Grass-root ICT hubs to include BPO, data and regional network operation centers

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26th August, 2016 04:07:42 printer

Grass-root ICT hubs to include BPO, data and regional network operation centers

Earnings from business process outsourcing (BPO) would cross the $1-billion mark in the next five years from $130 million a year at present, Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said during inaugural of recent BPO summit in Dhaka.

Four-storey ICT centres will be set up at district and upazila levels to ensure smooth e-service delivery to the grassroots people as the government chases its digital dream.

The Planning Commission has already approved the Preliminary Development Project Proposal (PDPP) to this end involving Tk 156.70 crore. "It'll be implemented by June 2019," said a Planning Commission official, UNB reports.

"Of the total project cost, Tk 24.10 crore is likely to come from the national exchequre while the rest of Tk 132.60 crore as project assistance, likely from the Indian government," the official added.

UNB's Golam Moin Uddin reports, the official, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the government is going to take various ICT activities at the grassroots level, but there are no sufficient government offices under the ICT Division.

For a sustainable ICT infrastructures and e-service delivery to the grassroots level, it requires independent office buildings which may include Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centers, mini data centre, regional network operation centre, as the government has declared 'Vision 2021: Digital Bangladesh' to make the country as a middle-income one using ICT.

"Some projects are under process to establish BPO centers, NOC (Network Operation Centre) mini data centers," the official said adding, "In the phase one, a limited number of ICT centers will be established. All other upazilas will be covered in the later phase."

Another official at the ICT Division said four-storey ICT centres will be established at 17 upazilas each having 12,000 square feet floor space in each ICT center. "The government will provide the land for each of the ICT centres."

Besides, the official said, one full-fledged ICT training lab will be established in each ICT centre to accommodate 30 participants with all the modern training facilities.

Under each new four-storey ICT centre, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) center, mini data center, NOCs and other necessary ICT equipment will be installed for providing ICT enabled services to the citizens of at the grassroots level.