The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has commenced the initial preparations for awarding 5G mobile data licences to operators in 2020, The Daily Star writes. BTRC Commissioner for Spectrum Management Md Aminul Hassan said that ‘the BTRC would have to do a lot of work this year to ensure smooth 5G service in 2020,’ adding that the regulator has asked all mobile network operators to give presentations regarding 5G technology.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the first test run of 5G technology in Bangladesh took place in July 2018 in Dhaka, showcasing download speeds of up to 4.17Gbps. The trial was conducted by equipment vendor Huawei and local cellco Robi Axiata, in cooperation with the Ministry of Posts, Telecoms & Information Technology (MoPTI). The demonstration aimed to show how a 5G ecosystem can be cultivated in the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ project.