Dhaka – Bangladesh to launch its own satellite to the orbit in March this year, more than three months after it was originally scheduled for launching in December last year.
According to the new timeline, the launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is set for March 26 to 31, Posts, Telecommunications and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Friday.
Jabbar, the newly appointed technocrat minister, told a press conference that the Prime Minister wanted the day of the satellite launching to become a memorable one.
ICT Division organised the press meet at Bangladesh Computer Council auditorium while State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak made a power-point presentation on the achievements of the sector in the last four years.
“Our leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set December 16, 2021, as deadline for establishing Digital Bangladesh. Our country will observe its golden jubilee of victory on that day,” Jabbar said.
He said no leader before Sheikh Hasina had ever expressed his or her commitment to make their country digital.
After her declaration, Great Britain made the declaration to build Digital Britain, India made declaration to build Digital India, the minister said.
The newly appointed minister expressed his commitment to bring down the price of internet, providing speedier internet facility, turning different organisations like Postal Department, BTCL under his ministry profitable.
Palak in his speech hoped that Bangladesh would produce such people who would lead the global ICT industries in future.
About 2,600 union parishads across the country are being brought under broadband connectivity, he said adding that the government had been building specialised labs in universities and other institutes to prepare human resources.