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TMCNet:  Bangladesh plans billion-USD projects to develop telecom sector

[September 29, 2010]

Bangladesh plans billion-USD projects to develop telecom sector

DHAKA, Sep 29, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Bangladeshi government as part of its efforts to develop the country's telecommunications sector has taken move to implement seven projects at a cost of nearly 1 billion U.S. dollars, an official said Wednesday.

The telecommunications ministry official told Xinhua that the projects include establishment of a telecommunication network based on next generation networking technology at a cost of 17.25 billion taka ( 25 million U.S. dollars and broadband wireless network costing 5.49 billion taka (7.84 million U.S. dollars).

He said the projects also include expansion of internet information network involving 2.909 billion taka, introducing 3G network costing 19.09 billion taka, building e-post centers at a cost of 5.97 billion taka and IT-based post offices costing 6.04 billion taka.

The seventh is to develop optical fibre cable networks in 1,000 unions, the lowest tire of local government in Bangladesh, costing 7.59 billion taka, he added.

The official could not tell the time frame for completion of the projects on which the government officials concerned are working.

He, however, said many more projects for developing sector are also under planning stage to help transform Bangladesh into a digital country by 2021 which Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her party's election manifesto in December 2008 pledged.

(1 U.S. dollar equals to 70 taka)

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