Bangladesh has received 5G! The country’s first commercial 5G network went live yesterday. 5G, which is being rolled out by Teletalk Bangladesh Limited with technical backing from Huawei, would speed up Bangladesh’s digital transformation and make a wide range of innovative technologies available to everyone.
The 5G network would initially be offered in six locations: the Bangladesh Secretariat, the National Parliament area, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, the National Monument in Savar, and the Father of the Nation’s mausoleum at Tungipara, Gopalganj. More areas of the country will be covered as time goes on.
To commemorate the historic inauguration, a program titled “New Era with 5G” was conducted on Sunday at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden. The event’s principal guest was Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the Honorable Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser.
Mustafa Jabbar, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Division, was an honored guest at the occasion. Md Khalilur Rahman, Secretary of the Posts and Telecommunications Division; Shyam Sunder Sikder, Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission; Md Shahab Uddin, Managing Director of Teletalk Bangladesh Limited; Yasir Azman, CEO of Grameephone Limited; and Erik Aas, CEO of Banglalink Digital Communications Ltd also attended the ceremony.
Simon Lin, President of Huawei’s Asia Pacific area, and Zhang Zhengjun, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, represented Huawei. Both took part virtually and extended a message of congratulations to all those in attendance as well as Bangladesh as a whole. Sheikh Hasina, the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, also sent a video message with her inspiring message.
A temporary 5G site was launched at the ceremony. Audience members got a firsthand look at AR/VR services, learned about innovative 5G use cases, and experienced 969 Mbps speed and 410 ms latency. 5G is a game-changing wireless mobile technology that can deliver up to 20 Gbps of bandwidth, ultra-reliable low latency communications, and up to 1 million connected devices per sq. km. It also makes rural broadband more accessible through fixed wireless connections, bridging the digital divide.