Friday, September 4, 2015

Bangladesh Internet Week Going to Start Their Journey on 5th September 2015

If you think about Digital Bangladesh, availability of internet is must and mass people involvement. From this point of view based on Digital Bangladesh “Bangladesh Internet Week” started their journey.
With the aim to increase internet usage in the country and to expand local internet based services and products, the nationwide ‘Bangladesh Internet Week – 2015’ is set to kick off on September 5.
Along with three major expos taking place in Dhaka, Rajshahi and Sylhet, this internet festival will also be held in 487 upazilas throughout Bangladesh. The country's foremost e-commerce companies, mobile apps development companies, web portals, device manufacturers, as well as all internet products and services companies will be taking part in this event. Bangladesh Internet Week will be held from the 5th to the 11th of September and it is being jointly organized by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), GP and the ICT Division of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology.
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Department of Communication and Information Technology of the Bangladesh government and Grameenphone have jointly taken initiatives of the week-long event. To make the events held in the Upazilas successful, the organizers will conduct a workshop on ‘internet leadership’ in the capital’s Institution of Diploma Engineers auditorium on Sunday.
A ‘Meet the Press’ event was held at the ballroom of the Westin on Monday. In this connection, BASIS President Shameem Ahsan presided over the event where Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT, was present as the chief guest. Yasir Azman, Chief Marketing Officer of GrameenPhone were also present. The welcoming address was given by BASIS Senior Vice President and Convener of Bangladesh Internet Week, Russell T. Ahmed. BASIS Vice President M. Rashidul Hasan, Secretary General Uttam Kumar Paul, Joint Secretary General Mustafizur Rahman Sohel, Treasurer Shah Imraul Kaeesh, Directors Ashraf Abir, Samira Zuberi Himika, Ariful Hasan Apu, BASIS Executive Director Sami Ahmed, as well as representatives from GrameenPhone and the ICT division were also present.
At the programme, ICT state minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak remarked, “To ensure that the country’s internet use and access increases, as well to make sure that the rural people from all over the country are able to enjoy the benefits of the internet, the government has created a vision of ensuring high speed broadband internet access to all of the unions in the country. Aside from this, Internet bandwidth is becoming more and more affordable for everyone. Bangladesh Internet Week is another step into making the goal of Digital Bangladesh a reality. This sort of event, spanning across 487 upazilas is unprecedented and has not been done anywhere else in the world. This public-private event will play a vital role in the continued development and improvement of our country’s ICT sector, I believe.
BASIS President Shameem Ahsan said, “We are determined to ensure internet access to every part of the country. That is why we are organizing Bangladesh Internet Week in such a festive manner. Through this event we can bring the products of BASIS member companies, as well as other providers, to the common people at the grassroots level. This way the people can become aware and excited about the prospects of the internet and the different software companies will have a platform to showcase their products and services.
GrameenPhone Chief Marketing Officer, Yasir Azman said “The internet is an integral part of the lives of Bangladeshi citizens now. One of the main goals of BASIS “One Bangladesh” vision, as well as GrameenPhone’s “Internet for all” is to create 5 Crore internet users throughout the country and Bangladesh Internet week will be the driving force to fulfill this goal. I believe that this jointly organized event will be massively successful and exuberant.
BASIS Senior Vice President, as well as Convener of Bangladesh Internet Week, Russell T. Ahmed highlighted that  “This festival, held from the 5th to 11th of September will be taken part by e commerce companies, web portals, mobile application companies as well as other established mobile based companies throughout the country. These products and services will be showcased throughout the week. Visitors will be able to see these products and services being demonstrated.
Internet week will start on September 5 and will go on till 11th of the month.

Event Details:

Dhaka: Banani Field. Dated: 5, 6, 7 September
Rajshahi: Nankinbazar Field. Dated: 9 September
Sylhet: City Indoor Stadium. Dated: 11 September
All we hope that the program and its objective will be successful but in the mean time I would like to remind that they should again think the pricing of internet data. If the data cost/internet cost is minimized by the Bangladeshi Government that time all the mission of internet revaluation would be possible. Hope they will emphasize on it actually they are working on it.
The official website of Bangladesh Internet week is and the official Facebook page is