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Formulate broadband policy consistent with changing technology

Jabbar asks stakeholders

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar asked the concerned stakeholders to formulate a broadband policy consistent with the possible changes in digital technology for fulfilling people needs by 2041.

The minister also said that it was time to formulate a broadband policy suitable for the Fifth Industrial Revolution based on the views of all stakeholders and experts.

He said this while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of Bangladesh Broadband Policy 2022 on Broadband ICT Infrastructure, Services and Connections organised by BTRC at a hotel in the capital on Wednesday. The minister noted that in the light of 5G technology, it is essential to convert broadband to Gbps, not Mbps.   

BTRC Chairman Shyam Sundar Sikder presided over the function while Secretary of Posts and Telecommunications Md Khalilur Rahman addressed the function as a special guest.

Asia Pacific Head of Alliance for Affordable Internet Anju Mangal, Policy Advisor of A2I Anir Chowdhury, and Professor of Dhaka University Latifa Jamal spoke on the occasion.

BTRC Director General Brigadier General Nasim Parvez presented the keynote address.

The minister highlighted the various initiatives taken by the government to make internet accessible and said that in 2008 the price of internet per Mbps in the country was Tk 27,000. At present it is available for only Tk 60. He said that the limits of internet data packages should not be fixed.

Mustafa Jabbar called upon the people concerned to be diligent in determining the package keeping in view the satisfaction of the people in the light of the rules and regulations.

The Minister described the formulation of any policy as a very difficult task and said that the broadband policy needs to be worked out in the next 20 years.

Mustafa Jabbar said that no policy can be complete if the work plan is not proper. The Secretary for Posts and Telecommunications expressed hope that the new broadband policy would play a helpful role in accelerating the government's development programme in the decision-making process.

He called upon all stakeholders, including stakeholders, to work together to formulate an appropriate policy.

BTRC Chairman said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Digital Bangladesh programme has enabled Bangladesh to maintain good economic condition even in the short run.

He mentioned that BTRC is working tirelessly to make Digital Bangladesh stronger.