High speed broadband connectivity in 4,500 union parishads by 2021: Palak

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DHAKA, May 2, 2021 (BSS) – State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak today said that a total of 4,500 Union Parishads of the country will be brought under fiber optic high speed broadband connectivity by 2021.

He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at the virtual inaugural ceremony of ‘Union Level Broadband Connectivity Establishment’, a project undertaken by the government to reach internet in the telecommunication deprived areas, said a press release.

“High-speed fiber optical cable connectivity has already reached about 3,800 unions in the country at present. Through the ‘Connected Bangladesh’ project of the ICT Department, high speed internet connectivity will be extended to 617 Union Digital Centers in remote areas of the country and the construction of core infrastructure will be completed by this year,” Palak said.

“As per the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, all the remaining unions, including the hills and islands, where fiber optical cable can’t be taken directly, will be connected through Bangabandhu 1 satellite,” he said hoping that the young generation in remote areas will be able to enjoy the benefits and develop themselves as entrepreneurs as freelancers.

The state minister also said that ‘School of Future’, a model school, would be set up in each parliamentary constituency to build skilled human resources, where everything including course curriculum will be online, said the release.

He then called upon all concerned to provide internet service to the people while maintaining the quality of work.

Later, Palak inaugurated the work of setting up Union level broadband connectivity.

Senior Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology NM Ziaul Alam chaired the meeting,

Members of parliament Motahar Hossain, Rezwan Ahmed Tawfiq, Pankaj Nath, Mahfuzur Rahman, Tanvir Shakil Joy, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Chairman Shyam Sundar Sikder and Bangladesh Computer Council Executive Director Parthapratim Dev also spoke, among others.