Grameenphone (GP) has started 5G trial in eight divisional cities from September 22. An inauguration ceremony to trial 5G was held at GPHouse in Dhaka along with all divisional cities, GP said in a statement.
BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder was present at the event as the chief guest, while BTRC E&O Commissioner Engr Md Mohiuddin Ahmed, L&L Commissioner Abu Syed Diljar Hossain, SM Director General Brig General Mohammad Moniruzzaman Jewel, SS Director General Brig General Nasim Parvez, and L&L Director General Ashish Kumar Kundu were also present.
GP CEO Yasir Azman, CMO Sajjad Hasib, CDSO Solaiman Alam, CTO Jai Prakash, CCAO Hans Martin Hoegh Henrichsen and other high officials from Grameenphone, Wipro, Huawei and ZTE graced the ceremony with their presence.
Earlier, GP conducted the trial run for 5G for the first time in the country with some use cases in Dhaka and Chattogram on July 26, 2022. In its continuation, the tech service leader will now be rolling out 5G in eight divisional cities across the country for people to experience 5G connectivity and open up new horizons to be explored.
Shyam Sunder Sikder said, “The number of internet users, as well as smartphone penetration, is increasing day by day, reflecting that the country is going through a huge digital transformation. There are some challenges in ensuring quality of service and we are working together to resolve them. But it does not necessarily stop us from welcoming new technology.”
In a keynote, Yasir Azman said, “Empowering societies and creating opportunities for all through democratising the power of technology is at the core of Grameenphone. With the imminent 4IR, we believe it is our responsibility to accelerate the ongoing digitalisation and harness the opportunities by pioneering the revolution to enable the nation to achieve its vision of becoming a Smart Bangladesh.”
Starting from September 29, 5G will gradually be made available in different locations, including Gulshan GPC, BTRC Serving IEB (Dhaka), BUET building, Mirabazar (Sylhet), Kolatoli (Cox’s Bazar), Khulna, Mymensingh Grameenphone regional office, Rajshahi Alupatti Mor, Rangpur New Market, Chittagong Pahartoly and Cumilla Grameenphone regional office so that mass people can experience the power of 5G network.