Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has been implementing National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Development Phase-III (Info-Sarkar phase-III) project to bring 2,600 unions and 1,000 police officers under fiber optical connectivity facility.
“Under the project some 1,770 unions have already been connected with the optical fiber cable network and the rest 830 unions will be connected by June 30, 2019,” she said this responding to a starred question from treasury bench member Selim Altaf Gorge of Kushtia-4 in the Jatiya Sangsad.
The Prime Minister said the government has undertaken various programmes to build Bangladesh a modern, knowledge and technology based middle income country.
Under the programmes, the government has been implementing a project “Connected Bangladesh” aimed at giving union connectivity to 772 out of network unions at remote and farmland areas, Sheikh Hasina said.
The Prime Minister said if the project is implemented the government would ensure broadband connectivity across the country resulting e-service and employment sectors at rural level would be expanded.
She said the government would install Union Information Service Centre at 1,013 unions through solar power having no electricity.
Besides, the government introduced high speed internet structure and launched digital services at Moheshkhali through Digital Island Moheshkhali Project, Sheikh Hasina added.
She informed the House that the BTCL set up 56 km optical fiber cable at no-man’s-land at Banglabandha in Panchagar district for connecting with Network Operation Centre (NOC) at Shiliguri side by side increasing capacity of connection and data sharing among India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh under South Asia Sub Regional Economic Cooperation Information Highway (SASEC IH) of Regional Network (RN) project.
The BTCL also installed transmission equipment at Chuadanga, Meherpur, Moghbazar, Panchagar and Thakurgaon to connect NOC at Shiliguri via Kolkata, Sheikh Hasina added.