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Finalised Nat’l Telecom Policy 2018

Focus on cybersecurity, privacy, service quality

SHAHED SIDDIQUE and FAISAL MAHMUD, Dhaka
Focus on cybersecurity, 
privacy, service quality

Emphasizing on cyber-security, privacy of subscribers, quality of services and investment-friendly environment, the government has published the finalised National Telecommuni­cation Policy 2018. The policy has been uploaded on the website of the telecom regulator Bangladesh Telecommu­nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Talking with The Independent, Mostafa Jabbar, minister for posts, telecommunications and information technology said that with the rapid advancement of technology, many provisions of the earlier policy needed some changes. Earlier, the National Telecommunications Policy, 1998 laid the basic design of a liberalized telecommunication sector in Bangladesh. It paved the way for separation of the policy, regulation, and operational functions that were centralized at that time.

“Information and technology is a sector where new things emerge every now and then. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we want to stay updated with the latest norms and practices of the telecom sector. Hence we feel the need of a new telecom policy,” said Jabbar.

The Minister told The Independent that the new policy elaborately discusses cyber security as in this era of rapid proliferation of information, data is not secure if it is not safeguarded with the state-of-the-art measures. In the section 6.6 of the new policy, it has been mentioned to formulate appropriate preventive and legal measures to stop the propagation of hate, hatred, obscenity against women, religious extremism, and militancy and anti religious campaign through the social  media/internet in case cyber security breach.

The section titled “Safety and Security from Cyber Crime” mentions building capabilities for remedies, prevention, suppression, respond to cyber threats, reduce vulnerabilities and minimize damage from digital attack incidents against cyber crime to protect information and information infrastructure in cyberspace through a combination of organizational structure, trained personnel, process, technology and cooperation.

It also suggests undertaking programmes with due importance on the digital security related legal measures and technical and  procedural measures. The new policy elaborately discusses about taking programme to ensure the privacy of the subscribers.

The Section 7.11 of the policy talks of undertaking programs for the remedies, prevention, suppression and detection of digital crime and related misuse of telecommunication and its applied technologies.

The policy discusses arranging appropriate awareness building and educational measures to make people adopt the norms of telecommunication and its applied technologies in all sectors so that a secured digital ecosystem in the country could be created.

It asks to provide assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) within regulatory framework in tune with the prevailing license guidelines and in conformity with the Act for fulfilling national security needs.

The new policy at Section-7.7 talks about establishing a national forum with representatives of all stakeholders to work on sustainable development of the telecommunication sector in Bangladesh.

“Coordinate with the Board of Investment, the Bangladesh Bank, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other relevant agencies to attract domestic and foreign direct investment into the telecommunication sector and for stable and predictable environment of investment,” said the policy.

At section 8, which discusses the connectivity targets, the draft policy sets a goal of increasing the tele-penetration to 95 per cent by 2020. It also sets to increase the present internet penetration to 60 per cent by the same time as part of its short time goal.

The other targets include increasing present mobile or fixed broadband penetration to 30 per cent, extending optical fibre connectivity to all district and upazila headquarters and all union, ensuring availability of high speed wireless broadband service up-to all upazila headquarters and introducing 100 per cent digital broadcasting in the country by 2020.

By 2023, the government in the policy sets a mid-term goal of achieving 100 per cent tele-penetrations, increasing both internet and broadband penetration up to 100 per cent.

The policy said by 2027, 100 per cent of the population will have broadband service and 100 per cent villages of the country will have broadband connectivity.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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