People of Dahagram in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat are now connected to 3G network service launched in the area by Grameenphone yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 3G network through a video conference from the Gono Bhaban with Tarana Halim, state minister for post and telecommunications at Dahagram.
After the launching of the network, villagers were seen browsing web pages on their mobile phones.
“It [3G network] will help us get connected to the cyber world,” said Harun Shaikh, 20, a college student.
Rasel Islam, a computer operator in the area, said that due to the absence of 3G network he had faced difficulty running his business.
“A large number of people, especially students, were frustrated when the area did not get coverage of 3G network,” he added.
“We will go ahead with 3G network. We will get all kinds of information, especially about agriculture using the connection,” said Habibur Rahman, chairman of Dahagram union parishad.
Some 20,000 people of the village will benefit from 3G connection.
Hasina has been taking steps one after another for the development of the rural area, said Rezanul Islam Reza, general secretary of Dahagram Sangram Committee.
While inaugurating the network, the PM said the government wanted to ensure a decent and upgraded lifestyle for all, reports UNB.
“Each and every child will have to be well-educated and the government is working to that end.”
Hasina underscored the need for increasing the speed of internet across the country for sustaining the pace of social development with the use of technology.
She expressed the hope that the internet speed would increase significantly with the introduction of the country's first satellite, “Bangabandhu Satellite” by 2017.
Grameenphone CEO Rajeev Sethi and Post and Telecommunications Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury were, among others, present at the Gono Bhaban and former state minister for primary and mass education Motahar Hossain at Dahagram.