Tk 1,930 crore proposed for ICT
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed Taka 1,930 crore for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division in the budget for 2019-20 fiscal.
The minister also proposed Taka 3,461 crore for Post and Telecommunication Division for 2019-20 fiscal.
“Establishing ‘Digital Bangladesh’ is one of the key commitments of the Government. Work on necessary infrastructural development and extensive expansion of the information communication technologies has been undertaken with a view to providing easy public service to the doorsteps of the people in the country,” Kamal’s budget speech read.
“Broadband internet access facilities have been extended up to the union level. Already all districts and divisions in the country have been brought under the 4G network, and mobile networks have been established in inaccessible upazilas. The government is taking necessary preparations to quickly rollout fifth generation (5G) mobile services,” it added.
The budget speech further said around 18 thousand 434 government offices under the ministries, divisions, directorates, districts and upazilas have been connected through an integrated network.
About 28 high-tech parks or software technology parks are being set up in the country. Meanwhile, work on three high-tech parks has been completed. The setting up of ‘Bangabandhu High-tech City on 355 acres of land in Kaliakoir of Gazipur is progressing well.
The government has set up the National Data Center (Tier-3 Certified). Steps have been taken to ensure all types of information security across the country to avoid security risks for the nationwide information technology network.
“The successful launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 in the space, draped in red-green flag colour, has been completed.
Bangabandu Satellite-1 has eased the expansion of broadcast-based services in the remote areas. It has also ended our dependency on global telecommunications services. There has been a lot of improvement in the case of communications for defense and disaster management,” Kamal’s budget speech read.