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5G to boost digital economy of C'wealth countries

  • Published at 06:58 pm September 30th, 2019
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Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar addresses the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization’s (CTO) 59th international council meeting and annual forum at a hotel in Dhaka on Monday ,September 30, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Say speakers at CTO

The 5G technology would be the next booster for digital economy of the Commonwealth countries, said speakers at the opening session of the 59th Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization forum in the capital yesterday.

Post and Telecommunication Minister Mostafa Jabbar inaugurated the event at hotel Intercontinental Dhaka as part CTO forum’s four-day council meeting hosted by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. 

The session, Towards a Digital Commonwealth, was chaired by the acting secretary general of the CTO Gisa Fuatai Purcell.    

"I believe, the 5G will become the next booster for the digitalization as well as industrialization of the county in the coming days,’ said Jabbar in his speech.

He said the country made great progress towards digitalization in the last 10 years.

"For the future we have already tested the 5G technology. Also we are working on educating people about the internet use. 5G is not only for browsing Facebook but it will connect machines which will help to improve the next phase of industrialization," he said.

Echoing Jabbar, Gisa Fuatai Purcell said 5G would change the way people were using the internet.

"Like when we had 3G there was internet in our hand but we could hardly do much with it. When 4G technology was introduced, things changed rapidly and internet becomes more useful in so many ways. So the next level internet technology will surely change things for the better and help to improve the digital economy," she said.

CTO Chairman Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, also the minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communication of Fiji, in his speech said that security of the data would also be important as the world was moving towards faster internet like 5G.

"Most of the data is in the hand of big multinational companies and the security of the data is a huge concern. We have increased data flow and we need to protect those. The paradox is the people do not want to give their data to the government considering it private, but telecom companies already have those information,’ he said.

The theme of this year’s council is ‘Towards a Digital Commonwealth’ where issues related to spectrum neutrality, data safety policies, over the top services, cyber security policies would be discussed among other issues, organizers said.    

Around 300 delegates from Commonwealth countries including senior government officials, private sector stakeholders are expected to participate in 15 sessions of the council.

In the opening remark, the BTRC Chairman Jahirul Haque said hosting the CTO forum for the second time was an honor for the country.

AKM Rahmatullah, parliament standing committee on telecom ministry, and Ashok Kumar Biswas were also present.