DHAKA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- State-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) on Sunday launched a high-speed internet-enabled prepaid phone service across the country.
The service was launched under the company's Modernization of Telecommunication Network Project, which Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corporation has been implementing in the country since 2019.
Bangladeshi Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar inaugurated the phone service at a ceremony in Dhaka.
BTCL Managing Director Rafiqul Matin said the prepaid phone service will be available across the country.
He said the Modernization of Telecommunication Network Project, which is scheduled to be completed in June next year, paved the way for launching the internet-enabled prepaid phone service.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Shyam Sunder Sikder expressed his thanks to the Chinese company for its support to modernize the network of BTCL.
In his speech, Jabbar said this is a memorable day for Bangladesh as another core commitment of "Digital Bangladesh", which is to bring every home under the digital network, has been fulfilled.
He said many of the steps taken to build a digital Bangladesh have already been implemented with support of China and other development partners. ■