Staff Correspondent: High-speed internet will be provided to every village in the country through fibre optic cable connections by 2025, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said.
He made the remarks during a press conference after a meeting with the newly elected executive committee of the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB).
Referring to internet as the “lifeline of the digital economy” to turn villages into cities, Palak said he wanted to make high-speed internet accessible to every household just like electricity.
The minister said, “Soon, under the Public Procurement Rules and through ISPAB, 109,000 fibre optic connections will be established in rural areas by 2024 and 20 lakh by 2025.”
He also called on the ICT families, including the ISPAB, to work together to make internet the fifth basic service, emphasising the importance of awareness alongside making internet easier and more accessible.
He said, “Internet service providers have played the most important role in providing affordable high-speed internet services to all. So we will work as a family to build an innovative Bangladesh,”
A working committee headed by Rezaul Maqsood Jahedi, director-general of the ICT Department, has been constituted yesterday to convey this last-line solution through the members of ISPAB.
Referring ISPAB as one of the partners in the implementation of Digital Bangladesh, Palak said that a letter would be sent to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to make the import of routers and switches tax-free for internet service providers and to include their services in the ITES.
He also said that the ICT department would do its utmost to set up a “Digital Network Lab” through ISPAB to keep children safe on the internet and to discipline the internet content.
The minister assured all possible assistance in the implementation of the four proposals of the newly elected committee of the ISPAB.
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