Due to the expansion of broadband internet connection and digital technology, the world will become data dependent within the next two years, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Saturday.
Digital media will replace traditional media, and the demand for broadband internet will keep on increasing, the minister said while delivering the chief guest’s speech at the inauguration ceremony of the Mymensingh divisional convening committee of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) at Mymensingh town hall, according to a press release received Sunday.
In the digital age, the government is doing what it needs to do to meet the demand for data, including bringing optical fibre networks to the doorsteps of the people and setting up a capable data ecosystem, the minister said.
Emphasising ISPAB’s important role in providing high-speed internet service, the minister said that in time, there will be no alternative to broadband internet.
The demand for broadband internet among consumers in the country is increasing day by day. Mentioning ISPAB as one of the key organizers of trade bodies in the IT sector, the minister described the formation of branch committees as a very good initiative to strengthen ISPAB.
Regarding the price of the internet, Mustafa Jabbar said that the internet is very affordable in Bangladesh. In 2006 the price of one Mbps internet was Tk 78,000 and in 2008 it was Tk 27,000. However, now one Mbps bandwidth is available only at Tk 60.
On the occasion, the Minister administered oath to the members of the newly formed ISPAB convening committee of the Mymensingh division.
BTRC Director General Brigadier General Nasim Parvez, ISPAB President Emdadul Haque, Secretary Nazmul Karim Bhuiyan and ISPAB Mymensingh Divisional Convener Sajjad Hossain also spoke at the event.