10 crore people come under high-speed internet facility: Momen

10 crore people come under high-speed internet facility: Momen, According to Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, since the government is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leveraging information technology, approximately 10 crore people living in 60% of the country’s geographical areas are now covered by high-speed internet access.

10 crore people come under high-speed internet facility: Momen

 

10 crore people come under high-speed internet facility: Momen

 

“Bangladesh government is committed to utilize the facilities of the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ and leverage the IT to achieve the sustainable development goals, create employment for all and transform the country into a developed one,” he said. The foreign minister made the remarks while speaking at a function at a city hotel here on the occasion of the end of National ICT Infra-Network for Bangladesh Government Phase-III (Info-Sarker Phase-3) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division, said a press release.

Momen said that the Info-Sarker Phase-3 project has played a vital role in connecting the citizens with a successful implementation of Connecting Citizens target, one of the four pillars of ‘Digital Bangladesh’. The scheme, according to the foreign minister, has given entrepreneurs at Union Digital Centers (UDCs) free access to 5 Mbps broadband service for the past four years, enabling them to serve about 80 crore, rural residents, with government services.

Some 1,09,244 government institutions, including educational institutions, health complexes, land offices, and other government offices, at the village level across the country, are being brought under the broadband connectivity under the project, he said, adding that employment opportunities have been created for a large number of young people through freelancing at the project areas.

State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak presided over the function while Ambassador of China to Bangladesh Li Jiming, Senior Secretary of the ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam, CEO (Secretary) of Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPA) of the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Md Mushfiqur Rahman and the Executive Director of BCC Ranajit Kumar were present as the special guests.

 

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Project Director of Info-Sarker Phase 3 Project Bikarna Kumar Ghosh delivered the welcome speech at the event while Executive Director of BCC Ranajit Kumar gave the vote of thanks. Managing Director of CRIG Guo Wei and CEO of Huawei Technologies Bangladesh Limited Pan Junfeng also spoke at the function, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Palak highlighted the progress of Bangladesh in the information technology sector and projected an overall picture on the development of ‘Digital Bangladesh’.

Noting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had declared to transform the every village into town in her party’s election manifesto during the last election, he said, “If we could provide electricity, internet, modern road connectivity, education and health to our villagers, they will not shift or relocate to towns”.

Palak added: “I think if we get the approval from both governments to modernise our urban and rural lifestyle through ICT project, we can really provide all the necessary modern services to our citizens”. He requested the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh for giving special consideration to approve the project. Info-Sarker Phase-3 Project jointly funded by governments of Bangladesh and China was launched in 2017 aimed at providing high-speed internet service to rural towns of the country.

 

10 crore people come under high-speed internet facility: Momen

 

Apart from supporting to create employment in the country, the project also aimed at increasing the network capacity of the Union Digital Center (UDC) for establishing network connectivity in different offices, schools, colleges, growth centers and other government offices at the Union level.

In accordance with the project, 2600 unions nationwide now have high-speed broadband internet access, and 1000 police stations are also now connected via VPN. The project received awards from e-Asia in 2017 for Creative Inclusive Digital Opportunities, the ASOCIO in 2018 for Digital Government Award, and the WSIS in 2019 for Information and Communications Infrastructure Infrastructure Champion.

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