Bangladesh is yet to come under full 3G coverage while 4G has just been introduced. But there is already rumour about 5G. The fifth-generation wireless technology is expected to be available from 2020.
Sources at Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) say talks will soon be held with the advisers about the matter.
Telecom and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said: “The world will embrace 5G in 2020. So, we too will have to accept new technology and must move on to 5G. There is no option for procrastination.”
But he dubbed moving on to 5G in 2020 an ambitious dream. “It will be a challenge for us,” he said.
After its introduction, all technologies, goods and services will become 5G-based, the minister said, adding that there should be more thoughts regarding these things.
He said technology was ever changing. Before adopting a new technology we have to decide how it will benefit us and if it is compatible with the socio-economic condition and then take necessary preparations.
It would take time, he added. “If the use of technology leads to joblessness, then it will not bring in a good result.”
BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood said Bangladesh would enter the 5G era. “Advisers of the International Telecommunication Union will be contacted for this,” he added.
When handing over 4G licences, he had said Bangladesh would lag behind if it did not adopt new technologies. “Many are questioning why 4G is being introduced when the country is yet fully come under 3G coverage. I will tell them that we will move on to 5G. There is no option to avoid technology,” he added.
5G, the next generation wireless technology promises to go beyond phones and link up everything from vehicles to household devices, or anything else with an internet connection at far greater speeds.
Unlike 2G, 3G and 4G that focused on mobile phones, the promoters of 5G say it offers faster, more stable connections for cars, homes, factories and offices.