and Topic Areas: IT in developing countries- the SAARC experience.
“Internet in Bangladesh: millennium perspective.”
Though the first main frame computer came to Bangladesh in 1964, but the usage of PC became popularize very late to the common people. Several large banks and private entrepreneurs in industrial sectors are the path makers of achieving benefits from computer and computerized applications. Bureau of Statistics and a few nationalized banks are the leaders in using computer in government sector by processing data and information, while industrial concerns in private sectors are the leaders in applying computer for their accounting, payroll and inventory related applications.
joint survey by the Bangladesh Computer Council and Bangladesh Bureau of
Statistics, published in April 1999 has found that there were more than
78,000 PCs in Bangladesh by the end of 1998, with more than 120,000
licensed software marketed (Report on Survey of IT Resources of Bangladesh
and Identification of Y2K Problem Areas, 1999). The highest concentration
is in Dhaka with more than 72% of the computers involved in IT related
activities. However, it is expected that the number of PC user would be
increased by at least 50% within a year after with drawl of government
imposed import taxes from computer and computer related accessories in
improve IT sector furthermore, a government appointed committee submitted
45 recommendations in September 1997 with Dr. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury as
the Convener. There were both short term and middle term recommendations;
some of them have already been implemented and the government has asked
different concerned ministries to go ahead with implementing the other
recommendations (Chowdhury, J.R., 1999).
Internet came late in Bangladesh, with UUCP e-mail beginning in 1993 and
IP connectivity in 1996. By July 1997 there were an estimated 5,500 IP and
UUCP accounts (Press, L., 1999) in the country and by the end of 2000 it
has been forecasted that the account holder could reach more than 50,000
through different Internet Service Providers (ISP), who are offering
Internet services with bandwidth ranging between 65Kbps and 2Mbps through
VSAT, Broadband and Zacknet downlink.
UUCP, IP, Broadband, Zacknet.
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