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Digital Bangladesh now a reality: Hasan

DHAKA, May 19, 2019 (BSS) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said the

concept of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ is now not a dream, but a reality though it was beyond

the imagination of the people when Awami League (AL) incorporated the concept in its

election manifesto before the general election of 2008.

“When we mentioned about the concept of digital Bangladesh in our election manifesto

in 2008, many people made fun with it. Now it is not a dream, but a reality,” he said.

The minister was addressing the first launching anniversary of the country’s first

communication satellite Bangabandhu-I (BS-I) and formal inaugural function of satellite

as the chief guest at InterContinental hotel in the city.

Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar and State Minister for

Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak addressed the

function as special guests with Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited

(BCSCL) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmud in the chair.

Dr Hasan said the number of internet users in 2009 was about 40 lakh in the country

which now stood at 9.15 crore.

The total concept of Digital Bangladesh was came from Information and Communication

Technology Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the minister said

adding that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is now implementing it.

‘Bangabandhu Satellite-1’ is a milestone on the way of building Sheikh Hasina’s

‘Digital Bangladesh’ with a pledge to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said.

The prime minister is implanting the dreams which she showed the countrymen, Hasan

said, adding, “We can exceed our dream, if we could work together with sincerity”.

Exceed

Addressing the function, Mustafa Jabbar said BS-1 is a matter of pride for the nation

while it is also matter of pride that “Our sons” will operate it.

Earlier, people of the country had faced interruption in internet service during

natural calamities, but the BS-1 will ensure uninterrupted internet service in any

situation, the minister said. After successful launching of the BS-1, the government is

now working on BS-2, he added.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak said as per the government target of bringing all the unions of

the country under the internet service by 2021, the unions in remote areas, where

getting internet connection is not possible through optical fiber, will be brought

under the service.

He also said that the cost of the BS-1 will be realized by the first seven or eight

years.

Information Secretary Abdul Malek and ICT division secretary and other officials

concerned were present in the function.

Earlier, the information minister distributed prizes among the winners of essay

competition marking the first launching anniversary of the BS-1 and formal inauguration

of commercial operation of the satellite.

He released a commemorative postal stamp worth Taka 10, the first-day cover worth

Taka 10 and a data card worth Taka 5 on the occasion.

In the function, six televisions channels struck deals with the BCSCL. The six TVs-

Dipto TV, Samoy TV, Jamuna Tv, Bijoy TV, Bangla TV and MY TV will now broadcast their

programs through BS-I.

In the ceremony, the BCSCL also signed a memorandum of understanding with state owned

Sonali Bank to provide connectivity from BS-I.

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