Jabbar asks telcos to get ready for 5G in 2021


Posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar on Tuesday asked all the mobile network operators (MNOs) to get ready to introduce 5G mobile services in 2021.
‘Those who are yet to start preparing themselves for 5G service, they [MNOs] should know that the government is determined to introduce 5G in 2021 as per the election manifesto,’ he added.
The minister was addressing a seminar titled ‘Transmission Network for Digital Bangladesh: Present and Future’ as the chief guest, organised by the Telecom Reporters’ Network, Bangladesh (TRNB) in a city hotel.
Apprehending no country could move ahead without adopting modern technology, Jabbar put emphasis on embracing new technologies to pull the country ahead in line with the digital Bangladesh campaign launched by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The minister also advised the MNOs and other operators in country’s telecommunication sector to take on new business plan in line with the new technologies.
‘5G would not bring massive changes for individual users, rather it would render substantial transformation in industrial segments,’ said Jabbar, adding, ‘I believe our MNOs could switch to 5G technology comfortably based on their 4G infrastructures.’
The minister also directed the operators concerned to offer internet service across the country at same price. He asked the nationwide telecommunication transmission company (NTTN) and internet service providers to abstain from blaming game and solve problems through discussion.
Referring to the election manifesto of present Awami League government, he said same internet speed and facilities of city had to be ensured in village but ‘additional cost would not be accepted’.
‘We have to ensure ‘one country, one rate’ for internet and if require the government would give subsidy, but [you] have to find out the right place for subsidy,’ added Jabbar.
According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory
Commission, NTTN company fiber@home has total 42,441km optical fibre while another NTTN company, Summit owns 42,145km fibre, Railway 2,500km fibre, PGCB 5,773km fibre and the BTCL also has optical fibre.
Apart from the NTTN companies, MNO Banglalink laid 3,000km fibre while Grameenphone 2,745km and Robi 1,033 km fibre optic cable across the country.
BTRC chairman Jahurul Haque said there was no doubt that Bangladesh had moved ahead tremendously in last ten years and all had contributed to the progress.
‘We want you (operators) do good business, but offering good services to the customers first.’
Echoing the minister, the BTRC chairman also asked all the operators to solve problems through discussion leaving ‘blame game’.
Fiber@home managing director Moinul Huq Siddiquee, Summit communication chief executive officer Arif Al Islam, Grameenphone deputy CEO Yasir Azman, Robi vice-president Anamika Bhakta, ISPAB president MA Hakim and former AMTOB secretary TIM Nurul Kabir also spoke, among others, on the occasion.
TRNB president Muhammad Zahidul Islam chaired the meeting while secretary Samir Kumar Dey made keynote presentation.