Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the 3G mobile communications services and sad her government moving to ensure a digital divide-free digital Bangladesh for all its citizens. Hasina inaugurated state-run mobile-phone operator TeleTalk’s third generation mobile telephony by pressing a button at a glittering formal ceremony at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Teletalk will distribute 400,000 3G-enabled SIMs for capital Dhaka initially.
The third generation means it comes after GPRS and EDGE. The advantages of 3G services include faster data connectivity which means one can download faster and web surfing will be a lot more fun.
It will give uninterrupted video streaming on phones, enable video calls and big MMS and be good for data intensive applications. The service is being tagged ‘experimental’ as the policies regarding it are yet to be finalised. “We have moved a lot ahead in reaching our goal of ensuring free flow of information for the empowerment of people,” she said at the programme. Hasina unfurled the new commercial service with a video call to President Mohammad Zillur Rahman first and later she talked to the students of Azimpur Girls Schools, where she had studied in her childhood.
The programme was told that the new technology will ease high speed exchange of information and enable individuals to hold video conferences at distant places and help traffic police avoid the unwanted jam by observing movement of vehicles.
Along with helping distance learning, it will also open up a vast array of entertainment options too. Both mobile sets of the caller and receiver have to support 3G SIM cards if they wish to have avail themselves of service. The video calls, which have a 10-second pulse, will cost Tk 2 per minute with a Teletalk SIM card.
uplod 14 oct, Newsroom