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News : Data Centre to be in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh Jan 12, 2015 -- The government is taking steps to build a hi-tech national data centre to speed up information flow, a junior minister has said.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak announced the plan at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday.
He said the centre, equipped with cloud computing and G-Cloud technologies, would be the world’s fifth largest data centre.
The press conference on ‘A year of advancement towards building a digital Bangladesh’ was held at the Bangladesh Computer Council building.
The junior minister said: "The signing of a commercial agreement with the Chinese government to build this tier-4 certified centre is in the final stages. We hope to start the construction the project infrastructure this year."
He said around 20 acres would be needed for the facility. "It can be situated in the High Tech Park being built at Kaliakoir (in Gazipur)."
He, however, gave no details of the extent of benefit the centre would provide.
Palak highlighted the government’s various initiatives to boost the information technology sector.
Bangladesh would get its first satellite, ‘Bangabandhu’, in 2017, he said, adding the country had procured a ‘very good’ orbital slot from Russia.
"We signed an agreement last week. We hope to send our satellite to space in 2017," he said.
The government signed a $28 million agreement with Russia’s Intersputnik International Organisation of Space Communication to lease the orbital slot.
The satellite will be positioned in the 119.1 east longitude slot.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) had approved the project on September 16 last year.
A US firm, Partnership International, is the project’s design and launch consultant.
The junior minister said a ‘national call centre’ was being developed to give people prompt information about civic services.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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