PM asks telcos to cut internet service prices

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday while inaugurating ‘Bangladesh Internet Week-2015’ through videoconferencing, right, and computer-generated combo images show government representatives including finance minister AMA Muhith (at Banani in the capital) taking part in the two-way video and audio transmissions from different upazilas. — New Age photos

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday while inaugurating ‘Bangladesh Internet Week-2015’ through videoconferencing, right, and computer-generated combo images show government representatives including finance minister AMA Muhith (at Banani in the capital) taking part in the two-way video and audio transmissions from different upazilas. — New Age photos

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked the telephone operators to bring down internet service fees at consumer level as the government has reduced its bandwidth fees.
She said her government had slashed the price of bandwidth several times and now the price is at Tk 625 against Tk 78,000 in 2008.
The government is going to enact ‘The Digital Security Act’ to ensure safe, secure and optimum use of internet and information technology in the country, Hasina said while inaugurating the ‘Bangladesh Internet Week-2015’ from her Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on the day.
She said digital technology should be particularly safe for children and it should not be used for terrorist and militant activities and for hurting religious sentiment of the people.
Safe and secure use of information technology is crucial alongside its expansion, the prime minister added.
‘We have to create awareness so people refrain from using Internet with any evil intention of creating instability in the society,’ she said.
The programme of the week is being observed in Dhaka, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and 487 upazilas across the country under the auspices of ICT Division, BASIS and Grameenphone.
State minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Pakak, BASIS president Shameem Ahsan and Grameenphone chief executive officer Rajib Shetty also spoke, among others, on the occasion.
After inaugurating the week the prime minister talked to finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, ICT secretary Shyamsundar Sikder from Banani Society Ground in the city.
Hasina also talked to the local leaders of Tungipara of Gopalganj, Peerganj of Rangpur, Companyganj of Sylhet, Singra of Natore and Barisal sadar upazila through videoconference using BanglaGovNet and InfoSarker-2 network.
The Internet Week-2015 is being observed in the country with the slogan ‘password of development is in your hand.’ The primary objective of the week is to reach internet to 10 million people through internet fairs and giving all out idea to people about internet to create 15 million new users in the next one year.
One of the main objectives of the week is bringing the people under internet network and provide half of them with broadband connections to fulfil the target of earning one billion dollar from ICT sector by 2018, five billion by 2021 and 50 billion by 2041.

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