“Make internet a commodity" | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 02, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 02, 2008

“Make internet a commodity"

Thank you very much for your interview-based article on the "High Internet Tariff" in December 17, 2007 on the Star Business Page. This issue needs mass awareness and campaign to make Internet a commodity for the public and businesses in Bangladesh. Internet is the most important component of this highly interconnected world. It is like blessings from the Almighty to countries like us, which can catalyze our developments and export growth in this global knowledge economy. As the BASIS President aptly put “High Internet Pricing is seriously holding back our ICT exports growth in Bangladesh.”
We simply cannot remain competitive in the international market with 15 to 20 times higher in Bandwidth pricing than the neighbouring countries. We must make that lower than at least India to attract foreign businesses.
We have built up a reputation in global market for IT and ITES business. We only need govt. patronisation in the infrastructure now like cheap and affordable quality Internet, IT park etc to grab the ready business and boost up our economy like the RMG sector did before.

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