POST TIME: 13 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Govt eyes 5G by 2020
Expert to be appointed within 3 months, says BTRC chief
Staff Reporter

Govt eyes 5G by 2020

After successful launch of 4G service last month, government is now planning to rollout the 5th generation (5G) service by 2020 in Bangladesh to get better connectivity with the capacity of a high volume of data, BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood said yesterday.  

“An expert will be appointed within 3 months for conducting a feasibility study to access different aspects of 5G launching,” Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chairman told The Independent.      

5G networks, promise more speed, can serve a higher density of broadband users, and are optimised for Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to everyday objects becoming intelligent with the ability to send and receive data.

“5G offers potential for services such as Internet of Things (IOT) services, augmented reality and virtual reality which can be delivered using the new technology, Mahmood said.

Earlier on February 13, BTRC held the 4G spectrum auction for allocating new frequencies to mobile operators. The government earned Tk 5268.51 crore in revenue.

Banglalink took 10.6 MHz spectrum from different two bands - 2100 and 1800, with a price of Tk. 2558 crore while Grameenphone took 5MHz from 1800 band with a price of Tk. 1284 crore.

Grameenphone, Robi, and Banglalink have started 4G service in selected areas immediately after receiving the licence for the fourth-generation mobile internet in February.  

Some 6.5 crore subscribers are using 3G services in Bangladesh at this moment.  

After the launch of 4G service, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) stressed on the quality of service where the minimum speed for the service would be set at 7 Mbps.