Dhaka : Grameenphone, the strongest and the fastest growing mobile network with a subscriber base of 72 million customers, on January 14 revealed in a report listing the seven most anticipated tech trends for 2019 at panel discussion held at GPHouse.
The report was presented by Bjorn Hansen, Vice Presi-dent, Telenor Research.
Scientists and technology analysts of Telenor Research, Telenor Group's research arm, each year reveals this report highlighting top seven trends which they believe will define the year to come.
The breakthrough topics this year contain the likes of Deep-fake, Artificial Intelligence, mass expansion of 5G, emergence of mass industrial IoT, voice activated chat-bots for homes, and tech awareness factors such as screen time control and mobile-driven green technology.
As Bangladesh continues its journey in attaining its vision of a Digital Bangladesh, the country is expected to experience these new global trends.
As a part of the report launch, a panel discussion was also arranged where Grameen-phone's CEO, Michael P. Foley, Hasan Rahman Ratan, Managing Director, Datasoft Manufacturing and Assembly Inc. Ltd, Hussain Elius, CEO, Pathao, Reduan Hasan Khan, Head of ICT Business, Grameenphone, Soaiba Sarwat Synthia, Head of Digital & Analytics Operation, Grameenphone were also present in the event and took part in the panel discussion.
Though the developments of 5G have already caught imaginations worldwide, 2019 will be the first year when communities will experience the true potential of it. 2019 will see commercial advances in 5G along with the first marketing campaigns.
From self-driving auto-steered buses to automated fisheries, from data driven TV and fixed broadband to potential applications of 5G-powered remote surgery - the 5G floodgates will open in 2019, paving the way for commercial services to hit the market in 2020.
The report predicts 2019 to be the year when industrial IoT customers will witness the transition from prototypes to large scale commercial deployments in low-power wide-area (LPWA) ecosystems.
It is expected that industries to roll out large scale IoT, particularly within the arenas of smart cities, industrial manufacturing and process industries, such as shipping, traffic and transport monitoring and fisheries.
Following some early movers, people will increasingly use screen time tracking apps, night-time and do-not-disturb modes on phones, as developers tune the smartphone experience to enable us to have more control over the use of these devices.
Developments in the marketplace as a result of increased screen time awareness and discipline will rise in 2019.
The report also suggests that mobile-driven green technology has been creating awareness amongst consumers focusing on reducing wastes and increasing eco-friendly habits for people across the globe.
Bangladesh has already seen new initiatives like reduction of food wastes, car-sharing platforms, bicycle - only food delivery services and electric cars; mark their presence in 2017-18.
More eco-friendly policies and newer initiatives are expected to expand its presence in the market.
Michael P. Foley, CEO, Grameenphone, stated, "It is a great sign that Bangladesh is adapting quickly with global innovations. Upcoming global trends mentioned in the report clearly points out how industries, companies and startups across the country should prepare themselves. With this integration between technology, lifestyle and industries, we can expect to see revolutionary digital services emerge in the country and the evolution of a true digital eco-system. With Grameenphone as one of the key contributors to the vision of Digital Bangladesh, we will continue to bring new innovations to the market, connect people with what they need most and empower societies."