‘Bandwidth usage grows 100pc amid pandemic’

Staff Correspondent

8 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said the usage of Internet bandwidth increased to 2100 Gbps during coronavirus pandemic, growing over cent percent from the pre-Covid usage.

"Usage of Internet bandwidth increased to 2100 Gbps during pandemic. This is more than cent percent growth from the pre-Covid usage of 1000 Gbps,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a virtual meeting titled "Information System Audit" organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Bangladesh (ICAB) in Dhaka recently.

“Only 8 Gbps bandwidth was used in the country in 2008 and the number of users was 0.8 million which has now increased to 11 million," he added.

Mustafa Jabbar stressed the need to

develop tools for audit work as Bangladesh, like in case of other software, is showing signs of efficiency in the development of financial software.

"The sector is becoming a potential sector by overcoming the existing stagnation in the financial audit sector," he added.

The minister also said the software-related products contributed greatly to GDP during the Third Industrial Revolution, adding that the intellectual property contributed 37 percent to US GDP.

"Bangladesh may not be able to make big software like Oracle but we are far ahead in terms of capabilities as we are exporting software to 80 countries of the world," the minister said.

He called upon the ICT trade bodies to come forward to make the government's initiative a success.

With ICAB President MH Hossain in the chair, ICAB leader Ali Ashfaq conducted the session, also attended by other senior officials of the organisation.