AlwaysOn to invest USD60 million in Bangladesh

10 Oct 2006

According to an AFP report, US internet services provider AlwaysOn Network has signed an agreement with the Bangladesh Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology to roll out internet services in each of the country’s 64 districts within ten years, at a cost of USD60 million. AlwaysOn plans to initially offer internet access to rural villages via radio links before gradually introducing fibre-optic cable systems. Radio base stations will be built at 87 points, including 19 in the Dhaka region. AlwaysOn CEO Quentin Breen added that his firm would provide services free to all primary schools. Ministry spokesman Mohammad Azam was quoted as saying that the project represented the single biggest investment in internet infrastructure in the country to date. The Dhaka government says that only 3% of 144 million Bangladeshis have access to the internet, one of the lowest penetration rates in the world.



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