Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Telecom industry grows rapidly: Jabbar

Post and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said Bangladesh’s communications industry has been growing rapidly since the Digital Bangladesh Strategy was announced in 2008.

He made the remarks while delivering a keynote speech titled “Bangladesh National Digital Strategy and Practices” on the first day of Huawei APAC (Asia Pacific) Digital Innovation Congress 2022 in Singapore on Thursday.

The minister said that mobile broadband coverage in the country has reached 98.5 percent at the end of 2021, and the users base has expanded from 40 million in 2018 to 180 million now.

“The internet has drastically changed the lives of the people of Bangladesh. The time-befitting and prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the support from all stakeholders in this sector have helped Bangladesh effectively carry on education, healthcare, and economic activities during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mustafa Jabbar said.

In his speech, the minister cited a publication of the United Nations Broadband Commission in 2021 where they published Bangladesh’s telecom sector’s achievements regarding attaining SDG  5B (1), 9C (1), and 17.8(1).

The two-day APAC Digital Innovation Congress began on Thursday, shedding light on what lies ahead in the digital realm for the economies around the world.

It has been an excellent opportunity to fraternise and connect with industry leaders and experts and share ideas about ways to ensure sustainable growth through digital innovations, the organisers said.

The event was also addressed, among others by Dato' Sri Dr Adham bin Baba, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia; Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman, Huawei; Dr Yang Mee Eng, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation; Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand, and Simon Lin, President, Huawei Asia Pacific Region.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder also attended the conference.