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World Telecom and Information Society Day tomorrow

DHAKA, May 16, 2017 (BSS) - With the theme "Big Data for Big Impact", World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) will be observed tomorrow in Bangladesh along with other countries in the globe.

Marking the day, posts and telecommunications division and its affiliate organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country to raise awareness on the possibilities that the use of the Internet and ICT can bring to societies and economies, as well as the ways to bridge the digital divide.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages on the eve of the day.

They called upon all concerned to make more meaningful contributions for ensuring utmost use of telecommunication for development and progress of the country.

President Hamid said the present government declared Vision-2021 to build Digital Bangladesh to reach the benefits of information technology and telecommunication to the people in all areas of the country.

"I am happy to know that the country is going ahead with the development of telecommunication system and its expansion to achieve this vision," he added.

Terming this year's theme "Big Data for Big Impact" as time-befitting, the President said that the society would advance towards development in speedily, if ICT is used properly in all socioeconomic activities.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said along with developing infrastructures in ICT sector, the present government has created scopes for producing entrepreneurs and expansion of business by the private sector in ICT which is a big power in the country's socio-economic development.

"Telecommunication and ICT sector has witnessed a massive development over the last eight years. The government has implemented programmes for ICT infrastructure development and ensuring extensive use of technology to reach benefits of ICT to every corner of society," the Prime Minister said.

She said increasing internet density and capacity of submarine cable, installation of new submarine cables and all other services of the telecommunication sector have been made modern and time-befitting.

An ICT-friendly policy has already been formulated, she said, adding that the country's 99 percent area is now under mobile network.

"Mobile phone users are getting improved telecommunication services and 4G technology will be introduced soon," the Prime Minister said.

Hasina said 'Bangabandhu Satellite' will be launched into the orbit on December 16 next and Bangladesh has been linked to the South Asia satellite launched recently."

She said the government has brought all upazilas under optical fibre connectivity, set up "district information centre" in each district and "union information and service centre" in each union of the country.

"Implementation of these programmes in the ICT sector has open up a new window of enormous possibilities in all sectors, including education, health, trade-commerce and social communication," she said, adding that new employment opportunities have been created for the young generation.

Both the President and the Prime Minister wished success of the day's programmes.

To mark the day, a rally and road show would be brought out from the Suhrawardy Udyan in the morning which is scheduled to parade different streets in the city.

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim will inaugurate the event.

Well-decorated vehicles of mobile phone operators and different organizations will take part in the rally.

Besides, President Abdul Hamid is expected to inaugurate the main event of the day in city's Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the online essay competition and hekaton on "Big Data" organized on the occasion.

On the other hand, a seminar has also been organized marking the day at IEB auditorium in the city on May 18.

Besides, Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) has organized a celebration program, including cultural event and dinner at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the city.

Special supplements would be published in the national daily newspapers while all the television channels would air special programs. BCS (Telecom) Samity has published a special edition of their Tech Journal.