BTCL’s all-district fibre-optic broadband network supports videoconference initiative

13 Sep 2010

The fibre-optic network of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) has recently been extended to enable broadband connectivity in all 64 districts of the country, and is being utilised to set up videoconferencing facilities in all district administration offices by November 2010, according to a government plan reported by newspaper The New Nation. The broadband fibre rollout has been implemented under the funding umbrella of the Access to Information (A2I) programme, marshalled by the Prime Minister’s Office, with the aim of realising the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ national ICT pledges. Under another project, an official of the National Institute of Local Government (NILG) announced that BTCL’s fibre network would be extended to all rural union councils –numbering approximately 4,500 – by 2012 to provide high speed internet facilities to villagers. ‘We have already set up broadband internet connection through optical fibre network to 100 union parishads [councils] and set a target to expand the network to 1,000 unions by the end of this year,’ the official added.

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