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Telecoms plan unveiled

Fibre-optic network to connect unions; hospitals, schools to get computers, net facilities

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday unveiled an ambitious digitisation plan for building Bangladesh as a country fully furnished with modern telecommunications system for faster delivery of services to the people.

Under the mega-scheme 'Digital Bangladesh: Plan of Connecting People', all Union Parishads will be linked with fibre-optic network, upazilas will also get Community e-Centre, and hospitals and schools get computer, web-cam and internet.

Already, 100 Union Parishads have been selected for giving fibre-optic cable connections while another 1,000 unions will be bound with the cross-country cable network soon.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Concept Paper on 'Digital Bangladesh: Plan of Connecting People' at a city hotel, the PM urged the country's scientists, technological experts and engineers to turn Bangladesh self-sufficient in using technologies rather than depending on foreign countries and agencies.

Prime Minister's son, eminent computer scientist Sajeeb Wazed Joy, presented the theme paper of the function presenting and suggesting the priority tasks to turn Bangladesh into a true digital country.

Pushing a button of a computer, the premier opened the technical part of the agenda, aimed at breaking the digital divide between the advanced world and a developing country like Bangladesh.

Hasina disclosed that Community e-Centre will be set up in all upazilas of the country. Already, five upazilas have got Community e-Centre and 128 upazilas computer labs.

She said in line with government's commitment to provide quality health services to the mass people, the government will give computers, web-cam and internet facilities to all hospitals of the country.

Besides, e-centre for Rural Community will be set up at 8,500 post offices of the country to ensure proper management of the postal services.

Moreover, the government is making arrangement to provide videoconferencing facility between PM's office and the cabinet division, deputy commissioners of 64 districts and 7 divisional headquarters.

The government is also constructing necessary infrastructures to set up Hi-tech Park in Gazipur and install country's own satellite to strengthen local telecommunications system, she informed.

Hasina said it is not possible to implement all the development programmes by the government alone and urged all concerned to help the government turn Bangladesh into a digital, modern country by 2021.

“I strongly hope joint ventures under public-private partnerships will fulfil our dream of building a digital Bangladesh,” she said.

Hasina mentioned that the ICT Policy 2009 has already been approved and the ICT ACT 2009 formulated, which will expedite the country's ICT industry's growth and joint efforts of public and private sectors.

The PM said some 1,500 laptops have been distributed to various educational institutions while computer labs equipped with internet facilities will be set up gradually.

“Our children are working successfully in various international institutions. If they are given necessary facilities, they will make tremendous contribution to the effort for turning Bangladesh into a technology-based modern country,” she told.

Post and Telecommunications Ministry arranged the function with its Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju in the chair. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I Toure addressed the function as special guest.

Post and Telecommunications Secretary Sunil Kanti Bose and BTRC Chairman Maj Gen (rtd) Zia Ahmed also addressed the function.

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We are waiting for that day.

: M Rahman

Remove (or reduce 90%) all tariffs on the electronic gadgets, audio-visual equipments, communication gears (legal ones) and various others (which are widely popular in the developed world).

Look at Hong Kong!



  • Ashraf siddiquee bitu
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:16 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    We truly appreciate this intend and all will be happy if it really happens. Simultaneously we need uninterrupted power supply to make it a practical approach.

  • Sayeed Rushd
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:25 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    This is what I am waiting for. It is still a plan. I wish all the best for its completion. Once our villages are connected to the world via internet, the villagers will change Bangladesh. Politics and bureaucracy will become insignificant to harm our country. Current progress of China and India is due to similar connectivity. I will extend my life long support to Awamileague, if this government can initiate such connectivity.

  • Ehtesham
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:49 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    There is nothing in this world called a computer scientist.

  • A-True_Mujib_Fan
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:58 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    Since when Prime Minister's son, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, is a eminent computer scientist? Any publications, work record etc etc?

  • Ranjit Podder
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 05:32 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    An awesome plan for Digital Bangladesh by the right person who studied and lived in a digitalized country for long. The precondition to be digitaized is the ceaseless supply of electricity. There is no power failure in the countries who use technology for diversified communication. For example, students at a university enter the library, issue books themselves but if they do not issue the books, there are 'Beeps' at the exit to tell the on-duty people that unissued books are being taken out. The concerned person comes and tells to issue the book(s) before taking out. Alongside that there are CCTV cameras everywhere. Students can enter into any buildings they are entitled to (common room, library, gym, ICT room etc.) with the help of the student ID card and password. So what is needed for that? The answer is - A huge power generating plant, may be a nuclear one.

    University of Canterbury

    New Zealand

  • Underground
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 05:36 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    This is one bright step forward. Unlike industries dependent on natural resources, IT industry requires little capital. Therefore, it is high time the lightweight economy of Bangladesh pursues it as a ladder up.

    Moreover, communities outside Dhaka suffer from a severe lack of communication. While mobile phones are making commendable inroads, they cannot compensate for the heavy-duty capacities of Internet bandwidths. Connecting people will dramatically improve efficiencies and overall social welfare.

  • Sunny
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 05:44 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    Digital Bangladesh,, without electricity? How exactly does that work? All these FIber Optic Network will do what other than some good handsome contract and money.... how does that benefit the need of more power generation and the need for the productivity increase?

  • M Fazle Taher
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 07:26 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    I think it's more important to take steps for proper education first before we are pouring on becoming a digital country. Only by educating people we can teach them why becoming digital is necessary not just forcing them to use something they are not yet familiar with. Because these boxes will start taking jobs and making everyone scared instead of giving hope.

  • Stanford Pereira
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 09:22 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    Dear Sir,

    More than anything we need to at least try to solve or improve the power crisis, and acute water supply, we receive water two days a week, and have to keep awake till late night to fetch water. Trust the GOB will at least try to resolve this nagging problem.

  • Uzzal
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 10:31 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    This is what we expected to develop IT sector as well as communication in Bangladesh. Good initiatives indeed. Looking forward to materialize the plans!

  • Hasan Masud
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 09:31 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    Thanks PM to take such kind of inititive to make Bangladesh a digital country where every body will get the upto date facality.Definitely it is much important to improve the telecommunications system to turn Bangladseh a real digital Bangladesh.We are developing country.we should realize first if we want to build up a digital Bangladesh we should first develop the rulal area where more than 90% people lives and deprive of upto date facality for living.Honorable PM realized that true and trying to provide them all the facality which will make Bangladesh a happy and successful country.

    we want to see the Bangladesh a fully digitalized Bangladesh.

  • Wednesday, March 3, 2010 11:34 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    We hope the Govt. will not break his assurance to make our country developed, more digitized.

    All the responsible civilian will be with the govt. for the betterment of our country.

  • Sajeda
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 11:07 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    I humbly request Mr. Joy to have a close look at BRAC and see how they have linked their 400 offices across the country with IT & telephone connectivities.


  • Nigar Sultana Kana
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 10:12 AM GMT+06:00 (310 weeks ago)

    I think this is a very good plan and preparation of the government. It will prosper our country and eliminate poverty/darkness if we involve more people in technology.





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