Knowledge of technology is essential for a smart economy

People’s main concerns relate to the quality of telecom services, faster internet speed and data plans, said Shyam Sunder Sikder, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission. Photo: star/file

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People’s main concerns relate to the quality of telecom services, faster internet speed and data plans, said Shyam Sunder Sikder, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission. Photo: star/file

Improving knowledge on technology among people, government and industry is key to making a ‘smart Bangladesh’, experts said yesterday.

“People, industry and government organizations are still not prepared for 5G with enough use cases, so we need to educate them first,” said Shyam Sunder Sikder, chairman of the Regulatory Commission for 5G. Bangladesh Telecommunications (BTRC).

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He went on to say that 5G is needed for the automation of healthcare, industries, seaports, education, airports and agriculture as this is how the country will get a smart economy. .

Sikder was speaking at a three-day session of the 17th Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum 2022 on “Smart Bangladesh: Opportunity and Challenge of the Mobile Telecommunications Industry” at the Center for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific.

He went on to say that 5G will increase the use of the Internet of Things (IOT), which will connect devices and people.

“We have allocated 190MZ spectrum to operators, but they need huge investment to roll out,” he said.

Also, consumers are not concerned about the price of 5G or the latest technologies.

“People’s main concerns center around faster internet speed, service quality, unlimited data plan, and rollover,” Sikder said.

“It is true that people face such problems. I also get complaints from users who cannot transfer their data. There is an information gap between customers and the operator,” he said. he adds.

Sikder then informed that if a customer purchases a similar package, their unused data will not carry over.

“Thus, mobile network operators should take steps to close the gap,” he said.

Hans Martin Hoegh Henrichsen, General Affairs Manager at Grameenphone, gave a speech during the session on Smart Bangladesh.

He said high-speed internet was essential to building a smart economy.

“A complete portfolio of a smart village/city will require the integration of multiple services that can impact different verticals. As such, a flexible, scalable and open platform-based solution will be central to overall enablement,” he added. .

Henrichsen has focused on developing a wide range of IOT solutions.

The government recently introduced its Smart Bangladesh goal which is based on four pillars: smart economy, smart society, smart government and smart citizen.

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