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The availability of high-speed internet in the country’s 2,600 unions will ensure easy access of 100 million rural people to various online services and generate employment opportunities.
Officials say necessary equipments have already been installed in 2,300 unions and about 9,500 km optical fibre cable lines have been set up so far to establish broadband internet connectivity, reports BSS.
“Some 2,600 unions are expected to come under high-speed internet connectivity by December this year as about 90 percent work is completed so far,” said ICT Secretary Zuena Aziz.
She said the remaining works, including setting up Point of Presence (PoP) and Virtual Private Network (VPN), are expected to be completed by June 2019.
In line with its Digital Bangladesh vision, the government launched a project titled, ‘InfoSarker (phase-3)’ under Bangladesh Computer Council of the ICT Division aimed at providing various services, including banking, telemedicine, education, health, agriculture, social safety net programme, digitally and generating outsourcing and online related jobs.
The project has already been conferred with two prestigious international awards – ‘e-Asia 2017’ and ‘ASOCIO 2018 Digital Government’.
Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb said the high-speed
internet connectivity is being ensured in the rural areas to ensure rural people’s easy access to various online services.
“There will be no digital divide as the rural people will enjoy services like urban ones,” he said, adding that the use of ICT by both the urban and rural people will help achieve target of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the officials of ICT Division, the government had a plan to turn all the digital centres, including 4,550 union digital centres, into mini Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Centres aiming to involve the educated youths of rural areas in various online jobs, including outsourcing and e-commerce.
Project Director of InfoSarker-3 Bikarna Kumar Ghose said nearly 100 million people of rural areas will enjoy the services once the project is implemented.
“Establishing connectivity to 2,600 unions will generate employment for the educated youths of rural areas as they will get an opportunity to use ICT for outsourcing and other online related works,” he said.
A senior official of the ICT Division said the ultimate goal of the government is to set up information centre in every village of the country to ensure optimal use of ICT to improve livelihood of rural people.
As per the goal, he said, the government launched InfoSarker project phase 1, 2 and 3 to bring districts, upazilas and unions under broadband connectivity. In the next phase, the villages will come under broadband connectivity, he added.