few weeks ago. As a result, instant payment can be made to any bank account in Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister's Adviser on Information and Communication Technology added that until now, before the launch of the service, it would have taken up to two days to make the payment. Joy appealed to the participants at the round table, “You will not be deprived of these services online. Your system is able to connect to these services. ‘
Joy said some more digital payment systems are also in the experimental process. One of them is IDPP-which will enable MFS for interconnection in the country.
He added, ‘So we are in the process of launching these services and we are happy to work with you on this. If you have any suggestions in this regard, you can give them.